World Mar 29, 2019

Record-setting balloonist Julian Nott dies after accident in California

A renowned British balloonist and scientist who set 79 world ballooning records died after a balloon-related accident in Southern California, authorities and family members said. Julian Richard Nott, 74, was injured over the weekend after his balloon with a pressurized cabin landed in a rural ...

Asia Pacific / Science & Health Feb 28, 2019

Australia's summer was hottest on record

Australia suffered its hottest summer on record from December through February, and forecasts show the autumn will continue to be drier and warmer than average, the government said Thursday. "After a record hot December and January, it won't come as a surprise that this summer ...

Germans claim record for gathering of Smurfs

World / Offbeat Feb 17, 2019

Germans claim record for gathering of Smurfs

A group of German friends claimed a world record Saturday for the highest number of Smurfs gathered in one place. Fans of the blue elf-like creatures, created in a Belgian comic strip in 1950s, managed to gather 2,762 people dressed and painted blue in the ...