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    Australian brewer Foster's is planning to install a 2,500-litre bacterial fuel cell at its Brisbane plant, to produce clean energy from sugary waste water...

    Beer

    ...While German drinkers are facing the sobering prospect of a price hike for their favourite brew, as many of the country's barley farmers are switching to heavily subsidized biofuel crops.

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    “A scientist by day, he is a lead Chippendale dancer by night.”

    Promotional material for the US reality-TV show Pirate Master describes John Lakness, who will compete with 15 others for a $1- million prize. Lakness reportedly studied electrical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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    Fossil fiction

    Homo floresiensis fans will be excited to learn that the tiny hominins have spawned a novel, Flores Girl — and it's free to download at http://www.floresgirl.com. Author Erik John Bertel promises that a sequel is already under way.

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    Rhino record

    Emi, a Sumatran rhino at Cincinnati Zoo, has given birth to a record-breaking third calf (pictured). The proud mum is the first of this species to bear more than a single calf in captivity.

    Sources: Associated Press, Czech Business Weekly, CBS

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    Sidelines. Nature 447, 125 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1038/447125b

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