Monthly Archives: October 2013

Galloping dung beetles

Look carefully and you will see them tearing up the desert on the hunt for dried turd. This dung beetle does something none of their kin do-they gallop. And why do they gallop? That is the million dollar question the … Continue reading

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The search for a soldier without a name (part 4)-what a picture tells

I almost missed it. At the time, Nelson Mandela was in hospital, and we in the media were expecting the worst. So an anniversary slipped by without me noting it. On June 26, eighty years ago a camera caught the … Continue reading

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Woodford distillery’s past comes to light with archaeology dig

Originally posted on Ancientfoods:
Topic: Bourbon distillery; 1830’s archaeological dig at early distillery yields valuable insights Woodford distillery’s past comes to light with archaeology dig VERSAILLES — One of Kentucky early distillers, Oscar Pepper, is making history again, this time…

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The Scottish Tourette’s mystery solved.

I get a phone call. “Oh my God, switch on the TV.” I flip stations until I get to the Nat Geo channel. And there on the news room TV is the Tourette’s man. The last time I saw Tourette’s … Continue reading

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The grandmother of all newspaper corrections.

It is an embarrassing part of newspaper life. But the New York Times took “for the record” writing to the extreme yesterday when they printed a correction for a story that appeared in their paper 136 years ago. The correction … Continue reading

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Who killed George Harrison

Now this is a face that so easily could be staring at you from across the bar in a Highgate pub, a pint of London pride in his hand. But modern he is not. This is the facial reconstruction of … Continue reading

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The drug deal that almost happened

The plan was for a score. Most us journos have had this assignment before. Find a street corner where the view is unobstructed, so to allow a shooter to snap away, with a long lens, as the transaction goes down. … Continue reading

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