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The doctor who pulled Harrison Ford from the wreck of a plane crash has described how he feared a fireball from the aircraft's leaking fuel. Spine surgeon Sanjay Khurana was playing golf in Los Angeles when the American actor's vintage plane "belly-flopped" down on to the eighth hole...
The US space agency's Dawn probe has gone into orbit around Ceres, the largest object in the Solar System between Mars and Jupiter. Ceres is the first of the dwarf planets to be visited by a spacecraft...
Archaeologists and officials have expressed outrage about the bulldozing of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud by Islamic State militants in Iraq. IS began demolishing the site, which was founded in the 13th Century BC, on Thursday, according to Iraqi officials.
Microsoft has issued a security warning about a bug that could let attackers spy on supposedly secure communications. Called "Freak", the bug was found in software used to encrypt data passing between web servers and web users...
A boy who dressed as a character from Fifty Shades of Grey was excluded from his school's World Book Day celebrations, according to his mother. Liam Scholes, 11, went to Sale High School as Christian Grey from the explicit novel, wearing a grey suit and carrying cable ties and an eye mask...
The winner of the search to find Germany's Eurovision Song Contest entrant turned down the chance to represent his country on live TV. Andreas Kummert initially thanked the public for selecting his song Heart of Stone as Germany's entry...
In quantum information theory, a no-communication theorem is a result which gives conditions under which instantaneous transfer of information between two observers is impossible.
In quantum mechanics, quantum decoherence is the loss of coherence or ordering of the phase angles between the components of a system in a quantum superposition. One consequence of this dephasing is classical or probabilistically additive behavior.
GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages. (more...) This is the official GIMP web site.
One of America's largest circus companies has said it will phase out the use of elephants in its shows. The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus told the Associated Press news agency that it plans to stop using the animals by 2018...
An expat American has been arrested in the United Arab Emirates for comments he posted on Facebook while in the US. Helicopter mechanic Ryan Pate wrote the Facebook post while in Florida after arguing with employer Global Aerospace Logistics (Gal) over sick leave.
New York City's only remaining classical sheet music store will close on Friday, as more and more musicians buy their musical score online. Thousands of musicians have shopped at Frank Music Company since it opened in 1937...
US actor Harrison Ford has been injured in a small plane crash in Los Angeles, US media report. He was reportedly piloting a single-engine plane that crashed onto a golf course in Venice, near the Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
In the mid-1960s, Australian athlete Reg Spiers found himself stranded in London with no money to buy a plane ticket home. Desperate to get back to Australia in time for his daughter's birthday, he decided to post himself in a wooden crate. "I just got in the thing and went...
A major analysis by the University of Oxford estimates the population of England has risen by 565,000 since 2011 due to immigration. The figures suggest the migrant population of every local authority in the country may have risen.
Physicists are abuzz with possibilities for "metamaterials" that can be designed to have surprising properties. Tweaking the structure of materials to manipulate things like their appearance is already fairly well-known; the next phase is changing their mechanics...
Scientists have unearthed the jawbone of what they claim is one of the very first humans. The 2.8 million-year-old specimen is 400,000 years older than researchers thought that our kind first emerged.
US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert has been injured by an attacker in Seoul, officials say and media say. They say the attack happened as Mr Lippert, 42, was about to attend a breakfast meeting in the capital.
Here's something that surprised us when we saw it trending in China: the "handsome" men of the London public transport system. The Tube - as London's underground system is known - is famous around the world for all sorts of reasons, from its history to its distinctive logo and map...
Ouch's recent article on what a blind BBC journalist "sees" prompted lots of readers to email their own experiences. Damon Rose completely lost his sight as a child, but his world is far from pitch black - rather, it is an ever-changing array of luminous colours and light...

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