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Hundreds killed in Nigerian pipeline explosion:

At least 150 people were killed today when a petrol pipeline exploded in Nigeria as locals tried to siphon fuel from it, police said. Around 50 burned corpses could be seen lying on the sandy beach near an area of the pipeline close to the waterside village of Ilado, about 28 miles east of Lagos, Nigeria's commercial centre. The Red Cross said the pipeline blew up while locals were drilling into it, igniting about 500 cans full of fuel that were lying nearby, apparently full of fuel that had been siphoned off.

There were drilling marks in several places on the pipe. A few of the bodies were floating in the sea. Despite its oil riches, the impoverished people of Nigeria often tap into pipelines, seeking fuel for cooking or resale on the black market. The pipelines often go through poor areas, but drilling into them is highly dangerous as the fuel can be so volatile.

Thieves Drill For Gas In Local Vehicles:
Sacramento Police report that thieves are drilling for gas -- not from wells -- but directly from vehicle's gas tanks. Crooks get under cars with a drill and make a hole in the gas tank, draining it. Police say that this isn't a rare occurrence. Thieves have struck several times in the last week the same way, and authorities expect that it will get worse as the price of gas continues to climb.
Black Water Market Drying Out Spain:
Enough water to supply 58 million people is stolen from Spain's underground reserves each year, drying out already-parched land to feed the lucrative property, tourism and agricultural sectors, a report warned on Thursday.

The World Wildlife Fund said there was a hugely profitable black market in water extracted from around 510,000 illegal wells throughout Spain. Southern Spain is already one of the driest parts of Europe and according to the government, a third of the country is in danger of turning into a desert.

The report estimated that around 3,600 cubic hectometres of water are stolen each year -- only 25 percent less than the whole country uses legally.

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I, for one, welcome our new water-walking lizardbot overlords

Robot Runs Over Water

The Harvard team found that the lizard slaps the water with its paddle-like foot. The foot goes beneath the surface level, generating a pocket of air. While its foot is still in the air pocket, the lizard curls its toes inward to reduce drag and, before the air pocket can collapse, the animals retracts its foot upward and prepares to slap the water again. The lizard repeats the slap and stroke motion up to 10 times per second, which allows it to generate the thrust and lift it needs to peel across the water's surface without sinking.
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