Monday 19 February 2018

Lobster off menu and into ocean

An animal-lover bought a 17lb lobster at a restaurant in Connecticut so he could release it back into the sea.

Don MacKenzie said he knew the lobster, nicknamed "Lucky Larry", would have to be about 80 years old to reach his current size, and felt he deserved to live. The lobster received a send-off from a group of children chanting: "Let Larry Live."

Sex Pistols song found decades on

A notorious, long-lost track by punk pioneers the Sex Pistols is to finally be released after a tape was discovered after three-and-a- half decades.

The recording of 'Belsen Was A Gas' was thought to have been lost, with only a live version and a later recording. But it has been unearthed in the vaults after the band's archive moved to a new label. Its lyrics were about the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany, which did not in fact house any gas chambers.

Injection helps treat blind mice

Blindness can be treated with a simple chemical injection into the eye, research has shown.

Scientists in the US used the approach to restore a level of vision to congenitally blind mice. They hope an improved version of the compound may help people with inherited and age-related forms of blindness. The chemical, called AAQ, works by making normally "blind" cells in the retina sensitive to light.

Sportsman dies after hitting cable

Tributes have been paid to a keen sportsman and biologist who died after apparently running into a low-hanging high voltage cable.

James Kew (41), from Radwinter Road, Ashdon, Essex, was leading a run with three others when he collided with the cable in a field in nearby Newport on Tuesday night. Police, firefighters and paramedics were called but he died instantly. Two others suffered minor injuries in the incident.

Britons score 7.4 on life satisfaction

The average Briton rates their "life satisfaction" as 7.4 out of 10, according to the first annual results of Prime Minister David Cameron's so-called happiness index.

Asked how worthwhile they found their activities, the average response was even higher -- at 7.7 out of 10 -- research by the Office for National Statistics found. The figures come from the first Integrated Household Survey of 200,000 people aged 16 and over between April 2011 and March 2012.

Irish Independent

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