North Korea leader Kim Jong-un is capturing the world’s attention, so what is he up to?

North Korea leader Kim Jong-un is capturing the world’s attention, so what is he up to?

Posted May 10, 2018 10:07:31 Photo: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a historic meeting in April. (AP: Korea Summit Press Pool) Related Story: Three American detainees released from North Korea, Trump says Related Story: US Secretary of State arrives in …

Great Pacific Garbage Patch plastic removal system could become ‘world’s biggest piece of marine debris’, critics say – Science News

Great Pacific Garbage Patch plastic removal system could become ‘world’s biggest piece of marine debris’, critics say – Science News

In 2012, an 18-year-old Dutch entrepreneur told a TEDx audience he was designing a device to clean-up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Boyan Slat’s idea sounded like a novel concept that would quickly succumb to the insurmountable logistical issues of cleaning up 1.6 million square kilometres of plastic in deep, …

Tramadol abuse addiction sweeping Egypt as part of the world’s growing opioid crisis

Tramadol abuse addiction sweeping Egypt as part of the world’s growing opioid crisis

By freelance correspondent Walt Curnow Posted May 05, 2018 05:00:00 Photo: Kerim was accused of drug dealing last year, pictured here in his house in Old Cairo. (ABC News: Hamada Elrasam) Related Story: Every Tuesday is execution day in Egypt Related Story: Egypt’s women fight harassment on the street and …

World’s fattest boy and Indonesia’s media darling sheds heavy title after shedding 83 kilograms

World’s fattest boy and Indonesia’s media darling sheds heavy title after shedding 83 kilograms

By Iffah Nur Arifah and Erwin Renaldi Posted May 02, 2018 16:53:53 Arya Permana has shed his title as the world’s fattest boy after losing almost half of his staggering 190-kilogram body weight from two years ago. Key points Arya went through a gastric operation in an attempt to lose …

World’s oldest spider dies aged 43 in Western Australia

World’s oldest spider dies aged 43 in Western Australia

Updated April 28, 2018 20:10:33 Australia has a notorious reputation as home to some of the world’s deadliest creatures and until recently also harboured the oldest known living spider in the world. The trapdoor matriarch died at the ripe old age of 43 during a long-term population study in Western …

British toddler Alfie Evans dies after serious illness which captured world’s attention

British toddler Alfie Evans dies after serious illness which captured world’s attention

Updated April 28, 2018 17:52:28 Photo: Alfie’s parents said the toddler was showing signs of improvement with continued treatment. (Facebook: Alfies Army) Related Story: British toddler surviving after court rules life support be turned off Alfie Evans, the 23-month-old British toddler whose grave illness drew international attention, died early on …

US veteran receives world’s most extensive penis transplant to mend blast injury

US veteran receives world’s most extensive penis transplant to mend blast injury

Posted April 24, 2018 05:49:43 Photo: The medical team that carried out the penis transplant at Johns Hopkins University. (Supplied: Johns Hopkins Medicine) Related Story: First US penis transplant performed on 64-year-old man Related Story: Penis transplant recipient set to become father A Baltimore hospital says a wounded US veteran …

Super Netball draws world’s best, but questions raised over import policy after Diamonds’ loss

Super Netball draws world’s best, but questions raised over import policy after Diamonds’ loss

Posted April 23, 2018 18:48:36 Photo: The new Super Netball season is about to start, with the spotlight on a changing of the guard in world netball. (AAP: Peter Rae) Related Story: Agony on final day as Diamonds and women’s rugby sevens team suffer dramatic losses It appears there is …

World’s oldest person, Nabi Tajima, dies in Japan at the age of 117

World’s oldest person, Nabi Tajima, dies in Japan at the age of 117

Posted April 22, 2018 11:24:46 Photo: Nabi Tajima is believed to have had more than 160 descendants. (Supplied) The great-great-great grandmother officially regarded as the world’s oldest person has died in Japan at the age of 117. An official in the southern Japanese town of Kikai says Nabi Tajima died …

NASA’s planet-hunting spacecraft TESS on quest to find new worlds that could support life

NASA’s planet-hunting spacecraft TESS on quest to find new worlds that could support life

Updated April 19, 2018 10:23:11 Photo: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket transporting the Tess satellite lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. (AP: John Raoux) Related Story: The search for alien worlds is about to get much closer to home NASA’s TESS spacecraft has embarked on a quest to …