Floral Still Life by Gottfried Wilhelm Voelcker (1823)

Chinese province offers free karaoke for over 50s


People over the age of 50 can now enjoy free karaoke in two Chinese cities.

Oedipus Separating from Jocasta by Alexandre Cabanel (1843)

New Zealand faces ‘chipocalypse’ as farmers warn of crisps shortage


Potato varieties used to make crisps could be in short supply after a wet season hit farmers hard.

Het maken van reparaties in de scheepswerf by Henri Adolphe Schaep (1849)

Portuguese trawler nets ‘prehistoric shark’


Portuguese scientists have caught a rare example of the ancient frilled shark.

The full-rigger Vespasian at sea by Samuel Walters (1861)

Kenya’s plastic bottle waste is turned into boats


These men in Kenya have decided to do something about the amount of plastic bottles that clog an island's beaches.

Study at a Reading Desk‎ by Frederic Leighton (1877)

Illinois passes a law to force students to learn joined-up writing


Illinois passes a law to force students to learn joined-up writing – but what are the benefits?

Venice by John Henry Twachtman (1877)

Venice to ban large cruise ships from Grand Canal


The waterfront of the iconic St Mark's Square will be reserved for gondolas and water taxis.

Flax blooms by Mykhaylo Berkos (1893)

Einstein’s waves detected in star smash


Scientists detect the warping of space generated by the collision of two neutron stars.

The ruins of the castle on the lake Trotsky by Vincentas Dmachauskas (1853)

Runaway cow escapes slaughterhouse to live on Polish island


The animal was on its way to the slaughterhouse when it rammed a gate and swam to an island.

Two boys on a beach (A study in bright sunlight) by Henry Scott (1909)

Magic mushrooms can ‘reset’ depressed brain


Psilocybin – the hallucinogenic ingredient in mushrooms – may help in depression, a study suggests.

Schaffhausen by Franz Feyerabend (1793)

Anime hero joins Japan’s antibiotics resistance campaign


Japan's health ministry enlists Mobile Suit Gundam to combat overuse of antibiotics.