The Daily: August 21
Thursday, 21 August 2014

The Daily: August 21

We scour the news so you don't have to

Written by Joelle Jefferis
Cat survives 56 days stuck in a chimney
Yao Yao the cat has finally been rescued after being trapped in a ventilation chimney in China for 56 days. His owner had heard cats fighting on the roof of his apartment block and when he went to investigate saw Yao Yao fall down the chimney. Despite various rescue attempts, all methods used proved ineffective. Only when a neighbour heard strange noises in their ventilation system were people able to reach Yao Yao and bring him to safety. Other than some weight loss effecting his liver, Yao Yao weathered the ordeal well.

Researchers claim electronic books make it harder to follow the plot
A study has shown that readers find it harder to absorb the plot of a book when they read it on an ereader to when they read it in a book. Participants of the study were asked to read the same book on either a Kindle or from a paperback book, and then asked to recall aspects plot details and characters. Participants who read from the Kindle were significantly worse at recalling the story's events in the correct order. Researchers suggest that it is the lack of physical sensation of how many pages are left and of turning the page that alters how much the reader absorbs.

Ecosystem found under Antarctic ice
Life has been found in a lake buried beneath ice for millions of years. A mile and a half beneath the ice, scientists found tiny organisms that generate energy for growth from the natural ammonium and methane in the environment. This is the first proof of life below the Antarctic ice sheet, an inhospitable environment of cold and darkness. Studying these organisms may give insights into the possibility of life in other parts of the solar system.

Lidl launches female fashion range
Letting itself up against the cheap clothing giants of Primark and Asda's George, Lidl has announced it will be releasing a new female fashion range on 24 August. Expanding on its range of underwear and children's clothing, the German retailer will have affordable clothing like faux leather jackets for £14.99 and skinny jeans for £6.99. A menswear collection will follow in November.

Don't let them eat cake!
John Lewis removes free coffee and cake perks Loyalty card holders will no longer be instantly entitled to a free pot of tea or cup of coffee and cake each month John Lewis has announced. The popular perk has been removed as bosses aim to free their restaurants of congestion in the busy Christmas period. The refreshment voucher will now be awarded to card holders based on how much they spend in John Lewis, rather than a reward for allowing the store to track their shopping habits.

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