12th October 2018

Other stories - 12th October 2018

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Another busy week has passed – in case you missed them here are some of the stories that caught our eye, including the owner of the world’s most valuable autograph, drunk birds damaging property and a new service where people put your shopping away for you.

The Nobel Prize for Physics has been awarded to a woman for the first time in 55 years. Professor Donna Strickland is the third woman in history to win the prize, with Marie Curie being the first (1903), and Maria Goeppert-Mayer the second (1963). Professor Strickland was jointly honoured with Dr Gerard Mourou, with whom she co-created the shortest and most intense laser beams ever made by humans. The beams are now used in laser eye surgery to restore millions of people’s vision. Telegraph

School introduces pedal machines under its desks. Red Oak Primary in Lowestoft is taking on type 2 diabetes by giving children the ability to stay active while they learn. The pedals have been placed under pupils’ desks, and they are encouraged to use them throughout the day. Some children have been burning around 800 calories in a single day. BBC

Gromit sculptures raise over £1.5 million for children’s hospital. For two months, over 60 Wallace and Gromit inspired sculptures have been dotted around Bristol. They’ve inspired millions to explore the historic city, which is home to Wallace and Gromit’s creators, Aardman Animations. Last week, the entire collection was auctioned off in aid of Bristol Children’s Hospital and the Neonatal Unit at St Michael’s Hospital. The auction raised a rather grand £1.62 million. Bristol Post

The National Trust is a hit with millennials. YouGov’s Charity Millennial Rankings have taught us two important things about the age group: they love walking around historic sites and they love dogs. The National Trust is the most favourably discussed charity, while dog-based organisations make up three of the top five. YouGov

Swiss firm fights climate change by minimising cow gas. Cows produce around three tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, with their burps alone accounting for 4% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Agolin has created food that it claims will make our milk-producing pals much less gassy. Metro

Scientists find life 2,000 feet underground. Cyanobacteria have been discovered living 2,000 feet under the Iberian Pyrite Belt in Spain. The microscopic creatures were responsible for pumping oxygen into the early atmosphere and paving the way for all life on earth. It turns out they don’t need sunlight, or much water and nutrients, to survive. National Geographic

Waitrose trials ‘in home’ grocery delivery service. Unpacking your shopping is one of those chores most of us would rather not do. So how about food deliveries that include someone else putting your purchases away while you’re out? Waitrose saw demand for such a service and is currently trialling a new offering called ‘While You’re Away’, which uses digital locks to let delivery staff into customers’ homes. Guardian

Paul McCartney has the world’s most valuable signature. How much would you pay for Macca’s autograph? According to Paul Fraser Collectibles, people pay an average of $3,822 for the ex-Beatles’ signature. In fact, the British have the autograph market cornered, with Prince William ($3,563) and JK Rowling ($2,526) in second and third place. LoveMoney

Drunk birds cause property damage in Minnesota town. Birds tipsy on fermented berries have been crashing into windows and cars in Gilbert, Minnesota. An early frost has caused local berries to ferment quicker than usual, catching out many birds that have not yet migrated south. Sky News


Quote of the week

“It may seem like a crazy idea now, but soon it will be widely accepted. Someone has to do something crazy in order to change the views and future. I am very honoured to do that. It is more important that it inspires others, than gaining something for myself.”

Yusaka Naesawa, the Japanese billionaire who is the first person to buy a ticket for SpaceX’s planned mission to the moon in 2023. The flight will be the first time any human has travelled to our satellite since 1972. BBC


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