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Warne goes all out for Hurley's visit


MELBOURNE: A large item that looks suspiciously like a new mattress has been delivered to Shane Warne's Brighton mansion ahead of Liz Hurley's arrival, reports Herald Sun.

Coincidently, she announced on Twitter three days ago she is designing a new range of bed linen.

"I'm designing some sexy and gorgeous bed linen - what's everyone's favourite colours please? We're aiming to please...," she wrote.

Hurley is expected to arrive from London at Melbourne airport tonight, claims the paper.

The daily said work men were spotted erecting privacy screens around Warne's gated property this morning.

The former spin king's glamorous British girlfriend initially cancelled her Australian trip last month after Warne was caught characteristically texting another woman.

But the pair are well and truly back on track, meeting up for a romantic rendezvous in Los Angeles recently and  resuming their flirty Twitter exchanges.

The image continues to be sent to inboxes and posted on Twitter and Facebook with tongue-in-cheek comments to match.

Britain's Daily Mail also redrew Australia's State boundaries recently in its flood coverage, splitting Queensland in half and adding a seventh state, Capricornia.
CNN coverage of Cyclone Yasi places Queensland in Tasmania

QUEENSLAND: US media giant CNN's reporting of Cyclone Yasi blew Queensland off the map, when it depicted the weather-ravaged state as being in Tasmania.

The international news breaker was roundly mocked around the world, when its map of Australia on a news bulletin pointed to Queensland being several thousand kilometres south in a bulletin last week.

While CNN appears to have quickly removed the offending graphic from its website, bemused Australian media watchers and others quickly sent the image viral.

It appears CNN researchers googled Queenstown, which  is on Tasmania’s west coast, instead of Queensland, when researching the report.
Dangle above crocodiles at new attraction

FLORIDA: Daredevils will be able to tackle an obstacle course suspended above alligators and crocodiles at a new US attraction.

The Alligator Farm in Florida, US, is in the process of installing the aerial obstacle course over its wildlife exhibits for tourists seeking a new thrill.

There will be over 50 challenges including seven flying foxes over the zoo.

Visitors will be given safety training before they are allowed to tackle the unique course.

She then quizzed Ms Bankah, who had been in the post for three months, before asking her leave the school.

"Ms Bankah's behaviour on 21 February 2008 was demeaning to the pupil concerned, caused him some harm, and had the potential to harm other pupils," GTC committee chair Sashi Sivaloganathan said.

The committee also heard that some parents were so concerned about what had happened that they considered taking their children out of the school.

The GTC ruled Ms Bankah was guilty of "unacceptable professional conduct".
Bomb sniffing plants could be new weapon against terrorism


COLORADO: A special plant that can sniff out explosives could be the latest weapon in the fight against terrorism, according to Colorado State University researchers cited.
The researchers have manipulated the plants so they turn white when they detect even trace amounts of TNT in the air.

The technology, published in the peer-reviewed online science journal PloS One and financed by the US Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, could find its way into airports in just a few years.

"The idea to make detector plants comes directly from nature," said Professor June Medford, the lead scientist on the team. "Plants can't run or hide from threats, so they've developed sophisticated systems to detect and respond to their environment."

Still relatively immature, the current technology has a response time of hours but Medford hopes to reduce this down to a few minutes over the next couple of years as they improve the process. The redesigned plants are also highly sensitive, 100 times more sensitive than a bomb-sniffing dog.

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