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Detroit Will PAY You To Take One Of These 100 Abandoned Homes

February 17, 2011

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Mayor Dave Bing is trying to save Detroit by offering incentives to lure residents back to abandoned neighborhoods. One program offers $150,000 in housing renovation money and requiring only $1,000 down to police officers who are willing to relocate to the city. Another offers college graduates $2,500 to rent and $20,000 forgivable loan to buy […]

Ancient Britons ‘drank from skulls’

February 17, 2011

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Ancient Britons were not averse to using human skulls as drinking cups, skeletal remains unearthed in southwest England suggest. The braincases from three individuals were fashioned in such a meticulous way that their use as bowls to hold liquid seems the only reasonable explanation. The 14,700-year-old objects were discovered in Gough’s Cave, Somerset. Scientists from […]

Burmese Girl With 12 Fingers, 14 Toes Grasps for Guinness Record

February 17, 2011

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A mother in Myanmar says her baby girl’s 12 fingers and 14 toes have been no disadvantage — her grip may even be stronger than normal — and now she’s grasping for a Guinness record. Phyo Min Min Soe, 26, knew her girl Le Yati Min had a little something extra since nearly the moment […]

Has ‘Bownessie’ been caught on camera after couple’s close encounter with three-car long beast on Lake Windermere

February 17, 2011

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The legend of ‘Bownessie’ is echoing across the waters of Lake Windermere once again after what is being called the best ever sighting of the mythical sea creature. Emerging from the mist with oily black skin and three eerie humps, this picture reveals a mystical looking beast gliding through the lake. The snap was taken […]

Storm to bring Northern Lights to Britain

February 17, 2011

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Britain should experience spectacular Northern Lights displays from Thursday due to a large solar storm which could disrupt communication networks, the British Geological Survey (BGS) said. “Since February 13 three energetic solar flares have erupted on the sun and spewed clouds of charged plasma called coronal mass ejections (CMEs) out towards the earth,” a BGS […]

German Bill Would Protect Kids’ Right to Make Noise

February 17, 2011

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Children of Germany take heart — it may soon be perfectly legal to make noise. Germany is so desperate to encourage people to have more children that the government is proposing a bill allowing citizens under 6 to laugh, shout and play at any volume.Germany is a land of many rules, especially about noise. The […]

Computer ‘Watson’ wins at Jeopardy

February 17, 2011

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People are being given too many recycling bins

February 17, 2011

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Councils are asking householders to sort their rubbish into as many as nine bins to boost recycling, a survey suggests. On average, the Taxpayers’ Alliance pressure group found councils expected residents to sort their household waste into four bins, bags and caddies. Newcastle-under-Lyme had the largest number of bins, with nine containers. The government said […]

‘Johannes Kepler’ space freighter heads to station

February 17, 2011

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Europe’s space freighter, Johannes Kepler, has been blasted into orbit by an Ariane 5 rocket from French Guiana.   The robotic truck is heading to the space station with new supplies of food, air, fuel, and experiments, as well as other equipment. Kepler weighed just over 20 tonnes at launch, making it the biggest payload […]