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FBI sting nets couple who hid atomic secrets in peanut butter sandwich
An Australian Collins submarine that will be replaced as part of the Aukus pact
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FBI sting nets couple who hid atomic secrets in peanut butter sandwich

US navy engineer charged with trying to sell sensitive nuclear submarine data
11 Oct 2021
Covid toes: why some people are developing chilblain-like lesions
Covid toes
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Covid toes: why some people are developing chilblain-like lesions

The often painful condition could be caused by the body’s immune response when fighting off Covid-19
7 Oct 2021
Beethoven’s unfinished symphony finished by AI
Beethoven statue in Germany
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Beethoven’s unfinished symphony finished by AI

Musicians, historians and scientists join forces to ‘create something that Beethoven himself might have written’
1 Oct 2021
English-speaking ‘mystery woman’ found injured on rocks in Croatia
Mystery Croatia woman
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English-speaking ‘mystery woman’ found injured on rocks in Croatia

Police say she can’t remember her name or how she came to be on dangerous area of remote island
20 Sep 2021
Lab-made mini brain develops its own ‘eyes’
Organoid brain
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Lab-made mini brain develops its own ‘eyes’

Researchers hope organoid development will prove useful for studying human brain
19 Aug 2021
Wildcats reconquer Dutch forests
A European wildcat
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Wildcats reconquer Dutch forests

Rewilding of woodlands has encouraged the return of the long-lost feline
6 Aug 2021
The strangest places offering vaccinations
Members of the public ride Thorpe Park’s ‘Detonator: Bombs Away’ ride
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The strangest places offering vaccinations

Jabs offered at theme park as part of push to encourage more young people to get inoculated
30 Jul 2021

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‘Ooh ’eck’: why northern accents are at risk of being wiped out
Last of the Summer Wine
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‘Ooh ’eck’: why northern accents are at risk of being wiped out

Scientists forecast that southern speech patterns will begin to take over
29 Jul 2021
Video: ‘psychic pig’ and ‘mystic meerkats’ predict England vs. Denmark winner
Suzie the psychic pig from Ouseburn Farm in Newcastle-upon-Tyne
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Video: ‘psychic pig’ and ‘mystic meerkats’ predict England vs. Denmark winner

Watch the animals give their verdicts on the Three Lions’s chances in the Euro 2020 semi-final
7 Jul 2021
Government introduces new local coronavirus restrictions - but doesn’t tell anyone
Variant of concern sign seen in Bolton
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Government introduces new local coronavirus restrictions - but doesn’t tell anyone

Online update to guidance for areas hit by Indian variant branded ‘farcical’ before ‘screeching U-turn’
25 May 2021
Why the US is ‘getting serious’ about UFOs
A US navy pilot prepares to take off from the USS George H. W. Bush
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Why the US is ‘getting serious’ about UFOs

Congress to be briefed next month on military sightings of unidentified flying objects
21 May 2021
Mysterious brain injuries at embassies in China and Cuba trigger CIA probe
The US embassy in Havana, Cuba where the brain injuries were first reported
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Mysterious brain injuries at embassies in China and Cuba trigger CIA probe

Scores of US spies, diplomats and soldiers have reported unexplained health problems over past five years
13 May 2021
Saudi crown prince ‘lobbied France to authenticate fake da Vinci’
The Salvator Mundi on display at Christies in 2017
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Saudi crown prince ‘lobbied France to authenticate fake da Vinci’

Upcoming documentary claims Louvre was urged to lie about world’s most expensive painting
12 Apr 2021
Dogs can sniff out Covid a week before swabs, trial reveals
A springer spaniel is trained to sniff out coronavirus
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Dogs can sniff out Covid a week before swabs, trial reveals

Coronavirus-detecting canines could pave the way to easing restrictions on large gatherings
5 Mar 2021
‘Party prince’ sues son over €1 sale of German castle
Marienburg Castle
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‘Party prince’ sues son over €1 sale of German castle

Ernst August of Hanover has launched legal bid to regain control of ancestral seat from state
18 Feb 2021
All of the coronavirus in the world could fit inside a Coke can
A can of coke
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All of the coronavirus in the world could fit inside a Coke can

A maths expert explains how such a tiny quantity of Covid could cause such chaos
12 Feb 2021
Why Elon Musk is reading monkeys’ minds
Elon Musk speaks during the Satellite 2020 conference.
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Why Elon Musk is reading monkeys’ minds

Tesla mogul is on mission to enable humans to control computers with their brains
2 Feb 2021
Portugal bans remote learning for private schools
Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa
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Portugal bans remote learning for private schools

Expat children unable to learn from home after criticism of state school online teaching
27 Jan 2021
Floating igloos offer hope for threatened penguins
Penguins diving into the Arctic Ocean
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Floating igloos offer hope for threatened penguins

Creator of new ‘Penguin Protection System’ says the structures protect endangered species while combating climate change
5 Jan 2021
Novichok put in Navalny’s underwear, says FSB spy
Alexei Navalny
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Novichok put in Navalny’s underwear, says FSB spy

FSB agent tricked into revealing bizarre details of plot to kill Putin’s chief critic
22 Dec 2020
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