Steven Spielberg's charming family film didn't receive any money to use Reese's Pieces candy, just free sweets to use in the shots. (They had approached Mars for their M&Ms but they declined.) Elliot makes a trail of Reese's Pieces to lure the alien home, prompting sales to jump through the roof up 80%. E.T. is at it as well, seen later in the film swigging Coors beer!
He obviously settled into American culture very well indeed, because he returned to his home away from home to front a Coors ad.
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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