Friday, October 09, 2015

Coffee and Provocation

An Airedale delivers bandaids and coffee? Source.

Scientists Discover Rare Bird, Thought Extinct, and Kill It
It was thought the Moustached Kingfisher was extinct, but scientists on the Solomon Islands found the bird and then promptly killed one of them "to study it further." The term used in this article is "euthanasia," but the bird was completely healthy -- this was simple killing. Here's a hint: if you want to study a bird you set up a hide and photograph it and take audio recordings, or else you put it inside an aviary. Dead birds tell very few tales.

Obama to Create First US Marine Sanctuaries in 15 Years
President Obama has announced plans for two new marine sanctuaries, one in the Potomac River as it enters the Chesapeake Bay, and the other in Lake Michigan. They’ll be the first new national marine sanctuaries designated by the federal government in the past 15 years.|

GMO to Give Us Non-Human Organ Donors
By gene editing on pigs, researchers believe they have produced a suitable non-human organ donor.

The Body Politic
Hearing aids, dental work and eye glasses are not covered by Medicare which would make TOTAL sense if they were not part of the human body and had nothing to do with health.

Imports and Exports
There's something wrong, when our largest export is jobs, and our largest import is illegal immigrants.

Environmental Lessons from Gilgamesh
The Sulaymaniyah Museum in the Kurdistan region of Iraq says they have found 20 new lines from the Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the oldest narratives in the world. In the 20 lines, it seems the god cut down the cedar forest and then regretted doing so.

How to Make Guns Safer
The number of gun-related deaths in the U.S. is expected to surpass the annual count of automobile fatalities. How can guns be made safer? RFID, microstamping, and biometrics for a start.

1 comment:

Mary Pang said...

I've always liked pigs and now I coukd become part pig.