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Self-healing aeroplane wings could be introduced in the next five to 10 years, say UK researchers at the University of Bristol. The team drew inspiration from the way the human body heals from a cut with blood that hardens into a scab.
Researchers have identified a new way to produce aviation fuel from sugarcane biomass that could deliver substantial cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. The source crops could be grown on marginal land, avoiding displacing food production, the team observed.
Google has unveiled a collection of 40 new "special street view" images as part of its latest update. As well as regular images, the new views let you swim with humpback whales in the Cook Islands, dive off the coast of Bali and take a beach stroll in Samoa...
Scientists are launching an investigation into antibiotic-resistant bacteria, known as "superbugs", by gathering data from surfers' rectums. Surfers are being asked to volunteer to provide rectal swabs to help scientists to find out the effects of marine pollution on human health...
More than 700 species of wild plants - almost half of the native flora of the British Isles - are found on road verges, according to a study. Many plants once found in meadows now only thrive beside roads, where they provide essential habitat for insects, says charity Plantlife.
Fluorine is an evil gas. And it is also used to manufacture a string of other artificial gases, some of which nearly left mankind exposed to burning ultraviolet light - and are even now warming the planet.
Airbus, which leads the production of Europe's Ariane rocket, has developed a concept that could make future vehicles partially re-usable. Code-named "Adeline", the system would see a booster's main engines fly themselves back to Earth after a launch...
Wi-fi signals have been used to beam power to a surveillance camera. The battery-free camera was modified so it could scavenge power from ambient wi-fi signals, store it and then use it to take photos.
Port officials in an Oregon city have gone to creative lengths to see off hundreds of sea lions from their docks - by shipping in a fake orca whale. The 32ft-long fibreglass whale was brought to rid Astoria's port of the sea lions after they failed to leave as expected once the weather got warmer...
The Solar Impulse plane has broken the record for the longest non-stop solo flight without refuelling. The milestone was achieved 76 hours into the latest leg of its attempt to circumnavigate the globe.
Cat v mouse: it is probably the most famous predator-prey pairing, enshrined in idioms and a well-known cartoon. And cats, it turns out, even have chemical warfare in their anti-mouse arsenal - contained in their urine.
US Army sun cream and tins of bacon are among the finds on Salisbury Plain revealed by archaeologists, to mark US Independence Day. Wessex Archaeology, based on the plain, said various US-issued provisions had been found in recent years.
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As people across cash-strapped Greece wait to vote in a referendum on Sunday on whether to accept proposals made by creditors, what can be learned by examining similar economic crises in Iceland and Cyprus? In 2007, the Icelandic economy appeared healthy.
Last year in Japan, more than 25,000 people took their own lives. That's 70 every day. The vast majority were men...
The animal appeared as people were preparing to leave Alconbury Sports and Social Club, Cambridgeshire. Panic reigned, with a woman being bitten, a man falling off his bicycle as he was chased and a pest controller being pursued back to his car.
France has rejected an appeal by the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to grant him asylum. Prosecutors in Sweden want to question Mr Assange over sex assault allegations.
Iceland's parliament has abolished its blasphemy laws, despite opposition from some of the country's churches. It came after the deadly attack the same month against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris...
Islamic State (IS) has published photographs of militants destroying what it says are artefacts looted from the ancient ruins of Palmyra in Syria. Six statues are shown being hit with sledgehammers while a crowd looks on.

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