A team of Czech and German researchers have found that, all else being equal, when a dog wants to go powder its rhinarium, it will tend to do so while standing in alignment with the earth’s magnetic field.

The southern United States is being invaded - again. This time it is erratic but troublesome "crazy ants" from South America marching - actually, hitching rides - setting up massive colonies and relieving other occupying ant armies, including fire ants, of their duties.

Goodwin's clients tend to be literary heavyweights, not newly minted royal celebrities - his stable includes biographer Claire Tomalin, novelist Vikram Seth, and historian William Dalrymple. And while Goodwin secured a massive advance for Middleton, sales of Celebrate: A Year of British Festivities for Families and Friends were a flop.