Barry Stevens with a photograph of his father Bertold Wiesner A leading British scientist is believed to have fathered up to 600 children by donating sperm at his own fertility clinic between the early 1940s and the mid-1960s, a media report said. Bertold Wiesner, who died in 1972, may have been one of the primary..
Russia plunged back into the disputes over energy with Ukraine and Belarus that have repeatedly disrupted oil and gas supplies to European Unioncountries, and it also termed EU energy policy as "uncivilized". Russia on Friday denied remarks by Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko that it [more]
Don’t be surprised if your doctor asks you to sit on the floor at your next checkup. A new study says testing a person’s ability to sit down and then rise from the floor could provide useful insight into their overall health and longevity. [more]
North Korea's next step after rattling the world by putting a satellite into orbit for the first time will likely be a nuclear test, the third conducted by the reclusive and unpredictable state. A nuclear test would be the logical follow-up to [more]
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QY_Gc1bF8ds Dec. 21, 2012, has long been rumored to be the day of the Mayan apocalypse, when Earth comes to its inglorious end. The good folks at NASA want you to know that isn't going to happen. In fact, NASA is so [more]
South Korea can now produce missiles that can reach all of North Korea as part of a new deal with Washington that's a response to the North's own growing weapons stockpile. There were restrictions put on their missile production by Washington to try and deter [more]
A man and three members of his family were jailed for a total of 58 years yesterday after being convicted of murdering his pregnant wife claiming she was possessed by evil spirits. One of the four smothered 21-year-old Nalia Mumtaz while the others held [more]
A New Jersey man is making a quick recovery after accidentally shooting a 4-inch (10cm) nail into his heart. Dennis Hennis, a 52-year-old self-employed builder, was working on his neighbour’s roof when his nail gun jammed and he tried to clear it. The nail pierced the right side of his heart and he went into..
Here is a look at other unusual and fascinating creatures from the land and sea. This undated photo released by Kenneth C. Catania of Vanderbilt University showing an adult star-nosed mole. The mole literally inhales its food, taking less than a quarter of a second to identify a piece of food, grab it, eat it,..
A plume of smoke rises from a derelict Japanese ship after it was hit by canon fire by a U.S. Coast Guard cutter on Thursday, April 5, 2012, in the Gulf of Alaska. The Coast Guard decided to sink the ship dislodged by last year’s tsunami because it was a threat to maritime traffic and..
A 10-year-old Colombian girl almost died as she became one of the world’s youngest ever mothers after giving birth to a healthy daughter A 10-year-old Colombian girl has sparked outrage after becoming one of the world’s youngest ever mothers by giving birth to a healthy daughter. The girl, a member of an indigenous tribe called..
Little Olivia Norton has been hailed a miracle by doctors – after being born with no blood. Oliva, now six months, was born completely white because she had such a low count of haemoglobin – the chemical which carries oxygen in red blood cells – that it could not officially be classed as ‘blood’. She..
Performing in a circus is thirsty work as this elephant proved when she bolted through a busy town centre in search of coffee. The three-tonne creature, named Baby, escaped from Courtneys Circus, in Blackpool, Cork, during rush hour on Tuesday when handlers tried to give her a bath. And customers at a local coffee shop..
The dream of sailors, nerds and sailor-nerds everywhere is on the verge of coming true, senior Navy technologists swear. Within four years, they claim they’ll have a working prototype of a laser cannon, ready to place aboard a ship. And they’re just months away from inviting defense contractors to bid on a contract to build..
Female ninjutsu practitioners from various schools in Iran showcase their skills to the media. A Ninjutsu practitioner performs a split as members of various Ninjutsu schools showcase their skills to the media in a gym at Karaj, 45 km (28 miles) northwest of Tehran February 13, 2012. Currently about 3000 to 3500 women train in..
Pope Benedict XVI meets former Cuban leader Fidel Castro in Havana Pope Benedict and Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, both octogenarians, joked about their age in a brief meeting on Wednesday and then Castro popped the question: so what do you do? The two world figures chatted for about 30 minutes at the Vatican embassy..
Surgeons from the University of Maryland Medical Center on Mar. 27 detailed what they said was the world’s most comprehensive face transplant – allowing a 37-year-old man to emerge from behind a mask 15 years after a gun accident almost killed him. Richard Norris is seen before (L) and after (R) his face transplant surgery..