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Family's Souvenir Causes Airport Panic

US travelers in Israel had unexploded shell in their luggage

(Newser) - A US family's trip to the Middle East ended in chaos when airport screeners found an unexploded shell they'd found and kept as a souvenir. Reuters reports on the Thursday incident at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport, where the family showed up for their trip back to the...

Engineers Have a New Inspiration: This Beetle
'Super Tough' Beetle Could
Inspire Us to Do Better
new study

'Super Tough' Beetle Could Inspire Us to Do Better

Researchers say the bug's crush-resistant shell can be a model for planes and buildings

(Newser) - It's a beetle that can withstand bird pecks, animal stomps and even being rolled over by a Toyota Camry. Now scientists are studying what the bug's crush-resistant shell could teach them about designing stronger planes and buildings, the AP reports. "This beetle is super tough," said...

West Coast Waters Hide Alarming Secret
West Coast Waters
Hide Alarming Secret
new study

West Coast Waters Hide Alarming Secret

New study finds startling coastal acidification

(Newser) - Those majestic West Coast waters? They hold a secret, and some of our most valuable fisheries could hang in the balance. A new study says US Pacific coastal waters are acidifying at twice the global ocean average, posing a major threat to fisheries there, the Sacramento Bee reports. "California...

Piles of Old Shells Are Important, Endangered History Lesson

Behind the effort to save the middens of Maine

(Newser) - "They were eating oysters like crazy," an archaeologist says of Native Americans who visited what is now the coast of Maine for thousands of years. And it's a good thing they did. The piles of discarded oyster shells created by hungry Native Americans over centuries are an...

City Tells Man to Get Rid of His Seriously Smelly Driveway

Man used unwashed shells to pave driveway, then came flies and maggots

(Newser) - A Rhode Island town's long, smelly nightmare is finally over. Two weeks ago, a Tiverton resident used unwashed clam shells to pave an access road on his property, the AP reports. The shells still had bits of clam meat stuck to them, eventually drawing flies and maggots while creating...

Neighbor's Choice of Road Material Brings Stink, Maggots

And Rhode Island residents aren't happy about it

(Newser) - Crushed seashells are one of the best surfaces for making paths and driveways on your property, according to this helpful landscaping website . But some Rhode Islanders are learning the hard way it's ideal if the shells are cleaned first. Residents in Tiverton say a neighbor recently dumped thousands of...

Pakistani Shells Kill 42 in Afghanistan

700 families reported displaced, but Karzai keeps quiet: leaders

(Newser) - Pakistani shells fired into Afghanistan in recent weeks have killed 42 and wounded 48, according to angry Afghan officials and elders. “Seven hundred families have been displaced" and women and children are among the dead, says one Afghan general. Pakistan’s media says the shells were fired in pursuit...

Entire Town Evacuated After 1,652 WWI Shells Found

Gardener discovers 30 tons of leftover ammo

(Newser) - Authorities have evacuated a French village after a local gardener stumbled upon a 50-foot-long underground World War I munitions dump, Der Spiegel reports. All 450 villagers must leave Coucy-les-Eppes, near Reims, during the day for a week while some 26 experts remove 30 tons of shells from the German depot....

Broke? Try Paying Like Our Ancestors, With Shells, Beans

(Newser) - Sure, the global economy might collapse spectacularly and send us all back to a barter system. But that’s inefficient, Greg Sabin writes on Mental Floss, and “almost all civilizations have come up with currencies.” A sampling of what might be in your wallet next week:
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