British man flies over South Africa using only a chair tied to helium balloons Play

British man flies over South Africa using only a chair tied to helium balloons

A British adventurer, who was reportedly inspired by the movie Up, strapped himself to a chair with 100 helium balloons and took flight over South Africa this week. He is part of The Adventurists, a group which said its mission is fighting to make the world less boring.It was a fairly indescribable feeling, wafting across Africa on a cheap camping chair dangling from a load of balloons, said Tom Morgan, 38. Oct 26, 2017
No obvious heir for Chinese president as Xi Jinping unveils new leadership Play

No obvious heir for Chinese president as Xi Jinping unveils new leadership

A day after the conclusion of the 19th Communist Party of China National Congress, the party unveiled the list of members of its newly-formed Politburo Standing Committee on Oct. 25 at Beijings Great Hall of the People. The committee will comprise seven members, including President Xi Jinping, who was elected the general secretary of the CPC Central Committee for a second term on Tuesday. The seven-man line-up will be the first time no Standing Committee member will have been born before the 1949 Communist revolution. Oct 25, 2017
University of Edinburgh vets helps save bear with monstrously enlarged tongue Play

University of Edinburgh vets helps save bear with monstrously enlarged tongue

An Asian black bear was saved from a painful illness that caused its tongue to swell to an enormous size thanks to a team from the University of Edinburgh, who traveled to Myanmar to operate on him. The 18-month-old bear, called Nyan htoo, was rescued by a monastery when he was a cub, alongside his brother Kan htoo. Following the rescue, Nyan htoo contracted an infection, which the Edinburgh veterinary team said may have been mosquito-transmitted elephantiasis. Oct 25, 2017