While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Feb 25 edition

Mobile crane that crashed into Woodlands HDB block is removed

Work to remove a mobile crane that earlier crashed into a Housing Board block in Woodlands Town Centre began just before 2am on Thursday morning, with two more cranes showing up at the site for the operation.

They were there to extract the crane which had fallen on its side and become stuck in the side of a POSB bank branch at 7am on Wednesday morning.

Part of the northbound side of Woodlands Centre Road was closed for the operation.


Every year could bring a heatwave if climate change continues

Without reductions in planet-warming emissions, blistering heatwaves of the strength that now typically occur once every 20 years could happen annually on 60 per cent of the Earth's land areas by 2075, scientists have warned.

And intense heatwaves - defined as three exceptionally hot days in a row - will become far more extreme if greenhouse gas emissions continue unchecked, said a new study published in the journal Climatic Change.

"Imagine the hottest day that you can remember and instead of 42 deg C, it's now 45 deg C. That's going to have a dangerous impact on the poor, the old and the very young, who are typically the ones dying in heat waves," said one scientist.


Study finds toddlers can invent simple tools

Toddlers can figure out how to make and use simple tools without being taught, said a study Wednesday that defies conventional wisdom and earlier research.

Humans are unique in their capacity to design and wield sophisticated tools, but it has been widely assumed that such skills are passed down through imitation and learning.

Not always, according to scientists who designed a set of experiments to test whether children between the ages of two and 3½ demonstrated an innate ability to invent tools.


Tennis: Djokovic reaches 700 career wins

World number one Novak Djokovic recorded his 700th career win on Wednesday when he cruised past Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri and into the Dubai Tennis Championships quarter-finals.

Djokovic won 6-1, 6-2 in 65 minutes and will face Spain’s Feliciano Lopez for a spot in the last four.

The 28-year-old Serb moves to 12th on the all-time win list which is headed by Jimmy Connors of the United States who racked up 1,254 in his career.


Facebook launches 'Reactions' worldwide

Feeling outraged, tickled or touched by something you spotted on Facebook? Now you can say so, after the social media giant added five new reactions to its basic “like” button.

“Like, love, haha, wow, sad or angry” – the expanded “reactions” feature rolled out globally on Wednesday is designed to let users express a range of emotions.

Facebook had been testing ways to add to the “like” button faced with complaints that it was sometimes inappropriate, especially in cases of tragic events.