Friday, October 20, 2017

Coffee and Provocation

Fake Service Dogs
19 states are cracking down on fake service dogs. I have written about the problem before, and the people who promote them who are now engaged in other scams.

Dog Fail: They're Not as Cooperative as Wolves
Humans and dogs are both social pack predators with a long history of working together, so you would think they would be better at cooperation than wolves, but you would be wrong. It turns out wolves are much better at cooperation than dogs, at least when it comes to cooperating with each another.

Professional Sport Dogs on Dope
Iditarod race dogs have test positive for opioids race officials say. The still as yet unnamed musher denies he gave his dogs Tramadol. His dogs finished in the top 20.

New Wings
Helen Macdonald is training a new bird, and BBC is there to film it.

Big Bird
Audubon magazine has a nice profile on Mother of Dragons Big Bird, Lauren McGough.  Nice job Audubon!

Broken Risk Assessment
The US spends more than $500 million per victim on anti-terrorism efforts. However, cancer research spending is only $10,000 per victim.

Ikea for Pets?
Ikea is now making dog and cat furniture.

Dirty Birds
Soot preserved on the feathers of museum birds is providing a window into the levels and types of urban air pollution that existed over the last 135 years.

Sweden Subsidizes Electric Bicycles
Sweden is offering a 25% subsidy for electric bike purchases. France already has a €200 electric bike subsidy, and Oslo, Norway has a $1,200 subsidy for electric cargo bike purchases. Genius!

We'll Always Have Detroit?
Paris plans to eliminate all gas-powered vehicle sales by 2030, and France aims to ban all gas and diesel gas-powered cars by 2040.  Meanwhile 59,000 plug-in cars were sold in China last month.

The End of Insects?
In Germany, insect populations have declined by 75% over the last 30 years.

Lorem Ipsum Is So 20th Century
Lorem Ipsum is the not-really-meaningless dummy text used by designers when they need to "greek" some type into a template as a place-holder.  Now we have other options:  randomly generated Bob Ross catchphrases, William Gibson cutups, Commander Riker dialogue, and Khaled Ipsum which strips in the soothing nonsensical utterances of DJ Khaled.

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