A camel handler kisses his camel prior to a parade during a contest in Turkey’s largest camel wrestling festival in Selcuk. While smaller festivals are held across the country during the winter months --traditionally camel mating season --the one in Selcuk, just a few miles from the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, is the largest and most prestigious.
In an historic vote, nations unanimously approved Friday a ground-breaking overhaul to the international system of measurements, creating new definitions for the kilogram and other key units vital for trade and science. Scientists for whom the update represents decades of work clapped, cheered and even wept as the 50-plus nations one by one said “yes” or “oui” to the update. Nobel prize winner William Phillips said now, it can be certain, “that the kilogram is stable.” He added, “we weren’t sure of that in the past. And now we will be.” The so-called “Grand K” kilogram, a cylinder of polished platinum-iridium alloy that has been the world’s sole true kilo since 1889, is to be retired.read more
The kilo is “a tribute to man’s ability to collaborate,” said Martin Milton, director of International Bureau of Weights and Measures. “It’s been called a great work of peace, actually, because it’s one of the areas where all of the states of the world... read more
Faces hidden by masks, a group of 40 men emerges from the darkness of beach-front houses and into the sand as a state-of-the-art speedboat approaches the shore on La Linea de la Conception, Spain. They frantically unload dozens of plastic-wrapped burlap bundles, each containing 30 kilograms of Moroccan hashish. In little over two minutes, most of the cargo has filled two full-size SUVs.
Parts of statues, oil lamps and around 20 kilograms of coins from the Roman era have been found from an ancient shipwreck off the coast of Israel. The merchant ship sank in the Mediterranean some 1,600 years ago. There have been marine excavations in Caesarea before. But nothing quite like this has been found. Jacaob Sharvit of the Israel Antiquities Authority says the findings paint a picture of a rich life. (Reuters)read more
Interesting footage of a dolphin calf being born has emerged from an aquarium in Chicago. The calf weighed 11 kilograms and was 0.9 metre long. More than 40 members of the aquarium’s staff stood by watching the mother, as she swam around her tank, contorting her body to deliver her young. Senior director of marine mammals at the aquarium described the birth as “overwhelmingly emotional” and “beautiful”. (Reuters)read more
A US Marine Corps dog that sniffed out explosives and protected thousands of troops has been honoured with a prize for animals serving bravely in military conflict. Lucca is the first US Marine Corps dog to receive the Dickin Medal. She is credited with saving thousands of allied troops and never had a human casualty on one of her patrols. On her final patrol in Afghanistan, she discovered a 30-pound (13.6-kilogram) improvised explosive device and was searching for more when a second device detonated. Lucca lost her left leg, but survived. Her owner, Gunnery Sergeant Christopher Willingham of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was by her side on Tuesday in London as she received the medal. (AP)read more