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  • DNA blueprint could help us sleep tight and not let the bedbugs bite

    DNA blueprint could help us sleep tight and not let the bedbugs bite

    A genetic blueprint of the bedbug could expose chinks in the armour of the unsocial insect which is becoming an increasing menace around the world, say scientists. The completed genome sequence of Cimex lectularius has revealed some of the...

  • Ravens 'can imagine how others are thinking'

    Ravens 'can imagine how others are thinking'

    Ravens display a human ability to imagine how others are thinking, a study has shown. Scientists conducted an experiment proving out of sight does not have to mean out of mind for the birds, members of the crow family and a symbol of wisdom in...

  • Small dog performs big lion dance

    Small dog performs big lion dance

    A video of a Pomeranian dog in Thailand doing a traditional Chinese lion dance is getting a lot of attention ahead of Lunar New Year. The pooch is nearly two-years-old and is named "Zipplaw", which means "10-wheel truck" in Thai. It's also called...

  • Space ping pong

    Space ping pong

    British astronaut Tim Peake played ping pong with a glob of water and fielded questions from school children as part of an effort to teach school children about space. Hundreds of children gathered at the World Museum in Liverpool to participate...

  • Fugitive hiding in 'elaborate tunnel system' arrested

    Authorities arrested a fugitive convicted on drug and theft charges after finding him hiding in what they called an "elaborate tunnel system" dug underneath a trailer home in Alaska. The tunnels narrowed as officers walked further in, forcing them...

  • Giant shoe in tribute to women who suffered foot disease

    A Taiwanese county has built an enormous glass shoe as a tribute to local women who suffered from a debilitating foot disease. Completed last month, the transparent 55ft tall structure in Chiayi county in the south-west of the island has already...

  • EasyJet founder enters discount grocery market with store selling items for 25p

    EasyJet founder enters discount grocery market with store selling items for 25p

    EasyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou has entered the thriving discount grocery market with a low-cost food store selling items for 25p. The entrepreneur has launched the concept easyFoodstore in Park Royal, north-west London, in an attempt to...

  • Groundhog predicts early spring

    Groundhog predicts early spring

    The handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, say the furry rodent has failed to see his shadow, meaning he has predicted an early spring. Members of the top hat-wearing Inner Circle announced the forecast at sunrise,...

  • Revealed - Aladdin's cave of London's lost property

    Revealed - Aladdin's cave of London's lost property

    A prosthetic leg, a life-sized Spiderman doll and "enough musical instruments to form a band" have been lost on London's travel network. More than 300,000 items were left on the capital's trains and buses last year as Transport for London received...

  • Haircut for Penelope the Persian cat

    Haircut for Penelope the Persian cat

    Penelope the cat had a close shave after being rescued from the street and taken into the care of an animal charity. The rare breed Chinchilla Persian was found in Wandsworth, south west London, wandering around with long and matted fur, Battersea...

  • Mud, fire and freezing water feature in Tough Guy race

    Mud, fire and freezing water feature in Tough Guy race

    Slogging through mud, jumping over fire and wading through freezing water, thousands of men and women compete in Tough Guy 2016.

  • Minnesota sled dog race underway

    Minnesota sled dog race underway

    Mushers are guiding their teams through nearly 400 miles of snow-packed trails in Minnesota in the annual John Beargrease sled dog race. Diane Hodges reports.

  • Sleepy village hopes for economic revival through murals

    A sleepy village in central Bulgaria is harnessing the power of celebrities, hoping for an economic revival through art. Outdoor murals in the village of Staro Zhelezare feature local people alongside celebrities on their homes. Homeowners are...

  • Warm weather cuts dog sled race short

    Warm weather cuts dog sled race short

    The Sedivackuv Long, one of the toughest dog sled races in Europe, has been cut short by warm weather. The 20th edition began with more than 100 mushers and 700 dogs from eight countries competing in what was expected to be deep snow and freezing...

  • It's give us a clue GCHQ, with only hours to solve crypto-challenge

    Amateur cryptographers have just a few hours to solve GCHQ's head-scratching Christmas puzzle, with the deadline for the festive challenge coming at midnight today. Robert Hannigan, director of GCHQ - one of Britain's intelligence and security...

  • Bavarian swimmers plunge into icy waters

    Bavarian swimmers plunge into icy waters

    Some 2,000 people begin the carnival season with an icy 'baptism' in the Danube river. Diane Hodges reports.

  • Park renovation includes open-air urinal

    Park renovation includes open-air urinal

    A popular San Francisco park that re-opened after years of construction is drawing attention for an unusual new feature: an open-air public urinal. The urinal, located right next to the train tracks, was installed as part of the park's $20.5...

  • Firms 'should block emails while workers are on holiday'

    Firms are being urged to encourage a culture of "playfulness" in offices and ensure staff don't work on holiday, in a bid to boost productivity. A study found the economic benefits of flexible working hours, giving staff a chance to put forward...

  • Heathrow shuttle pods take off for London driverless vehicle test

    Heathrow shuttle pods take off for London driverless vehicle test

    Shuttle pods used at Heathrow Airport will be adapted to become the first driverless vehicles to be tested on London roads. The pods, which resemble small automated train carriages, are currently being used at Heathrow Terminal 5 and will be...

  • Battening down the hutches as pet rabbit blown up on to roof

    Battening down the hutches as pet rabbit blown up on to roof

        It was a case of battening down the hutches in Northern Ireland after Storm Gertrude blew a pet rabbit up on to a roof. Firefighters were called to rescue the startled animal in Omagh, Co Tyrone this morning. The gale force winds literally...