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Chas Newkey-Burden

Dead leopard on A646 was ‘some tart’s coat’

And other stories from the stranger side of life

A dead leopard on the A646 turned out to be “some tart’s coat”, said Metro. Ben Lilly, 40, was driving on the A646 near Hebden Bridge when he thought he spotted a leopard. He “cautiously left his car, heart racing and fearing his face may be ‘ripped off’ by the fearsome beast”, said the paper, before he realised it was a garment. Writing on Facebook, Lilly said: “Careful! Dead leopard in the road on way to Halifax! Oh no, it’s some tart’s coat from last night, can’t believe I turned back for this!”

Fragments ‘from outside solar system’ found

A Harvard astrophysicist claims to have found material that “originated from outside the solar system” for the first time in history, said The Telegraph.  Professor Avi Loeb has “provoked condemnation from peers” for claiming that initial analysis of fragments recovered from the Pacific Ocean may have an “extra-terrestrial” origin and could be proof of higher intelligence. The “controversial” astrophysicist has earned the moniker the “alien hunter” and “long attracted criticism for his bold claims”, said The Telegraph.

Device will ‘tap’ you to destination

Scientists have invented a wearable device that silently and invisibly “taps” your wrist to tell you which way to turn, said The Times. Inventers at Rice University in Texas wanted to create a lightweight, discreet device that could guide people to their destination without the need to look at a map or for audible cues such as those from a GPS. “Wandering around a strange neighbourhood looking with bemusement at a map app on your phone could become a thing of the past”, said the paper.

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