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Sharks are living in the River Thames

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Shark

Sharks are living in the River Thames, according to findings from the waterway’s first “health check” since it was condemned as “biologically dead” 64 years ago. The Greater Thames Shark Project, run by the Zoological Society of London, found that shark species including tope, starry smooth hound and spurdog live in the Thames. There are more than 100 species of fish in the 215-mile long river.

Marie Antoinette’s bracelets sell for $8m

A pair of diamond bracelets once owned by the queen of France, Marie Antoinette, have sold at auction in Switzerland for more than $8m (£5.8m). They were bought by an anonymous telephone bidder, going for more than double the expected bid. “These bracelets travelled through time to recount a most important era of French history, with its glamour, glory and drama,” said Francois Curiel, Europe chairman for Christie’s auction house.

Israelis discover ring that ‘prevented hangovers’

Archaeologists in Israel have discovered a ring in the ruins of an ancient wine factory that they believe was used to prevent hangovers. The Israel Antiquities Authority said the ring is gold with a purple semiprecious gem. It was believed that the gem was the 12th stone in the foundation of New Jerusalem, and the ancient Greeks believed that it counteracted the effects of wine.

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