Planeteer: message in a bottle delivered after 101 years, NZ gripped by royal fever, southern France hit by earthquake

International Maritime Museum, Hamburg. Image by Tobias Mandt / CC BY 2.0

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International Maritime Museum, Hamburg. Image by Tobias Mandt / CC BY 2.0

Message in a bottle delivered after 101 years
A message in a bottle that was cast into the sea 101 years ago, and found by a fisherman last month, has been presented to the sender’s granddaughter in Berlin. Although the message has degraded with time, experts from the International Maritime Museum in Hamburg managed to establish that it had been sent by a 20 year-old Richard Platz while on a hike in 1913. The discovery will be on display at the museum until 1 May. Read more:

Tram crash leaves 16 injured in Poland
At least 16 people were injured after two trams collided at a roundabout on Monday in the Polish city of Łódź. Six of the injured were hospitalised, one with life-threatening injuries. A police spokesperson said it was too early to determine the cause of the crash, but confirmed that the drivers were sober. Read more:

Red Road tower blocks. Image by John Lord / CC BY 2.0

Explosive Commonwealth Games opening ceremony criticised
Opposition is growing against a plan to demolish five tower blocks in Glasgow as part of the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The Red Road blocks were built in the 1960s and were intended to provide modern, high-rise living, but became associated with antisocial behaviour and are now derelict. The demolition is to be shown live as part of the opening ceremony on 23 July. Read more:

Timelapse video shows solar maximum in Iceland
A new timelapse video shows the solar maximum in Iceland. The solar maximum occurs once every 11 years and produces particularly psychedelic Northern Lights, which can be seen rolling over the Icelandic landscape in the video, entitled Eye of the Storm. Read more:

Southern France hit by earthquake
The Provence and Riviera regions of France were hit by an earthquake measuring 5.2 in magnitude late on Monday night. The tremors were felt in Marseille and Nice, with minor damage occurring in the town of Barcolonette. Read more:

Bern zoo under fire for bear cub deaths
The Bern zoo in Switzerland is …read more


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