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  • Being offline biggest frustration in simulated Mars mission

    Being offline biggest frustration in simulated Mars mission

        Losing internet access was a bigger problem than personality clashes for six "astronauts" confined for eight months on a remote simulated Mars base, a British member of the team has said. Not a single personal insult was uttered by any member...

  • Shhhh. The jellyfish are sleeping...

    Shhhh. The jellyfish are sleeping...

    Even a jellyfish - one of Earth's first and most ancient animals - needs its sleep. Scientists have demonstrated that a primitive type of jellyfish called Cassiopea goes to sleep nightly. While sleep has been confirmed in other invertebrates such...

  • Held in Dubai prison for rude finger sign

    Held in Dubai prison for rude finger sign

    A British IT worker says he faces a possible six-month term in a Dubai prison for sticking his middle finger up at another driver during a road row. Jamil Ahmed Mukadam, 23, made the rude gesture as he made his way to the airport in a hire car...

  • Making Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator look puny.

    Making Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator look puny.

    An artificial muscle that lifts 1,000 times its own weight could pave the way for lifelike robots that make Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator look puny. Scientists used a 3D printing technique to create the rubber-like synthetic muscle that...

  • Watch: Helicopter fires on parked vehicles by mistake in Russian war games

    Watch: Helicopter fires on parked vehicles by mistake in Russian war games

    A military helicopter on a rural training exercise in western Russia mistakenly fired rockets at a group of parked vehicles, knocking at least one person to the ground, footage posted by Russian news sites and on social media showed. A video clip...

  • Betting blunder as dead man touted as next Birmingham manager

    Betting blunder as dead man touted as next Birmingham manager

    A gambling firm has apologised after it allowed customers to bet on a dead former footballer becoming a manager. Paddy Power briefly advertised odds of 66/1 on ex-Aston Villa and England defender Ugo Ehiogu taking charge of rivals Birmingham City,...

  • Botswana wants first option on unusually big diamonds

    Botswana wants first option on unusually big diamonds

    Botswana is amending its law to give the government the first option to buy diamonds that are unusually large or have other unusual features found in its mines, such as the world's second-biggest 1,109 carat diamond discovered two years ago. The...

  • Snake found trapped inside a bottle in Marsaxlokk

    Snake found trapped inside a bottle in Marsaxlokk

    Volunteers collecting litter from Marsaxlokk as part of a national clean-up day got a slithery surprise when they discovered a snake caught inside a discarded glass bottle.  "This shows us the need to keep the countryside clean!" Nature Trust...

  • Girl who stabbed classmate to please online horror character avoids prison

    Girl who stabbed classmate to please online horror character avoids prison

    A Wisconsin girl who admitted stabbing a classmate to please online horror character Slender Man will avoid prison after a jury determined that she was mentally ill at the time of the attack. Anissa Weier trembled as the jury's verdict was read...

  • Koala survives 16 km drive trapped under vehicle

    Koala survives 16 km drive trapped under vehicle

    A koala survived a 16-kilometre (10-mile) road trip in Australia clinging to the axle of a four-wheel drive vehicle, before the driver stopped and heard the cries of the traumatized animal. The female koala had crawled into the wheel arch while...

  • Ryanair to cancel up to 50 flights per day 'to improve punctuality'

    Ryanair to cancel up to 50 flights per day 'to improve punctuality'

    Ryanair announced plans to cancel between 40 and 50 flights per day until the end of October, disrupting hundreds of thousands of journeys, in what it said was a bid to improve its ratio of on-time flights. The cancellations, which begin...

  • Facebook removes feature that let ads reach 'Jew haters'

    Facebook removes feature that let ads reach 'Jew haters'

    Facebook Inc this week stopped advertisers from targeting messages to people interested in topics such as "Jew haters" and "how to burn Jews" after journalists inquired about it, the news organization ProPublica reported yesterday. ProPublica, a...

  • Young Muscovites risk life and limb to scale tall buildings

    Young Muscovites risk life and limb to scale tall buildings

    A handful of young Muscovites spend their spare time braving the risk of arrest, injury and even death to scale tall buildings. Their motivation is simple: to feel more alive. The group consists of four Russians and one Frenchman who visits Moscow...

  • YuMi the robot conducts Verdi with Italian orchestra

    YuMi the robot conducts Verdi with Italian orchestra

    YuMi the humanoid robot showed no signs of nerves on Tuesday night as it raised its baton to conduct the Lucca Philarmonic orchestra alongside Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. The two-armed robot, designed by Swiss firm ABB, made its debut at Pisa's...

  • Watch: Small plane crashes into a parking lot in Connecticut

    Watch: Small plane crashes into a parking lot in Connecticut

    Surveillance video has captured the moment a small plane hit a tree and crashed to the ground in a Connecticut parking lot. No one was seriously injured in the accident. The plane missed all the cars and did not catch fire. 

  • 'Monster' fatberg blocks sewer in London

    'Monster' fatberg blocks sewer in London

    One of the biggest "fatbergs" ever seen in Britain - a ball of fat as long as three soccer pitches - has been found blocking a Victorian-era, east London sewer. "It’s a total monster and taking a lot of manpower and machinery to remove," said...

  • Monkey's selfie photo court battle ends

    Monkey's selfie photo court battle ends

    A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit over who owns the copyright to selfie photographs taken by a monkey before a federal appeals court could answer the novel legal question. Under the deal, the photographer whose camera was used to take the...

  • Air Berlin cancels 70 flights as pilots call in sick

    Air Berlin cancels 70 flights as pilots call in sick

    Insolvent Air Berlin said it has cancelled around 70 flights so far today, affecting both its own operations and flights it carries out for Lufthansa's Eurowings, after pilots called in sick in unusually high numbers. The cancellations come as a...

  • Japan railway lets 30 cats roam to raise awareness of strays

    Japan railway lets 30 cats roam to raise awareness of strays

    A Japanese civic group teamed up with a railway operator on Sunday to let some 30 cats roam on a local train at an event, hoping it will raise awareness of the culling of stray cats. Passengers on a local train in Ogaki, central Japan, were...

  • Don't shoot at Hurricane Irma, Florida sheriff warns locals

    Don't shoot at Hurricane Irma, Florida sheriff warns locals

    A sheriff in Florida has warned locals not to shoot at Hurricane Irma, after a spoof Facebook event created by a 22-year--old went viral.  The Pasco County Sheriff's Office told residents that firing at the category 5 storm "won't turn it around"...

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