Cambodian growing export market for rat meat
2014-08-25 04:13:52 UTC
A unique harvest is under way in the rice fields of Cambodia where tens of thousands of wild rats are being trapped alive each day to feed a growing export market for the meat of rural rodents.
Popularly considered a disease-carrying nuisance i...
The Woman Who Surprised Science
2014-08-23 23:51:55 UTC
Kim Goodsell is unlucky enough to have two very rare diseases. Her doctors blamed coincidence, but was it? She taught herself genetics to find out, and as she tells Ed Yong, no-one expected what she would discover.
Kim Goodsell was running alon...
Nothing works in Ferguson. Here's how to fix a police force – and punish cops
2014-08-19 19:08:04 UTC
It’s difficult to view citizens as partners when you’re looking at them through a Kevlar helmet and a riot shield – or when you have failed to build a culture of trust and then you add military equipment and tactics to a combustible mix of racial ...
Australian fisherman killed by a giant saltwater crocodile
2014-08-19 18:40:37 UTC
A man has been killed by a giant saltwater crocodile as he was fishing with his wife in northern Australia.
The man, 57, was attacked by the 4.5-metre (15ft) reptile as he waded into the Adelaide River to unsnag his line, south of Darwin.
First female winner for Fields maths medal
2014-08-13 18:55:14 UTC
Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian maths professor at Stanford University in California, who went to school and university in Iran, has been awarded the highest honour a mathematician can attain.
It will go down in history as the moment one of the l...
Lauren Bacall, Hollywood's Icon, Dies at 89
2014-08-13 21:44:21 UTC
Lauren Bacall, the sultry presence who first hit movie screens in 1944 and then went on to play a series of sophisticated, tough-as-nails roles for the next six decades – even in real life – has died.
"Ms. Bacall passed away peacefully at her h...
Ebola: Nigeria confirms new case in Lagos
2014-08-12 06:52:53 UTC
Nigeria has confirmed a new case of Ebola in the financial capital, Lagos, bringing the total number in the country to 10.
The health minister, Onyebuchi Chukwu, said the latest confirmed case was a female nurse who came into contact with a Lib...
Robin Williams Found Dead In His Home
2014-08-14 08:07:51 UTC
Actor Robin Williams has died in an apparent suicide, the Marin County Sheriff's office said. In a press release, the sheriff's office said they received a 911 call from Williams' home in Tiburon, California, late this morning. He was pronounced d...
Yazidism: The forgotten religion facing extermination at the hands of Islamic State jihadists
2014-08-10 00:31:42 UTC
It's an unfortunate truism that the world pays attention to largely forgotten communities only in their moments of greatest peril.
This week, the world has watched as tens of thousands of Yazidis - a mostly Kurdish-speaking people who practise ...
Mount Sinai hospital in New York treats man for Ebola-like symptoms
2014-08-05 07:58:28 UTC
An American missionary infected with Ebola while responding to the outbreak in west Africa is expected to be flown to the US on Tuesday, while doctors in New York say they are treating a patient with Ebola-like symptoms.
Mount Sinai hospital in...
Wall Street Frets That You're Getting Paid Too Much
2014-08-05 08:04:38 UTC
Wall Street money managers are worried about two things: that they won’t get paid enough and that ordinary Americans will get paid too much.
The fight over who gets what from the bonus pool is an unseemly annual rite at Wall Street firms. Last ...
Is it ever acceptable to wear sunglasses indoors?
2014-08-05 08:03:41 UTC
It's sunglasses weather across much of the northern hemisphere, and yet wearing them indoors is likely to make you an object of ridicule. Why?
If you want people in a room instantly to judge you a colossal, thundering ninny, there's a very simp...
Germany's super-shy super-rich
2014-07-29 16:21:22 UTC
Nobody could accuse the richest people in Germany of flaunting their wealth, quite the opposite.
With the death of Karl Albrecht, there was no announcement for nearly a week, and not until the small, private funeral was over. He and his brother...
California wildfires destroy 10 homes
2014-07-28 06:14:27 UTC
<strong>Two fast-moving wildfires in California have destroyed 10 homes and have forced the evacuation of hundreds more, US officials say.</strong>
In the Sacramento region, a fire has spread to cover an area of about 4,000 acres, while another...
Ebola outbreak: Sierra Leone escaped patient dies
2014-07-26 22:32:39 UTC
A Sierra Leone woman who fled hospital after testing positive for the Ebola virus has died after turning herself in, health officials have told the BBC.
Her family had forcibly removed her from a public hospital on Thursday.
Since February, ...
Kids, guns and the American way
2014-07-25 20:42:21 UTC
In February, a nine-year-old Arkansas boy called Hank asked his uncle if he could head off on his own from their remote camp to hunt a rabbit with his .22 calibre rifle. “I said all right,” recalled his uncle Brent later. “It wasn’t a concern. Som...
India doctors remove 232 teeth from boy's mouth
2014-07-24 20:40:01 UTC
Doctors in India have extracted 232 teeth from the mouth of a 17-year-old boy in a seven-hour operation.
Ashik Gavai was brought in with a swelling in his right jaw, Dr Sunanda Dhiware, head of Mumbai's JJ Hospital's dental department, told the...
Just be happy: Old Man Throws Down Crutches to dance
2014-07-22 06:18:32 UTC
If you think all the fun ends once you get to a certain age, you're wrong.
An old man with crutches has proven through an awesome video (seriously, it's amazing) that age is nothing but a number, and if you want to express yourself with a dance b...
Why is Rumi the best-selling poet in the US?
2014-07-19 16:29:37 UTC
<strong>This 807-year-old Persian mystic and dervish has a massive following in the US and around the world. Jane Ciabattari explains his enduring influence.</strong>
The ecstatic poems of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, a Persian poet and Sufi mas...
World celebrates 1st Mandela Day since icon´s death
2014-07-18 06:17:02 UTC
JOHANNESBURG: People around the world celebrating "Mandela Day" Friday for the first time since the iconic South African leader´s death by doing good deeds on what would have been his 96th birthday.
For the past five years millions have volunt...
Facts: More Guns, More Mass Shootings
2014-07-17 21:28:03 UTC
In the fierce debate that always follows the latest mass shooting, it's an argument you hear frequently from gun rights promoters: If only more people were armed, there would be a better chance of stopping these terrible events. This has plausibil...
Qatari Soccer move to Europe
2014-07-15 17:08:34 UTC
EUPEN, Belgium — In the southeast corner of Belgium, there is a town of about 20,000 that is known, to the extent it is known at all, as a key battleground during the Battle of the Bulge and, more recently, as the center of the tiny slice of this ...
Bully wildfire and marijuana cultivation in California
2014-07-13 15:18:01 UTC
A 27-year-old man who was allegedly at an illegal marijuana plot is suspected of starting a wildfire that has burned more than 4.5 square miles of forested land in northern California.
The man, whose name was given as Freddie Alexander Smoke II...
'Forgotten' US smallpox vials found in cardboard box
2014-07-09 06:54:50 UTC
The virus, believed dead, was located in six freeze-dried and sealed vials, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It is said to be the first time unaccounted-for smallpox has been discovered in the US.
Tips are not optional, they are how waiters get paid in America
2014-07-09 06:34:25 UTC
I was a waitress at Applebee's restaurant in Saint Louis. I was fired Wednesday for posting a picture on Reddit.com of a note a customer left on a bill. I posted it on the web as a light-hearted joke.
This didn't even happen at my table. The no...