In the papers...


Fake relics 
A rib bone and piece of cloth popularly held to be the remains of  Joan of Arc , burned to death in 1431, are likely not connected with the French heroine, the preliminary reports of forensic investigations suggest. Anthropologist Philippe Charlier said the linen cloth, though dating from the 15th century, was dyed, not burned, and a blackened substance around the rib bone was vegetable debris, not carbonised remains. 
The Independent17 December 2006

Abortion drugs banned 
China's most populous province, Henan, has banned retailers selling over-the-counter abortion drugs as part of an effort to control  gender imbalance in newborns, probably due to abortions of female foetuses. China's 2000 census showed the ratio between newborn boys and girls in Henan was 118:100, considerably higher than industrialised countries' ratios of 103-107:100.  
China Daily3 January 2007 

Medici crime solved 
Francesco de' Medici and his wife died of  arsenic poisoning - not malaria, as modern historians have thought. Donatella Lippi, of the University of Florence, found arsenic-rich body parts under a deconsecrated Tuscan church, identified by documents as holding remains of a 16th century postmortem examination on the Medici's embalmed bodies. The details of the investigation have been published in the British Medical Journal
Corriere della Sera28 December 2006 

Chemical spraying charge 
A 60-year-old sugar farmer from Queensland, Australia, has been charged after allegedly spraying 10 inspectors from the Department of primary industries and fisheries (Dpif) with  herbicide , as he passed them on a tractor. One of the men was later admitted to hospital with symptoms of poisoning. 
Herald Sun, 15 December 2006