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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

A glass of milk a day ‘keeps arthritis at bay’ – but only if you are a woman: “A glass of milk a day could help stop women’s knees from creaking, claim researchers. A new US study found women who frequently drink fat-free or low-fat milk may have less osteoarthritis in the knee. But eating cheese increased the problem in women. Drinking milk made little difference in men, and eating yogurt did not affect progression in men or women. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease that causes pain and swelling of joints in the hand, hips, or knee. At the start of the study dietary data was collected and joint space width was measured using X-rays, says a report in the journal Arthritis Care & Research. A total of 888 men and 1,260 women with knee arthritis took part who had follow-up checks up to four years later. There was a slight worsening of the condition among women eating cheese every day.”

Chinese ‘Chicken Cup’ sells for £19.6 million at auction: “A Shanghai collector bought a rare Ming Dynasty cup that’s touted as the “holy grail” of China’s art world for £19.6 million at a Hong Kong auction on Tuesday, smashing the previous world record price for Chinese porcelain. Sotheby’s said Liu Yiqian was the winning bidder for the small white cup, which measures just 3.1 inches in diameter and is more than 500 years old. The vessel is known as a “chicken cup” because it is decorated with a rooster and hen tending to their chicks. The cup was made during the reign of the Ming Dynasty’s Chenghua Emperor, who ruled from 1465 to 1487. Sotheby’s said there are only 17 such cups in existence, with four in private hands and the rest in museums. “There’s no more legendary object in the history of Chinese porcelain,” said Nicholas Chow, Sotheby’s deputy chairman for Asia.”

How Boris silenced John Humphrys – with Latin: “This morning, on the Today Programme, John Humphrys repeatedly asked Boris Johnson whether he supported Maria Miller. Every time, Boris stonewalled until he came up with the ultimate ruse – speak Latin. “Nemo iudex in causa sua,” Boris said, quoting the old legal maxim – “No one should be a judge in his own cause”; ie Parliament shouldn’t decide the punishment of MPs like Miller. Humphrys was silenced and Boris had had the last word – that was the end of the interview. As Boris well knows, Latin is the ultimate answer. Latin gives the impression of planet-brained intelligence on the part of the Latinist. And, because there’s an odd expectation that we should all know Latin idioms, no one questions it or asks for a translation. The interviewer is silenced; the interviewee triumphs. Latin is the interviewees’ magic weapon. Res ipsa loquitur.”

Yale student says university forced her to gain weight: “A 42-KG YALE history major says the university’s health centre told her she needed to gain weight or take a leave of absence from school. She’s spent the past 6 months trying to put on pounds for her weekly weigh-ins. Frances Chan, 20, told the New Haven Register that she tried everything to gain weight, but only put on 0.9kg from September to April. “I ate ice cream twice a day. I ate cookies. I used elevators instead of walking up stairs. But I don’t really gain any weight,” she said. Yale’s health services staff also required Chan to meet with a nutritionist and a mental health professional to determine whether she had an eating disorder. Chan, who is 5’2”, says she doesn’t: Her parents and grandparents also had small frames. Chan said on Facebook that she and her parents are now working with a new doctor at Yale, who said the university made a mistake by focusing too much on Chan’s weight, and apologised for “months of anguish” caused by the mandate to put on pounds.”

The $1.5m golden nugget: World’s largest single crystal of gold discovered: “It is worth as estimated $1.5m, and was found in a river in Venezuela. Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory used a neutron scanner to effectively look inside the 217.78-gram piece of gold, roughly the size of a golf ball. The crystal’s owner wanted to undergo the scans to prove its estimated $1.5m worth – while researchers were keen to study the arrangement of the crystal. Its owner, who lives in the United States, provided the samples to geologist John Rakovan to assess the crystallinity of four specimens, all of which had been found decades ago in Venezuela. Proving it was a crystal would mean it was created entirely naturally – and increase its value. Three of the four samples turned out to be single-crystal pieces of gold, rather than the commonplace multiple-crystal type. Of particular interest was a golf-ball-shaped nugget that at one time was believed to be the world’s largest trapezohedral gold crystal.”

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