The Weekly Wrap-Up

| November 30, 2014
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Image: blogspot.com

Wikicheese, The secret life of the homeless, London’s retail stores are worse than yours, and Radioactive bears?

Words by Ryan Grice

Wikipedia have this week started a fundraising initiative on the website kisskissbankbank to photograph and catalogue France’s insanely vast varieties of cheese. The French branch of the online encyclopedia are hoping to raise €5000 to pay for camera equipment and around 500 types of cheese that will be photographed, consumed, and documented over the next few months in their offices. “It’s the first time that we are using crowdfunding for this type of project. The idea is also to reach a new community by having them help with the photo shoots,” said Wikimedia France Executive Director Nathalie Martin.

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Image: wikimedia.org

A homeless man arrested for begging in the streets of Iranian city Bukan this week turned out to be not so homeless when the officers who arrested him discovered over 110 million rials (AU$3370) on his person and almost $50,000 in several bank accounts under his name. President Hassan Rouhani has ordered police to crack down on begging in order to dismantle various criminal networks utilising the poor. The beggar in question did not receive a fine, but instead had all of his money confiscated and donated to the local community social welfare centre.

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Image: bbc.co.uk

It seems that Black Friday sales in the UK brought more than shoppers with police having to be called to over seven different Tesco department stores to restore order after nearly 200 customers refused to leave stores after being told there was no sale stock left. Several fights broke out resulting three men being arrested and one woman having a television fall on her. “Even on #BlackFriday shoving people to the floor so you can get £20 off a Coffee Maker is still an assault.” Tweeted London police sergeant Paul Marshall.

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Image: ibtimes.co.uk

Scientists from the University of Salford, Manchester, have captured footage of what is believed to be the first Brown bears in Chernobyl in over one hundred years. The ‘camera traps’ were set up as a project to monitor the impact of radioactive exposure on animals, in particular large mammals. The meltdown of the nuclear reactor occurred in 1986 and caused the permanent evacuation of the 120,000 residents, but not the native wildlife, providing the scientists with a very unique chance to study the creatures within the 30km-radius exclusion zone. “We have our models to predict radiation exposure but it does it in a very crude way – an average over a very large area – but we know that animals interact with the environment in different ways,” observed project leader Dr Mike Wood. The project ends in late 2015 and the collated data is expected to be published in the journal Science.

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