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Myths spark imagination

Two seventh-grade language arts teachers at the Barkalow Middle School donned togas for their annual “Wall of Gods, Heroes and Villains” student presentations. Teachers Leslie Rubins and Carol Ewig believe that getting their students directly involved is a more creative and fascinating way of introducing them to mythology.

As part of the project, students were . . . → Read More: Myths spark imagination

Crop Rings In Derry Field

In Derry this week a discovery was made in the greater Shantallow area of two large circular markings in a field above the west bank of the river Foyle. Crop marks or ‘rings’ that appear in a field are usually associated with programmes such as the ‘X-files’ or extra terrestrial investigation that typically occurs in . . . → Read More: Crop Rings In Derry Field

Concern over biometric passports

Civil rights campaigners have voiced concerns over plans to implement a global biometric identity system for air travellers.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) is set to agree an international standard for facial recognition on all new passports.

The plans have the backing of the US government and the European Union. It could . . . → Read More: Concern over biometric passports

Fans are wild for contests that pit canines against boars

By Manuel Roig-Franzia

The unearthly yowl rattling the swing gate out at the fairgrounds offends the eardrums in almost unimaginable ways. It crosses from a squeal to a grunt and back again, a blaring, impossibly awful incantation. The gate cracks only an inch or so before the beast shoots out, all 250 pounds of snorting, . . . → Read More: Fans are wild for contests that pit canines against boars

Say hello to our new moon

Earth has acquired a “quasi-moon” — an asteroid that will encircle our planet for the next couple of years while it orbits the sun on a horseshoe-shaped path, according to a report to be published on Saturday in New Scientist.

The asteroid, 2003 YN17, “is probably a chunk of debris” from an impact between . . . → Read More: Say hello to our new moon

Man Sees Face Of Jesus In Pecan Tree

A Louisiana man says he’s always had Jesus in his heart. Now, he says he’s got Jesus in his pecan tree as well.

At first glance, it looks like any other pecan tree. But with a little closer, you may notice an image of what Clyde Jackson says is Jesus. Jackson says he first . . . → Read More: Man Sees Face Of Jesus In Pecan Tree

Spiritual Books Dominate Bestseller List

Four of the top eight titles on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list deal with religious issues. And they’re likely to be joined by Glorious Appearing, which arrives Tuesday. It’s the 12th and final novel in Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins’ best-selling Left Behind series, based on an apocalyptic reading of the biblical Book of Revelation.

. . . → Read More: Spiritual Books Dominate Bestseller List

No Charges in Stephen Hawking Abuse Probe

Police on Monday announced they would close their investigation into possible abuse of famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, saying they found no evidence he was mistreated. Hawking was questioned by detectives earlier this month about alleged abuses that reportedly left him with a series of unexplained injuries.

“I can find no evidence to substantiate any . . . → Read More: No Charges in Stephen Hawking Abuse Probe

Tattoo parlours to open in Canadian prisons

Corrections Canada is planning to set up tattoo parlours in six federal prisons this year. Health officials hope the parlours will reduce the spread of infectious diseases, including hepatitis C.

Dr. Francoise Bouchard, the director general of health services for Corrections Canada, talked about the pilot project at a hepatitis C conference in Vancouver. . . . → Read More: Tattoo parlours to open in Canadian prisons

Ulcer drug may boost brainpower

A drug once used to treat stomach ulcers may help to boost brainpower in old age, a study suggests. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh carried out tests on 22 men between the ages of 52 and 75.

Some of the men were given a drug called carbenoxolone and others were given a dummy . . . → Read More: Ulcer drug may boost brainpower