Sonia Rykiel, a French designer dubbed the "queen of knitwear" whose relaxed sweaters in berry-colored stripes and eye-popping motifs helped liberate women from stuffy suits, has died at 86.
President Francois Hollande's office announced her death in a statement Thursday, praising her as "a pioneer" who "offered women freedom of movement.
Taking the world “superfruit” to a whole new level, a Chinese watermelon plant just broke a Guinness World Record by sprouting 131 enormous fruit. Each melon weighed an average of 10 kilograms, or 22 pounds, and the whole lot took only 90 days to mature after planting. Not only is the feat super-impressive, but the super plant could have quite an impact on food scarcity issues in the future.
Zhengzhou Research Seedling Technology Co., Ltd., a Chinese agricultural technology company, created the mass-producing plant, codenamed “Tianlong 1508.” While typical watermelon plants only yield between one and four fruit, the research team gave some extra TLC to Tianlong 1508, making sure its vines were untangled and it received a daily dose of temperature-controlled water mixed with fertilizer.
The National Park Service will get quite a present on its 100th birthday: 282 acres to add to Saguaro National Park, on the outskirts of Tucson.
The Trust for Public Land announced on Thursday that it was donating the land to the popular southern Arizona park.
The C&O Canal National Historical Park is offering free mule-drawn boat rides to mark the 100th birthday of the National Park Service.
The park says in a statement that the canal boat rides at the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center in Potomac are free on Thursday.