The toy teaching classrooms and boardrooms how to fail
Toronto-based organization Twenty-One Toys has created 'The Failure Toy', which aims to challenge the notion that failure is something to be feared and hidden, rather something that can be practised and developed as a skill.

Dutch park lets visitors chop-their-own Christmas trees
A national park in the Netherlands is making an unusual offer to visitors this holiday season: come and chop down your own Christmas tree - for free.

Biodegradable fungus headphones designed to cut electronic waste
Finnish researchers have bio-engineered prototype headphones from yeast and fungus, which they hope could one day replace oil-based plastics in everyday consumer electronics.

Was dazed German raccoon drunk before being shot dead?
A raccoon became a media star in Germany on Saturday after it was spotted near a Christmas market in what witnesses described as a "drunken" state. Adam Reed reports

Hundreds of skiing Santas bring holiday cheer to Maine
Festive skiers hit the slopes for the 20th annual "Santa Sunday" in snowy Maine.

Chileans turn to bikes as protests hobble transport
Bike lanes overflow in Santiago, Chile after weeks of rioting have hobbled Santiago’s metro system. Gavino Garay reports.

'Don't accuse me' of hating Trump: Pelosi to reporter
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday to a reporter, 'Don't mess with me when it comes to words like that', when responding to a reporter who asked if she hates U.S. President Donald Trump. She said the president is a 'coward' and 'cruel' when it comes to certain issues, but said 'I don't hate anyone'.

The eco-friendly flat wine bottle that fits through your mail slot
London-based company Garcon Wines has re-designed the wine bottle to be more environmentally friendly, lower in transport costs and able to fit through your letterbox.

Russian scientists unveil prehistoric puppy
Russian scientists say a well-preserved prehistoric puppy, found in Siberian permafrost last year, died 18,000 years ago and could be the oldest domesticated canine in the world.

Russian scientists unveil prehistoric puppy
Russian scientists say a well-preserved prehistoric puppy, found in Siberian permafrost last year, died 18,000 years ago and could be the oldest domesticated canine in the world. Jillian Kitchener has more.

This Day in History

Kyoto Protocol Is Adopted (1997)
The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement to fight global warming that calls on industrialized nations to cut their greenhouse gas emissions. It was adopted during a UN Conference on Climate Change held in Kyoto, Japan, in 1997. Later that year, international representatives settled the details necessary to convert the agreement into a binding international treaty, and it came into force in 2005 after ratification by more than 125 nations. What nations declined to adopt the treaty? Discuss

UN General Assembly Adopts Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)
Drafted by a committee chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the world's most translated document. Among its 30 articles are definitions of civil and political rights, as well as definitions of economic, social, and cultural rights—all of which are owed by UN member states to those under their jurisdiction. Since its adoption, it has acquired more juridical status than originally intended and has been widely used, even by national courts, in what ways?

John Birch Society Founded (1958)
The John Birch Society was founded in 1958 by Robert H. Welch, Jr., a retired candymaker, to combat communism and promote ultraconservative causes in the US. It was named for an American missionary and army intelligence officer killed by Chinese communists in 1945, considered by the society the first hero of the Cold War. Its membership reached more than 70,000 in the 1960s. Since then, it has promoted many objectives, including pressing for the US to withdraw from what organization?