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Why scientists are collecting whale snot

It helps assess the health of the marine mammals
Whale snot  is not something you’d think of as a valuable commodity, but in certain corners of the scientific community it’s proving to be just that. The marine mammal’s nasal mucus is rich in DNA, viruses, and bacteria, and it helps researchers to assess the health of certain specimens. Dr Vanessa Pirotta, a marine biologist from Macquarie University in Australia, explains how the experiment is carried out.

(Picture: Snot collecting drone flies over humpback whales off Sydney. Credit: Dr Vanessa Pirotta, drone flown by Alastair Smith/Heliguy Scientific)
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Widow to return to Stonehenge with cardboard husband

Michelle Bourke and Paul
Michelle Bourke

An Australian woman who took a life-sized cardboard cutout of her dead husband to Stonhenge, says it's helped her come to terms with losing him.

Michelle Bourke lost Paul to cancer three years ago.

She said visiting the World Heritage Site had been special and plans to return with "cardboard Paul" in the autumn.

"I stepped off the bus and I just burst into tears, I was overcome with so much emotion," she said.

"Going to Stonehenge just changed my life, I had this amazing experience so we're coming back in September."