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Fan Asks JK Rowling to 'Tell Me the Truth.' So She Did

Author reveals 'true birthplace' of her 'Harry Potter' books: a London apartment

(Newser) - On Thursday, a Harry Potter fan implored JK Rowling on Twitter to "tell me the truth"—and she did, with a reveal that may have surprised many readers. CNN notes that the initial tweet included a picture of the Elephant House, a coffeehouse in Edinburgh, Scotland, which has... More »

Vatican Has Pope's Joke Cut From Documentary

It was a good-humored moment involving scotch whisky

(Newser) - Scotch whisky is "the real holy water," Pope Francis joked when a group of student priests from Scotland presented him with a bottle—but Vatican censors didn't laugh when they saw the footage. The moment when the seminarians presented Francis with a bottle of Oban 14 malt... More »

Top Health Official Didn't Follow Her Own Advice. Now, This

Catherine Calderwood won't be attending press conferences anymore

(Newser) - Scotland's top medical officer is in hot water after reporters caught her preaching one thing practicing another, Sky News reports. Catherine Calderwood will no longer attend press conferences because, it turns out, she visited her holiday home over the weekend while advising the public to stay indoors amid the... More »

Ex-Scottish Leader Acquitted on All Sex Crime Charges

Jury decided 1 charge was 'not proven'

(Newser) - Former Scottish leader Alex Salmond was acquitted Monday of a series of sexual offenses , including one of attempted rape. An Edinburgh jury deliberated for more than five hours before returning not guilty verdicts on 12 charges and returned a not proven verdict on a charge of sexual assault with intent... More »

Scotland OKs Posthumous Appeal in Lockerbie Bombing

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi died in 2012

(Newser) - The family of the only person convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 can posthumously appeal his conviction, Scotland's criminal appeals body said on Wednesday. The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission's finding means Abdelbaset al-Megrahi's 2001 conviction will pass to an appeals... More »

Boris Johnson Revives 'Bonkers' Bridge Idea

British government considering $25B bridge between Scotland, N. Ireland

(Newser) - With Scotland talking about independence post-Brexit and Sinn Fein calling for a vote on reunifying Ireland after its election success , Boris Johnson is talking about building bridges. The British prime minister has revived what critics call a "bonkers" idea to build a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland, the... More »

'Drug Death Capital of the World' Makes a Move

Pilot program in Glasgow, Scotland, will see homeless drug addicts inject heroin in facility

(Newser) - A country known as the "drug death capital of the world" is doing something to chip away at that label. As part of a pilot program launched Tuesday in Glasgow, Scotland, up to 20 homeless drug users who fall into the most "severe" and "complex" addiction category... More »

Doctors Warn of Odd Malady: 'Feather Duvet Lung'

Scottish man now clear of the form of hypersensitivity pneumonitis

(Newser) - While US doctors are raising the alarm about lung scarring caused by vaping, medical experts in Scotland are warning about lung scarring caused by … feather duvets. A case study published Monday in BMJ Case Reports describes a 43-year-old non-smoker who suffered three months of "malaise, fatigue, and breathlessness"... More »

Thermal Camera at Tourist Attraction Spots Cancer

Woman noticed a heat spot over one breast

(Newser) - A woman's visit to a tourist attraction in Scotland ended up being an important stroke of luck for her health. Bal Gill, 41, used the thermal imaging camera at Edinburgh's Camera Obscura & World of Illusions back in May, and when looking back through the images from it... More »

In the UK, a First on Child Discipline

Scotland bans smacking children

(Newser) - In Scotland, adults are more protected against assault than children are, as parents and caregivers are allowed to use "reasonable" physical force for disciplinary purposes. That's about to change: On Thursday, the country's Parliament voted 84-29 to ban all physical punishment for kids, including spanking, slapping, smacking,... More »

Rowling Makes Huge Move for MS Research

The 'Harry Potter' author's mother had the disease and died at 45

(Newser) - JK Rowling's mother had multiple sclerosis and died from complications of the disease at age 45. Now, the Harry Potter scribe is making a big move to fight the disease: She's donating $18.8 million for new facilities at a research center named after her mom, the AP... More »

MP After Court Ruling on UK Parliament: 'Utterly Vindicated'

Boris Johnson's suspension of Parliament deemed unlawful by Scottish court

(Newser) - On Tuesday, the UK's Parliament began five weeks of "proroguing"—the technical term for suspension without dissolution, mandated by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Now, with Brexit looming at the end of October, a new development out of Scotland: Its highest civil court has deemed Johnson's move... More »

Scientists Reveal New Theory About Loch Ness Monster

It might be a giant eel, they say after large DNA study of the lake

(Newser) - The "Loch Ness eel" just doesn't have the same ring to it. Scientists who conducted a large study of DNA samples from the famous Scottish lake suggested Thursday that giant eels might be the source of "monster" sightings over the years. The researchers found no evidence the... More »

Scotland Is Seeking the Bones of a 300-Year-Old Witch

Lilias Adie died in 1704

(Newser) - Scotland has a single witch's grave. Only the bones that were placed there in 1704 aren't there anymore, and local officials are hoping to finally get them back. The Washington Post reports that Lilias Adie was arrested 315 years ago after she was accused of calling upon Satan... More »

DNA Samples From Loch Ness Lead to One 'Plausible' Theory

Scientists set to unveil that theory on mythical monster next week

(Newser) - Scientists failed to find Nessie in a study of Scotland's Loch Ness—but they did come up with a possible explanation for more than 1,000 reported sightings of the mythical monster, including 14 this year, per the Mirror . Unfortunately, we don't yet know the details. The findings,... More »

Artificial 'Tongue' Is Bad News for Counterfeit Whisky

Device allows for 'faster and more accurate' testing

(Newser) - Counterfeit whisky is a big problem —hence why researchers in Scotland have invented a "tongue" better able to distinguish between fake and authentic bottles than the human equivalent. Alasdair Clark of the University of Glasgow explains the artificial tongue "uses two different types of nanoscale metal '... More »

Scientists: Asteroid a Mile Wide Hit Earth, and We Know Where

Researchers think 12-mile-wide crater is underwater off coast of Scotland

(Newser) - About 10 years ago, scientists found clues of a violent asteroid impact with Earth, and now they say they've finally figured out where the event happened. The Guardian reports that ground zero for the hit is 650 feet under the water between Scotland's mainland and the Outer Hebrides... More »

Cops Tried to Keep Pol Safe. The Milkshake Came Anyway

Nigel Farage is latest UK politician to get doused

(Newser) - What the Daily Beast is calling the "highest-profile victim of milkshaking so far" has been doused. The victim: Brexit leader Nigel Farage. What "milkshaking" is: a recent phenomenon in the UK of right-wing politicians having the sweet, goopy drink thrown on them in protest. Farage's incident took... More »

There's a Bridge Where Dogs Keep Leaping to Their Deaths

They've apparently been leaping off Scotland's Overtoun Bridge for decades

(Newser) - As far as nicknames go, it's an unfortunate one: Dumbarton, Scotland's Overtoun Bridge is known as the "dog suicide bridge," and it's a nickname earned under grim circumstances. The New York Times visits the bridge, which since 1895 has stood 50 feet above a gorge... More »

Woman Feels No Pain, Didn't Realize It Until Age 65

Jo Cameron has been through several operations and childbirth without painkillers

(Newser) - It sounds like something out of a superhero movie: There's a woman living in Scotland who feels no pain. In a case report on Jo Cameron in the British Journal of Anaesthesia , scientists say they discovered two genetic mutations at play (one on a previously unidentified gene) and that... More »

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