The Daily Populous

Wednesday October 3rd, 2018 night edition

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Now, scientists have discovered another superpower: The animals can survive more than 18 minutes without oxygen.

Naked mole rats are unusually resistant to air containing high levels of carbon dioxide or little oxygen.

The mouse-size hairless mammals live in colonies of up to 300 individuals in underground burrows where oxygen can be scarce.

“Together this allows the naked mole rat to use fructose as fuel instead of glucose when there is no oxygen,” Lewin says.

Buffenstein has studied naked mole rats for more than 30 years and says the animals still manage to surprise her.

Other mechanisms such as slowing down metabolism play a role, as does the mole rats’ unusually low body temperature, a cool 30°C.

Better understanding the mole rat’s energy switchover will be key to any hope of somehow using it to help humans. »

Saudi woman barred from marrying 'musical' suitor

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Riyadh (AFP) - A Saudi woman has lost a judicial battle to marry the man of her choice as a court deemed him "religiously" unfit because he plays a musical instrument, a Saudi newspaper reported Tuesday.

In some parts of the kingdom, a man who plays a musical instrument is considered of inferior status and having a bad reputation.

"Because the suitor plays a musical instrument he is unsuitable for the woman from a religious point of view," the court said, according to Okaz. »

TRUMP: I 'brilliantly used' tax laws to pay as little as possible

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AP Photo/ Evan Vucci Donald Trump defended himself on Monday from mounting criticism over his taxes.

Trump argued that he "brilliantly used" US tax law "to pay no more tax than I am legally required.".

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and others insisted that Trump was a "genius" for taking advantage of the tax codes. »

Hannibal Lecter creator Thomas Harris announces first book in 13 years

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More than a decade since his last book, Thomas Harris – author and creator of one of literature’s most famous monsters, the sophisticated, psychopathic cannibal Hannibal Lecter – is set to release a new novel.

The as-yet-unnamed novel has long been anticipated since 2004, when Harris signed a reported eight-figure deal for two books.

In 2007, his agent Mort Janklow told Entertainment Weekly: “I have no idea what Tom’s next book will be. »