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Anti-vaxxers storm BBC HQ - but get wrong building

And other stories from the stranger side of life

Anti-vaccine protesters have stormed what they thought was a major BBC building, unaware the corporation moved out almost a decade ago. A handful of protesters gained access to Television Centre in west London, the circular building vacated by the BBC in 2013 which has since been converted into flats and a private members’ club. Activists at the demo described the media as “the virus” and criticised the BBC’s coverage of the Covid pandemic.

You can get paid to pretend to live on Mars

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on Mars? Then your time has finally come as NASA is recruiting four people to live in Mars Dune Alpha - a 1,700-square-foot facility created by 3-D printer meant to imitate the conditions on Mars - for a year. The paid role in the analog mission in Texas is designed to simulate conditions experienced in space, including physical, emotional and mental effects on the body.

Bear walks into LA supermarket

A bear has been tranquilised and relocated after it wandered into a Los Angeles supermarket packed with shoppers. The Los Angeles Police Department said officers responded on Saturday morning to reports of a bear in the Ralphs supermarket in the Porter Ranch neighbourhood. After fleeing the scene, the bear was eventually found hiding under a trailer. It was taken to Angeles National Forest for release into a suitable habitat.

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