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Timothy Chilman

Timothy Chilman used to work in IT. Once, in Sydney, he was turned down for a job because he was “too flamboyant” (“Someone who wears green tartan suspenders to a job interview probably isn’t going to fit in here”). Timothy then became an English teacher. University students in Bangkok complained that he was “too enthusiastic” and company students in Prague complained that he was “too theatrical.”
Now science brings us the Frankenfish

Now science brings us the Frankenfish

On November 19 2015, a genetically engineered animal was approved for human consumption for the first time by the US regulator. AquaBounty Technologies will now bring to market its AquAdvantage Salmon. Christened Frankenfish by those who disapprove or have a…
Panda talk deciphered

Panda talk deciphered

The state-run Xinhua news agency has reported that a five-year study at a conservation centre in Chengdu in China’s southwestern Sichuan province has identified 13 words of panda talk. The beasts were recorded in different situations that included eating, fighting…
Warning! There’s a wallaby on the loose!

Warning! There’s a wallaby on the loose!

On Saturday September 26 2015, a woman in Dursley in Gloucestershire reported seeing a kangaroo and, as was warranted by such an unusual thing, presented photographic evidence. When police constables found themselves in pursuit, one remarked that it was “not…
What a stinker! Meet the corpse flower

What a stinker! Meet the corpse flower

The corpse flower is so-called because it’s a stinker. On Friday August 28 2015, Katy Plantenberg, a spokeswoman for Denver Botanical Gardens, announced that its resident corpse flower was blooming. Cloudy weather had delayed this – in the plant’s native…
Plague has come to Yosemite

Plague has come to Yosemite

It is generally believed that what we knew as the Black Death was actually three forms of plague: bubonic, pneumonic and septacemic, All hail from the bacterium, Yersinia pestis, the difference being the location of the infection: the lymphatic system,…