Thursday 21 September 2017

Plants can 'do maths'

Plants do complex arithmetic calculations to make sure they have enough food to get them through the night, new research published in the journal 'eLife' shows.

Scientists at Britain's John Innes Centre said plants adjust their rate of starch consumption to prevent starvation during the night.

CALLING TIME ON BINGO

Police swooped on 30 British bingo players in Portugal after staking out a pub for weeks.

First, two plain-clothed officers infiltrated their target in the resort of Albufiera. They waited for the handing out of illicit prizes – a tin of biscuits and a chocolate bar – before swooping. The bingo players were arrested and questioned for breaking Portugal's strict gambling laws while others who were not playing were arrested for "observing a crime".

WASHED CAR HAS 'SPIN'

A man caught speeding told police in Canada he was drying his freshly washed car.

Mounties caught the 67-year-old on a highway in Alberta. He was fined €588 and banned for 45 days.

ANTI-GAY LAW BATTLE

Several church pastors in Jamaica have led a revival meeting to oppose efforts to overturn the Caribbean country's anti-sodomy law.

About 1,500 people gathered in a central Kingston park for a religious service two days before a rare court challenge to Jamaica's anti-sodomy law. The island's Supreme Court is scheduled to begin hearing a petition today by a gay rights activist who hopes to challenge the constitutionality of the 1864 law under a charter of rights revamped in 2011.

AUSSIE AD TO DIE FOR

An Australian public service ad campaign that became an internet hit for its black-humoured list of reckless ways to die has added to its lustre by scooping up a record number of international advertising prizes.

The three-minute short co-produced by Melbourne private rail service Metro Trains to teach people to be careful around trains, 'Dumb Ways to Die' has notched up more than 50 million views on YouTube.

HEAT ON FOR STARS

Boyzone star Shane Lynch, Coronation Street villain Brian Capron and comedy actor Ade Edmondson are among the stars taking part in the new series of 'Celebrity MasterChef'.

They are among the 16 notable showbiz figures who will appear in the popular cookery show when it returns to BBC1.

Irish Independent

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