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Quirky experiments and conclusions

Angry at Your Spouse? When Did You Last Eat?

By Magdeline Lum

Lower levels of blood sugar make us more likely to lash out, and the people we lash out at are often those we hold closest to our hearts.

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Bacteria from Baby Poo Used to Make Sausages

By Magdeline Lum

Tasmanian devil facial tumour is evolving, and scientists have created a low-fat sausage using bacteria harvested from infant faeces.

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Catfish among the Pigeons

By Magdeline Lum

It might be time to add to the selection of bait and lures used to catch freshwater fish now that scientists have observed catfish hunting pigeons and tigerfish catching swallows.

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People Who Buy Organic Foods are Meaner

By Magdeline Lum

Does buying organic food make you more judgemental, and why is it better to fart on a plane than hold it in?

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The Law of Urination

By Magdeline Lum

Why do bats, dogs and elephants take the same time to urinate?

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Suicidal Sex Explained

By Magdeline Lum

Sex is suicidal for some marsupials, and termites communicate by headbaging.

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Dung Beetles Navigate Using the Milky Way

By Magdeline Lum

Dung deetles navigate using the Milky Way, and scientists analyse a dead whale’s ear wax to reveal its exposure to hazardous chemicals.

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Cockroaches Quit Sugar

By Magdeline Lum

Cockroaches have learnt to avoid sugar, rendering many baits ineffective.

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Flying in a Flock Tires Pigeons

By Magdeline Lum

Why pigeons shouldn’t fly as a flock, how urine can power your phone, and how moths use their genitals to beat bats.

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Speed Bump Pain a Sign of Appendicitis

By Magdeline Lum

Appendicitis could be diagnosed by a patient’s pain when driving to hospital over speed bumps.

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