Science news in bits

Did you know?
Contrary to popular belief, no one has ever actually seen an ox. Any images of oxen you may see in the media are nothing more than artists' impressions of what the beasts may look like.

Due to continental drift, Chesterfield will be the capital of Africa in the year ten billion.

Scientists in Japan claim to have isolated the gene responsible for embarrassing middle names, leading to hopes that a pre-natal test may be generally available within 5-10 years.

Anty mattersAll weaver ants are called Stephen.


Mathematicians working at the MIT supercomputer facility recently calculated the seven times table to an accuracy of over 12 million decimal places!

True or false?
Suited, lager-drinking salesmen who stand in circles, talking loudly and blocking access to the bar in South Yorkshire real ale pubs share 98% of their DNA with human beings.

The digestive system of modern dogs is capable of functioning independently of the canine brain, thanks to a dedicated cluster of neurons known as the "posterior ganglion". (literally "bottom brain")

In recent experiments conducted by South Korean biologist Fing Whey Shiu, surgically extracted canine intestinal tracts have been trained to perform simple tasks such as rolling over, begging for titbits and initiating peristalsis.

Prof Shiu estimates the average dog's bowel to have an IQ of around 15 points, raising the possibility that, some day, they may be awarded the right to vote in certain US states.

Tiger feat
The closest living relative of the sabre toothed tiger is believed to be Mrs Irene T Butterfield of Salford, Greater Manchester.

Would you Adam and Eve it?
Proponents of Creation Science in the United States are claiming to have found evidence of a message from an intelligent designer hidden in the human genome. Recent analysis carried out at the Alabama Institute of Creation Biology seems to show that human DNA contains numerous instances of English words, including "cat" and "tag".


Researchers at the Los Angeles based New York Institute of Genomic Sciences in Colorado have devised a reliable new procedure for the cloning of horses' hooves. According to their paper, published in the journal Splice! the technique could help feed the growing human population if people ever start eating hooves.

Fish Fact
There are over three different types of fish.


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