Tattooed Cats in Russia

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Dazed and Tattooed

Still dazed after being anaesthetised for three hours, a pedigree pet is hauled upright to show off its new tattoo.

The controversial “body enhancement” was carried out on Mickey – a rare Canadian Hairless breed also known as a Sphynx cat.

His female owner was said to be delighted with the Tutankhamun design inked on to his chest at a tattoo parlour. She said: “I wanted something new and different for the times we live in.”

But horrified animal rights campaigners have slammed the sick fad in Moscow as barbaric – and fear it could catch on among wealthy pet owners in the West.

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South Korean Court Upholds That Only Blind Can Be Masseurs

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At Least They Are Golden

South Korea’s Constitutional Court ruled yesterday that only the visually impaired can be licensed masseurs in the country, upholding a law set up a century ago despite arguments it infringed on free employment rights.

The law was established in 1912 when Korea was under Japanese colonial rule to help guarantee the blind a livelihood, according the to the Korean Association of Masseurs, which now has about 7,100 visually impaired people as members.

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Space Elevator and the Controversial ‘Wobble’ Problem

 Space Elevator and the Controversial ‘Wobble’ Problem

If an elevator stretching from Earth into space could ever be built, it could slash the cost of space travel. But a controversial new study suggests that building and maintaining one would be an even bigger challenge than previously thought, because it would need to include built-in thrusters to stabilize itself against dangerous vibrations.

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