The US has the highest maternal mortality rate of all industrialised countries – almost four times the European average.
Ford engineers have designed a robot bottom that simulates a large man getting in and out of the driver’s seat in a Fiesta for ten years: it’s called the Robutt.
Scientists at the University of Basel and University College, London have developed a super-sensitive scale capable of weighing a single cell.
Historians now believe that Martin Luther never nailed his 95 theses to the church door - he sent them by post to the archbishop.
Kazakhstan is to switch from a Cyrillic to a Latin alphabet, with the result that its name will probably be spelt Qazaqstan.
Saudi women are to be allowed into sports stadiums for the first time.
In the 10 years since PetroChina, the world’s first trillion-dollar company, began trading, it has lost $800 billion in value – the world’s largest shareholder loss.