Science news roundup: shaken bacon? Belgian researchers study pigs’ response to music; Scientists defend T. rex as the only species of powerful Tyrannosaurus and more

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Shake bacon? Belgian researchers study pigs’ response to music

Belgian scientists are investigating a farmer’s claim that different styles of music affect the behavior of his pigs.

Piet Paesmans first noticed the phenomenon when his son started singing a tune in the barn during a slow insemination session. His sows looked excited and started wagging their tails.

Scientists defend T. rex as the only species of powerful Tyrannosaurus

T. rex still reigns as king of the dinosaurs, according to scientists who on Monday argued against a controversial hypothesis put forward this year that the mighty meat-eater Tyrannosaurus should be recognized as three species, not just one. Seven research paleontologists https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11692-022-09573-1 published Monday said a March study offered insufficient evidence to show there were three species of Tyrannosaurus based on fossils from the world’s most famous dinosaur, citing inappropriate statistical methods, limited comparative samples and faulty measurements.

China launches second space station module, Wentian

China launched the second of three modules of its permanent space station on Sunday, in one of the last missions needed to complete the outpost in orbit by the end of the year. A live stream on state broadcaster CCTV showed the 23-ton Wentian (“Quest for the Heavens”) laboratory module launched from the back of China’s most powerful rocket, the Long March 5B, at 14 22 a.m. (0622 GMT) from Wenchang. Space launch center on the southern island of Hainan.

(With agency contributions.)

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