Questions Increase as Officer Intentionally Hits Suspect with Car


The Arizona Police Department have claimed that an officer who intentionally hit a suspect with a car actually saved his life.  However, the man’s lawyer strongly disagrees and the video from the dashboard camera has initiated strong debate around the country about what type of force police should use on a man with a gun. Attorney for the man, Michelle Cogen-Metzger, said that everything in the video pointed towards an obvious excessive use of force and that it was a ‘miracle’ that her client … [Read more...]

Mass Grave of ‘Monster’ Salamanders Found

Giant Salamander

Scientists have announced the discovery of a massive amphibian with a mouth full of teeth that lived around 220 million years ago.  A mass grave containing hundreds of the creatures is now being excavated in Portugal after the creatures were believed to have been stranded when the lake they lived in dried up. The creatures are a distant relative of the modern salamander but looked more like a crocodile, two metres in length.  It spent its time on the shore of the lake, fighting with rivals … [Read more...]

Europe Facing Major Bee Extinction


Around one in ten of the native wild bees in Europe are facing the prospect of extinction, according to the most comprehensive study so far carried out on them.  The European Red List, created by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) showed that 9.2% of around 2,000 species of bee across the continent are already close to extinction. The report also showed that around another 5% would be in danger in the very near future.  Threats include the loss of habitat from intensive … [Read more...]

Sotheby’s Auctions to Be Live on eBay


Auctions from the famous New York auction house Sotheby’s are set to be streamed live on eBay, the company has announced.  The first auction of this type will have a New York theme with a range of Yankee Stadium memorabilia for sale and will take place on 1st April.  Lots include the giant letters from the New York baseball stadium that are expected to fetch up to $600,000. At the moment, evening sales of the high-value artworks and other specialist items sold by the auction house will not be … [Read more...]

Two Officers Shot in Ferguson Unrest


Two police officers have been shot in the early hours of Thursday morning as a demonstration to celebrate the resignation of Ferguson’s police chief turned to violence and gunfire.  One officer was a St Louis police offer who was struck in the shoulder while the other, a Webster Groves officer, was struck in the face, according to St Louis Police Chief Jon Belmar. Both officers have been hospitalised but are said to be conscious. The officers were part of a group from various jurisdictions … [Read more...]

Federal Agents Raid California ‘Maternity Hotels’

Birth Tourism

Federal agents raided over three dozen so-called ‘maternity hotels’ on Tuesday around Southern California in search of sites where foreign women come to give birth with the sole purpose of having US-citizen children.  Authorities said the sites included an apartment complex in Los Angeles, as well as in both Orange and San Bernardino Counties where businesses hid these women. The women are believed to be largely from China and are paying from $15,000 to $50,000 for lodgings, food and … [Read more...]

First Lagoon Power Plant to be Built in UK

Tidal power

Plans have been unveiled in the UK for the world’s first tidal lagoons that will generate electricity.  Six lagoons, four of which will be in Wales, one in Somerset and the other in Cumbria, will use the incoming and outgoing tides behind giant sea walls and make use of the weight of the water to power the turbines. One scheme in Swansea, costing £1 billion, is already in the planning system and will be able to generate energy for around 150,000 homes. Costs The initial cost of generating … [Read more...]

Northeast US Coast Sees Record Sea Levels

Sea levels

According to a new study, the sea levels along the north-east coast of the US rose by record levels between 2009 and 2010.  The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, included information that the sea levels to the north of New York City rose by 128mm in two years. This means that coastal areas need to be prepared for extreme sea level events in the short term, according to one US expert while the model seems to predict further sea level rises becoming a common event during … [Read more...]

Guilty Verdict in American Sniper’s Murder Trial

Sniper Killing

Eddie Ray Routh has been found guilty by a Texas jail of the murder of US Navy Seal Chris Kyle, author of American Sniper, and his friend Chad Littlefield.  The judge handed down a sentence of life without parole after the prosecutors had not sought the death penalty. Defence lawyers for Routh said he was psychotic at the time of the shootings two years ago but prosecutors argued this, saying the 27 year old knew what he was doing when he gunned down the two men at a gun range. Most … [Read more...]

Mysterious Haze on Mars Confuses Experts


Scientists have been left baffled by a mysterious haze that has been seen high above Mars.  The plume was spotted by amateur astronomers back in 2012 and has since appeared twice before vanishing again. Analysis of the images has now led scientists to realise that the formation stretches around 1,000km and is far larger than anything of this nature seen before on Mars. Cloud A report in the journal Nature said that researchers think that the plume could be an exceptionally bright aurora or … [Read more...]