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  • Comet team detects organic molecules, basis of life on Earth

    Comet team detects organic molecules, basis of life on Earth

    European comet lander Philae ‘sniffed’ organic molecules containing the carbon element that is the basis of life on earth before its primary battery ran out and it shut down, German scientists said. They said it was not yet clear whether they...

  • Celebrities have a ball for Amy Winehouse

    Celebrities have a ball for Amy Winehouse

    Barbara Windsor and Graham Norton were among celebrities who gathered for the third annual Amy Winehouse Foundation Ball. The event, hosted by Vanessa Feltz at the Landmark Hotel in London, paid tribute to the singer who died in 2011 and raises...

  • Tracy Morgan struggling after crash

    Tracy Morgan struggling after crash

    An attorney for comedian Tracy Morgan said he was struggling to return “to the way he was” after suffering a serious brain injury in a New Jersey highway crash, a newspaper reported. Morgan’s limousine was struck by a Wal-Mart truck in June and...

  • Marley heirs in cannabis brand move

    A US private equity firm has joined the family of late reggae star Bob Marley in hopes of building what it calls the “world’s first global cannabis brand”. Seattle-based Privateer Holdings announced that it has reached a licensing deal with...

  • ‘I am a Cosby victim’

    ‘I am a Cosby victim’

    Model and TV host Janice Dickinson has claimed veteran comic Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her in the 1980s, then forced her to remove details of the alleged attack from her autobiography years later. The legendary entertainer’s past has gained...

  • ‘Sexiest man alive’

    ‘Sexiest man alive’

    Thor star Chris Hemsworth was named People magazine’s “sexiest man alive” in a live broadcast of the late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live. Hemsworth, 31, appeared via Skype clad in a loose-fitting t-shirt with his face obscured and his voice...

  • Hitler watercolour for sale

    Hitler watercolour for sale

    A 1914 watercolour by Adolf Hitler to be auctioned on Saturday could fetch up to €50,000 given strong global interest, a German auction house chief said. Auctioneer Kathrin Weidler said the painting entitled Standesamt und Altes Rathaus Muenchen...

  • Cagney’s best actor Oscar to hit the block

    Cagney’s best actor Oscar to hit the block

    The late James Cagney’s best actor Oscar statuette for the 1942 musical Yankee Doodle Dandy is expected to fetch at least $800,000 when it goes up for auction today in Los Angeles, auction house Nate D. Sanders said. Cagney was one of the most...

  • Gecko inspires ‘Spider-Man’ climb

    Gecko inspires ‘Spider-Man’ climb

    A climbing system inspired by geckos has turned spider-man fiction into fact by making it possible for a human to scale vertical glass. In a dramatic experiment, a 70kg volunteer crawled up a 3.6-metre pane using sticky attachments on his hands...

  • ‘Poo power’ could run mobile phones

    Faeces could be used to power a future generation of mobile phones, scientists have said. Researchers have found a natural process which occurs within bacteria that could help improve ‘bio batteries’. It is hoped the discovery could produce energy...

  • Computer ‘taught’ to make magic

    Computer ‘taught’ to make magic

    Magicians have long relied on sleight of hand and deception to thrill their audiences but they may now have another tool in their box of tricks – a computer. Scientists have for the first time “taught” a computer to create magic tricks, using...

  • Feeling flush

    Feeling flush

    A woman walks past a row of recycled toilet bowls for sale at 1,500 pesos (€26) each along a main street in Manila, the Philippines, yesterday. The UN General Assembly has declared November 19 as World Toilet Day to raise awareness about the need...

  • Pass the parcel

    Pass the parcel

    Pope Francis tries to grab an envelope as he arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican yesterday.

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Stand-up comic Bec Hill is flushed after one of her gags was named the number one toilet joke. She beat figures such as Arthur Smith, Lucy Porter and Milton Jones as her contribution was put on a pedestal in a poll by charity Water Aid to...

  • Mafia oath of allegiance caught on police camera

    Mafia oath of allegiance caught on police camera

    Italian police have released footage filmed by hidden surveillance cameras, showing for the first time a mafia's oath of allegiance. The video was filmed at a country property near Brianza in northern Italy and is believed to show members of...

  • Stark warning over global warming

    The world is still not even close to preventing what leaders call a dangerous level of man-made warming, a new United Nations report claimed. This comes despite some nations' recent pledges to cut back on carbon dioxide emissions. The report looks...

  • Man 'saved baby from sunken car'

    A passer-by helped to save a baby girl when he crawled into a car that was upside-down in water, US police said. The accident happened in Maine on Monday when Stephen McGouldrick lost control of his SUV on an icy road and rolled the vehicle down...

  • Beauty queen's body discovered

    Beauty queen's body discovered

    Two bodies, believed to be those of Miss Honduras and her sister, have been found buried near the spa where they disappeared six days ago, police have said. Authorities are awaiting confirmation from forensic officials that the bodies are beauty...

  • New subatomic particles discovered

    Scientists say they have discovered two new subatomic particles never seen before that could widen our understanding of the universe. An experiment using the European Organisation for Nuclear Research's Large Hadron Collider said the particles are...

  • Pope to raffle gifts given to him to raise money for the poor

    Pope to raffle gifts given to him to raise money for the poor

    Want a white Panama hat owned by the pope? Now is your chance. Pope Francis is raffling off the Homero Ortega brand hat, a new four-wheel-drive Fiat Panda, bicycles, an espresso coffee machine, watches and other objects he has received as gifts in...