The world's most expensive purse, valued at nearly $3.8 Million and encrusted with some 4,500 diamonds, has been unveiled by jewelers in Dubai.

The purse is called the 'The Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse.' It has been certified by the Guinness World Records as the most valuable purse in the world.

The heart-shaped purse, handcrafted from 18kt gold, incorporates 4,517 diamonds (105 yellow, 56 pink and 4,356 colorless) with a total weight of 381.92 carats.

The jewelers will not disclose the buyer, they only said it is a man who bought it for his wife.

A new dinosaur species, nicknamed "thunder thighs" due to the enormously powerful thigh muscles it had, has been discovered in Utah.

The discovery of fossil remains in a quarry near the Colorado River in Grand County, Utah, has been examined by scientists from the U.K. and the U.S. The scientists said Tuesday that the creature's legs were unusually large.

Researchers deem the species, Brontomerus mcintoshi, used its powerful leg muscles to kick predators or to help it travel over rough, hilly terrain. The shape of the bone signifies that the animal would likely have had the largest leg muscles of any dinosaur in the sauropod family. This is reflected in the name Brontomerus, which literally means "thunder-thighs."

"Brontomerus mcintoshi is a charismatic dinosaur and an exciting discovery for us," said Dr. Mike Taylor, a researcher from University College London.

He added: "When we recognized the weird shape of the hip, we wondered what its significance might be, but we concluded that kicking was the most likely. The kick would probably have been used when two males fought over a female, but given that the mechanics were all in place it would be bizarre if it wasn't also used in predator defense."

Guinness World Records has declared the top 50 video game characters of all time, with Nintendo's Mario was rated top. The Legend of Zelda's Link came second, while Microsoft's enigmatic space soldier Master Chief followed in third place.

Nintendo had 11 characters in the Top 50, followed by Sony and Capcom with six and five, respectively. However, there are several widely recognizable characters that were not feature in the top 50, such as Mario's brother Luigi, Mortal Kombat's Scorpion and Bioshock's Big Daddy.

Gaz Deaves, Guinness World Records gaming editor, said: "The world has seen so many pivotal characters throughout the history of gaming that asking our readers to narrow it down to just 50 was a challenge in itself."

Mr Deaves added that while some of the inclusions could be disputed by gamers, the list will prompt much debate.

The 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show crowned a Best in Show Tuesday night (Feb. 15) and it was Hickory the Scottish Deerhound.

The show kicked off with the Sporting group. The breeds singled out were the Pointer, the German Wirehaired pointer, the Curly-Coated Retriever, the Irish Setter, the Black Cocker Spaniel, the English Springer Spaniel, the Irish Water Spaniel, the Weimaraner and the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. The top four in order were: the Black Cocker Spaniel, the Irish Setter, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon and the Irish Water Spaniel. The Boykin Spaniel was the new breed in the Sporting group, but was not brought down.

The Working group was up next. The dogs brought down were the Alaskan Malamute, the Boxer, the Doberman Pinscher, the Kuvasz, the Portuguese Water Dog, the Rottweiler and the Samoyed. The top four were the Portuguese Water Dog, the Boxer, the Kuvasz and the Samoyed.

The last group of the night is the Terrier group. The breeds singled out are the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Smooth Fox Terrier, the Irish Terrier, the Norfolk Terrier, the Norwich Terrier, the Scottish Terrier, the Seelyham Terrier, the Sky Terrier and the West Highland White Terrier. The top four finish the Smooth Fox, the Norfolk, the Sky and the Westie.

The Best in Show group included from last night the Scottish Deerhound from the Hound group, the Pekingese from the Toy group, the Shar-Pei from the Non-Sporting group and the Bearded Collie from the Herding group. From tonight, we had the Black Cocker Spaniel from the Sporting group, the Portuguese Water Dog from the Working group and the Smooth Fox from the Terrier group, who is the favorite according to odds-makers.

The Best in Show judge, whose first language is not English, said of the win, "Scottish Deerhound ... is exactly the same like I studied in the standard that was about 150 years ago. Outstanding dog! Moving and type was super. All the others were wonderful."

Cornwall Police reopened the Seaway International Bridge on Sunday afternoon, about three hours after it was shut down because of an accident on the Canadian side of the span. The bridge connects Cornwall Ontario to Akwesasne Mohawk Territory before connecting to a second bridge to the US.

Sgt. David Michaud of the Cornwall Police Service said a northbound tractor-trailer and a passenger vehicle in the opposite lane clipped each other. The exact cause of the 10:30 a.m. accident was under investigation.

The tanker truck, which was empty at the time, wound up partially blocking the southbound lane, prompting police to close the bridge in both directions. Both drivers were taken to hospital with minor injuries; there were no passengers in either vehicle.

During the closure police had police urged motorists to seek alternative border crossings, such as the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge or the land crossing at Dundee, Que.

Mitsubishi is out to reveal that the Outlander and Outlander Sport crossovers have some real SUV capabilities. Recently, the automaker took one of each Outlander’s and made five Guinness World Records within 24 hours.

Stuntman Garvin Cross -- Daniel Craig's stunt double -- was the driver of the vehicles on frozen Ghost Lake near Calgary, Alberta, Canada. With temperatures below freezing, the following records were broken. However it's unclear that how many of the Outlander all-wheel-drive competitors have tried similar feats:
  1. Greatest distance driven by a vehicle in reverse on snow in 30 seconds;
  2. Shortest braking distance by a vehicle on ice;
  3. Most vehicle figure eights on ice in two minutes;
  4. Fastest vehicle slalom relay on ice; and
  5. Fastest driven square lap.
The resulting advertisements will air on twelve network and cable TV stations, including ESPN, Discovery Channel and FX.


Pepsi unveiled the slimmed-down "Diet Pepsi Skinny Can" at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to “celebrate beautiful, confident women.

The updated design for the zero sugar, zero calories and zero carb soda will be circulated at New York's Fall Mercedes Fashion Week, from February 10 to 17, and will also be featured in a collaborative art installment designed by fashion commentator Simon Doonan. The newly designed can will hit stores in March.

"Our slim, attractive new can is the perfect complement to today's most stylish looks, and we're excited to throw its coming-out party during the biggest celebration of innovative design in the world," Jill Beraud, Chief Marketing Officer at PepsiCo, said in the statement.

The premiere of the "Skinny Can" comes amidst the ongoing controversy that the fashion industry overemphasizes waif-like body types. Fashion weeks hosted in Milan and Madrid banned "size-zero" models from appearing on the runways amid fears the ultra-thin models promoted eating disorders among young girls.

Television cameras will be allowed to capture the scene of involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor next month as long as they do not interfere with proceedings, a judge has ruled.

Los Angeles Superior Court judge Michael Pastor also moved forward the date of Dr Conrad Murray's trial by four days to March 24, when jury selection will begin. The trial is likely to last about six weeks, lawyers for both sides say. Murray was with Jackson at his rented LA mansion on the morning he died - June 25, 2009.

He has confessed giving the 50-year-old singer the powerful anesthetic, propofol, as a sleep aid while he was rehearsing for a series of planned comeback concerts in London. Coroners ruled Jackson's death was caused by an overdose of propofol and a cocktail of sedatives. Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and is free on bail. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted.

Involuntary manslaughter is defined as unintentional killing without malice and is a lesser charge than murder. Judge Pastor said he wants the "absolute least intrusive placement" of a TV camera in the courtroom and he has sought detailed proposals from local news crews. He also has blocked jury selection from being broadcasted.

The Mazda MX-5, or Miata as it’s called in certain markets, has just set a new Guinness World Record for the "Best selling two-seat sports car".

Interestingly, the MX-5 initially set the record when production of the car reached 531,890 units in May 2000. Guinness updated the record when production passed 700,000 and, later, 800,000 units. Currently, Mazda is reapplying to have the record updated to 900,000 units.

The 900,000th example of the car was built earlier today in Japan and is intended for a home in Germany. This tally has been growing since the launch of the first generation of the car back in 1989. Since then, it has only undergone two complete product redesigns though a series of upgrades have kept it fresh.
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Unless you've been living in a cave, you are not likely to run across this new species of poisonous, nearly blind Pseudoscorpion.

The 0.5-inch-long (1.3-centimeter-long) species, Cryptogreagris steinmanni, was discovered recently in high-altitude caverns near Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Pseudoscorpions are essentially scorpions that lack a stinging tail. However, the new species does have long, venom-tipped pincers that likely help it nab agile prey, such as springtails, in the gloom.

The new pseudoscorpion is most likely found only in Glenwood Caverns and Historic Fairy Caves, the study authors say.

"A lot of these caves are islands, almost like an isolated environment where invertebrates ... evolve into being adapted to underground life," said biospeleologist David Steinmann, a zoology department associate with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Steinmann collected the new species after it was discovered in 2000 by tour guide Micah Ball.

With its primitive eyes and pale color, the arachnid is ideally suited to its dark, chilly existence and has probably been scurrying through the passages for millions of years, Steinmann said.

Little is known about C. steinmanni, but it's thought to be rare, relatively long-lived, and able to curl up into a defensive ball when threatened. The animal went unobserved for so long because it blends in well with the rocks—and because few people have been crawling around caves looking for tiny creatures.

Steinmann, an avid caver, has discovered more than a hundred new invertebrate species so far in Colorado caves, including at least seven in Glenwood Springs alone.

Britney Spears' new album finally has got a name: "Femme Fatale."

The pop star publicized the title of her seventh studio set through Twitter and posted the cover art, which, similar to the artwork for her "Hold It Against Me Single," is a close-up shot of Spears against a neutral background.

The album is set for release on March 15. Its first single, "Hold It Against Me" reached No. 1 on the Billboard's Hot 100 chart last month but quickly dropped down the chart.

"I've poured my heart and soul into this album over the last 2 years," Spears tweeted of "Femme Fatale." "I've put everything I have into it. This album is for you, my fans, who have always supported me and have stuck by me every step of the way! I love you all!"

A Norwegian lawmaker has nominated WikiLeaks for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, stating that the secret-spilling website is one of the most significant contributors to freedom of speech in the 21st century.

Lawmaker Snorre Valen said that by unveiling information about corruption, human rights abuses and war crimes, WikiLeaks is a "natural contender" for the peace prize.

WikiLeaks, founded by Australian Julian Assange, has released hundreds of thousands of classified documents leaked to the website.  The documents have included thousands of classified U.S. diplomatic cables, as well as confidential material on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Members of parliament from all nations, political science and law professors, and previous winners may all submit nominations to the Nobel Peace Prize.

Assange is currently free on bail in Britain, while he fights extradition to Sweden for questioning on charges of sexual misconduct.

An ancestor to the horned dinosaur Triceratops wandered the earth millions of years prior to its famous descendant, making it the earliest discovered member of the family, scientists say.

The newly named species, Titanoceratops, weighed in at around 15,000 pounds and had an 8-foot-long skull. The ancient dinosaur existed during the Cretaceous period, about 74 million years ago in the American Southwest.

The finding, which will feature in the journal of Cretaceous Research, suggests the triceratopsian group of dinosaurs evolved its large size five million years earlier than previously thought, according to Nicholas Longrich, the paleontologist at Yale University who made the discovery.

Longrich made the discovery by accident and was searching through scientific papers when he happened upon the description of a partial skeleton of a dinosaur discovered in New Mexico in 1941. The skeleton went untouched until 1995, when it was finally prepared and identified incorrectly as Pentaceratops, a species common to the area.

"When I looked at the skeleton more closely, I realized it was just too different from the other known Pentaceratops to be a member of the species," Longrich said in a statement.

The newly identified Titanoceratops is alike to Triceratops, but with a thinner frill, longer nose and bigger horns. Longrich, hopes the discovery of similar skeletons will help further shed light on the origins of horned dinosaurs. "There have got to be more of them out there," Longrich said.

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