Did you know?
- that criminals in New South Wales, Australia, will be
forced to undergo a DNA test under new state Government laws that commence
this year. Almost 5500 prisoners will be tested in the first round of the
two year programme. The program is expected to solve some of the states'
- that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, whose country has
suffered many years of economic isolation, says the nation will embrace
globalisation. "Experience has taught us the lesson that globalisation
forces us to open up," says Gaddafi. "Those who do not accept this
change will be considered reactionary."
- that Israeli Opposition leader Ariel Sharon says he would
not feel bound to carry out a peace agreement with the Palestinians if Prime
Minister Ehud Barak loses the upcoming election.
- that an Argentinean thief, who tried to break into a
house Santa-Claus style, by climbing down the chimney, got stuck and had to
be freed by firemen. "The intruder was trapped for several hours before
the firemen managed to free him," a police spokesman said. "They
had to break the chimney stack to get him out."
- that researchers have created the world's first
genetically modified primate -- a baby rhesus monkey with jellyfish DNA
that glows green in the dark. The researchers hope to introduce other genes
in rhesus monkeys that could trigger diseases like Alzheimer's, diabetes,
breast cancer or HIV. Then, those monkeys could be used in experiments aimed
at blocking diseases at the genetic level.
- that the risk of developing an antibiotic-resistant
infection rose by about a third from 1995 to 1998. Extensive use in both
people and animals is breeding new generations of bugs that withstand
antibiotics, drugs that revolutionized medicine when they were introduced in
the middle of the 20th century. The declining effectiveness of antibiotics
is a serious concern to the medical community.