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Tree planting 'can reduce flooding' Tree planting 'can reduce flooding'
Planting trees around rivers could reduce the height of flooding in towns by up to 20%, new research suggests. A study for the Environment Agency concludes that trees round a feeder stream can slow the rush of rainwater and save properties from flooding. But it warns that natural flood prevention methods do not always work. And it urges a strategic approach because foresting a whole catch...
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Bugatti Chiron: Meet the next 'world's fastest supercar' Bugatti Chiron: Meet the next 'world's fastest supercar'
Bugatti unveiled a new high-performance supercar at the Geneva Motor Show on Monday. The French car maker currently produces only four models -- all variations of the famed Bugatti Veyron. The Veyron was introduced in 2005 and the "Veyron 16.4 Super Sport" was named the world's fastest production car by the Guiness Book of World Records in 2013. But the Veyron era is about to end. Bugatti...
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Apple Watch had a disappointing holiday quarter Apple Watch had a disappointing holiday quarter
The Apple Watch failed to be the popular stocking stuffer that Apple had hoped for. During the last three months of 2015, Apple shipped about 4.1 million of its smartwatches, according to a new report from IDC (Apple doesn't publicly disclose its Watch sales). Most investors and analysts had predicted that Apple would sell at least 5 million -- more than the estimated 3.9 million that it shi...
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Future Chinese skylines could look more uniform Future Chinese skylines could look more uniform
Chinese architecture will now officially be less weird. A statement from China's State Council Sunday, says new guidelines on urban planning will forbid the construction of "bizarre" and "odd-shaped" buildings that are devoid of character or cultural heritage. Instead, the directive calls for buildings that are "economic, green and beautiful." China's economic boom over the past several d...
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EU referendum: Cameron hopes of deal delayed as talks continue EU referendum: Cameron hopes of deal delayed as talks continue
David Cameron's hopes of getting a reform deal on Friday look in doubt as haggling continues at the EU summit. Several EU nations are digging their heels in over plans to curb migrant benefits and change EU regulations. The prime minster had planned to return to the UK to fire the starting gun on an EU referendum campaign on Friday. The BBC understands one of Mr Cameron's closest cabinet ...
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A beautiful but complicated phenomenon A beautiful but complicated phenomenon
Seeing and capturing this fog is tricky. Accounts vary, but between two to six times per year, sometime between September and November, the lights of the city disappear in a mist so thick you can't see the ground in front of you. The fog appears during the shift from scorching summer to moderately cooler winter. As the cool air of the nights meets the hot humid days, fog forms in the early hour...
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This small, multilingual robot is now answering travelers' quest This small, multilingual robot is now answering travelers' quest
If you’ve ever found yourself muttering about the robots who work in airport customer service, you might have a point — at least if you’re in Tokyo. Japan Airlines is currently testing a toddler-sized humanoid robot at Haneda Airport, placing it in the terminal to field travelers’ questions about flight schedules, airport amenities and weather conditions at certain destinations. The NAO robot, whi...
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The world's second biggest diamond has a new name The world's second biggest diamond has a new name
The world's second biggest diamond has a new name: "Lesedi La Rona." It means "Our Light" in Setswana, the national language of Botswana, the southern African nation where the 1,111 carat stone was found in November. Lucara (LUCRF), the Canadian company that owns the diamond, called it the biggest diamond found in more than 100 years. The discovery sent the company's shares soaring. Luc...
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Swaziland to relocate 18 elephants to U.S. zoos Swaziland to relocate 18 elephants to U.S. zoos
Swaziland's plan to relocate 18 elephants to three American zoos is sparking condemnation from some conservationists. The three male elephants and 15 females live in the Big Game Parks in the southern African nation. Last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved their relocation to three facilities: the Dallas Zoo, the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas, and the Henry Doorly Zo...
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Hom Strom: Switzerland's 'Wicker Man' on Ice Hom Strom: Switzerland's 'Wicker Man' on Ice
Scuol is one of those perfectly preserved semi-isolated communities in the Lower Engadine valley of Switzerland, separated from Italy by a series of Dolomite peaks. Until the advent of the 19-kilometer Vereina Tunnel in 1999, the longest meter-gauge tunnel in the world, the passes to these villages were frequently unreachable in the winter. It comes as no surprise that these isolated communi...
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