London Lite Monday, 17 August 2009 11 Inbrief Londons traffic lights go green ENERGY-SAVING light bulbs are to be fitted in thousands of traffic lights across the capital. Transport for London said it would install the eco-bulbs at 3,500 sets of lights throughout the city. The move is expected to save 600 tonnes of carbon emissions a year and around 200,000 in energy costs. TV drama blaze fools 999 caller FIRE scenes in the filming of a futuristic BBC crime drama were so real that an onlooker dialled 999. Some 15 firefighters in three engines arrived to find the blaze was created by smoke machines. The sci-fi show, Paradox, was being filmed in a disused office block in Manchester city centre. Brit pilot inventor dies in his park and fly jet by GeorGina littlejohn Jetpods: Michael Dacre died in testing Tragic end to a dream: emergency crews survey the wreckage at Malaysias Tekhah airstrip on Saturday A British pilot who created a fly- ing taxi for commuters was killed when his prototype plane crashed on a test flight in Malaysia. Michael Dacres Jetpod plane crashed during take-off at tekhah airstrip in taiping, 150 miles north of the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. the plane had reached 650ft when it plunged to the ground, emergency services said. Witnesses told how the aircraft plummeted suddenly to earth and erupted in a ball of fire, killing Mr Dacre, 53, of London-based company Avcen, on saturday. the plane was being designed for use in packed city centres, flying at low levels and needing just 400ft (125m) to take off or land. retired soldier halim hamid, 50, who lives near the airstrip, said: i had seen it earlier going down the runway three times, but it couldnt take off. then on the fourth run it took off, but at about 200m high, it shot vertically to the sky before veering to its left and falling to the ground. Professor Jeff Jupp, a consultant on the project, said Mr Dacre had a wealth of flying experience. i thought his idea was very interesting, he said. it could have been a useful addition to the aviation scene. the inventor had hoped his aircraft would allow quick and cheap city travel, with fares from heathrow to central London as little as 40. Brit boffins find rat-eating plant FORGET the Venus flytrap -- UK scientists have discovered a plant that eats whole rats. The pitcher plant lives in the Philippines and at 4ft tall is thought to be the worlds biggest animal-eating shrub. It captures victims with its slipper- shaped mouth and then dissolves them with acidic enzymes. H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html