Prince's toxicology report has been leaked
A leaked toxicology report from Prince's post-mortem examination reveals that the star had a massive concentration of 67.8 microgrammes per litre of fentanyl in his blood. The report explains that fatalities have been documented in people with blood levels ranging from three to 58 microgrammes per litre. The report also says the level of fentanyl in Prince's liver was 450 microgrammes per kilogramme, and notes that liver concentrations greater than 69 microgrammes per kilogramme "seem to represent overdose or fatal toxicity cases." Information that has been released publicly indicates the source of those drugs hasn't been determined. - © The Daily Telegraph
Lab accidentally creates 'city' of mice
A ‘mouse city’ the size of the population of York was accidentally bred by scientists following a laboratory blunder in Britain. Researchers at an unnamed laboratory bred nearly 180,000 more mice for use in experiments than their license permitted, and carried out unauthorised experiments on them, yet received only a letter of reprimand. The mistake is the most alarming of dozens of non-compliance cases by labs across Britain, which are highlighted in an official government report into animal testing. Scientists working on the project claimed error happened after numbers of mice were recorded on different databases. - © The Daily Telegraph
Mary Berry accused of 'fat-shaming'
Mary Berry has been accused of 'fat-shaming' a Michelin-starred chef on the latest episode of her BBC cookery show. Angered viewers hit out at the 83-year-old cook after she joked about the weight of Nathan Outlaw on Monday night's Classic Mary Berry. As the two discussed life by the seaside in Cornish fishing village Port Isaac, he revealed he loved windsurfing. Acting surprised, the presenter replied: ‘you, windsurfing?’ The Michelin-starred chef chuckled, saying: ‘Can you believe it?’ Mary Berry joked: ‘You must go very fast … Bit of weight on that board!’ However, Mr Outlaw did not appear offended by these comments, and made a joke about his weight in the programme. When asked if he was using full-fat yoghurt in a beetroot, apple and pickled walnut salad, he said ‘you don't get a body like this eating low fat.’ - © The Daily Telegraph
Sex slave guru who branded victims nabbed
An American ‘self-help’ guru, who presided over a secretive society of women sex slaves branded with his initials, is due in court Tuesday. Keith Raniere, 57, known as ‘The Vanguard’, allegedly set up self-help workshops where participants paid up to $5,000 for a five-day workshop with members often required to sign non-disclosure agreements. Each August, they also paid $2,000 to gather for his birthday. He is accused of creating a secret society called ‘DOS’ — a pyramid scheme of women ‘slaves’ and ‘masters’ with Raniere — the sole man — alone at the top. Members were allegedly told that they would be empowered, but were instead treated as slaves — branded with Raniere’s initials on their pelvic areas while being pinned down naked and filmed at initiation ceremonies. – AFP
Great Barrier Reef coral get some sunscreen
An ultra-fine biodegradable film some 50,000 times thinner than a human hair could be enlisted to protect the Great Barrier Reef from environmental degradation. The World Heritage-listed site, which attracts millions of tourists each year, is reeling from significant bouts of coral bleaching due to warming sea temperatures linked to climate change. Scientists have been buoyed by test results of a floating ‘sun shield’ made of calcium carbonate that has been shown to protect the reef from the effects of bleaching. It is designed to sit on the surface of the water above the corals, rather than directly on the corals, to provide an effective barrier against the sun. The trials on seven different coral types found that the protective layer decreased bleaching of most species, cutting off sunlight by up to 30%. – AFP
Who was on board that North Korean train?
The North Korean train that arrived in Beijing this week looked remarkably similar to one used by the North’s late leader Kim Jong-il, its olive-green exterior and yellow stripe prompting intense speculation his son and successor Kim Jong-un was on board. Due to a fear of flying the older Kim used high-security trains during his seven visits to China and three to Russia over his 1994 - 2011 term. The Kims reportedly have several almost identical special trains. Protected by armour plating, they are equipped with satellite phones and television screens, and include conference rooms, bedrooms and reception facilities. They reportedly carry armoured vehicles and small helicopters for emergencies. For security reasons, three identical trains were deployed for every overseas trip by Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung, the current leader’s grandfather. The train seen in Beijing this week looked particularly similar to one used during Kim Jong-il’s 2010 trip to the Chinese capital. - AFP