>Plastic plant cared for 2 yrs
Two years is a pretty long lifespan for a house plant, particularly if you're not exactly green-fingered.
That's why Caelie Wilkes felt particularly proud of having kept her "perfect" succulent alive for so long – that is until she realized it was made of plastic.
The California stay-at-home mum had been diligently watering the plant, which she kept on her kitchen windowsill. However, after going to repot the plant, she realized that the plant was actually a fake one.
In a hilarious Facebook post about the incident, Caelie said: "I've had this beautiful succulent for about 2 years now. Tried my hardest to keep it looking it's best, and it's completely plastic! How did I not know this? I feel like these last two years have been a lie."
>Face masks may curb virus
Researchers hope to trial low-cost face masks that can detect whether someone has infectious coronavirus before they display any symptoms.
Experts at the University of Leicester said if successful, the method could simplify large-scale screening for the virus and curb the spread of COVID-19.
The sampling masks will be adapted using 3D printed strips and can trap exhaled microbes in a 30-minute period. “
If that trial validates the new approach, researchers will then move on to using the masks in trials with the new coronavirus.
It is expected to take between two to three months to reach this stage.
The university said if the sampling masks were manufactured on an "industrial scale" they could potentially cost "pennies".
>Luxembourg makes transport free
With a population of 602,000, Luxembourg is one of Europe's smallest countries - yet it suffers from major traffic jams.
But that could be about to change.
As of March 1, 2020 all public transport - trains, trams and buses - in the country is now free.
The government hopes the move will alleviate heavy congestion and bring environmental benefits, according to Dany Frank, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Mobility and Public Works.
The government is putting up the cost of making it free, Frank says.
"The country at this very moment is in really good shape. We, the government, want the people to benefit from the good economy."
Luxembourg's public transport system covers the whole country and costs $562 million per year to run.
Each year, it generates around $46 million in ticket sales, according to the ministry.
>Airline unveils sleeping pods
Air New Zealand filed patent and trademark applications for the "Economy Skynest" - the result of three years of research, development and testing based on input from more than 200 customers at a hanger in Auckland.
According to the airline announcement, the Skynest will consist of six full-length lie-flat sleep pods in the economy cabin. The exact location within the aircraft is yet to be confirmed.
Each pod will be about 200 centimeters long and 58 centimeters wide, and come with a pillow, sheets, blanket, ear plugs and privacy curtains.
The airline is reportedly also exploring additional features such as reading lights and USB outlets.
The airline will reportedly make a final decision on the Economy Skynest in 2021, once it has assessed the performance of its inaugural year of Auckland-New York operations, due to take flight in October this year.
That flight will take an estimated 17 hours and 40 minutes one way, making it one of the longest in the world.
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