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EU says it is safe to eat worms

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Have you ever wanted to eat worms? Well, the good news is that that the EU’s food safety agency says they are safe to eat. The panel published a scientific opinion stating that dried yellow mealworms, either eaten whole or in powdered form, are a protein-rich snack or ingredient to combine with other foods. The agency said “that the novel food is safe under the proposed uses and use levels”.

Monkey thieves know most valuable items

Bali’s thieving monkeys can spot the highest-value items to pinch from people, according to a new study. Long-tailed macaques who roam the Uluwatu temple prefer to target items that humans are likely to exchange for food, such as electronics, rather than less valuable items like empty camera bags, said Dr Jean-Baptiste Leca, associate professor in psychology at the University of Lethbridge, Canada.

Man injects himself with magic mushrooms

A man who injected himself with magic mushrooms began to grow fungi in his blood causing his organs to fail. The 30-year-old man from Nebraska boiled his mushrooms in water and injected the liquid, but immediately began to feel fatigued, before vomiting blood and developing jaundice. He was rushed to the hospital where he was kept for 22 days.

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