Contact with alien life 'in 20 years'
Russian scientists expect humanity to encounter alien civilisations within 20 years, a top Russian astronomer predicted this week.
"Life exists on other planets and we will find it within 20 years," said Andrei Finkelstein, director of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Jellyfish clog up nuclear reactors
Both reactors at a nuclear power station were shut down after "high volumes" of jellyfish were found on seawater filter screens.
The units at Torness power station, near Dunbar in Scotland, were shut manually. EDF Energy, which operates the plant, said the reactors were shut as a precaution.
Inquiry into police probe of teenager
Police have launched an inquiry after officers woke a young teen to quiz him about throwing an apple at school.
Clive Lindoe, from Essex, said two officers called at his home last Saturday morning to quiz his son Charlie (13) about the incident. A police spokesman said: "We received a complaint from Mr Lindoe, which will be investigated."
Body found in swimming pool
BOSTON police are trying to discover how a body wound up in a public swimming pool, possibly for over two days.
The body was at the bottom without lifeguards, health inspectors or other swimmers even noticing -- perhaps in part because the water was cloudy. A friend of 36-year-old Marie Joseph said she had been missing since Sunday.
Food crisis taking hold in Somalia
The UN is warning of a food crisis in Somalia. Mark Bowden, UN humanitarian co-ordinator for the country, said food costs there had risen 270pc over the last year because of drought.
Mr Bowden said this was creating a food crisis and leading to malnutrition.
Man dumped his son (4) on road
Police said a Texas man abandoned his four-year-old son along a cactus-lined road, where the injured boy spent several hours alone.
Reports said Carlos Rico "threw the boy out of the car like garbage". He was picked up by a motorist and taken to hospital. Mr Rico is charged with child endangerment.