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As our phones get more complicated, they use more power and need to be charged more often. Last month, a Broadway show was halted when a man tried to charge his phone to a fake plug on a Broadway stage. We asked readers to name the oddest places they had charged their mobile phones.
Growing emissions from the burning of fossil fuels are threatening the effectiveness of radiocarbon dating, according to new research. The dating method has been used for decades to accurately determine the age of a wide range of artefacts.
Engineers have successfully tested a mobile bridge based on origami that could be deployed in disaster zones. In a test, Mobile Bridge version 4.0 was set up without any foundations by only a few people over the Hongo River in Fukuyama City, Japan. A vehicle travelled easily and safely across it.
He and his family were watching a pod of dolphins when one of them suddenly leapt aboard, says the OC Register. Dirk Frickman described scenes of chaos when the dolphin knocked him over and landed on his wife's legs...
Amazon has introduced its one-hour delivery service for Prime members in parts of central London in its first expansion outside the US. The company has launched Prime Now which gives customers in certain areas of the capital the chance to have items delivered to their door within an hour.
The US physicist who first discovered "photonic crystals" which can repel, trap and steer light is to receive the Newton Medal, the BBC can reveal. This is the highest honour given by the Institute of Physics in London...
In 2012 Valentin Gruener rescued a young lion cub and raised it himself at a wildlife park in Botswana. It was the start of an extraordinary relationship. Now an astonishing scene is repeated each time they meet - the young lion leaps on Gruener and holds him in an affectionate embrace.
The bird combines sounds in different combinations to convey meaning. Co-researcher Dr Andy Russell from the University of Exeter said: "It is the first evidence outside of a human that an animal can use the same meaningless sounds in different arrangements to generate new meaning...
The Washington Post has begun encrypting parts of its website to make it harder for cyberspies and hackers to monitor the stories users are reading. The US newspaper said it wanted users to "feel secure", adding that it was the "first major general news organisation" to make such a move...
IBM has said it has overcome technical hurdles threatening to delay the manufacture of silicon chips with the smallest components so far. It said it could now make chips with parts 7nm (nanometres) wide - 1,000 times smaller than a red blood cell.
Julius Kivimaki was found guilty of 50,700 "instances of aggravated computer break-ins". Court documents state that his attacks affected Harvard University and MIT among others, and involved hijacking emails, blocking traffic to websites and the theft of credit card details...
The development of a completely novel type of telecommunications satellite has been approved. To be called Quantum and built in the UK, the 3.5-tonne spacecraft will break new ground by being totally reconfigurable in orbit.
The shimmering beauty of a tropical coral reef submerged in a sapphire sea is often equated with paradise. But there's a darker side to the idyll, writes Mary Colwell. Coral reefs "are beautiful places", says Ken Johnson, a researcher specialising in coral at the Natural History Museum in London...
Prof Stephen Hawking has launched a new effort to answer the question of whether there is life elsewhere in space. The venture is said to be the biggest yet in support of the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence.
Several car infotainment systems are vulnerable to a hack attack that could potentially put lives at risk, a leading security company has said. NCC Group said the exploit could be used to seize control of a vehicle's brakes and other critical systems...
A university is in "exploratory discussions" to build the world's deepest swimming pool for spaceflight and human endurance research.The proposed 50m (164ft) deep pool at the University of Essex would be far deeper than NASA's own 12m (40ft) deep training pool in Houston...
More than 20 people with Clostridium difficile in the West Midlands have been saved by being fed liquid faeces. Public Health England's laboratory at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham has become the largest centre in the UK for faecal transplants...
The team from the University of Reading made the discovery while excavating Wilsford henge in the Vale of Pewsey. The body was found lying in a foetal position and wearing an amber necklace.
Several other fossil snakes have been found with hind limbs, but the new find is estimated to be a direct ancestor of modern snakes. Its delicate arms and legs were not used for walking, but probably helped the creature to grab its prey.
Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary, perhaps misunderstanding the nature of a live Twitter Q&A, once infamously replied to a female questioner with: "Nice pic. Phwoaaarr! MOL". Not that the outspoken chief executive was all that abashed by his faux pas...

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