Tuesday 21 November 2017

In brief: Sign names killer of schoolgirl (16)

Detectives are probing a handwritten cardboard sign left on a roadside which claims to name the killer of a schoolgirl murdered 17 years ago.

The sign was left among flowers above a plaque near where 16-year-old Claire Tiltman was stabbed to death in Dartford, Kent, south-east England, in a frenzied attack in 1993.

Dolphins conjure up diabetes cure

A TRICK dolphins use to keep their big brains fed with energy could potentially lead to a cure for adult diabetes, say scientists.

Experts have discovered that bottlenose dolphins can turn a diabetic-like state on and off as needed to maintain their blood sugar levels -- and understanding how the switch works and learning how to control it could be the solution to Type-2 diabetes.

Mute film critic finds voice again

A legendary US film critic has been given his voice back, thanks to a UK research team.

Roger Ebert (67) lost the ability to speak almost four years ago following life-saving cancer surgery. But he can communicate with his own voice again thanks to computer scientists at the University of Edinburgh.

Police snare zebra crossing the road

AN escaped circus zebra led police a chase along a busy section of main road in Atlanta, Georgia.

The animal was exercising before an evening show when something frightened him -- and it led police on a 40-minute chase before being recaptured.

Car break-in over bear necessities

Police called to a Florida car break-in found a noseprint and fur left behind by a bear. There were also claw marks scratched into the paintwork.

The car owner said she left a bag of rubbish in the boot, probably tempting the bear to break in.

Cuba to carry out a census of mules

Cuba says it is facing a mule deficit and has commissioned a census to determine how bad the problem is.

Their numbers are unknown -- hence the need for the census. But authorities said it may be facing a deficit of 8,000 in highlands areas alone.

Irish Independent

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