It's no doubt been a bewildering few days for nine-year-old Martha Payne AKA Veg, the writer behind the blog NeverSeconds. Her picture and review blog of school lunches suddenly became the focus of the local Argyle and Bute Council's ire when they ordered the primary school girl to cease writing immediately, angry over an embarrassing local news article. Today, however, the council has done a complete 180 on the subject.
A new species of all-female lizard that reproduces via cloning has been discovered in the most unlikely of places: On the menus of small rural Vietnamese diners.
Ngo Van Tri, researcher of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, apparently first saw the lizard, now named Leiolepis ngovantrii, in tanks at a diner at which he was eating. He noticed all of the lizards were female, and contacted friend and herpetologist Dr. Lee Grismer, who then flew out to the restaurant in order to confirm the discovery. The restaurant owner said he'd keep a stash of the creatures waiting for the team.