The Daily: David Attenborough
Tuesday, 10 September 2013

The Daily: September 10

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Written by Emma Dawson
Swiss Mr Bean' destroys priceless artwork
An inebriated Radio Switzerland Journalist reached for a canapé a preview at the Meno Uno gallery and missed, smashing Luciano Fabro's Impronta (Imprint) instead. The artwork is one of the most celebrated works of the 20th century Italian Arte Povera movement and experts have previously commented that it was difficult to put a price on the work. Ironically, the sculptor, who died in 2007, said that his piece represented the longevity of the world. The unnamed journalist was subsequently dubbed the 'Swiss Mr Bean.'

Fossil of dueling dinosaurs about to be sold for a record breaking £6 million
In 2006 in Montana an incredible fossil was unearthed depicting two dinosaurs battling. 65 million years after their battle they are expected to fetch an incredible £6 million at auction in November. The Bonham's auction house in New York has commented that 'the remarkable state of the skeletons indicates the pair was buried very shortly after the fatal struggle.' Manchester University paleontologist Philip Manning, speaking at the British Science Festival in Newcastle, urged museums to pool their resources and buy the fossil to prevent it from being hidden from the public in a private collection. He said that 'this fossil would make the centre piece of any museum and really deserves a very public home.'

Sir David Attenborough: People should be deterred from having large families
Sir David Attenborough has commented that he is not hopeful about the future and that people should be persuaded to have smaller families. He commented that 'if you were able to persuade people that it is irresponsible to have large families in this day and age, and if material wealth and material conditions are such that people value their materialistic life and don't suffer as a consequence, then that's all to the good' but further said that he is not 'particularly optimistic about the future.' Attenborough is a patron of the charity Population Matters, which promotes family planning and campaigns for sustainable consumption. The broadcaster and naturalist also noted that he thinks that in another 100 years 'people will look back at a world that was less crowded, full of natural wonders, and healthier.'

Do we smell the perfect partner?
Daniel M Davis's book The Compatibility Gene suggests that people unconsciously discover their perfect mate by smelling their genes. This theory is based on Claus Wedekind's 'smelly t-shirt experiment' where 44 males were asked to wear a t-shirt for two nights without using any product that would interfere with their natural scent. The 49 females were then asked to smell the t-shirts and to rank them using three criteria: intensity, pleasantness, and sexiness. The women preferred the t-shirts worn by men with different compatibility genes to them. The Guardian journalist, Tim Dowling, went with his wife of 20 years to take a DNA test and discover if their genes were different. To his relief, they were found to be compatible so it appears he did follow his nose to find the right woman!

Miss Saigon sets West End Record
Miss Saigon will return to the London Stage next year and yesterday, the show took a huge £4.4 million in ticket sales, the most tickets ever sold by a West End show in a single day. The tickets became available at 10am and two hours later the box office had already taken £2m. The previous record was held by The Book of Mormon who took £2.1m in a single day earlier this year. Next year will be the Miss Saigon's 25th anniversary.

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