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  • Rare Sumatran orangutan baby born at British zoo

    Rare Sumatran orangutan baby born at British zoo

    The first moments of a baby Sumatran orangutan's life - a critically endangered species - were captured by Chester Zoo in England, hours after the infant's birth. The youngster was born to mum Emma, the 30-year-old ape's fifth baby, overnight on...

  • Chilled music: performer makes instruments out of ice

    Chilled music: performer makes instruments out of ice

    While most musicians seek to avoid a frosty reception at concerts, for Norwegian composer and performer Terje Isungset a chilly feeling is nothing to fear: he performs with instruments he makes himself out of ice. A recent performance at London's...

  • If sorbet tastes like it, pop the Champagne name, European Court of Justice says

    If sorbet tastes like it, pop the Champagne name, European Court of Justice says

    The European Court of Justice has ruled that if a sorbet really tastes like Champagne, that is what it can be called. Just in time for the festive season, the European Court of Justice ruled on a case involving France's august and protective CIPV...

  • 'Star Wars' bat among 115 new species found in Greater Mekong region

    'Star Wars' bat among 115 new species found in Greater Mekong region

      A snail-eating turtle found in a food market and a bat that would not look out of place in a Star Wars film are among 115 new species discovered in the Greater Mekong region. A report from conservation charity WWF reveals three new mammals, 11...

  • Moving house - literally!

    Moving house - literally!

    A four-bedroom farmhouse in southern Iowa listed online for free comes with a catch - the new owner must move the building from the current owners' land. Roger and Linda Dolecheck say in a Craigslist ad that the Ringgold County home will be torn...

  • Asteroid came from another star - Nasa

    Asteroid came from another star - Nasa

    Astronomers recently scrambled to observe an intriguing asteroid that zipped through the solar system on a steep trajectory from interstellar space—the first confirmed object from another star. Now, new data from Nasa reveal the interstellar...

  • Cold water poured on council's bid to liquefy bodies rather than cremate them

    Cold water poured on council's bid to liquefy bodies rather than cremate them

    A council is exploring plans to liquefy bodies instead of cremating them as an eco-friendly alternative. Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council in the West Midlands has described water cremation as the "next phase in evolution". But water companies...

  • When a chimney would have been safer

    When a chimney would have been safer

    A man dressed as Santa Claus scaled a skyscraper in Berlin on Sunday to delivere gifts to children waiting below. Perhaps a chimney would have been safer.

  • Tree-mendous test flight

    Tree-mendous test flight

    A pilot has traced a virtual Christmas tree complete with baubles over Germany on a test flight with an Airbus A380. Spokesman Heiko Stolzke said that the five-hour flight the previous day was "a standard internal Airbus test flight before the...

  • Restaurant in India replaces waiters with robots

    Restaurant in India replaces waiters with robots

    A restaurant in India's southern Chennai city is trying to revolutionise customer service by introducing robot waiters to deliver food and drinks. At the 'Robot' restaurant, a tray-wielding humanoid roams the eatery, delivers food to patrons and...

  • Does the US Pentagon still have a UFO program, or not?

    Does the US Pentagon still have a UFO program, or not?

    The Pentagon acknowledged on Saturday that its long-secret UFO investigation program ended in 2012, when US defense officials shifted attention and funding to other priorities. But as to whether the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program...

  • New strip club close to Richard III's grave? No thanks, say residents

    New strip club close to Richard III's grave? No thanks, say residents

    A bid to open a new strip club is being opposed because it is too near the resting place of a former English monarch. The proposed site in Leicester city centre is inappropriate due to its close proximity to Richard III's tomb, a councillor has...

  • Your Christmas crib is wrong - there were no animals in the Bible's nativity scene

    Your Christmas crib is wrong - there were no animals in the Bible's nativity scene

    From nativity plays to crèche sets to Christmas cards, animals are ubiquitous in our vision of the birth of Christ – but according to the Bible, not a single animal was there. Where did all these animals come from, and why are they now so central...

  • Norway switches off FM radio for public broadcasting

    Norway switches off FM radio for public broadcasting

    Norway has become the first country in the world to switch off national radio FM broadcasts, despite widespread scepticism from citizens about the change.  National broadcasters across the Scandinavian country will now only broadcast using digital...

  • Man thrills his girlfriend with his own 'pregnancy' photo shoot

    Man thrills his girlfriend with his own 'pregnancy' photo shoot

    An expecting father in Massachusetts has shown off his paternal glow with a pregnancy photo shoot, which has gone viral. Peabody resident Nick Roberts surprised his pregnant girlfriend with the photos at their gender reveal party in June before...

  • Just say 'when' - now taking longer!

    Just say 'when' - now taking longer!

    The capacity of wine glasses has increased sevenfold in the last 300 years and most steeply in the last two decades, a study has found. Researchers believe this growth in glass size may have encouraged the nation's increasing wine consumption,...

  • Can't stop taking pictures of yourself? You might have 'selfitis'

    Can't stop taking pictures of yourself? You might have 'selfitis'

    Selfitis - or the obsessive taking of selfies - appears to be a genuine condition, research has suggested. The term was first coined in 2014 as part of a spoof news article claiming selfitis was to be deemed a mental disorder by the American...

  • Flare explodes in recycling plant worker's hands

    Flare explodes in recycling plant worker's hands

    A worker narrowly escaped injury at a Cambridgeshire recycling plant after a marine flare exploded in his hands. Security cameras captured the moment, showing the worker studying the flare before it exploded in his hands and ricocheted around the...

  • Clowns go on pilgrimage in Mexico

    Clowns go on pilgrimage in Mexico

    The streets of Mexico City burst with sound and colour on Wednesday as hundreds of clowns went on their annual pilgrimage to the Basilica of Guadalupe, Mexico's holiest shrine. This is reportedly the 29th year that clowns in bright clothes and...

  • On the cutting edge of hospital care, for camels

    On the cutting edge of hospital care, for camels

    A $10.9 million hospital designed to treat camels -- and only camels -- has opened in Dubai, with local veterinarians stating it provides state of the art treatment for the desert animal.  "There are a lot of equine hospitals because horses have...