Britain's Queen Elizabeth visits the Coronation Festival in the garden of Buckingham Palace, in central London July 11. Photo: Reuters

Queen goes nuts over nibbles

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth was so incensed with royal police officers eating nuts from bowls left out in the corridors of Buckingham Palace that she drew lines on the sides in a bid to catch them out, a London court heard

A selection of fresh conkers from a horse-chestnut. Photo: Wikipedia

Pay for parking with chestnuts!

A company that runs parking lots in the English cities of Leeds and Manchester is temporarily letting drivers pay with the dark brown seeds that fall from horse chestnut trees each autumn. Town Centre Car Parks is accepting horse chestnuts

Audrey Crabtree, 99, left, smiles as Sarah Dierks pins a 1972 East High homecoming pin onto her jacket during an education board meeting in Waterloo, Iowa, where she received an honorary diploma. Photo: AP

99-yr-old woman gets high school diploma

A 99-year-old Iowa woman who dropped out of a high school more than 80 years ago despite needing only one credit to graduate has finally received her diploma. Audrey Crabtree, of Cedar Falls, smiled as she received an honorary diploma

Kenichi Ito poses for photographers with a Certificate of the Guinness World Records after setting the Guinness World Record fastest time for the 100-meter dash on his arms and legs on a race course at Komazawa Olympic Park Stadium in Tokyo November 14. Photo: AP

Man runs on limbs!

A Japanese man who runs on his arms and legs broke his own Guinness world record for the 100-meter dash on November 14. Kenichi Ito finished in 16.87 seconds, shaving more than half a second off his 2012 run of

‘Pensions’ for police dogs

‘Pensions’ for police dogs

They work hard, sniffing out crime with only the occasional pat on the nose in gratitude. But police dogs deserve better, according to the police and crime commissioner in the English county of Nottinghamshire, who wants to reward them with

According to the scientists, a dog's tail wag can reveal its mood. The team says dogs respond to lop-sided tail wags from other dogs. This photo is taken from BBC website.

Why dogs wag tail?

Scientists have shed more light on how the movements of a dog’s tail are linked to its mood. Earlier research had revealed that happy dogs wag their tails more to the right (from the dog’s point of view), while nervous

Ram Singh Chauhan displays his moustache at his house in Jaipur, India. The photo is taken from Mail Online.

World’s largest moustache

Think your Movember effort is going to be pretty impressive? India’s Ram Singh Chauhan will make you hang your head in shame at your weedy facial fuzz. The 58-year-old is the proud owner of the world’s longest moustache – at

The couple, identified as Zhang and Teng, are said to have put anonymous ads in newspapers offering their baby for cash (stock image). They used the cash to buy an iPhone (right) and trainers. The photo is taken from mail online.

Couple sell daughter for iPhone

A young Chinese couple are facing many years in jail after allegedly selling their baby daughter to raise money for an iPhone and other luxury goods. The couple, identified only as Zhang and Teng, are said to have placed anonymous

Bee-friendly plants put to the test

Researchers have used an experimental garden to put pollinator-friendly plants to the test. The University of Sussex scientists counted the number of insects visiting the plants in their garden. They say their findings show that insect-friendly plants are just as

Filaments of iron link up in a network that allows metal to flow to the core deep in the Earth. This photo is taken from BBC website.

New ideas on Earth core!

Experiments on samples of iron and rock held at immense pressures have led to new ideas of how Earth’s core formed. Scientists from StanfordUniversity have shown that iron metal will flow through rocks 1,000km beneath our feet. Using sophisticated X-ray

The left hand side of the brain has more myelin. Photo taken from BBC

Toddler brain scan gives language insight

The brain has a critical window for language development between the ages of two and four, brain scans suggest. Environmental influences have their biggest impact before the age of four, as the brain’s wiring develops to process new words, say

China official sacked over son’s extravagant wedding

China official sacked over son’s extravagant wedding

A village official has been sacked in China over a lavish wedding for his son that cost 1.6m yuan ($260,000;£160,000), state media say. The wedding lasted three days – luxury cars ferried guests around and well-known entertainers kept them amused.

Blight-free roses

10 tips for gardening

 If you love gardening but your life is a busy place, you’re going to love this batch of great gardening tips that will help you plant, weed and water your garden more quickly. From bringing plants home from the nursery

About 20 Roman skulls were dug up from an old river bed near Liverpool Street station in London.

Skulls from ‘Roman era’ found

Archaeologists working with London’s Crossrail project have uncovered 20 skulls believed to be from the Roman period. It is likely the bones were washed from a nearby burial site along one of London’s “lost” rivers – the Walbrook. In the

Short, regular bouts of exercise could add years to your life, say experts. This photo is taken from BBC website.

Exercise ‘as good as pills’

Exercise can be as good a medicine as pills for people with conditions such as heart disease, a large study has found. The work in the BMJ looked at hundreds of trials involving nearly 340,000 patients to assess the merits

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Saudi women for driving rights

A new campaign asking for the rights for women to drive in Saudi Arabia has attracted more than 11,000 signatures in support. The campaign has set 26 October as a day for Saudi women to take to the roads –

Max Shulaker with Cedric, the first carbon computer: "There is no limit to the tasks it can perform". This photo is taken from BBC Online.

Computer made from tiny carbon tubes

The first computer built entirely with carbon nanotubes has been unveiled, opening the door to a new generation of digital devices. “Cedric” is only a basic prototype but could be developed into a machine which is smaller, faster and more

Michelle Obama. Photo: AP

Obama ‘scared’ of his wife

US President Barack Obama conquered a long-term smoking habit because he was afraid of his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, he has joked with a UN official. The jesting admission, which the president made apparently unaware he was on camera,

Emotional: Lu Lai (in the green t-shirt) finally married his fiance shortly before her life-support was switched off. Photo: Mail Online

Woman gets married in coma

A woman who spent two years in a coma was bid a heartbreaking farewell by loved ones, who switched off her life-support machine just hours after she was married. He Jingjing and her fiance Lu Lai, of Guangdong in southeast

Thieves rob prison

Thieves rob prison

Thieves in northern Italy broke into a prison and made off with a safe containing thousands of euros in the early hours of Wednesday, Italian media reported. The audacious theft occurred shortly after midnight when the robbers eluded surveillance systems

Captiaon: Feet were least popular but lips, ears and shoulder blades were liked. This photo is taken from Mail Online.

Feet least erotic part of body

The feet have been revealed to be the least appealing part of the anatomy by neuroscientists studying the links between sex and the brain. A study conducted jointly by Bangor University and the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg found that

Free travel on United Airlines!

Some lucky customers who acquired United Airlines tickets at zero cost because of a computer programming error will be allowed to use them, an airline spokeswoman said on Friday. “United has reviewed the error that occurred yesterday and decided that,

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Photography un-Islamic!

India’s leading Islamic seminary Darul Uloom has issued a fatwa, saying “photography is unlawful and a sin”, even though Saudi Arabia allows photographers inside the holy city of Makkah and live telecast of ‘namaz’ is beamed on Islamic channels across

Research shows e-cigarettes help people cut down, but they still divide opinion. This photo is taken from BBC website.

E-cigarettes help to give up smoking!

Electronic cigarettes appear to be at least as effective as nicotine patches in helping people to give up smoking, research suggests. The devices, which are rapidly growing in popularity, produce a vapour containing nicotine. The findings, presented at the European

The battered old horsebox was bought on eBay - now it's a £100-a-night 'hotel'. This photo is taken from Mail Online.

Britain’s smallest hotel?

Two cash-strapped farmers have secured a stable income after converting a battered old horsebox into a £100-a-night hotel. Paul and Anne Ormond, of Banbury, Oxfordshire, spent three months turning a 1974 Bedford TK they bought on eBay into a glamorous

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Car melted by skyscraper!

A London skyscraper dubbed the Walkie-Talkie has been blamed for reflecting light which melted parts of a car parked on a nearby street. What happened? It’s like starting a fire with a parabolic mirror. “Fundamentally it’s reflection. If a building

This photo is taken from from Mail Online.

Miracle pill

Worried that Mum’s forgotten to take her medication today? Well, soon there will be no need to be – because scientists have invented a pill that sends a text to say it has been swallowed. Doctors believe the novel device

A man walks behind an advertisement for a newspaper with pictures of Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd (L) and opposition leader Tony Abbott in central Sydney, 5 August 2013. Failing to vote in the election may result in a fine or a day in court. Photo: Reuters

Why is voting compulsory?

Is compulsory voting in a democracy a contradiction in terms? That is the question some Australians have been asking since voting became required by law here nearly a century ago. The right to vote is a freedom fiercely sought by

Steven Mwendwa said he would pay the bride price. Photo: BBC

Kenyan trio in ‘wife-sharing’ deal

Two Kenyan men have signed a written contract to “marry” the same woman, reports say. The woman had been having affairs with both men and refused to choose between them. The agreement sets out a rota for the men to

A screenshot from CBS shows Sharolyn Jackson, who turned up alive 13 days after her family thought they had buried her.

Woman found alive 13 days after her funeral

While just about every culture and religion has a time-honored way of commemorating the dead, what’s the protocol for welcoming the buried back to life? Sharolyn Jackson’s family found out this week when the 50-year-old woman was found alive 13

Manufacturer Charles Alan Inc, in Fort Worth, Texas, US, will build your bespoke fire-rated, weapon-storage couch to order. Photo: Mail Online

Bullet-proof ‘CouchBunker’

A couch that can store up to 30 rifles and with cushions that can stop a .44 Magnum bullet at point blank range is now available in America. The world’s first ‘CouchBunker’ comes complete with bullet-proof cushions fitted with straps

The hotel will be set into high cliffs above the Pacific Ocean in Peru's capital city, Lima. This photo is taken from Mail Online.

Unbalanced Hotel

A hotel set to be built in Peru has been designed to look like a giant, off-center picture frame. The cliff-hugging structure, designed for a private client by Madrid-based architecture firm OOIIO, will serve as the perfect frame for the

An attendee holds marijuana buds at the International Cannabis & Hemp Expo in Oakland, California September 3, 2011. Photo: Reuters

Marijuana in gun safe!

A man in western Ohio found nearly 300 pounds (136 kilos) of marijuana stuffed into a Mexican-made gun-storage safe that he recently purchased on the Internet, authorities revealed on Sunday. The 1,000-pound steel safe, ordered from Champion Safe Co of

Singing stops snoring!

Singing stops snoring!

A simple set of daily vocal exercises can strengthen the weak throat and palate muscles which are a major cause of snoring, experts believe. The discovery was made after a singing teacher devised a way to help a friend stop

Mohammad London’s favourite boy’s name!

Harry still comes out top overall

Mohammad has become the most popular name for baby boys in London for the first time. Combined spellings of the Islamic prophet’s name have made it the most popular name for newborn boys in England for three years in a

Super honey

Super honey

A new honey has been produced that has had ‘amazing’ results treating wounds and infections. The bio-engineered product Surgihoney was tested on babies, new mothers, cancer patients and the elderly for over a year in Hampshire hospitals. Wounds and ulcers,

People can also store records of their bowel movements on the My Satis app. Photo: BBC

Risk of toilet hacking!

A luxury toilet controlled by a smartphone app is vulnerable to attack, according to security experts. Retailing for up to $5,686 (£3,821), the Satis toilet includes automatic flushing, bidet spray, music and fragrance release. The toilet, manufactured by Japanese firm

The Kettler family plan to get their "mummy" examined by archaeological experts in Berlin. This photo is taken from BBC website.

‘Mummy’ in attic!

A 10-year-old German boy has found what appears to be a mummy hidden in a corner of his grandmother’s attic. The “mummy” was inside a sarcophagus complete with hieroglyphic adornments, packed in a wooden crate. But it is unclear whether

Humans and animals could not evolve in a co-operative environment by being selfish, scientists say. This photo is taken from BBC website.

Evolution ‘punishes mean people’

Evolution does not favour selfish people, according to new research. This challenges a previous theory which suggested it was preferable to put yourself first. Instead, it pays to be co-operative, shown in a model of “the prisoner’s dilemma”, a scenario

 The civil engineer Riaz and his wife Tanzeem hold their newly-adopted child. Photo: BBC

Play and win a baby

Two baby girls who were abandoned in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi have been allocated new parents during a live television broadcast, the BBC’s Orla Guerin reports. At just over a month old Fatima has already lived through a lot.

This photo is taken from BBC.

Prison for the prisoners, by the prisoners

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights said the country’s prisons were impoverished, overcrowded and corrupt. It called on the authorities to deal with what it called a deep structural crisis. The report comes after a fire killed some 360 prisoners

Moore gave up her beloved Fairy Castle in 1949 so that it could go on public display. It now resides permanently at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. The photo is taken from Mail Online.

$7m dollhouse

Silent film star Colleen Moore had a lifelong obsession with dollhouses and spent what would be around $7 million in today’s dollars to build the Fairy Castle—an 8-foot, jewel encrusted little girl’s dream. As one of the most popular actresses

One lucky person will be able to try the first test tube burger, but it cost £250,000. Photo: Mail Online

The £250,000 hamburger

The world’s first test-tube burger will be served in London next week. It is made from meat grown in a laboratory, rather than cattle raised in pastures. And its developers hope it will show how the soaring global demand for

Ambulance crews responding to 999 calls are being alerted if a patient is on a list, and can refuse to take them to hospital if they have previously expressed a wish to die at home. Photo: Mail Online

Ambulance to leave them to die

Ambulance crews are being told not to take patients to hospital if they have been put on controversial ‘death lists’ drawn up by GPs. Serious concerns were raised last year after it was revealed that thousands had been placed on

Optical fibres implanted in a mouse's brain activated memory forming cells. Photo: BBC

Mice get false memories

False memories have been implanted into mice, scientists say. A team was able to make the mice wrongly associate a benign environment with a previous unpleasant experience from different surroundings. The researchers conditioned a network of neurons to respond to

Gold for fighting obesity

Gold for fighting obesity

Dubai’s government will pay residents in gold for losing those extra pounds as part of a government campaign to fight growing obesity in the Gulf Arab emirate. The 30-day weight-loss challenge was launched on Friday to coincide with the Muslim

Researchers have long suspected dolphins use distinctive whistles to identify themselves. This photo is taken from BBC.

Dolphins ‘call by names’

Scientists have found further evidence that dolphins call each other by “name”. Research has revealed that the marine mammals use a unique whistle to identify each other. A team from the University of St Andrews in Scotland found that when

Despite the differences in their size, the pair indulge in good-natured play tussles around the house and grounds. Photo: Mail Online

Friendship of fox and terrier!

It could be a scene from Disney classic The Fox and the Hound. Rosie, a 15-week-old fox cub, was left abandoned when her father killed most of her litter before the cubs had opened their eyes for the first time.

The sweat-extraction machine was developed to promote a campaign by Unicef in Sweden. Photo: BBC Online

Drinking sweat

A machine that takes sweat-laden clothes and turns the moisture into drinking water is in use in Sweden. The device spins and heats the material to remove the sweat, and then passes the vapour through a special membrane designed to

Chloe Jennings adjusting her leg braces at her home on May 16, 2013, in Salt Lake City, Utah. This photo is taken from Mail Online.

To live life of disable

A Cambridge University educated research scientist is so desperate to live the life of a wheelchair-bound person she is prepared to pay a doctor help her become disabled. Since childhood, Chloe Jennings-White has made several attempts at injuring herself so