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Collapse of Phones 4U to cost taxpayer £78m

Phones 4U administrators reveal retailer collapsed with £168m of unsecured debts, as well as owing £450m to bondholders and banks<p>The taxpayer stands to lose £78m from the controversial demise of Phones 4U, new documents show.<p>The high street retailer owed £69.2m in VAT and £8.8m in corporation tax …

Finance

100 objects that have been sent into space

"Send my love to the aliens. All the best, Paul."<p>That was the message from Paul McCartney when, in 2008, Nasa beamed into space the Beatles song Across the Universe via its Deep Space Network.<p>The Beatles song is travelling across the universe at a speed of 186,000 miles per second to reach North …

Sydney Opera House

Half of all benefit claimants sent on placements turn up to work

Claimants face having their benefits stopped for not turning up to training and work placements<p>Only half of all benefit claimants ordered to go on work placements or training actually turn up, according to new figures released by the Department of Work and Pensions.<p>The claimants face having their …

The frog with kaleidoscope eyes: psychedelic close-ups of nature

Nature photographer Michael Kern turns reptiles, insects and creepy-crawlies into strange psychedelic creations. It’s time to get up close and weird

Robots spent six years acting like humans in three Tennessee homes

For six years, a group ofrobotslived in three houses on a street in Campbell Creek, Tennessee. No humans resided there with them. The house was solely occupied by robots, fake sweat machines, and a bunch of electronic appliances, which turned on every day — right on schedule.<p>The Tennessee Valley …

The 25 Best Inventions of 2014

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Inventions

7 Genius Ways to Use Wallpaper

Can A Smell-Emitting Fork Alter How We Savor Flavor?

The flavors we savor are never just about taste.<p>Our taste buds allow us to distinguish the basic characteristics of food, like sweet, salty, bitter and sour. But we use our noses to sense more subtle flavors. Our sense of smell is what allows us to savor fine wines, delicately seasoned broths and …

Landscape Photographer of the Year 2014

Landscape Photography

Real-Life 'Unicorn' Found; Deer Has Extremely Rare Deformity

A roe deer shot in Slovenia has a single antler that makes it look exactly like a unicorn.<p>It looks like it just walked out of a fairy tale, but this deer with a single, unicorn-like antler is the real thing.<p>Shot by a hunter in Celje, Slovenia (map), in August, the roe deer has an extremely rare …