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Why is it so hard to swat a fly?

<b>Try to swat a fly and it will soon become clear that they're faster than you. Much faster. But how on Earth do these tiny creatures - with their minuscule brains - outwit us so easily?</b><p>You've probably pondered it after chasing a fly around your house and flailing your shoe with repeated, …

Biology

US election: More top Republicans drop support for Trump

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Donald Trump

Why 4chan is 'struggling to survive'

<b>One of the most notorious corners of the web could be about to become a victim of its own success.</b><p>The owner of 4chan posted a warning last weekend that the anarchic bulletin board service was in financial straits.<p>"What I wrote on 4chan was true," Hiroyuki Nishimura told the BBC.<p>"Ad [revenue] is …

Internet

Calais: Truck swerves as migrants try to slow lorries

Migrants are seen putting obstacles in the road, causing a lorry to swerve, on a Calais motorway, near to the new wall being built.

North Africa

Syria conflict: US 'outraged' over aid convoy attack

<b>The US has expressed "outrage" over an attack on an aid convoy near the Syrian city of Aleppo that, a monitoring group says, left 12 civilians dead.</b><p>The UN has confirmed that the convoy was hit near the rebel-held town of Urum al-Kubra, without giving details.<p>Activists say an air strike hit the …

Middle East

Rio 2016: Was Chinese proposal romantic or just a form of male control?

<b>The crowd loved it - but did He Zi?</b><p>The Chinese diver had tears in her eyes when fellow athlete Qin Kai proposed during her silver medal ceremony.<p>A smile, however, took a lot longer to appear.<p>She eventually said yes to her boyfriend of six years, but his very public stunt has since divided opinion …

China

Chinese toddler left for dead in hit-and-run crash dies

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China

Delhi hit-and-run victim robbed as he lies dying

<b>A man bleeding to death at the side of a busy road in the Indian capital, Delhi, was ignored for over an hour and later robbed, police said.</b><p>The victim was on his way home from a night shift when he was struck by a small van, reports said.<p>CCTV footage circulating on the internet shows cars driving …

Crime

US couple sues IP mapping firm over 'digital hell'

<b>A US couple is suing an internet mapping firm for $75,000 (£58,000) after years of "digital hell".</b><p>MaxMind matches IP addresses, which are used to connect devices to the internet, to physical locations. It has said these are not meant to be precise.<p>James and Theresa Arnold say it registered their …

Identity Theft

New Zealand aims to become predator-free by 2050

<b>New Zealand has set a goal of eradicating all non-native predators within 35 years in order to protect the country's indigenous wildlife.</b><p>The clock is ticking for stoats, rats and possums, as Prime Minister John Key wants "every single part" of New Zealand to be free of the creatures by 2050, the …

Indigenous Peoples

The company that pays its staff to sleep

<b>For staff at insurance group Aetna, it pays to get a good night's sleep. Specifically $300 (£225) a year.</b><p>Such is the US firm's concern about the impact of sleep deprivation on employee performance, that it encourages its workers to sign up to a scheme that rewards them for getting at least seven …

Arianna Huffington

New Zealand avocado thefts grow as demand surges

<b>High prices and surging demand have sparked a spate of avocado thefts in New Zealand.</b><p>Hundreds have been stolen in bulk from orchards, with thieves using rakes to drag fruit straight from the tree before selling them on.<p>The fruits themselves are immature this time of year so consumers buying them …

Identity Theft

The Rumble in the Jungle 40 years on, by those who witnessed it

<b>The greatest sporting event ever? Some might disagree. The most seismic boxing match in history? Perhaps not. The 20th Century's most compelling piece of sporting theatre? Of course it was...</b><p>Here's the plot: the maniacal ruler of a strange and exotic land offers a seemingly invincible ogre riches …

Boxing

China's Alibaba insures against 'Good Samaritan scams'

<b>A string of incidents in China where people have been caught out while trying to do a good deed has fostered a fear of helping those in need.</b><p>In some cases, those trying to help others have then been blamed for causing the injuries - and been sued.<p>Now Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba thinks it can …

China

Is this Gap advert racist?

<b>What do you see in this picture?</b><p>Four young friends posing playfully for the camera? Another forgettable marketing campaign? Or a glaring example of a type of passive racism that persists across corporate America?<p>That's the debate that's been playing out online in response to an advert for a new …

Trends

Tesla Model 3 pitched as an 'affordable' electric car

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Electric Vehicles

Cameroon outcry over razorblade operation to save unborn twins

<b>Mobile phone footage of a woman without medical training cutting open the belly of a dead woman in a desperate attempt to save her unborn twins has provoked an outcry in Cameroon.</b><p>The impromptu surgery was done in the open air by a family member with razorblades outside the maternity ward of …

Physiology

Kenyan woman edits herself into holiday photos with hilarious consequences

<b>A woman from Kenya has edited herself into a series of other people's holiday photographs on her Facebook page.</b><p>Not being able to afford a trip to Asia, Sevelyn Gat inserted herself into snaps standing next to a plane, on the Great Wall of China and at a temple.<p>The photoshopped images were so bad …

Social Media

Commuters' tales: No room to sit - even in the toilet

<b>The daily commute to work, squashed into an overcrowded train, is an experience shared by people across the world. India's railways carry 23 million passengers every day - many of them to and from work. Bhasker Solanki photographed commuters on an early morning train from Surat in Gujarat to Mumbai.</b><p>…

Trains

PlayStation VR is cheaper than Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

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Virtual Reality

Migrant crisis: Russia and Syria 'weaponising' migration

<b>Russia and Syria are deliberately using migration as an aggressive strategy towards Europe, the senior Nato commander in Europe has said.</b><p>US Gen Philip Breedlove said they were "weaponising" migration to destabilise and undermine the continent.<p>He also suggested that criminals, extremists and …

North Africa

Would it be wrong to eradicate mosquitoes?

<b>The mosquito is the most dangerous animal in the world, carrying diseases that kill one million people a year. Now the Zika virus, which is carried by mosquitoes, has been linked with thousands of babies born with brain defects in South America. Should the insects be wiped out?</b><p>There are 3,500 known …

Public Health

Cologne attacks: Migrant men banned from German swimming pool

<b>A German town has banned male asylum seekers from a public swimming pool after women complained of harassment.</b><p>A government official in Bornheim said men from a nearby asylum shelter would be barred until they "got the message" that such behaviour was not acceptable.<p>It follows outrage over hundreds …

North Africa

Colossal star explosion detected

<b>Astronomers have seen what could be the most powerful supernova ever detected.</b><p>The exploding star was first observed back in June last year but is still radiating vast amounts of energy.<p>At its peak, the event was 200 times more powerful than a typical supernova, making it shine with 570 billion …

Astrophysics

Islamic State militant 'executes own mother' in Raqqa

<b>An Islamic State militant carried out a public "execution" of his mother because she asked him to leave the group, activists say.</b><p>Ali Saqr, 21, killed his mother, Lena al-Qasem, 45, outside the post office in Raqqa, Syria, eyewitnesses said.<p>Raqqa has served as IS' de facto capital since the group …

Middle East

CES 2016: Oculus Rift VR headset goes on sale for $599

<b>The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset has been put on sale at a price of $599 (£410).</b><p>Pre-orders for the CV1 version of the headset are now officially open and the device can be bought via the Oculus website.<p>Anyone ordering the headset now should have it shipped to them in March, said the …

Virtual Reality

CES 2016: Intel drone dodges 'falling tree' on stage

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Drones

Cologne sex attacks: Merkel disgust at New Year gang assaults

<b>German Chancellor Angela Merkel has voiced outrage over the sexual assaults and thefts that male gangs inflicted on women in Cologne on New Year's Eve.</b><p>Women have made at least 90 criminal complaints to police about the harassment by gangs at Cologne's main railway station on Thursday night.<p>Germans …

Europe

The man who can only say yes and no

<b>It's common to have communication problems after a severe stroke. But Graham Pawley is an unusual case in that he can understand everything but say virtually nothing back. He has to get by with "yes" and "no".</b><p>Communicating with Graham is a bit like playing that game where you have to keep asking …

Camden

Alexei Stakhanov: The USSR's superstar miner

<b>In December 1935, Time magazine's cover photo featured the celebrated Soviet worker Alexei Stakhanov. The US was still in the grip of the Great Depression and Stakhanov was a poster boy for communism - the figurehead of a new workers' movement dedicated to increasing production. But the good times</b> …

Russia