Maine’s ‘Lobster Lady’ – 101 and going strong

In her boat off the northeastern US coast, 101-year-old Virginia Oliver expertly handles the slick body of a lobster as she snaps rubber bands...

China’s space propaganda blitz endures at slick new planetarium

China has opened the doors on what it bills as the world's largest planetarium, a slick new Shanghai facility showcasing the nation's recent extra-terrestrial...

How Italians sold ice cream to the masses in Vienna

Residents of the Austrian capital have queued for more than 130 years to sample the Italian ice cream of the Molin-Pradel family, one of...

Post-pandemic separation from owners is a dog’s life

Adopted en masse during the pandemic and spoiled for attention during remote working, many dogs (and their owners) have to adjust to a new...

Planted art: Japan rice field work marks Tokyo Olympics

From the ground, there's not much to distinguish the rice stalks in a field in Japan's Gyoda. It's only seen from above that a...

Kitchen robot in Riga cooks up new future for fast food

A pasta order comes in and the robotic arm springs into action at the Roboeatz eatery in Riga. After five minutes of gyrations, a...

Australia to return ‘stolen’ art to India

Australia will return 14 artworks to India, including at least six believed to have been stolen or illegally exported, the National Gallery announced yesterday....

From grey to green: World cities uprooting the urban jungle

From lettuces farmed on New York's skyline to thick corridors of trees occupying once desolate Colombian roadsides, green initiatives are running wild in cities...

Olympic athletes inspire robotic zen garden in Tokyo

At a serene zen garden in a Tokyo park, abstract lines inspired by the movements of Olympic athletes are carefully traced in the gravel-not...

For Russian prisoners, letters provide rare ‘moment of joy’

In a cottage outside Moscow, Konstantin Kotov goes through a handful of the hundreds of letters he received when he spent more than a...

In Mali capital, animist sacrifices under ‘Chinese bridge’

"There are evil spirits down there. They take people and their motorbikes and suck them into the river." Boucary Sagara is quite definite. He...

Pompom girls: Japan seniors find joy in cheerleading

Cheering is frowned upon at the virus-postponed Olympics, but training continues at a Tokyo gym for an energetic squad of cheerleaders whose average age...

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2nd August