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A Giant Secret in Queen's Garden: 2 'Extinct' Trees

Few knew how to identify rare Wentworth elms

(Newser) - Botanists were sure that the Wentworth elm had gone extinct as part of a mass die-off of elm trees in the UK in the 1970s. Soaring 100 feet in the air in the garden of none other than Queen Elizabeth was proof to the contrary. Two botanists say they've... More »

Is This the Face of a 16th-Century Pirate?

Remains were found under a school playground in Scotland

(Newser) - Students at a primary school in Scotland are set to get a real-life forensics lesson thanks to a centuries-old skeleton—believed to be that of a pirate—found last year beneath their playground, the Telegraph reports. Workers unearthed the remains while doing survey work for a planned extension at Victoria... More »

10 Most Expensive New Year's Eve Cities

New York City doesn't come in until No. 8

(Newser) - Spending New Year's Eve in New York City? You may be surprised to know it's not the most expensive place you could be. (Though even its Olive Garden is pricey .) CheapHotels.org looked at the cheapest double room available from Dec. 30 to Jan. 2 in 30... More »

Airline Plans to Offer $69 Flights to Europe

Norwegian Air wants to tap into lower fees at smaller US airports

(Newser) - It's hard to find a one-way ticket domestically for $69, but if the CEO of Norwegian Air has his way, a ticket for that much may soon be available between Europe and the US, NBC News reports. Bjorn Kjos' master plan is to connect flights from smaller coastal US... More »

Cops Solve Street View 'Murder'

Scottish pranksters alarmed Google user

(Newser) - With only a minute to act, a pair of Scottish pranksters who spotted a Google Street View car faked a murder realistic enough to cause at least one person to call the police. One of the Edinburgh mechanics lay in the road while the other stood over him holding a... More »

How to Move a Whale Carcass

City of Edinburgh had to solve the problem in a hurry

(Newser) - Officials in Edinburgh, Scotland, faced a vexing question this week: What do you do with a dead 30-ton whale that washes up on a beach—near a hotel, no less—and begins stinking up the city? The answer involves a crane, a big truck, a landfill, and some unusual images,... More »

Glasgow All the Rage After Brad Pitt Stay

Zombie flick helps Glasgow edge out Edinburgh for top Scottish destination

(Newser) - What happens in Glasgow stays in Glasgow—except when Brad Pitt comes to town to film a potential zombie blockbuster, and the city transforms into Scotland's top destination spot so far this year. Calling it the "Brad Pitt effect," the Daily Mail notes that Scotland's No.... More »

Police to Question Mom in Deaths of 3 Children

American Theresa Riggi badly injured after jumping or falling from balcony in Scotland

(Newser) - Police in Scotland are piecing together the facts of what appears to be a horrific crime: Three American siblings—8-year-old twin boys and a 5-year-old girl—were found dead inside an Edinburgh house after a gas explosion, the Daily Mail reports. Police, however, say they all had stab wounds. Investigators... More »

Greenies Push Safe Froggy Sex With Hook-Up Pad

Frog Hotel to protect mating amphibians from predators

(Newser) - Frogs have a new reason to leap for joy: a hotel specially designed to allow them to mate in peace and safety, NPR reports. Scottish environmentalists opened the Frog Hotel two weeks ago to protect the amphibians from predators. Frogs “are slowly coming out of hibernation, and the first... More »

Type O Blood Protects Malaria Victims

Drugs based on finding could spark cure, save 2 million annually

(Newser) - Scientists may be closer to a malaria cure after learning that type O blood naturally shields victims from harsh forms of the disease. A study published today showed that African malaria victims with type O blood are two-thirds less likely to suffer fatal anemia or unrousable coma, the BBC reports.... More »

Harry Potter and the Murdered Heiress?

Rumor has JK Rowling writing crime novel

(Newser) - J.K. Rowling has been spotted writing something in an Edinburgh cafe like the one where she penned the first Harry Potter book, and fellow author Ian Rankin says she's moving in on his territory—crime fiction. Rankin admits he hasn't personally talked to Rowling about her next project; it... More »

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