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Experts warn washed up McDonald's balloons damage European coastlines


Balloons from British branches of McDonald's have washed up across the North Sea, as far away as the coastlines of Belgium and Germany.

Remains of 380 bodies could provide evidence of the ferocious battles during the Roman Empire


Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark do not believe these people who fought in Denmark's Illerup River Valley - some of whom were just 13 years old - were trained for the day-long combat.

'Midwife' apes seen helping bonobos give birth


Scientists saw three captive bonobos give birth in France and the Netherlands. The mother did not isolate herself from the group and other females helped her, acting as midwives.

China lunches its 'Magpie Bridge' satellite as part of programme to get to the dark side of the moon


The satellite was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in the south-western province of Sichuan at 5.28am local time on Monday (21:28 UTC on Sunday/ 22:28 BST, 17:28 ET).

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Life saving AI system can work out how MALNOURISHED a person is


Nairobi-based non-profit called Kimetrica is developing AI-powered software called MERON which can detect the level of malnutrition from a single photo of a person's face.


Mind-boggling experiment could finally help physicists explain quantum superposition


Researchers from Israel and Japan devised an experiment that could help scientists get to the bottom of quantum superposition. The bizarre phenomenon allows a particle to be in 'two places at once.'

Emergence of early animal life came more as a gradual whimper than a bang 540 million years ago


The new timing put forward by researchers at Oxford University is important as it changes how we view and interpret the evolution of euarthropods - a key early animal group.


Elon Musk says affordable Tesla Model 3 is still months away


Billionaire tech mogul and Tesla chief Elon Musk released new details about the long-awaited Model 3 sedan in a series of tweets late Sunday, saying it's still months away from delivering the vehicle.


Japan to flood the Pacific with one million tons of radioactive water


Storage space at the abandoned facility on Japan's east coast is running dangerously low as officials race to secure the nearly 160 tons of contaminated water produced there per day.


Stimulating brain with magnets could be 'safer' treatment for obesity

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Researchers at the University of Milan say deep transcranial magnetic stimulation could reduce the level of endorphins produced in obese people's brains when they eat.


Oxford awarded £470k to trial pop up electric vehicle charging points


Oxford residents will soon be able to charge their electric vehicles at pop-up points that retract underground when not in use after an investment of nearly half a million pounds.


First permanent immigrant to our solar system spotted by astronomers


The space rock (circled in yellow), spotted by researchers at the Nice Observatory in France, is the first known asteroid to have been captured from another star system.


Parents that share images of their children on social media could be exposing them to identify theft


A survey of more than 2,000 people by London-based banking giant Barclay's has revealed that the online trend for 'sharenting' could be exposing children to identity fraud in later life.


Mark Zuckerberg finally agrees to live-stream EU parliament hearing


Zuckerberg was summoned to give evidence in front of MEPs after the Cambridge Analytica scandal in which up to 87 million Facebook users were said to have had their data hacked.


Taking your shoes off when you come home could help you slim down


Environmental chemicals carried into the house on your footwear meddle with your hormones and promote the build up of fat, according to a study from the University of Aveiro in Portugal.

Saturday, May 19

Google is working on an AR headset - and 'Apple Glasses' could go on sale in 2021


Google and Apple appear poised to release AR headsets. The iPhone maker may be prepping a pair of 'Apple Glasses' for 2021, while a separate report says Google is building an AR headset.

Ancient clay urn is unearthed in a Cornish farmer's field


The set of burnt human remains were discovered near Looe in south east Cornwall and would have been part of a mysterious ritual ceremony.

World's smallest home is so tiny even a mite won't fit through door


Using a new nanorobotic system, French scientists built a 'microhouse' on top of an optical fiber that's as thin as human hair, which is just 75 microns thick. By comparison, the house is only 20 micrometers wide.

Electromagnetic radiation poses 'credible threat' to wildlife


An EKLIPSE report found electromagnetic radiation from communication systems – including WiFi, 2G/3G/4G, and powerlines – now poses a ‘credible threat’ to plants, insects, birds, and other animals.

Friday, May 18

Archaeologists find street of balconies in Italy's Pompeii

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Archaeologists excavating an unexplored part of Italy's volcanic ash-covered city of Pompeii have discovered a street of houses with intact balconies.

Putin unveils underwater drone 'capable of obliterating navy bases'


Russia's Poseidon torpedo sub is designed to destroy 'enemy navy bases' and will be able to travel at up to 70 knots.

Mozart 'was not really an alcoholic', says British surgeon


Jonathan Noble, fellow of the London-based Royal College of Surgeons, set out to write a book about illnesses that afflicted great composers but found few suffered the conditions attributed to them.

Google's vision of total data collection revealed


An internal Google video has emerged that provides an unnerving glimpse into how the firm could use its wealth of information to control people globally. Google says the video is just a 'thought-experiment'.

Thursday, May 17

New Zealand has its own population of over 700 blue whales


Researchers believe the massive mammals are genetically distinct from whales found in the neighbouring Pacific and Southern Oceans.

WWII bomber Memphis Belle is lovingly restored and put on display


The B-17 'Flying Fortress' known as Memphis Belle has been introduced as the anchor of an extensive exhibit in the Dayton-area museum's war gallery. It flew 25 missions during WWII.

Ukraine's spy dolphins died after 'hunger strike' when captured


The military had been using the secretive unit since the '70s but the bottlenose dolphins were apprehended by Russia when it annexed Crimea in 2014.

Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit Tumble dryers had dangerous design fault


Some 5.3million dryers under the Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit brands had a design fault that has caused at least 750 household fires since 2004 (stock image).