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Grave plots should be re-used to address a shortfall in spaces, an academic has said.
Churches and other authorities with responsibilities for burial grounds should look at the role they play in society on the continent, according to Julie Rugg, of the University of York's Cemetery Research Group (CRG).
Research by the BBC's local radio stations has found that more than four in 10 (44%) cemeteries are expected to be full within 20 years, with a quarter full within the next decade. Dr Rugg said there needed to be a rethink about reusing graves.
More than half of pilots have fallen asleep on the flight deck, according to a survey by pilots' union Balpa.
And of the 56% who admitted nodding off, as many as 29% said they awoke to find the other pilot asleep.
The findings come after it emerged both pilots on an Airbus passenger plane were asleep at the same time with the UK-operated aircraft flying on autopilot. One of the pilots indicated in a report to the UK's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) that the pair nodded off after both had only five hours sleep in the previous two nights.
There has been a five-fold increase in the number of centenarians over the last three decades, figures show.
In 1981, there were just 2,420 people aged 100 and over living in England and Wales, but by 2012 the figure shot up to 12,320, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
And the ONS estimates that of the latest figure, 610 people are aged 105 or more. This means that the Queen will be spending more and more time writing birthday cards to centenarians. At present, she sends a personal congratulatory message to anyone in the United Kingdom celebrating their 100th birthday, their 105th birthday and each year following their 105th birthday.
GOOD COP, BAD COP
A police impersonator picked the wrong man when he approached an undercover detective and demanded he hand over drugs as part of a police drug bust, authorities in Colorado said.
The undercover detective was in a mobile phone store speaking to a clerk when a man came in demanding to know why the detective had so many phones and accused him of being a drug dealer, according to the Pueblo Chieftain. He demanded the detective "give him the drugs", according to the paper.
The detective then turned the tables on the impersonator, showing the man his own law enforcement credentials, and advised the man he was under arrest on suspicion of impersonation of a police officer. Authorities say Roland Herrera was taken to jail.
The Georgia Aquarium is giving visitors the chance to peer inside the bodies of giant sea creatures.
The exhibit, Sea Monsters Revealed: Aquatic Bodies, includes the preserved bodies of sharks and other animals with their flesh stripped away to expose muscles, bones and organs underneath. The exhibit is similar to the popular Bodies and Body Worlds exhibits of dissected human bodies that have toured the world.
The show includes 18 big sea creatures along with more than 150 individual organs and smaller animals. The preserved specimens do not include animals from the Georgia Aquarium. The aquarium says all of the animals in the exhibit were recovered from fisheries and other sources in accordance with animal protection standards.
CENTENARIAN BAGS DIPLOMA
A western Pennsylvania woman who dropped out of school to work during the Great Depression finally has her high school diploma in time for her 103rd birthday.
Hazel Marie Attenborough Cichowski was presented with the honorary diploma at Wednesday night's meeting of the Pittsburgh Public Schools board, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said. Her birthday is on Saturday.
Ms Cichowski is a resident of Pittsburgh's South Side neighbourhood. She dropped out of South High School in the 11th grade because she needed to go to work. She told the board: "I really loved school. It was never a chore for me." But she said she also loved her job and "always made the best of the situation". She worked for 45 years at West Penn Hospital.