Also known as a 'paddy wagon', these were simply a basic form of police van adopted in the early days of automotive law enforcement by the Brits and the Americans. A particular brand of motor wasn't essential it was used primarily for space as they allowed multiple (and usually somewhat inebriated) suspects to be detained in the back.
Legend has it that the term 'Black Maria' is thought to come from an overbearing keeper of a sailors' boarding house who the police would call on to help them out with especially tough arrests. These days a modified Ford Transit or bus tends to do the trick.
Tools designed to ensure computer code in smart cars does not crash has been inspired by hungry penguins.
The rounded sleeping capsules send guests drifting into ocean before arriving on desert island by morning.
Sitting on the saddle activates the part of the brain responsible for learning, a study has claimed.
Scientists are appealing for more people to donate their brains for research after they die.
Life on Earth may have arrived from Mars on an asteroid, scientists have claimed.
Lunar mission scheduled at the end of 2017 could find out if beer can be brewed on the moon.
A bottle used to teach children how far litter can travel ended up on Scottish beach after 8,700-mile journey.
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