The lowest temperature ever found on Earth has been recorded in Antarctica.

newatlas.com

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The army has been called in to assist 100 fire fighters on Saddleworth Moor in Greater Manchester dealing with the worst English wildfire in living memory.

telegraph.co.uk

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The Public Accounts Committee estimates the EU divorce bill will be at least £10 billion higher than Theresa May claims.

theguardian.com

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Scientists at the University of California are using petri dishes to grow miniature Neanderthal brains half a centimetre across.

livescience.com

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In 2018, 85,000 people applied to be in Love Island, more than twice as many as applied for Oxbridge.

bbc.co.uk

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A six-year-old boy fired a gun in an Indiana branch of IKEA, after a customer left it lying on a sofa.

cnn.com

The Royal Navy is half the size it was in 1990.

telegraph.co.uk

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Black holes remain theoretical and have never been observed.

sky.com

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43% of the saline solution used in the US is made in Puerto Rico.

qz.com

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Japanese researchers have created a drinkable alcohol made from trees.

japantimes.co

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A rat in India has been found dead after breaking into an ATM and eating $18,000-worth of cash.

reuters.com

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The Spanish company that owns Heathrow, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Southampton airports is relocating from Oxford to the Netherlands.

sky.com

The world’s latest miniature computer is smaller than a grain of sand.

newatlas.com

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The Chinese government supports yoga as long as it doesn’t involve any chanting or meditation.

nytimes.com

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An on-going project in India has so far documented 780 languages written in 68 different scripts.

atlasobscura.com

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In 2017, the US imported three million tons of seafood – more than at any other time in its history.

apnews.com

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The 30th annual World’s Ugliest Dog contest has been won by an English bulldog from Minnesota called Zsa Zsa.

dw.com

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Swiss authorities have launched a safe sex campaign by giving away 400,000 coded condoms that offer the chance to win free muesli or a new lawnmower.

thelocal.ch

Concrete is stronger if carrots are added to it.

economist.com

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Only one manager of the 32 national teams in the 2018 World Cup is black.

bbc.co.uk

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Over 95% of street robberies and burglaries in the UK currently go unsolved.

thetimes.co.uk

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A French teenager visiting her mother in Canada was imprisoned in the US for two weeks after accidentally jogging across the border on the beach.

japantimes.co.jp

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A New York man has carved a barstool from a tree using only his teeth and nails.

newatlas.com

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Prince William is the first British royal ever to pay an official visit to Israel.

reuters.com

Cases of syphilis in the US have quadrupled since 2000.

economist.com

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Russian workers have been undergoing training to teach them how to smile for the 2018 World Cup.

businessinsider.com

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500 students and staff were evacuated from a university in Melbourne following a suspected gas leak that turned out to be a rotting durian fruit.

mothership.sg

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Kim Jong-Un has a portable privy, a toilet car in his motorcade, an emergency chamber pot in his Mercedes and a mobile commode for mountainous terrain.

livescience.com

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Engineers at UC Berkeley have built a solar powered box that produces practical quantities of drinking water out of thin air at night, even in the Arizona desert.

newatlas.com

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Although drawing White House salaries, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump made at least $82 million in outside income last year.

washingtonpost.com

The leading candidate in the San Francisco mayoral election is a woman called London Breed.

sfchronicle.com

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An analysis of 730,000 Norwegian men has revealed that IQ scores have been steadily falling since 1975.

thetimes.co.uk

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A video of a press conference at the G7 summit has spawned a conspiracy theory that Justin Trudeau wears false eyebrows.

thejournal.ie

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86% of Irish drivers who have been disqualified fail to hand in their licence as required by law and 13% of them go on driving regardless.

thetimes.co.uk

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Jaguar Land Rover, which has been wholly owned by Tata Motors of India since 2008, is to move production of the Land Rover Discovery to Slovakia.

reuters.com

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Donald Trump rips official papers into small pieces when he’s done with them, so White House officials have to spend hours sticking them back together again.

politico.com

40% of people on so-called apprenticeship schemes have no idea they’re classed as apprentices.

telegraph.co.uk

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A British company has achieved a world first by heating a nuclear reactor to the temperature of the centre of the Sun.

newatlas.com

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A CIA intelligence report says North Korea won’t give up its nuclear weapons but might be willing to open a burger joint in Pyongyang as a gesture of goodwill.

standard.co.uk

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A Harvard-backed US company claims to be able to suck carbon dioxide cheaply from the air and combine it with hydrogen to produce petrol, diesel and jet fuel.

theatlantic.com

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39% of all the fresh water in the US is used to cool power stations. MIT scientists are working on a way to turn the steam this produces back into drinking water.

newatlas.com

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Maison Mumm has produced the first zero-gravity champagne. It is forced out of the bottle as foam and has to be caught by the astronaut in a special glass.

newatlas.com

US and Chinese scientists have found the world’s oldest animal footprints in China, dated at more than half a billion years old.

newatlas.com

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Sir Harold Wilson’s widow, Mary, has died at the age of 102. Lady Wilson of Rievaulx started her working life as a shorthand typist in a soap factory.

thetimes.co.uk

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To make its aircraft lighter and stronger, Emirates is planning to remove all the windows and replace them with optics that are ‘better than the real thing’.

abc.net.au

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The Foreign Office has warned British travellers to leave their Vicks vapour rub at home: it is illegal in Japan, Singapore and Greece and could get them arrested.

telegraph.co.uk

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A librarian in Hong Kong has been arrested for fraudulently reporting people’s library cards as lost so they have would have to return books she wanted to read.

scmp.com

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With a ‘somewhat mindboggling’ new technique, Stanford University researchers have transformed a millilitre of blood into 50,000 brain cells in just three weeks.

newatlas.com

This year, for the first time since the contest started, Miss America contestants will no longer parade in swimsuits.

nytimes.com

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Chancellor Angela Merkel is to face German MPs in the first ever ‘Prime Minister’s Questions’ held in the Bundestag.

irishtimes.com

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British scientists have mapped the genomes of 3,000 dangerous bacteria, including one from Sir Alexander Fleming’s nose.

reuters.com

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Australian scientists have developed a nutritious broccoli powder that can be sprinkled on coffee or hidden in children’s meals.

newatlas.com

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The US Army has developed a mechanical ‘third arm’ for soldiers that takes the weight off their guns so they don’t get so tired when firing them.

newatlas.com

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Four new ‘all-weather’ £150 million F-35 warplanes bought by the RAF from the US have been unable to fly to Britain because of bad weather over the Atlantic.

thetimes.co.uk

Montenegro is a member of NATO but has no fighter planes.

nato.int

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Two million disposable coffee cups are sent to landfill in Ireland every day.

independent.co.uk

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A US couple have told the New York Post their baby son’s first word was ‘Alexa’.

nypost.com

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A new app offers a foolproof way to fall asleep, listening to the BBC announcer who does the Shipping Forecast reading excerpts from the EU’s GDPR legislation.

theverge.com

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After receiving an experimental form of immunotherapy, a 49-year-old breast cancer patient given three months to live has gone into complete remission.

newatlas.com

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A recent study in Boston found that the average wealth of a white family was $247,500 and that of the average African American one was $8.

theatlantic.com

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