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The lead spacecraft in Europe's new multi-billion-euro Earth observation (EO) programme is built and ready to go into orbit. Sentinel-2a will take pictures of the planet's surface in visible and infrared light...
Residents in the northern Dutch town of Purmerend have been advised to take umbrellas out at night after a spate of attacks by an owl. Dozens of residents have suffered head injuries over the past three weeks at the claws of the rogue European eagle owl.
maandag 23 februari 2015 NIET TE VERGETEN! Donderdag 26 februari is er oudercontact, vergeet je niet in te schrijven.
The Austrian parliament has passed controversial reforms to the country's century-old law on Islam. The bill, which is partly aimed at tackling Islamist radicalism, gives Muslims more legal security but bans foreign funding for mosques and imams...
Asked to define luxury, the head of one of the world's best-known luxury goods makers simply looked baffled. He could have said this: once you have met what you need to survive, you achieve a level of comfort. Beyond that is where you find luxury...
The sensation of human touch is disappearing in a computer age, and with it part of human nature, says the novelist Will Self.
Amnesty International has urged the five permanent members of the UN Security Council to give up their power of veto in cases where atrocities are being committed. In its annual report, the rights group said the global response to an array of catastrophes in 2014 had been shameful.
Healthy gay men should be offered daily HIV drugs to prevent infections, say UK Medical Research Council and Public Health England scientists. Their study, on 545 high-risk men, found one case of HIV could be stopped for every 13 men treated for a year.
Technology has the power to transform how people learn - but walk into some classrooms and you could be forgiven for thinking you were entering a time warp.
Business model innovation is usually more powerful than technical innovation; it is more disruptive and harder to copy than technical innovation. And yet, so many companies are focused on technical innovation to compete. Consider Airbnb.
Toronto Police are asking the public to help identify the purpose of a bunker 10ft (3m) underground found near a Pan-Am Games venue. The underground chamber is was six-feet high, nearly three-feet wide, 33-feet long and supported by wood frames.
Fed up of endless traffic jams and overcrowded trains? Then how about commuting to work in your own jetpack? New Zealand firm Martin Aircraft Company is building a one-person jetpack scheduled to go on sale in 2016. And it actually seems to work.
Black rats may not have been to blame for numerous outbreaks of the bubonic plague across Europe, a study suggests. Scientists believe repeat epidemics of the Black Death, which arrived in Europe in the mid-14th Century, instead trace back to gerbils from Asia.
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Sea levels along the northeast coast of the US rose by record levels during 2009-2010, a study has found. Sea levels north of New York City rose by 128mm in two years, according to a report in the journal, Nature Communications.
Laura May McMullan spent years under sunbeds and sunbathing on holiday. Then she developed skin cancer and realised her desire to be brown had put her life in danger. Being brown was being me. If I wasn't tanned, then I didn't look like "me". Silly I know, but that's just the way I felt...
Women being screened for breast cancer in Germany may find themselves in the hands of a blind examiner. The idea has been around for a few years, and unpublished research suggests that it really works - that blind people can in fact detect tumours earlier than their sighted counterparts.
North Korean authorities have banned foreigners from participating in the annual Pyongyang marathon because of concerns over the spread of the Ebola virus, travel agencies say. In October, the country began enforcing strict travel restrictions on incoming tourists including a 21-day quarantine.
A 94-year-old man has been charged with 3,681 counts of accessory to murder in Germany on allegations he served at Auschwitz. Prosecutors said the defendant was a former SS sergeant, who acted as a medical officer at the Nazi concentration camp in 1944.
It’s surprising how we spend our lives. Reach your 78th birthday and according to some back-of-the-envelope calculations, you will have spent nine of those years watching television, four years driving a car, 92 days on the toilet, and 48 days having sex.

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