LIFE WITHOUT SUN
A rod-shaped called bacterium Desulforudis audaxviator thrives 2.8km (1.7 miles) down a South African gold mine without light, oxygen or carbon, obtaining its energy from radioactive uranium. Scientists now speculate that life elsewhere in the Universe might also feed off radiation, especially radiation raining down from space, without the need for photosynthesis. sciencemag.org, 7 Oct 2016.
OBSCURE AND OUTRAGEOUS
Polish police detained seven men and four women, aged 20 to 27, after they killed a sheep, undressed and chained themselves together beneath the main gate of Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, which bears the slogan “Arbeit Macht Frei” (“Work sets you free”). They used a drone to film the disturbance, and draped a white banner with the red text “love” over the gate. The motive was unknown. [AFP] BBC News, 24 Mar 2017.
On 4 March, someone left a soil-filled plastic bag containing at least 50 frogs in a car park outside a branch of Aldi in Finchley, north London. They escaped through a hole in the bag and were hopping around when an RSPCA inspector arrived at 9.30pm and saved 48 frogs, which were released back into the wild. Two others had been run over. BBC News, 9 Mar 2017.