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31st August 2018



Other Stories – 31st August 2018

Another busy week has passed – in case you missed them here are some of the stories that caught our eye, including an undiscovered tribe living in the Amazon, investment-savvy parrots and the fact that your vanilla ice-cream might be lying to you.

Drone footage shows previously undiscovered Amazon Tribe. The footage, which was taken in 2017 but recently released by Brazil’s National Indian Foundation, shows a group of people living in the Javari River valley. The group has never been contacted by outsiders and is likely to have no idea about the modern world. CBS News

Identity of mystery soldier in iconic war photograph finally confirmed. Belgian historians have confirmed the long-sought-after identity of the smiling British soldier snapped looking confident the day before the Battle of Mons in 1914. For a long time, historians only knew the soldier was a Private Carter, and did not know if he had survived the battle. Now the mystery man has been identified as Arthur Frederick Carter of D company, 4th Battalion, Middlesex regiment and that, in a rare feat, he survived the entire war. The Mirror

A Californian mother has donated over 1,000 pints of breastmilk to struggling mothers. Due to a rare condition called hyperlactation syndrome, Tabitha Frost produces over three times more breastmilk than the average mother. Her excess supplies will help premature babies or infants that are allergic to formula. Mrs Frost has to pump milk so often she likens it to a full-time job, but finds it so rewarding that she does not think she will stop anytime soon. Inside Edition

Edinburgh University plans to introduce ‘pronoun badges’ at freshers’ week. In a bid to avoid potential ‘misgendering’ of non-binary or transgender students, Edinburgh University will be providing its students with ‘pronoun badges’. The aim is to allow students to more easily declare whether they should be addressed as ‘he’, ‘she’ or ‘they’ and to help normalise the practice of sharing gender pronouns. It is reportedly now common for students to declare their pronouns before speaking in front of their peers at workshops or meetings. The Telegraph

Your vanilla ice-cream may not be all it claims to be. Consumer research group Which? has reported that one in five products claiming to be vanilla ice cream do not actually contain any vanilla, cream or fresh milk. So what are these products made of? The investigation found that dried skimmed milk, whey protein and general ‘flavourings’ were common substitutions. The Guardian

Parents of girl that lived 50,000 years ago were from different species. DNA taken from the skeleton of a young girl found in a cave in Russia show that her mother was Neanderthal while her father was Denisovan. The discovery marks the first proof of interbreeding between different species of ancient humans. BBC News

Procrastination has been linked to the area in the brain that processes emotions. Researchers have measured 264 people’s brains and found there are physical differences between proactive people and procrastinators. The latter tend to have larger amygdala – the area in the brain that processes emotions. This could lead people to be more anxious about the negative consequences of an action. BBC News

Parrots could be better than you at making complex economic decisions. A team of German scientists claim to have taught a group of macaws and African grey parrots to ‘recognise the value of tokens’. The birds could then invest their tokens, either for cheaper low-value rewards or better, more expensive ones. The birds consistently opted to pay more for better food. Sky News

French theme park enlists crows to pick up rubbish. The Puy de Fou historical park in Vendee has trained six crows to pick up cigarette butts and other bits of rubbish around the park. Each time one of the clawed custodians drops a piece of litter into special boxes they are rewarded with a piece of food. The park, which is one of France’s most popular, hopes to inspire visitors to keep the site clean. Sky News

Passengers transported through Tokyo in world’s first public test of self-driving taxi. Japanese firm ZMP and cab company Hinomaru Kotsu have hailed the test, where three passengers were ferried for three miles across the city, as a huge success. The two companies plan to have an entire fleet of autonomous taxis roaming the streets in time for the 2020 Olympics. Sky News 

Stat of the week

15% of Britons would prefer to sleep in a different bed to their partner, 10% of whom would ideally like to be in a separate room altogether. Women are more likely to favour this arrangement. The vast majority of those surveyed (76%) are happy sharing the same bed as their partner. YouGov

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