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  • Finnish school trials robot educators

    Finnish school trials robot educators

    Elias, the new language teacher at a Finnish primary school, has endless patience for repetition, never makes a pupil feel embarrassed for asking a question and can even do the "Gangnam Style" dance. Elias is also a robot. The language-teaching...

  • Mummy relics found in 2,500-year-old coffin thought to be empty

    Mummy relics found in 2,500-year-old coffin thought to be empty

    Australian academics could help unlock mysteries around ancient Egypt after discovering that a 2,500-year old coffin might contain the remains of a prestigious mummy. The University of Sydney acquired the coffin 150 years ago and a series of...

  • Groundhog accused of getting 'end of winter' forecast wrong

    Groundhog accused of getting 'end of winter' forecast wrong

    A county sheriff with a sense of humour has delighted social media with his wanted poster for Punxsutawney Phil - the legendary groundhog who forecasts the end of winter. The handlers of the groundhog last month said the furry rodent called for...

  • Mutts gets movie opportunity

    Mutts gets movie opportunity

    A cinema in Dublin has hosted Ireland's first dog-friendly movie. The Lighthouse cinema, in conjunction with 20th Century Fox, the founders of the Doggy Do festival and Dogs Trust Ireland held an exclusive screening of Isle Of Dogs on Sunday. Isle...

  • Exchange students in Italy try to cook pasta without water, set house on fire

    Exchange students in Italy try to cook pasta without water, set house on fire

    Three American exchange students in Italy ended up wishing they had stuck to pot noodles, after they tried to cook pasta without water and ended up setting their house on fire.  The three young women were reportedly keen to try and cook their own...

  • Burglar caught after posing for a photo at the crime scene

    Burglar caught after posing for a photo at the crime scene

    A burglar in the UK was caught after his victim convinced him to pose for a picture at the scene of the crime. Derek Mulvaney was jailed for four years at Canterbury Crown Court after being caught red-handed inside a house in Folkestone in...

  • Drunken co-pilot leaves 106 passengers stranded

    Drunken co-pilot leaves 106 passengers stranded

    A Portuguese airline has apologised for keeping more than 100 passengers stranded at Stuttgart airport after one of its flights was cancelled at the last-minute because of a drunken co-pilot. Shortly before the TAP Air Portugal flight was due to...

  • More UK adults acting like kids, figures show

    More UK adults acting like kids, figures show

    Adults are fuelling a boom in the leisure market by seeking out activities usually reserved for children's parties, UK figures show. Fun-loving Britons are expected to spend £129 billion on leisure activities this year, a 17% increase on five...

  • Russian girl becomes internet star after gesture at governor amid landfill row

    Russian girl becomes internet star after gesture at governor amid landfill row

    A little girl in pink has become an internet star in Russia after making a menacing gesture at the governor of the Moscow region as he sought to calm a protest over a toxic landfill dump. Wearing a pink ski hat and bright jacket, Tanya Lozova was...

  • Say it in words: love letters a speciality for Italian ghostwriter

    Say it in words: love letters a speciality for Italian ghostwriter

    Domitilla Stefanini first wrote a letter to her husband declaring her love 18 years ago. Now she is writing another love letter to him, but this time she has enlisted the help of ghostwriter Micol Graziano. For €70, Graziano, a 39-year-old...

  • Turkish chefs savour sweet success with world record baklava

    Turkish chefs savour sweet success with world record baklava

    A group of chefs in Turkey claimed a world record for the largest baklava on Thursday with a giant tray of the pastry dessert weighing over half a tonne. The giant baklava was presented at a "Gastronomy Summit" in Ankara, where dozens of visitors...

  • Pampered pooches take to the sky in travel niche

    Pampered pooches take to the sky in travel niche

    Ding Dong and Fun Fun, a pair of 12-year-old Yorkshire terriers, know how to enjoy the high life - literally. The pampered pets and their owner, Zoe Man, 43, flew on a private plane from Hong Kong to Japan for a five-day holiday. The terriers...

  • Dinosaur museum Altmuehltal exhibits real Dracula

    Dinosaur museum Altmuehltal exhibits real Dracula

    The special pterosaur exhibition "Emperors of the Skies" presented by the Altmuehltal Dinosaur Museum in Germany features 24 important exhibits from the Altmuehl Jurassic along with a sensational find from Transylvania. Nicknamed "Dracula" because...

  • If you want to find Nemo, you may need SoFi, the robotic fish

    If you want to find Nemo, you may need SoFi, the robotic fish

    When exploring marine environments, underwater robots tend to be a bull trout in a china shop, disturbing marine life with their bulk and disruptive propulsion. Enter SoFi, the soft, agile robotic fish with a delicate demeanor. Scientists said on...

  • Millie Bobby Brown sends support to fan after birthday no-show

    Millie Bobby Brown sends support to fan after birthday no-show

    Actress Millie Bobby Brown sent her support to a fan after no-one turned up to his Stranger Things-themed party. The boy had invited a group of his classmates to his birthday celebrations. When Stranger Things actress Brown, 14, who plays Eleven...

  • Could climate change lead to 'anchovies and chips'?

    Could climate change lead to 'anchovies and chips'?

    Some of the UK's favourite dishes, from fish and chips to chicken tikka masala, could be threatened by climate change, environmentalists warn. Warmer seas could see populations of cod - long the staple in fish and chips, which dates back to the...

  • Madame Tussauds announces Meghan Markle waxwork

    Madame Tussauds announces Meghan Markle waxwork

    Meghan Markle is to be immortalised in wax after Madame Tussauds announced a model of the actress would go on display before the royal wedding. Town crier Anthony Appleton proclaimed the news outside the gates of Buckingham Palace after a notice...

  • Oh deer! Young muntjac rescued after falling from roof

    Oh deer! Young muntjac rescued after falling from roof

    A young muntjac deer had to be rescued after falling from a roof and getting stuck upside-down between two walls. The animal is thought to have climbed on top of a garage at a property in Bedworth, Warwickshire, on March 13. RSPCA officers believe...

  • Want to impress your neighbours? How about a bronze lion? Or a mammoth?

    Want to impress your neighbours? How about a bronze lion? Or a mammoth?

    A pair of giant bronze lions in the style of those which famously guard Trafalgar Square could sell for up to £100,000 at auction. The statues, modelled on the originals designed by artist Sir Edwin Landseer which surround Nelson's Column, are due...

  • Out of the mouths of babes... Children to have their say on Brexit

    Out of the mouths of babes... Children to have their say on Brexit

    Children in Wales aged as young as seven will get the chance to have their say on the Brexit process, the Welsh Government has said. A consultation is being launched to help ministers understand the views of the younger generation and make sure...