News of the Weird

News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

October 19, 2014

Week of October 19, 2014

LEAD STORY -- Signs of the Times "Selfie fever" has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to Mecca, according to scholars who complained to Arab News in September. What for centuries has been a hallowed journey intended to renew the spirit of Islam (that all Muslims are... continue

October 12, 2014

Week of October 12, 2014

LEAD STORY -- Bionic Shoes Police in Japan's Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and commandeered a list of about 1,500 purchasers of the company's signature "tosatsu shoes" -- shoes with built-in cameras. Investigators have begun visiting the purchasers at... continue

October 05, 2014

Week of October 5, 2014

LEAD STORY -- Professional Biology Research The job of determining stress levels in whales is itself apparently stressful. The most reliable information about tension lies in hormones most accurately measured by researchers' boarding a boat, sidling up to a whale and waiting until it... continue

September 28, 2014

Week of September 28, 2014

LEAD STORY -- Frontiers of Flight Dutch inventors Bart Jansen and Arjen Beltman struck again recently when Pepeijn Bruins, 13, called on them to help him grieve over his pet rat, Ratjetoe, who had to be put down because of cancer. Having heard of the inventors' work, Pepeijn asked if... continue

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