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  • Space oddity

    The first 3D printer in space has popped out its first creation - a sample replacement part for itself. The 3D printer was delivered to the International Space Station two months ago, and Nasa said it has churned out a replica of the face plate...

  • Churchill carriage work nears end

    Churchill carriage work nears end

    The train carriage which bore the coffin of Sir Winston Churchill will soon be on display at the National Railway Museum's site in York Until the great statesman's death, the South Railway parcel van S2464S had carried items like newspapers and...

  • No pushover

    A Russian plane was given some unexpected assistance when frozen brakes meant it was unable to move on to the runway - several of its passengers. When a Tu-134 due to fly from the Arctic town of Ingarka to Krasnoyarsk, 800 miles to the south, got...

  • Mammoth skeleton sells for £150k

    Mammoth skeleton sells for £150k

    The skeleton of an 18ft-long woolly mammoth which roamed Earth up to 50,000 years ago has fetched £150,000 under the hammer at auction. A private collector sold the extremely rare Ice Age piece of natural history through Summers Place Auctions in...

  • Dog reunited with owner after year

    A dog that was stolen from Middlesex a year ago has been reunited her owner after being found 150 miles away in Somerset. Joules, a Staffordshire bull terrier, disappeared from Liz Wilson-Roberts' family home in Middlesex last year. She was found...

  • Obama defends turkey pardon powers

    Obama defends turkey pardon powers

    President Barack Obama is defending his legal authority to take executive actions - to spare a pair of Thanksgiving turkeys. Mr Obama joked that his turkey pardon will be his "most talked about executive action this month". Last week, the...

  • Pop infidel?

    Pop infidel?

    Israel's president has cancelled the appearance of a local pop star at a high-profile public event following the star's release of a new song focusing on a fictional Arab who gets his kicks by stabbing Jews. The office of President Reuven Rivlin...

  • Master tea-taster insured for £1m

    Master tea-taster insured for £1m

    A master blender is to have his taste buds insured by a leading tea company for £1 million. Sebastian Michaelis, one of a small group of tasters employed by Tetley, can grade a variety of tea in just 15 seconds. He spent nine years touring tea...

  • Art from the head, not the heart

    Art from the head, not the heart

    It might be more suited to a fringe show but London's Saatchi Gallery is showcasing a new style of cutting-edge art - an installation made from human hair. United Nations: Man And Space appears to have more to do with a hairdresser's salon than an...

  • Monroe outfit tipped to fetch £500k

    Monroe outfit tipped to fetch £500k

    A revealing costume worn by Marilyn Monroe for a 1950s photo shoot is expected to fetch around £500,000 when it goes under the hammer at auction next month. The outfit, a gold braid bustier and bikini bottoms complete with a headdress, chiffon...

  • Getting shirty

    The Australian prime minister's threat to "shirtfront" Russia's president during an international summit this month has prompted a dictionary to broaden its definition of the word beyond an Australian football term for a shoulder charge to an...

  • Snake charmer

    Snake charmer

    Sajal Biswas, a snake charmer, puts the head of a snake into his mouth as he performs on a roadside on the outskirts of Agartala, capital of India's northeastern state of Tripura. According to Biswas, he earns around 400 to 500 rupees ($6.45 to...

  • Bride rescued after surfing ordeal

    A bride who went body boarding after her wedding had to be rescued by lifeboats when she became stranded on rocks. Jennifer Grant had been taking a post ceremony surf in Newquay, Cornwall, when she got into difficulty at 2.30pm on Sunday. She...

  • New life of grime for ex-police dog

    New life of grime for ex-police dog

    A nine-stone former police dog is poised to be the latest weapon to be used to sniff out sewer-blocking fat, oil and grease. Hector the bloodhound has swapped a life of crime for one of grime by being trained to detect blockages on Southern...

  • Keepers hail Malayan tapir birth

    Keepers hail Malayan tapir birth

    Keepers at an animal reserve have hailed the birth of an extremely rare Malayan tapir as a sign of hope for the endangered species. The young male, named Nias, was born to mother Malacca and father Hunter at Port Lympne Reserve near Hythe in...

  • Physicists solve mystery of why cats rule, dogs drool

    Physicists solve mystery of why cats rule, dogs drool

    Popular web videos showing that "cats rule and dogs drool" have new scientific evidence to support that felinophilic sentiment, at least when it comes to drinking. While cats expertly manipulate water to quench thirst neatly, dogs smash, slosh,...

  • Will no-niff loo seat do business?

    Blow out the scented candle and ditch the aerosol spray can - a US firm has introduced a deodorising toilet seat that it says will eliminate embarrassing odours and the need to cover them up. A fan hidden in the battery-operated seat sucks in air...

  • Bighorn sheep escapes Los Angeles Zoo, dies after car strikes it

    A bighorn sheep escaped from the Los Angeles Zoo at Griffith Park and dashed around the hills in the park for hours before it ended up on a residential street where it was struck by a car and died, a zoo spokeswoman said. The sheep got free from...

  • Lost kitten from New Mexico turns up in duffel bag in Maine

    An Albuquerque cat owner can sleep easier now that the kitten that went missing last month will be home for the holidays, despite a mysterious 2,300-mile side trip to Maine. Patsy Murphy, who runs an animal refuge center in Westbrook, Maine, said...

  • Labour-intensive: China hospital gives men chance to experience pain of childbirth

    A hospital in eastern China is offering fathers-to-be a chance to experience the pain of childbirth after several new moms complained they got little sympathy from their partners. Free sessions are held twice a week at Aima maternity hospital in...

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