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The ghost in the cake machine

It's been a good week for ...

cake lovers

A trip to an ATM usually means getting some dough. Now you can also get cake. A "bakery ATM" has opened in Glasgow's St Enoch Centre, the first cakehole-in-the-wall in the UK.

The bakery firm behind the vending machine is Bradfords, which stocks the ATM with fresh cakes every morning. They cost £2.50 each and come in seven flavours, including Irn-Bru. Obviously. The perfect way to celebrate your national identity – a wee cake reminiscent of a fizzy orange drink.

Given the Scottish love affair with baked goods, this is bound to be an expanding market. A little more baking powder and interest rates are bound to rise.

It's been a bad week for ... cartographers

Explorers have always dreamed of discovering uncharted territory. It seems a team of scientists from the University of Sydney have done the opposite. A South Pacific island, shown on marine charts and world maps as well as on Google Earth and Google Maps, does not actually exist after all.

The strip of land, named Sandy Island on Google maps, was placed halfway between Australia and French-governed New Caledonia. But when scientists went to investigate, they found only the blue waters of the Coral Sea.

The phantom island has featured in publications for at least a decade. Why no-one thought to go to check before now is somewhat unfathomable.

Scientist Maria Seton, who was on the exploration ship, said the team was expecting to strike land, not find 1400m (4620ft) of ocean. "We're really puzzled," she said. "It's quite bizarre."

Australia's Hydrographic Service, which publishes the country's nautical charts, says its appearance on some scientific maps and Google Earth could simply be the result of human error.

Or perhaps darker forces are at work and Sandy Island has slipped off somewhere between the devil and the deep blue sea.

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