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Kepler-452b orbits at a very similar distance from its star, though its radius is 60% larger. Mission scientists said they believed it was the most Earth-like planet yet.
Rice should be prepared in machines designed for making filter coffee, experts say. Why, asks Jon Kelly. Instead of boiling rice in a pan, people are being told to prepare it in a percolator.
The team, based in Zurich and London, say they have found a way to mask data that does little to slow it down. Many anonymising systems are slow because data is encrypted many times as it travels.
Car manufacturer Daimler is hoping to test self-driving trucks on German motorways this year, according to a company executive. Speaking to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Wolfgang Bernhard said he was "positive" the firm would get certification within weeks...
The spacecraft which made a spectacular landing on a comet last year has discovered a rich array of carbon compounds. One leading scientist has even described the chemicals as "a frozen primordial soup"...
Scientists have developed a tiny robot - based on the water strider insect - that can jump on water. The robotic version uses the same forces to jump as the water strider - pushing off without breaking the surface.
People who spend time in aquariums could improve their physical and mental wellbeing, a study has suggested. As well as improving people's mood, the experiment showed "significant" reductions in participants' heart rates and blood pressure, the authors added...
Two scientists at a German university have developed a tool which recognises a person's face in complete darkness. The technology identifies a person from their thermal signature and matches infrared images with ordinary photos...
A controversial statue unveiled by the Satanic Temple at a secret ceremony in Detroit has attracted protests. But who is the goat-headed figure? And what do the elements of the statue symbolise?
The shooting incident took place in the Marietta area of East Texas. Three shots were fired and at least one ricocheted off the shell.
Family members of Osama Bin Laden were killed in a private jet crash in Hampshire on Friday, the Saudi Arabian embassy in the UK has said. It came down near Blackbushe Airport, close to the Surrey border, killing the pilot and all three passengers.
Nasa's New Horizons spacecraft has begun the most intense period of its encounter with Pluto. The probe is set to hurtle past the dwarf world on Tuesday, grabbing a mass of pictures and other science data...
Google is holding seven public meetings across Europe to debate issues raised by the "right to be forgotten" ruling. The ruling by the European Court of Justice lets people ask Google to remove some types of information about them from its search index...
How much does the earth weigh? According to Terry Quinn, emeritus director of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures, the Earth weighs about 7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 Kg.
Intel has launched a generation of processors with the smallest transistors ever featured in a commercial product. The Core M chip is the first in the family of Intel's next-generation Broadwell processors...
Thousands of Britons could be inadvertently sharing their digital secrets with anyone who knows where to click, suggests a BBC investigation. At risk are photographs, home videos and music collections as well as scans of documents such as passports, tax forms and other sources of personal data.
As drugs - both legal and illegal - pass through us, they enter the UK's waterways. But can this really lead to a change in the feeding habits, and even the sex, of wildlife? Most people go to a music festival for the music, the mud and the social scene...
William Meredith, from Hillview, Kentucky, was subsequently arrested by police. According to local media, he was arrested and charged with first degree criminal mischief and first degree wanton endangerment.
In the US, poverty, deprivation and exploitation draws thousands of its own children down into a dark underworld that offers few ways out. It is a world few Americans are aware of. But tens of thousands of American children are thought to be sexually exploited every year.

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