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/ Jan 20, 2017

Hemp used for world's first 'bio-based' bridge

While plenty of cannabis goes up in smoke in coffee shops around the Netherlands, Dutch researchers have found a new use for it — as an environmentally friendly building material to rival cement or steel. They have used hemp — a variety of cannabis ...

/ Jan 4, 2017

Ghosts haunt our palace, says Swedish queen

Queen Silvia of Sweden says the royal palace where she resides is haunted, according to a documentary to be aired on public television on Thursday. “There are small friends …ghosts. They’re all very friendly but you sometimes feel that you’re not completely alone,” Queen ...

My Ikea nights: New craze irks Swedish furniture giant

/ Dec 22, 2016

My Ikea nights: New craze irks Swedish furniture giant

A new fad that has people hiding out in IKEA stores overnight and walking out the next morning has left the Swedish retailer less than amused. In Europe, pranksters seeking a thrill have followed in the footsteps of Bram Geirnaert and Florian Van Hecke, ...

Scientists sniff out answer to 'asparagus pee' mystery

/ Dec 15, 2016

Scientists sniff out answer to 'asparagus pee' mystery

Scientists have sniffed out the reason why some people think their pee has a pungent, disagreeable smell after eating asparagus while others do not — it is due to their genes. French novelist Marcel Proust once fancifully described the smell as “transforming my humble ...

Python eats wallaby on Australian golf course

/ Dec 13, 2016

Python eats wallaby on Australian golf course

A routine round of golf has taken a uniquely Australian turn with stunned players finding a giant python wrestling with a wallaby on a fairway. Robert Willemse was on the 17th hole at the Paradise Palms course in Cairns in north Queensland on Saturday ...