Friday 19 January 2018

Girl's school mix-up

A five-year-old girl spent a whole day at the wrong school before teachers realised she was not a pupil.

The youngster got on the wrong school bus in New York. Teachers were expecting a new starter and asked the girl if she was that student. She said she was. Teachers realised the error when the girl's mother reported her daughter had not returned on the usual school bus.


"Citizen scientists" have helped experts to speed up the process of unlocking genetic data simply by playing a smartphone game.

In one month, gamers have accomplished the same analysis that it would take one scientist six months to do. Players of the 'Play To Cure: Genes In Space' game help to highlight genetic flaws.


A Mississippi man pronounced dead last month only to come alive just before embalming has now died, a coroner said on Thursday.

Walter Williams (78) died two weeks after he started breathing and kicking at a funeral home, said coroner Dexter Howard.


Two Australians have applied in vain for Sri Lanka's hangman job after the island nation's last official executioner got upset on seeing the gallows and quit.

"Two Australians have sent emails to one of our departments saying that they are interested," Chandrarathna Pallegama, commissioner general of prisons, said.


Croatia's second largest city of Split will close its zoo, described by foreign tourists as the 'worst in the world', its deputy mayor has said.

"We have told the zoo manager to start preparations," Goran Kovacevic said.


Hundreds of years after merchants began building the tall, narrow houses of Amsterdam, Dutch architects are using a giant 3D printer to create pieces of a canal house.

Hedwig Heinsman, of architects Dus, said the goal was not so much to print a functioning house, but to discover potential uses of 3D printing in construction.


A man has been arrested after more than 300 books, which all relate to Anne Frank, were found to have had pages ripped from them at libraries across Tokyo.

Police say the man ripped pages from 23 of the books on February 5. Some of the missing pages were found at a house in the city.

Irish Independent

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