It's been a good week for ...
Finally, some bears other than those blasted pandas are in the news. Well, sort of ...
For centuries, the fabled yeti or abominable snowman has been a beloved mythology staple, an elusive ape-like creature that is said to inhabit the Himalayan region.
But now the ancient mystery would appear to have been solved, thanks to DNA testing. Scientists believe a sub-species of brown bear could, in fact, have been mistaken for the legendary creature.
Tests on "yeti" hair samples have been found to have a genetic match with an ancient polar bear. Oxford University genetics professor Bryan Sykes, whose work features in a new Channel 4 documentary series, Big Foot Files, which begins tonight, carried out the investigation.
He believes the most likely explanation is that the animals are hybrids between a descendent of the polar bear and brown bears. The closely related species are known to interbreed where their territories overlap.
Which all seems perfectly plausible. Either that or someone's been watching old episodes of sci-fi drama Lost.
It's been a bad week for ... being houseproud
"A clean house is the sign of a boring life", or so the old adage goes. But according to new research, it may also represent an ever-expanding waistline.
Official health advice claiming that household chores help keep you active would appear to have been debunked. New research suggests that those who said they did the most housework were also the most overweight.
The study of 4563 adults, carried out by Professor Marie Murphy and her team at the University of Ulster, challenges the endorsement by the World Health Organisation that tasks such as dusting, vacuuming and washing dishes provide a worthwhile contribution towards the recommended target of 150 minutes of physical activity a week.
Murphy found that "housework was inversely related to leanness", suggesting this could mean "either people are overestimating the amount of moderate-intensity physical activity they do through housework or are eating too much to compensate for the amount of activity undertaken".
Or in layman's terms, spending too much time in close proximity to that biscuit tin is just a little too tempting ...
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