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'Quantum coat' makes batteries child-safe

<b>Engineers in the US have produced child-safe batteries with a special coating that stops them causing harm if they are swallowed.</b><p>Small, button-shaped batteries can be easy to swallow and cause thousands of injuries every year, some fatal.<p>The new coating only conducts electricity when squeezed - …

University College London

Google: Amazon is biggest search rival

<b>Google chairman Eric Schmidt has said the firm's biggest rival in online search is e-commerce giant Amazon.</b><p>Mr Schmidt fought back at claims that Google enjoyed unrivalled dominance of the online search market.<p>"Many people think our main competition is Bing or Yahoo. But, really, our biggest search …

eCommerce

Garlic injection could tackle tree diseases

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Alternative Medicine

Does job success depend on data rather than your CV?

<b>The bald truth is that most companies are pretty bad at recruitment.</b><p>Nearly half of new recruits turn out to be duds within 18 months, according to one study, while two-thirds of hiring managers admit they've often chosen the wrong people.<p>And the main reason for failure is not because applicants …

Employment

Molten metal batteries aimed at the grid

The battery runs at 450C so its workings are impossible to photograph; this room-temperature mock-up uses mercury (bottom) and steel foam instead of hot, liquid metals<p><b>Engineers in the US have invented a battery, made of three molten metals, which could help smooth the power supply from renewable</b> …

Clean Energy

'Why I bet £900k on the Scottish referendum'

<b>An anonymous man bet £900,000 on a "No" vote in the Scottish independence referendum. He won. Here he talks through his thought process.</b><p>This was not a reckless gamble. Losing this money would have seriously hurt. But I wouldn't have lost my house - although maybe my wife would have had something to …

United Kingdom

Beyond Angkor: How lasers revealed a lost city

<b>Deep in the Cambodian jungle lie the remains of a vast medieval city, which was hidden for centuries. New archaeological techniques are now revealing its secrets - including an elaborate network of temples and boulevards, and sophisticated engineering.</b><p>In April 1858 a young French explorer, Henri …

Archaeology

Can Alibaba's kung fu culture floor its global rivals?

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eCommerce

Ukraine crisis: Forgotten death of Russian soldier

<b>A thousand miles from Moscow, on a wooden bench in the yard of her parents' house, Oksana shares memories of her brother Konstantin.</b><p>She shows me the medal he'd been awarded for military service in the North Caucasus; some of his army photos, too, including a portrait on a military pendant.<p>"This is …

Russia

Alibaba: What exactly does it do?

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eCommerce

Alibaba IPO: Chairman Ma's China

<b>"All of our brains are just as good." So said Alibaba's great helmsman Jack Ma to the 17 friends who made up his embryonic company in an eve of battle call to arms.</b><p>Though they might be behind the US in many ways, he told them, on the application of intelligence they could win.<p>The application of …

China

The game that flourished in WW1 trenches

<b>A board game played by German soldiers in the trenches of World War One is giving modern computer games a run for their money - how has it managed to stay so popular for so long?</b><p>There is, we know, a very big centenary under way. In Germany 100 years ago there was a momentous development, and the …

Die Hard

Spitting fish 'adjust for distance' when shooting

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Ecology

Norway: Mohammed most common men's name in Oslo

<b>Mohammed is now the most common name for men in Norway's capital city Oslo, it appears.</b><p>"It is very exciting," Jorgen Ouren of Statistics Norway tells The Local news website. A recent count of the city's population showed more than 4,800 men and boys in the city are called Mohammed, beating out …

Europe

'Two simple rules' explain sheepdog behaviour

<b>The relationship between a shepherd and his sheepdog has always seemed almost magical, but scientists now say it can be explained by two simple rules.</b><p>Researchers have used GPS data to reveal the mathematical secrets of how sheepdogs do their job.<p>The new model helps to explain why one shepherd and a …

Border Collie

Scientists sniffing out the Western allergy epidemic

<b>One in three of us is allergic. From grass pollen to latex, peanuts to pets, allergies send 20,000 of people in England to hospital every year.</b><p>But generations before did not suffer from this epidemic, so what is it that's making us so allergic in our modern world?<p>Many theories have come and gone …

Biomedicine

Gelotophobia: living a life in fear of laughter

<b>Being in the middle of a group of laughing friends is usually a happy experience, but for those with an unusual phobia it is anything but. They are people with gelotophobia - a fear of laughter.</b><p>Drummond* (all names have been changed), 18, from the US, told researchers: "I hear people laughing and I …

Psychology

India's long, dark and dangerous walk to the toilet

<b>The danger faced by women going to the toilet outdoors in rural India was made clear last month when two girls were ambushed, gang-raped and hanged from a tree. But defecation outside is normal for most Indian villagers - so how do they manage?</b><p>Less than 50 miles from India's capital Delhi, in a …

India

Amazon accused of 'bullying' smaller UK publishers

<b>Amazon is facing a battle with UK publishers as it seeks to secure more advantageous terms in its latest round of contract negotiations.</b><p>The web giant wants the right to print books itself if publishers fail to provide adequate stock, and wants publishers to match any pricing deals it offers to …

Penguin Random House

Koalas Hug Tree Trunks To Stay Cool In Hot Weather, Study Shows

Why do koalas hug trees? Turns out it's less about looking cute than staying cool.<p>A new thermal imaging study shows that koalas rest against tree trunks because the bark's cool-to-the-touch temperature helps keep them from overheating in the heat of their Australia habitat.<p>"We found trunks of some …

From Utah Beach to Kabul: How Army gear changed since D-Day

The basics are the same: A uniform, a helmet, boots, a rucksack, and a rifle. But that's about the only similarities between what a D-Day soldier and one in Afghanistan took into combat.<p>At a distance, the two soldiers look pretty much the same. But up close, the parallels fall away as what was new …

Military

Light bedrooms 'link to obesity'

<b>Sleeping in a room with too much light has been linked to an increased risk of piling on the pounds, a study shows.</b><p>A team at the Institute of Cancer Research in London found women had larger waistlines if their bedroom was "light enough to see across" at night.<p>However, they caution there is not …

Breast Cancer

Nutella: How the world went nuts for a hazelnut spread

<b>Nutella, the nutty chocolate spread, is turning 50. Last year some 365 million kilos were consumed - roughly the weight of the Empire State Building - in 160 countries around the world. Half a century ago, in a small town in northern Italy, this would have been unimaginable.</b><p>In the hungry months …

Dessert

De Beers myth: Do people spend a month's salary on a diamond engagement ring?

<b>Some say you should spend three months' salary on an engagement ring. Or perhaps two. Or maybe even one. Over the years these ring-wallet equations have come to be regarded as a tradition. Why?</b><p>When actor George Clooney presented Amal Alamuddin with a diamond engagement ring reportedly costing …

Engagement Rings

Inside Mexico's feared Sinaloa drugs cartel

<b>Some of Mexico's leading drugs traffickers have been killed or captured in recent months, including the head of the powerful Sinaloa cartel. But inside the secretive world of this feared criminal organisation it's clear that it remains as active as ever.</b><p>Hector is not what you might expect a drugs …

Mexico

Why abalone is New Zealand's catch of the day

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New Zealand

How to win at rock-paper-scissors

<b>What are your odds of winning rock-paper-scissors? Simple - one in three. At least, that's what chance predicts.</b><p>But people do not play randomly - they follow hidden patterns that you can predict to win more games than you should, a study has revealed.<p>Winners tend to stick with their winning action, …

Mathematics

New blood 'recharges old brain', mouse study suggests

<b>Researchers in the US say they might have discovered how to combat and even reverse some processes of ageing, at least in mice.</b><p>Injecting the blood of young mice into older rodents boosted their brainpower, a study found.<p>Scientists at Stanford University plan to carry out trials in people in the …

Stanford University

Chlorine: From toxic chemical to household cleaner

<b>Few chemicals are as familiar as table salt. The white crystals are the most common food seasoning in the world and an essential part of the human diet.</b><p>Sodium chloride is chemically very stable - but split it into its constituent elements and you release the chemical equivalent of demons.<p>The …

Construction Industry

Beard trend is 'guided by evolution'

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Men's Fashion