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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.
MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report) – Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life, a sobering new study reports.
Buying a property with a sitting tenant and paying them to live there sounds like an odd investment, but the practice has been around in France since the 9th Century - and bizarrely it's getting more popular. Why?...
The most disturbing part of walking over Lake Khövsgöl in northern Mongolia wasn’t the sound of cracking ice. It was the thuds. The thuds meant that water was on the move, bubbling up through fresh rifts in the metre-thick ice that lay under my boots, three pairs of socks and numb feet.
William’s internal clock is eternally jammed at 13:40 on 14 March 2005 – right in the middle of a dentist appointment. A member of the British Armed Forces, he had returned to his post in Germany the night before after attending his grandfather’s funeral.

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