Croatian officials estimate around 90,000 land mines were scattered across more than 400 square miles during the Balkan wars in the early 1990s. Even now, people are still dying from the unexploded mines.
Nikola Kezic, an expert on the behavior of honeybees, and scientists from Zagreb University have trained bees to associate the smell of trinitrotoluene, or TNT, with sugar water at specific feeding stations.
Professor Mateja Janes told the Croatian Times that "eventually they come to associate the smell of any explosives with easy food and will literally make a bee line for them." Janes added that after years of refinement and training, the bees are faster and safer than sniffer dogs.
The bees have a nearly perfect sense of smell, and can detect flowers from up to 2.8 miles away, making them more effective than dogs, with the added benefit of not being heavy enough to detonate the device.
Janes plans to take the trained honeybees on a field exercise in the southern town of Benkovac, once the front line of clashes from 1991 to 1995. The bees will be followed by heat-seeking cameras to track their movements.
"We have heard that Americans were trying to develop something similar in a secret project, but seems we've developed it before them", Janes said.
The bomb-sniffing bees form one part of a multimillion-euro program, called "Tiramisu," sponsored by the EU to detect leftover land mines on the continent.
Seven more horses trained by Mahmood al-Zarooni have tested positive for anabolic steroids, bringing the total of positive-tested animals from the stable to 22.
The British Horseracing Authority began screening all horses trained by Zarooni in April after 15 animals at his Godolphin facility tested positive for the illegal drugs. Zarooni was suspended for eight years, and all 22 horses have been suspended for six months from the date blood samples were taken.
The seven horses that tested positive in the second, more expansive round include last year's St. Leger winner Encke. Encke tested negative after his September 15th victory.
A total of 391 Godolphin-owned horses training in Newmarket were tested between April 29 and May 2. Both Godolphin and Zarooni have the option of requesting secondary analysis of the samples.
Zarooni previously lodged a complaint with the British Horseracing Authority to appeal the length of his eight-year suspension.
William Fine, an important influence in the creation of New York's laws on narcotics, has died, the New York Times reported.
He was 86. His daughter, Delia, said that the cause was multiple atrophy syndrome.
Fine was a prolific Hearst magazine publisher in the 1960s that managed several publications, including Cosmopolitan and Harper's Bazaar. During his time working for Hearst magazines he tried and failed to promote modest skirt lengths for women during the heyday of the miniskirt.
He ran in several powerful circles in New York and became an influence to several peers -- including Nelson Rockefeller while he was governor of New York.
Fine and Rockefeller had a conversation about narcotics while Fine's son was struggling with addiction. They compared policies to those of Japan, where Fine said the Japanese were "willing to give up the soapbox movement on human rights in order to rid the public of the evil abuses of drugs."
Rockefeller is reported to have developed his approach to drug regulation during his conversations with Fine and changed the laws to prohibit drugs rather than sink money in treatment and education programs.
The laws have since been loosened after they crowded jails without decreasing drug use, but were influential in New York and beyond and shaped views as Rockefeller considered a run for president.
Curiosity may be NASA's most popular roving robot, but last week the Mars rover Opportunity brought its total trip odometer up to 22.22 miles -- the longest distance ever traveled by a NASA vehicle on the surface of another planet.
Opportunity traversed 263 feet of Martian landscape near Endeavour Crater to break the record of 22.21 miles set during the Apollo 17 mission. In 1972, Eugene Cernan and Harrision Schmitt drove the Lunar Roving Vehicle to the NASA record.
In the coming weeks, nine-year-old Opportunity will surpass the international record for driving distance on another world held by the Soviet Union’s Lunokhod 2 robotic rover, which covered 23 miles of lunar surface in 1973. The Mars robot set off on a journey from "Cape York" where it has been working since 2011 toward a target known as “Solander Point” about 1.4 miles away.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the Mars Exploration Rover Project in addition to the Mars Science Laboratory Project and its rover, Curiosity, which landed on Mars in August 2012.
A Navy team has discovered a display-worthy torpedo with the help of its trained dolphins.
The torpedo is from the late 19th century and was a great technological advance of the time, the Los Angeles Times reported. It was found off the coast of Coronado, Calif.
The flippers that found the torpedo are bottlenose dolphins trained by the Navy to find underwater objects -- such as mines -- that technology can't detect.
The find is a Howell torpedo, an innovative design that emerged during the race for seaboard dominance in the late 1800s. Only 50 of the torpedoes were made before the design was copied and improved upon. The dolphin-recovered one is one of two known examples that still exist.
"We've never found anything like this," Rothe said. "Never."
The dolphins are trained to dive for objects and indicate whether they find anything by touching parts of the boat: front for yes, back for no. They can also put markers on the objects, as they did for the Howell torpedo.
The pieces were sent to a Navy base to be cleaned and then shipped to the Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington, D.C.
A 14-year-old girl sitting on a Queens bus was shot and killed, AM New York reports.
Daja Robinson was headed home from a sweet 16 party when shots were fired at the bus she was riding. She was about 10 blocks away from home when a bullet struck her head.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Robinson was not the shooter's target. The suspect, who fired 10 shots at the bus, has not yet been identified.
Robinson was rushed to Jamaica Hospital but was dead on arrival.
City councilmembers issued a statement after she was killed in support of stricter gun laws.
"That a 14-year-old girl was shot to death for no other reason than having the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time is outrage enough," the statement read.
Miley Cyrus's house was "swatted" for a second time Friday as police were called to her Los Angeles pad and found there was no real emergency when they arrived.
Sources say 911 received a call from a female at around 8:55 p.m. on Friday claiming she was calling from her closet and reporting shots were being fired in her home, TMZ reported.
When officials arrived to Cyrus's house they realized the singer was not there, that nothing was happening and that the call had been a hoax.
The "Party in the U.S.A." singer was victim of her first "swatting" prank last August after 911 received a call reporting there had been a "home invasion" at her house.
It was time for prom, and the class of 1963 filled the dance floor, looking back on their high school years.
They danced to The Temptations and Etta James; Aretha Franklin and "The Wobble." But this prom didn't take place until 2013, CNN reported.
Segregation and racial tension meant that in 1963, Birmingham cancelled prom for five of the city's black high schools. They didn't get a high school graduation or a yearbook, either.
On May 2, 1963, those children left school early to take part in what became known as the Children's March. Police responded to the protesters with dogs and fire hoses and arrested thousands of people.
The end-of-school events were cancelled for security reasons, officially. Many believe that it was punishment for the protests -- and regardless, it felt that way for the class of 1963.
A court ordered graduation took place, but prom never happened.
On Friday, the city put on the Historic 1963 Prom for the Alabamians that never got one.
Earnestine Thomas was one of the students that attended.
"As a child, I recognized that it was unfair, but didn't understand that there were laws propping [segregation] up," Thomas told CNN.
For the evening, she wore her alma mater Parker High School's color -- a lavender dress with matching shoes.
Ethel Arms says that she did not have a prom because of the civil rights movement but even with a good reason, she said she still lamented not getting that rite of passage. Arms was just a teenager, and wanted the experience.
Arms got to be on the prom committee that organized the event, which took place at Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham. Her date was her husband Eugene -- her date for the prom that never happened.
Eugene Arms finally got to take his sweetheart to prom, and Thomas, Arms and their classmates were left to create memories they were once denied.
A million-dollar jewelry heist at Cannes has some people wondering if life was imitating art in the south of France.
When $1 million worth of Chopard jewelry went missing from a hotel room in Cannes Thursday, more than a few people noticed strange similarities between the robbery and the plot of Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring," which premiered at the French festival the same day.
Although investigators are eyeing hotel employees as potential suspects in the robbery, in which the safe in a Chopard employee's hotel room was stolen, festival attendees are delighting in the real-life parallels to Coppola's film.
"Are you sure it wasn't the actors from 'The Bling Ring'?" asked William Morris Agency executive Cassian Elwes.
But Emma Watson, who plays a member of the titular ring of robbers in the film, could only deny any connection to the theft -- and provide an alibi.
"Someone stole like a million pounds worth of Chopard jewelry from Cannes? I promise it wasn't me!" she told the Hollywood Reporter. "It's crazy. That's really, really weird. I promise I'm innocent."
Some cynical attendees wondered if the whole thing was a publicity stunt engineered by Chopard itself, but the luxury jewelry maker confirmed the burglary.
At a press conference Thursday, Chopard communication director Raffaela Rossiello said the value of the lifted items was considerably less than the $1.4 million estimated by local police, and the pieces were not bound for the Cannes red carpet.
Chopard crafts the Palme d'Or trophy, awarded to the best film in the competition, as well as the best actor and best actress trophies.
Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard may be set to become a free agent and several teams are already in line.
CBS Sports reported Monday that the Clippers are not in the running.
Howard's snub of the other Los Angeles team has led to speculation about what he is looking for. If he's not interested in the type of ball the Clippers play, he may be interested in a team like the Houston Rockets.
Howard becomes an unrestricted free agent in six weeks, and a report from the Houston Chronicle said Howard has a strong interest in the Rockets.
The Rockets would have room to sign Howard, as the team has a few non-guaranteed contracts and several tradable players.
But Howard does not have plans to commit just yet. He is reportedly considering the Dallas Mavericks and Brooklyn Nets as well, and has not ruled out re-signing with the Lakers, who would likely offer him the highest-paying contract.