Traditional Hawaiian canoe returns after epic round-the-world voyage

Jun 18, 2017

Traditional Hawaiian canoe returns after epic round-the-world voyage

No modern navigation instrumentation guided a Polynesian voyaging canoe as it followed the horizon during a three-year journey around the globe. About a dozen crew members for each leg of the voyage relied only on their understanding of nature’s cues — ocean swells, stars, ...

First test flight of stratospheric solar plane called a success

May 6, 2017

First test flight of stratospheric solar plane called a success

The first solar plane aimed at reaching the stratosphere made an initial low-altitude test flight over Switzerland Friday. The SolarStratos, a superlight, sleek, white two-seater aircraft with long wings covered with solar panels, took off from Payerne at 8 a.m., according to an AFP ...

'World's heaviest woman' hospitalized in Abu Dhabi

May 5, 2017

'World's heaviest woman' hospitalized in Abu Dhabi

An Egyptian believed to have been the world’s heaviest woman before her surgery was hospitalized in Abu Dhabi on Thursday to continue treatment after a drastic weight-loss operation in India. Eman Ahmed Abd el-Aty weighed close to 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) before surgery in ...

117-year-old Jamaican woman likely the oldest person in the world

Apr 18, 2017

117-year-old Jamaican woman likely the oldest person in the world

Violet Brown spent much of her life cutting sugarcane in the fields around her home in western Jamaica. She attended church regularly, avoids pork and chicken and celebrated her 117th birthday last month. On Saturday, she is believed to have become the world’s oldest ...

Brazilian street artist paints 'biggest' ever mural

/ Apr 14, 2017

Brazilian street artist paints 'biggest' ever mural

Many painters struggle to get their work viewed but Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra won’t have a problem — his most recent work is billed as the biggest in the world. The prolific Kobra takes as his canvas the external walls of the Cacau ...

Mar 26, 2017

Officials in Austin, Texas, ground plans for mass-transit gondolas

A proposal to build a gondola lift in Austin that would have been incorporated as part of the public transit system in Texas’ capital city won’t be flying anytime soon. City and transportation officials concluded on Friday that they won’t be moving forward with ...