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10 things we didn't know last week

15:12 UK time, Friday, 15 March 2013

Snippets from the week's news, sliced, diced and processed for your convenience.

1. Plants lace their nectar with caffeine to keep pollinators loyal.
More details (New Scientist)

2. Hemingway never used a Moleskine notebook.
More details (Guardian)

3. You can attract beluga whales by singing underwater.
More details (Financial Times)

4. Shops get staff to strategically mess things up.
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5. The phallus-shaped Spartobranchus tenuis was an ancient relative of acorn worms.
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6. One of the Crossrail tunnelling machines is called 'Phyllis' after Phyllis Pearsall who produced the first A-Z.
More details (Crossrail)

7. On the net's most crime-ridden network - Spectranet in Nigeria - 62% of addresses controlled by the ISP send out spam.
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8. "Aunt" is the most popular pornographic search term in Syria.
More details (Daily Telegraph)

9. Dominic West is a disciple of guru Babaji.
More details (Financial Times)

10. Big eyes contributed to the Neanderthals' demise.
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