More than 30 people are feared dead after a huge avalanche buried a mountainside hotel in the central Italian region of Abruzzo.
This week, the CIA made millions of pages of highly secret documents freely available online – including details of a programme designed to train ‘psychic spies’. The files detail experiments where celebrity psychic Uri Geller drew copies of pictures on a sheet of paper in another room, and seemed to convince his handlers. One CIA worker assigned to the so-called Project Stargate said that Geller, ‘demonstrated his paranormal perceptual ability in a convincing and unambiguous manner,’ according to the documents.
Eight schools in Lincolnshire are part of a £70,000 trial that will see cameras fitted inside a marked vehicle, similar to the one above, that will make sure mums and dads aren’t parking where they shouldn’t be.
This is the incredible moment a dog suffering from a broken leg thought nothing of her injury when she led vets two miles to an abandoned car where she had given birth to 10 puppies. The Spanish greyhound is thought to have been dumped by hunters when she was spotted wandering alone round a market in Vera, southern Spain.
A new NASA mission has offered an insight into the astounding mineral wealth lying around in our solar system – as one scientist calculated the worth of the asteroid to be £8,000 quadrillion. American companies such as Planetary Resources – backed by Titanic director James Cameron – are already planning to send robotic vehicles to mine precious metals and rare resources from asteroids.
America’s military is working on new hi-tech artillery shell which could cripple entire cities – using electromagnetic pulses to knock out computers and other electronics.
It’s not the sort of weather our island is famous for – but over the next few decades, Britain is going to see a lot more ‘perfect’ summer days. Most global warming science focuses on threats such as sea level rise – but a new study looked at how warming would affect dry, mild days. On average, the world will see 10 fewer days of mild, mostly dry weather per year – but the UK’s going to actually see more, according to researchers at Princeton.
The Japanese government has announced measures to prohibit the amount of overtime an employee can do – to prevent them from working themselves to death. According to a government survey, a fifth of Japan’s workforce are at risk of death by overworking, or Karoshi as it is known, as they work more than 80 hours of overtime a week. Several high profile suicide cases have also prompted the government to take action, including the death of a prolific advertising executive who took her life after working 100 extra hours a month.
Forget complicated memory techniques, and sitting with index cards chanting words – the secret to remembering things effectively could be a bit simpler. Researchers at Baylor University found that students who were given information, and then told someone else about it, remembered the details better. Student volunteers were shown 24-second clips from 40 films – and some of the volunteers told others about what they had seen.
A new phishing attack targeting Gmail users has been described as one of the ‘most sophisticated’ attacks ever seen – and has fooled experts. The attack fools users into clicking on a fake attachment, then brings up a convincing-looking window which requires the user to re-enter their Gmail password. What the hackers do is break into someone’s email account, generate screenshots of attachments they’ve already sent, then send them to other people on their contact list.
Babies start to remember and retain language far, far earlier than most parents might imagine – and they remember words long before they speak. Dr Jiyoun Choi at Korea’s Hanyang University tested adults who had been adopted as babies from Korea – and who went on to speak Dutch. Adults who had never spoken Korean – but had heard it as babies – were more easily able to pronounce Korean syllables, the researchers say.
A disturbing video has emerged showing a lawyer hypnotising a client – to try and take advantage of her sexually.
Dr Yates says, in an essay for The Conversation, ‘We perceive a period of time as the proportion of time we have already lived through. ‘On the logarithmic scale, for a 20-year-old to experience the same proportional increase in age that a two-year-old experiences between birthdays, they would have to wait until they turned 30.
In the TV series, Jenna Coleman portrays Queen Victoria as a flirty and sensual young Royal – but the reality may have been a little less palatable. Historian Kathryn Hughes’s new book Victorians Undone also suggests that those around the Queen struggled to contain her vast appetite for food and booze. Hughes says that Prime Minister Lord Melbourne offered tips on eating and exercise – which were totally ignored by the feisty Queen.
A cruel mother who subjected three girls to 16 years of abuse has been jailed. Caroline Sharp, 65, “abused, humiliated, belittled and neglected” her daughter and two step-daughters, leaving one of them so thirsty she had to drink from a toilet. Sharp became involved with her step-daughters after the girls’ mother died in 1973.
This family is thought to be the only one in Britain that spans SIX generations. Finley James Mellor is the newest addition to a family whose eldest member is aged 103. Just after his birth on Christmas Day Finley got to meet great-great-great grandmother Hilda Hanson, completing an amazing chain of 44 family members.
Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine found that elderly women who sit for more than 10 hours a day with low physical activity have cells that are biologically older by eight years compared to women who are less sedentary. A study of nearly 1,500 women aged 64 to 95 found that elderly women who did less than 40 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per day and stayed sat down for more than 10 hours a day have shorter telomeres – the tiny caps on the end of DNA strands. Aladdin Shadyab, lead author of the study with the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UC San Diego School of Medicine, said: “Our study found cells age faster with a sedentary lifestyle.
A 17-year-old girl has been arrested for allegedly raping a man at knifepoint. Lestina Marie Smith faces a possible life behind bars if convicted of the rape of the 19-year-old man. The teenager is accused by police of attacking her victim in Saginaw Township, central Michigan, before forcing him to engage in oral and vaginal sex with her earlier this month. Police say she pinned the man to the ground during the assault on 11 January. ...
Residents in one of the first regions to have their bins collected only once a month have complained of having to incinerate waste. Other have reported having to stand in their dustbins to squash down their waste in a desperate attempt to create more space. The scheme is being trialled in Conwy, North Wales, but residents say that the four-week collection trial has caused them misery since it was introduced four months ago.
The first freight train from China to London arrived in the capital yesterday following a 7,456 mile journey. The train was filmed reaching Barking, East London after an 18 day trip from Yiwu in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang.
A vegan chicken shop has opened in London to a mixed reaction, with some people claiming its name is offensive.
A student who was brutally stabbed 32 times by her ex-boyfriend is set to tie the knot with a fireman who was part of the emergency services team that saved her life. Melissa Dohme from Florida first met fiancée Cameron Hill when he came to her aid after the brutal incident in January 2012.
Divers were given special permission by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to visit the wreck in Scapa Flow to capture the haunting photos of the wreck, that claimed the lives of 843 people. Safeguarded under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986, diving is not permitted at the site except under licence from the MoD. A team of specialist divers aboard Orkney dive boat MV Huskyan were given special permission by the MoD to explore the wreck, that has been lying underwater since it sunk on 9 July 1917.
A self-confessed ‘compulsive liar’ is facing jail after conning firms out of thousands of pounds while posing as a multi-millionaire to impress his girlfriend. Christopher Bellisario-Villaweaver, 31, downloaded pictures of offshore bank accounts from the internet and used them to support his £635,000 offer on a Georgian house. The Walter Mitty-style conman told estate agents he had a trust fund set up by his parents, but investigations revealed he had not spoken to his father for 18 years and did not have the cash.
A woman who was so angry at the noise coming from her neighbour that she complained to him has now received a grovelling letter and a box of chocolates as an apology. Zoe Oakes was trying to sleep off a hangover but she was woken up at midnight by the almighty din of her neighbour pacing around and a door repeatedly being slammed in her shared hallway in Finsbury Park, North London. The noise went on and kept her awake until 3am so Zoe decided to write an angry note and slipped it under her neighbour’s door the next morning before work.