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Farting fishes winds award.

Byline: By Paul O'Hare

SCOTS scientists who found herring communicate at night by breaking wind have scooped a spoof Nobel prize in the US.

The team used infra-red lighting video cameras and underwater microphones.

Detailed analysis revealed that herring pass wind frequently under cover of darkness.

Last night, the team of British and Canadian academics, including the Scots, were presented with the Ig Nobel Prize for Biology at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr Bob Batty, of the Scottish Association for Marine Science, said: 'We heard these rasping noises, only at night, whenever we saw tiny gas bubbles coming from the herrings' bottoms.'
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