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ortolan

The songbird that’s being eaten to death

A rare songbird called the Ortolan is an illegal delicacy in France. Every year 300,000 Ortolans fly from the North, Baltic states, Finland and Scandinavia to warmer climes in the South. On the way they have to cross France. In France around 30,000 ortolans are hunted during their emigration. The Ortolan features on International Union …

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rabbit show jumping

Welcome to the wonderfully cute world of Rabbit Show Jumping

Rabbit Show Jumping (or Kaninhop in Swedish) began in Sweden in the late 1980s and is now an international sport with tournaments being held around the world. The sport began from a rabbits enthusiasts club in Sweden who decided to hold a tournament to see whose rabbit could jump the highest/furthest. The first national championship …

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xenobot

Xenobots; ‘the first form of artificial life’

Scientists at the University of Vermont have developed the first form of artificial life. ‘Xenobots’ are made from frog stem cells and are preprogrammed to perform simple tasks. “These are novel living machines, they’re neither a traditional robot nor a known species of animal. It’s a new class of artifact: a living, programmable organism.” Joshua …

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Famadihana

Every seven years the Malagasy people dig up their dead relatives

Every seven years a the Malagasy people dig up their dead relatives and parade their decaying bodies around the streets. Famadihana is a funeral tradition of the Malagasy tribe of Madagascar. They believe that one does not complete their journey to the afterlife until their body is completely decomposed. So until then every few years …

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shoe polish

Why you should never polish your shoes after a pint

It may sound bizarre, but you should never polish your shoes while drinking alcohol. Some shoe polish can contain solvents such as nitrobenzene. Nitrobenzene is toxic, and some evidence suggests alcohol makes the situation worse. The US Environmental Protection Agency records one case of a man who, six weeks after severe nitrobenzene poisoning, slipped into …

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