Friday, January 06, 2017

Coffee and Provocation

The Innocence Project for Bears
National Park Service rangers are turning to modern forensic technology, including DNA evidence, to make sure they don’t kill the wrong bear when a human is attacked in the mountains. Here's a hint NPS: All the bears in the Eastern U.S. are innocent. The 750,000 black bears of North America kill less than one person per year on the average, while 1 out of each 16,000 people commits murder each year across North America. Shoot a ranger or NPS volunteer before you shoot a bear; they're more likely to be dangerous.

"War Dolphins" to Help Save Endangered Species Dolphins
Navy-trained war dolphins are going to be used to help search for, and capture, highly endangered Vaquitas dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico.

Rating for Research?
Scientists sampled 133 rats in New York City and discovered 18 new viruses unknown to science.

Believe It Or Not
Anne Frank, Martin Luther King Jr., and Barbara Walters were all born in the same year.

You're Fat Because There Are Chickens?
A virus found in chickens can cause them to gain fat in the abdomen. A related virus may also be implicated in human obesity.

Sure It's a Very Fat Chicken, But It's Also a Very Smart Bird!
Chickens are smarter and more self-aware than previously thought.

Here's a Factoid for You
Norman Mailer coined the word “factoid” in his 1973 biography of Marilyn Monroe, to describe information invented by the media.

The End of Ebola?
It looks like we finally have a successful Ebola vaccine.  Cab we vaccinate the gorillas and chimps too?

The Continuing Crisis
Blowfish testicles poison 7 diners in Japan.

Harvard Values
Harvard's endowment, which is now over $38 billion, is so large the University could grant free tuition to all and still make a profit. So do they do that?  Of course not.  The greedy bastards still charge students a fortune.

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