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Police Investigate Coffin-Swapping Funeral Claim, Woman Put In $70 Pine Box

International Business Times

A Queensland, Australia, family says a "gorgeous" $1,700 oak casket for their recently deceased grandmother was swapped out for a shoddy $70 pine box just before her cremation and funeral.


Flashes coming from Bali's Mount Agung Volcano explained

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Mysterious flashes coming from a volcano in Bali, spotted by satellite, may simply be down to gaps in cloud cover, an expert has claimed.


How to watch Mercury pass in front of the sun next Monday

New Scientist

The messenger of the gods is on the move. Next Monday, the planet Mercury will pass in front of the sun, appearing as a tiny black speck for about seven hours. This relatively rare event happens only a dozen times a century – the last time was a decade ago. The passage, or transit, of Mercury will begin at 11:12 UTC on 9 May and end at 18:42 UTC, and should be viewable from most of Western Europe and North America, along with all of South America. If you want to watch, don't look directly at the sun, as you could injure your eyes.


How to watch Mercury pass in front of the sun today

New Scientist

The messenger of the gods is on the move. Today, the planet Mercury will pass in front of the sun, appearing as a tiny black speck for about seven hours. This relatively rare event happens only a dozen times a century – the last time was a decade ago. The passage, or transit, of Mercury will begin at 11:12 UTC on 9 May and end at 18:42 UTC, and should be viewable from most of Western Europe and North America, along with all of South America. If you want to watch, don't look directly at the sun, as you could injure your eyes.


Across L.A., George Floyd street art sprouts as symbols of injustice and police brutality

Los Angeles Times

The day Jules Muck heard about George Floyd's death, she couldn't sleep. So at 3 a.m., the restless artist began painting an image of him on a U.S. casket flag she found in her Venice home. An idea had gripped her mind: That murals of Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer pinned his neck down with his knee, "had to be everywhere." Muck, who goes by MuckRock, couldn't just pick one location. So she painted more than a dozen mostly around Venice.