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Activists Offer $1m for Test-Tube Meat

WASHINGTON ~ Steaks out of a test-tube? The animal rights group PETA is putting up a US$1 million reward for anyone who by 2012 can grow in vitro meat that looks and tastes like the real thing.

“In vitro meat production would use animal stem cells that would be placed in a medium to grow and reproduce. The result would mimic flesh and could be cooked and eaten,” People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said in a statement.

The million-dollar reward will go to the participant who manages by 2012 to put test-tube chicken into commercial production and successful sell it in at least 10 US states at a competitive price.

Spiders ‘Force Aussie Hospital to Close’

SYDNEY ~ An invasion of venomous spiders has forced an Australian hospital to evacuate patients and temporarily close its doors, reports said on Wednesday.

Authorities decided the infestation of redback spiders at Baralaba Hospital in Queensland state’s Banana Shire was too dangerous for patients, the Australian Associated Press reported.

It said repeated attempts to oust the arachnids had failed, so patients and staff would be moved to another facility to allow a thorough fumigation of the 10-bed hospital.

Boozy Man Fails to Notice Knife in Back

MOSCOW ~ Russians have long used drink to take the edge off workplace stress, but one man’s senses were so dulled he failed to notice a knife stuck in his back by a colleague, newspapers reported.

The newspapers Komsomolskaya Pravda and Gazeta both reported the case of a factory electrician in the town of Vologda, north of Moscow, who was stabbed by the building’s security guard as they were having a drunken argument.

Passing out at the factory, the man, Yury Lyalin, 53, awoke the next morning and attempted to resume his work duties, but was sent home by his superiors due to his inebriated state. No one noticed the 15-centimetre blade stuck between his shoulders.

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