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Armstrong’s bag with traces of moon dust sells for ₹11.6cr
short by Saloni Tandon / on 21 Jul 2017,Friday
A bag used by US astronaut Neil Armstrong to bring moon dust samples back to Earth was sold for $1.8 million (₹11.58 crore) at an auction in New York on Thursday. After the Apollo 11 mission, the bag was stolen from Houston's Johnson Space Center before being found years later. The bag reportedly still contains traces of moon dust.
short by Saloni Tandon / 12:44 pm on 21 Jul
Humans have produced total 8.3 bn tonnes of plastic till now
short by Swarnim Bagre / on 20 Jul 2017,Thursday
Over 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic, enough to cover the entire country of Argentina, has been generated by humans since the material's mass production started in 1950s, a US-based research has revealed. It also said that around 6.3 billion tonnes of plastic was produced by 2015, of which 79% resides in landfills or natural environment, while only 9% was recycled.
short by Swarnim Bagre / 04:04 pm on 20 Jul
14-foot python with 73 eggs inside captured in US
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 12 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Five pythons, including a 14-foot-long snake having 73 eggs inside, were captured by professional hunters in Florida, US. Hunters said python overpopulation is eliminating food for native predators, so they need to take them out. The hunt was a part of state-sponsored bounty program that awards $50 for a 4-foot snake with $25 for every foot after the initial four.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 02:26 pm on 12 Jul
UK student abused for solving IIT-JEE paper in 1/3rd time
short by Parmeet Kaur / on 14 Jul 2017,Friday
A third-year physics student at the University of Oxford was recently abused and trolled online for solving the IIT-JEE paper correctly in one-third of the allotted time. In a Quora thread, he revealed that some Indian users not only abused him but also targeted him and his family on Facebook. He had solved the paper after being challenged on Quora.
short by Parmeet Kaur / 09:28 pm on 14 Jul
Indian man holds record for largest collection of cameras
short by Daisy Mowke / on 29 Jun 2017,Thursday
Dilish Parekh from Mumbai, who has a collection of 4,425 antique cameras, holds the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of cameras. He has amassed his collection since the year 1977. Dilip has also been included in the Limca Book of World Records 10 times, as well as the India Books Records.
short by Daisy Mowke / 07:31 pm on 29 Jun
Jane Austen's parody of gothic novel goes to auction
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 07 Jul 2017,Friday
A letter from Jane Austen to her niece Anna Lefroy, wherein the author parodies 1806 gothic novel 'Lady Maclairn, the Victim of Villany,' is set to be auctioned by her descendants. In the letter dated October 1812, Austen parodies the "melodramatic style" and cliches like the heroine's "relentless" tears as well as repetitions of plot and character.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 03:35 pm on 07 Jul
Florida sinkhole swallows 2 houses and a boat
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 16 Jul 2017,Sunday
A sinkhole swallowed two houses and a boat in Florida, United States. Police said they were called after someone noticed a depression had formed under a boat parked outside a house, and "the hole opened up" within minutes. The residents had left for work, and firefighters managed to rescue two dogs and retrieve some belongings.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 04:37 pm on 16 Jul
World's oldest manatee dies a day after 69th birthday
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 24 Jul 2017,Monday
Snooty, the oldest known manatee in the world, passed away on Sunday, a day after celebrating his 69th birthday. His death appeared to be a "heartbreaking accident" as Snooty died after getting stuck in a maintenance hatch, South Florida Museum CEO Brynne Anne Besio said. "We’re all devastated... staff, volunteers and board members considered him a star," Besio added.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 03:56 pm on 24 Jul
Brain dead pregnant woman kept alive to give birth to twins
short by Daisy Mowke / on 11 Jul 2017,Tuesday
A brain-dead pregnant woman was kept alive for 123 days, believed to be the longest time ever, before delivering twins by emergency caesarean section. The 21-year-old woman from Brazil had suffered a stroke during pregnancy in October last year. Doctors decided to save the nine-week-old embryos after their hearts continued to beat inside their mother's womb.
short by Daisy Mowke / 06:06 pm on 11 Jul
Bear chases 200 sheep over cliff edge to their deaths
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 24 Jul 2017,Monday
Over 200 sheep plunged to their deaths from a 200 metre-high cliff on the France-Spain border, while reportedly trying to escape a brown bear. The bodies of 169 sheep were found in Spanish village Lladorre, while the rest were found in France. The flock of sheep, belonging to a French farmer, had panicked after the bear attacked one of them.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 12:34 pm on 24 Jul
5-year-old boy saves 3-year-old brother from choking
short by Daisy Mowke / on 02 Jul 2017,Sunday
Five-year-old Oliver Bevans used first aid training taught at school to hit three-year-old brother Stanley on the back three times to dislodge a meatball that was choking him. They were at their grandmother's house and she had left the room briefly when this happened. "I don't think he'll ever realise what he has done for his brother," said Oliver's mother.
short by Daisy Mowke / 05:23 pm on 02 Jul
Photographer's project tells stories behind people's scars
short by Daisy Mowke / on 01 Jul 2017,Saturday
British photographer Sophie Mayanne documents stories behind the scars on people's bodies by photographing them. Some of the wounds she documents come from everyday accidents or minor procedures, while others from more traumatic events. "I think it is important to wear your scars with pride. You have overcome something, survived and come out on the other side," said Sophie.
short by Daisy Mowke / 09:10 pm on 01 Jul
Son of Cecil the Lion killed by hunter in Zimbabwe
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 22 Jul 2017,Saturday
The son of Cecil the Lion, whose death at the hands of an American caused an international uproar, has been killed by a hunter in Zimbabwe. Scientists said Xanda was shot outside the boundary of Hwange National Park, meaning his killing was legal. In 2015, Cecil was wounded with an arrow and killed 40 hours later near the same park.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 11:58 am on 22 Jul
Think I should turn veg like my friend Modi: Israel PM
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 07 Jul 2017,Friday
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, before his Indian dinner with PM Narendra Modi, said that he should turn vegetarian. “I think I should turn vegetarian like my friend PM Modi. There’s a lot of variety there,” the cook, Reena Pushkarna, quoted him saying. Modi "loves the traditional khichdi more than anything else. That’s the simplicity of the man," she added.
short by Sumedha Sehra / 09:45 am on 07 Jul
Beachgoers form human chain to save 9 people from drowning
short by Daisy Mowke / on 12 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Approximately 80 beachgoers saved nine people from drowning at Panama City Beach in Florida, US after a riptide trapped them in its current. The human chain reportedly stretched 91 metres out into the water. They were able to save all the swimmers, one of whom suffered a heart attack while trying to stay afloat and is undergoing treatment currently.
short by Daisy Mowke / 03:05 pm on 12 Jul
Saving one tiger yields capital benefit of ₹260 crore: Study
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 17 Jul 2017,Monday
An economic valuation of tiger reserves in India has claimed that saving one tiger yields a capital benefit of about ₹260 crore. The economic benefits from six tiger reserves analysed were found to be at ₹1.5 lakh crore per year. India, which houses 60% of the world’s tigers, has spent around ₹1,200 crore in last 35 years of tiger conservation.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 12:55 pm on 17 Jul
Belgian city's cafes charging tourists extra 10%
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 28 Jun 2017,Wednesday
Several cafes in Belgian city Bruges have been charging tourists an extra 10% for Belgium's famous frieten (triple-fried potato chips), compared to the price offered to locals. However, a shop owner said this was more a discount to locals than a tourist tax. Supporting the move, Bruges Mayor Renaat Landuyt said, "These small gestures are nice."
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 05:25 pm on 28 Jun
NZ seizes Weetabix cereal after rival Weet-Bix complains
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 30 Jun 2017,Friday
New Zealand customs officers seized hundreds of boxes of British breakfast cereal Weetabix after rival cereal giant Weet-Bix complained that customers could get confused. Weet-Bix said the shipment will be released if a sticker hides the Weetabix label of its rival. Following this, the hashtag #freetheweetabix was shared by supporters claiming cereal giant Weet-Bix was bullying small businesses.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 02:00 pm on 30 Jun
School boys win right to wear shorts on turning up in skirts
short by Daisy Mowke / on 04 Jul 2017,Tuesday
After several boys turned up to England's ISCA Academy in skirts to protest against the school's 'no shorts' policy, the headmistress confirmed that shorts will be part of the official school uniform next year. The protest started as boys were banned from wearing shorts despite the hot weather. "[P]roud of...the way they carried out this protest," said a parent.
short by Daisy Mowke / 07:44 pm on 04 Jul
Teenager survives after waking to find head in bear's mouth
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 10 Jul 2017,Monday
A 19-year-old camp employee fought off a bear after waking to a "crunching sound" with his head inside its mouth on Sunday at a camp in the US, the camp's spokesperson said. The bear was trying to pull the teenager out of his sleeping bag, following which he punched it. Other staffers nearby swatted at the bear, which eventually left.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 12:33 pm on 10 Jul
Vending machine for art comes up in UK
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 10 Jul 2017,Monday
A vending machine for art has been installed in the English town of Brighton. The prints, delivered to buyers rolled up in a tin, cost between £20 (₹1,600) to £50 (₹4,000). An artist said, "Sometimes art can feel like, a bit pretentious or a bit unattainable. But if it's in a vending machine it kind of strips that all away."
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 04:56 pm on 10 Jul
Canadian fisherman killed by whale moments after rescuing it
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 13 Jul 2017,Thursday
A Canadian lobster fisherman died after getting struck by a North Atlantic right whale, moments after rescuing it on Monday. Joe Howlett had saved roughly two dozen whales in fifteen years, after they became tangled in fishing nets. The fisheries department said, "taking part in whale rescue operations requires immense bravery and a passion for the welfare of marine mammals."
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 05:12 pm on 13 Jul
RSC director hints at Shakespeare's 'affection for men'
short by Rini Sinha / on 23 Jul 2017,Sunday
Royal Shakespeare Company director Greg Doran has hinted that playwright William Shakespeare could've been homosexual, and added that it wasn't considered proper in his times to "possibly have affection for men". He added, "Shakespeare wrote a cycle of 154 sonnets, which were published in 1609, and 126 of those sonnets are addressed to a man and not to a woman."
short by Rini Sinha / 11:30 pm on 23 Jul
Tower of 650 human skulls found near ancient Aztec temple
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 02 Jul 2017,Sunday
A tower of over 650 skulls has been discovered near the site of Templo Mayor, one of the main temples in the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, which later became Mexico City. The skulls represent ritualistic sacrifices as offerings to the Sun by Aztec ethnic groups of Mexico, archaeologists said. More skulls would be unearthed as the excavations go on, they added.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 11:48 am on 02 Jul
11-year-old boy shoots charging bear to save family
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 03 Jul 2017,Monday
An 11-year-old boy saved three family members and three dogs from a charging bear by shooting it in Alaska, state troopers said. The bear had already attacked his uncle when the boy fired shots from his pump-action shotgun. He managed to kill the bear along with the help of his uncle.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 05:48 pm on 03 Jul
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