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P-22, the celebrity cougar, leaves lair under L.A. house

Apr 15, 2015

P-22, the celebrity cougar, leaves lair under L.A. house

A mountain lion with his own Facebook fan page that triggered a media storm by hiding in the crawl space under a Los Angeles house has left its urban refuge, wildlife officials said on Tuesday. The animal known as P-22, who usually lives in ...

Firm makes waves with record surfboard bid

Apr 14, 2015

Firm makes waves with record surfboard bid

A Rhode Island engineering technology and manufacturing company has set out to build the world’s largest surfboard. WPRO-AM reports that Bristol-based mouldCAM is building the board for the Visit Huntington Beach campaign in California, which hopes to break the world record for the most ...

'ISSpresso' space station-bound to offer caffeine high

Apr 13, 2015

'ISSpresso' space station-bound to offer caffeine high

The next space station grocery run will carry caffeine to a whole new level: Aboard the SpaceX supply ship is an authentic espresso machine straight from Italy. SpaceX is scheduled to launch its unmanned rocket with the espresso maker — and 4,000 pounds (1,800 ...

They may not be bonnets but NYC Easter paraders keep a lid on

Apr 6, 2015

They may not be bonnets but NYC Easter paraders keep a lid on

The bonnets were out on Fifth Avenue for the annual Easter Parade — outlandish 21st century headpieces that were hardly bonnets, featuring everything from bunnies and butterflies to grassy, egg-dotted lawns and even a tall ship on the high seas. And the parade is ...

Austria dig yields apparent Ottoman army camel

Apr 2, 2015

Austria dig yields apparent Ottoman army camel

Male, castrated, and used by Ottomans in the 17th century — this is the conclusion researchers have drawn from their analysis of a camel skeleton found in Austria in 2006. You could be forgiven for thinking this was an April Fool’s, but Vienna’s University ...

Google Maps turns into Pac-Man's chomping grounds

Apr 1, 2015

Google Maps turns into Pac-Man's chomping grounds

The virtual streets of Google Maps are being transformed into Pac-Man’s chomping grounds in celebration of April Fools’ Day. Google added the option to convert its popular navigation service into the Pac-Man video game on Tuesday morning, around the same day the calendar turned ...

Mar 24, 2015

Topless protestor chased around Canada parliament

A topless woman raged against a proposed anti-terror law in Canada’s parliament Monday, saying it will infringe on civil rights. The woman is a member of the Paris-based radical feminist protest group Femen. She was chased around the public gallery of the House of ...

Mar 24, 2015

Dambusters pilot halts medal sale after peer's donation

The last surviving pilot from World War II’s legendary Dambusters’ mission canceled plans to sell his medals Tuesday after a wealthy British peer intervened, the auction house handling the sale said. New Zealander Les Munro had planned to sell his medals, logbooks and other ...

Mar 24, 2015

Seattle approves $34 million to expand historic Pike Place Market

Seattle lawmakers voted on Monday to invest $34 million in taxpayer funds to expand the city’s historic Pike Place Market, which draws millions of visitors each year to its fresh produce, flower and fish stalls. The existing waterfront farmer’s market, which opened in 1907 ...

Mar 24, 2015

Human feces contain gold worth millions: study

Human feces contains gold and other precious metals that could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars, experts say. Now the trick is how to retrieve them — a potential windfall that could also help save the planet. “The gold we found was at ...

Faeroes invaded by total-eclipse seekers

Mar 20, 2015

Faeroes invaded by total-eclipse seekers

For months, even years, hotels on the remote Faeroe Islands have been fully booked by fans who don’t want to miss an almost three-minute-long astronomical sensation. Now the sky gazers just hope the clouds will blow away so they can fully experience Friday’s total ...