QUIRKY WORLD ... Sound fishy? Prawns could be a key beauty ingredient

WALES: It may sound fishy, but prawns could be a key ingredient in shampoos and washing powders in the future.

QUIRKY WORLD ... Sound fishy? Prawns could be a key beauty ingredient

Scientists at Glyndwr University believe molecules found in the crustaceans’ shells can be extracted and used instead of synthetic polymers to make personal and home care products.

Polymers are added to a range of industrial formulations — such as cosmetics and paints — to control their thickness and extend their shelf-life.

But researchers say natural polymers are more environmentally-friendly than synthetic ones because they are not made from petro-chemicals. They are now concluding a £1m (€1.3m) two-year research project with industrial partners Croda, Almac Group and Seagarden and are hopeful of a breakthrough.

Headstone patio

USA: A Missouri man who used dozens of military headstones to make a patio at his house will not face criminal charges and the headstones would be destroyed, authorities said.

The headstones were never US government property, never placed at a cemetery or stolen and no state of federal charges will result, Ozark county sheriff Darrin Reed said.

The homeowner told ABC television affiliate KSPR in Springfield, Missouri, he regretted using the headstones, which he found in a landfill about a decade ago.

Reed said deputies and firefighters removed the headstones during the weekend at the homeowner’s request. The headstones were crushed and were to be buried, he said.

“As soon as I put dirt over the top of them, the case will be closed,” Reed said.

Shoot-out

USA: A man who shot several rounds from a prop gun outside a saloon in the historic Arizona town of Tombstone faces disorderly conduct and other charges.

Tombstone marshal John Houston says the man was in the Dragoon Saloon when he got into a fight with his girlfriend. He broke a pool cue, then went outside, pulled out a prop 9mm pistol and began firing into the air.

His friends confronted him, not knowing the gun was fake, and the man stormed off. Authorities say Monte Ross, 30, has been booked into jail on suspicion of aggravated assault and being an ex-convict in possession of a weapon.

Liquor loophole

USA: The fate of 1,404 bottles of rare wine seized from a private collector under Pennsylvania’s strict liquor laws hangs on a judge’s ruling on a loophole that may allow hospital “use” of forfeited liquor.

The wine was confiscated in 2014 under a Pennsylvania law that limits nearly all alcoholic beverage sales to its chain of state liquor stores, none of which sells rare vintages. It was among a cache of 2,447 bottles with an estimated value of at least $125,000 (€109,642) that Pennsylvania State Police seized from Arthur Goldman, a lawyer in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

Chester County Hospital in the Philadelphia suburb of West Chester filed a court petition seeking custody of the wine, which it hopes to resell for charity under an obscure provision of state law that allows forfeited liquor “to be delivered to a hospital for its use”.

Goldman, who admitted selling the wine to private enthusiasts, received a form of probation aimed at eventually clearing his record. State police moved ahead with plans to destroy the confiscated wine, which had been placed in an evidence room in Philadelphia.

That possibility horrified wine enthusiasts and even the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, which urged a solution that would preserve the wine that it said included “rare and hard-to-obtain vintages”.

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