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Sheep amazes scientists by identifying celebrities from Barack Obama to Emma Watson in an IQ test

A SHEEP amazes scientists in a baa-rmy test of its IQ — by identifying Barack Obama. Others were trained by researchers at Cambridge University to recognise photos of Fiona Bruce. The animals ignore snaps of nobodies after learning that picking out images of celebrities such as the TV newsreader, 53, means they get treats. The […]

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A SHEEP amazes scientists in a baa-rmy test of its IQ — by identifying Barack Obama.

Others were trained by researchers at Cambridge University to recognise photos of Fiona Bruce.

Commander in sheep . . . Obama is spotted over a member of the public
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Hermione Grazer . . . Emma Watson was also pulled from the flock
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The animals ignore snaps of nobodies after learning that picking out images of celebrities such as the TV newsreader, 53, means they get treats.

The study involving eight sheep proves they are smarter and less woolly-minded than boffins thought.

Two other famous faces used were those of film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, 36, and Emma Watson, 27.

The experiments were conducted to help shed light on degenerative brain conditions in humans.

Jake Gyl-lamb-haal . . . the Hollywood star was spotted
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News bleat . . . even newsreader Fiona Bruce was picked out of the parade
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Study leader Prof Jenny Morton said: “Sheep have advanced face-recognition abilities, comparable with those of humans and monkeys.”

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When is the Leonid Meteor Shower 2017, what time is the peak and where can I see it in the UK?

IF you’ve ever wanted to see a meteor shower, you’re in luck – a shooting star display is imminent. The Leonid Meteor Shower hits Earth every November and the celestial event has returned. Here’s everything you need to know about it… What is the Leonid Meteor Shower? The Leonid Meteor Shower is one of six significant annual […]

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IF you’ve ever wanted to see a meteor shower, you’re in luck – a shooting star display is imminent.

The Leonid Meteor Shower hits Earth every November and the celestial event has returned. Here’s everything you need to know about it…

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What is the Leonid Meteor Shower?

The Leonid Meteor Shower is one of six significant annual meteor showers.

A meteor shower occurs when many meteoroids (rocks in space) fall towards the Earth after breaking off a comet – a small, icy object in the Solar System which orbits the sun in an irregular fashion, unlike the Earth’s circular orbit.

This particular celestial event is called the Leonids because it appears to come from the Leo star constellation.

It occurs when the Earth passes through debris which has broken away from the comet Tempel-Tuttle – which has a whopping 33-year orbit around the sun.

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A shooting star display during the Leonid meteor shower in China[/caption]

When the Earth passes through the debris, it falls towards our planet’s surface.

Drag in the atmosphere cause the debris to heat up and burst into fireballs – called meteors.

These burn up before they hit the earth’s surface – causing a streak of hot air which we see as a shooting star.

When is the best time to watch?

The Leonids will be seen this evening and through to Saturday.

Your best bet is to take a peek at the night’s sky TONIGHT (November 17), when the meteors peak.

During this time, you should be able to see around 20 meteors an hour.

According to experts, it’s best to lie down on the ground and relax your eyes so you don’t focus too hard on one part of the sky, only to miss a meteor in another.

How can I watch it?

The Leonids can be seen from anywhere in the world, and you don’t need any specialist equipment.

For the best viewing, head outside when it’s the darkest.

This is when the shooting stars show up the best against the night’s sky.

Viewing the meteors in an open space is often advisable – this stops you from being distracted by the light from other buildings.

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Cash Converters HACKED exposing customer information including partial credit card details

CASH Converters has been hit by a data breach with Brits’ partial credit card numbers and passwords feared stolen. The high street lender said it had passed details onto the Information Commissioner’s Office following the breach. The company is understood to have received a ransom demand for its old online shop which was shut on September […]

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CASH Converters has been hit by a data breach with Brits’ partial credit card numbers and passwords feared stolen.

The high street lender said it had passed details onto the Information Commissioner’s Office following the breach.

Cash Converters’ old website has been hacked
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The company is understood to have received a ransom demand for its old online shop which was shut on September 22.

It received an email from hackers claiming to have gained access to the data, but did not say when.

They threatened to release British customer and operational data unless it received money – meaning anyone who used the site before that time might be at risk.

Cash Converters said that user records may have been accessed, including personal details, purchase history and passwords.

It is working with law enforcement in the UK to investigate the data leak, and has forced a password reset for all UK webshop users.

Customers this week received a statement that read: “Although some details relating to the cybersecurity breach remain confidential while Cash Converters works with the relevant authorities, we will continue to provide as much detail as possible as it becomes available.

Hackers are said to be holding Cash Converters to ransom

“The current webshop site was independently and thoroughly security tested as part of its development process.

“We have no reason to believe it has any vulnerability, however additional testing is being completed to get assurance of this.

“Our customers truly are at the heart of everything we do and we are both disappointed and saddened that you have been affected. We apologise for this situation.”


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Matthias Maier, a security expert from software company Splunk said it was “clear that those individuals involved are now at a high level of risk”.

“Personal details from users of the old website are at risk of being used in creative ways by the hackers to access other online accounts, adopt new identities for social platforms or targeted phishing attacks,” he added.

It was not immediately clear how many customers may be affected.


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Scientists find identical twin galaxy 180 million light years away and it could hold alien life

A MASSIVE spiral galaxy that looks just like the Milky Way has been spotted 180 million light-years away and could be brimming with Earth Scientists are particularly excited because our twin has a pair of interacting galaxies that look exactly like our own two brightest satellites – an extremely rare phenomenon. The discovery ignites yet […]

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A MASSIVE spiral galaxy that looks just like the Milky Way has been spotted 180 million light-years away and could be brimming with Earth

Scientists are particularly excited because our twin has a pair of interacting galaxies that look exactly like our own two brightest satellites – an extremely rare phenomenon.

An artist’s impression of the Milky Way as seen from Earth
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The discovery ignites yet more hope that there is life beyond our own.

But at such a long distance away, it’s unlikely we’ll ever figure out what kind of worlds the romantically named NGC 2718 might hold.

Sanjaya Paudel and Chandreyee Sengupta at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea painstakingly scanned 20,000 small galaxies to find one like our own.

What sets the Milky Way apart from the billions of galaxies throughout the universe is that we have two star-making “clouds” nearby.

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Artists impression of NGC 2718 based on space data[/caption]

Most galaxies guzzle so much energy that they have nicked it all from neighbouring ones, leaving them alone in the vacuum of space.

But we have two in our neighbourhood called the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds.

Despite their close proximity, they can still spawn new stars.

Paudel and Sengupta set out to find whether there were any other examples of a galaxy trio which existed in such close proximity when they discovered one so similar to ours.

They found that a bridge of young stars connects the two smaller galaxies, which suggests they are interacting with each other just like the Magellanic Clouds.

Scientists have tried to find similar star spirals before, but this appears to be the most convincing yet.


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Cosmos expert Philip James from Liverpool John Moores University told New Scientist: “They have definitely found a better analogue than any of the cases we presented”.

“This one is particularly interesting because it is clear that the two smaller galaxies are interacting,” added Gurtina Besla at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

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