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Man gets magnets stuck in nose during coronavirus experiment

And other stories from the stranger side of life

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An astrophysicist has got magnets stuck up his nose while trying to invent a device that stops people touching their faces during the coronavirus outbreak. Daniel Reardon, a research fellow at Melbourne’s Swinburne University, was building a device that rings an alarm on facial contact, when the magnets got stuck. They were removed at hospital.

Cop wears coronavirus helmet to scare public

A policeman in India is wearing a helmet made to look like the coronavirus to frighten people into staying at home. With the country on a 21-day lockdown to limit the spread of Covid-19, Rajesh Babu said: “The helmet is an attempt to do something different.”

Study finds mice show emotions on faces

Mice show their emotions on their faces, according to a study. Nadine Gogolla of the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology trained a computer to read the rodents’ emotions. She said: “A happy mouse tends to move every part of their face towards the stimulus, towards the front. And they stick their tongue out and smack their lips.”

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