Mon April 20, 2015
The Salt

When Danish Cows See Fresh Spring Pasture, They Jump For Joy

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 2:21 pm

Near the Danish city of Ikast, some 1,500 spectators gathered on April 19 to celebrate what has become something of a national holiday at organic dairy farms around Denmark.
Courtesy of Organic Denmark

"They're running a little late," chides an elderly gentleman, tapping his watch at 12:02 p.m. He's come to this farm near the Danish city of Ikast, along with about 1,500 others, to celebrate what has become something of a national holiday in Denmark. It's the Sunday in mid-April when thousands of organic dairy cows at 75 farms across the country are released into the green fields of spring. At exactly noon. Eh hem.

Ah, but here they come!

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Mon April 20, 2015
Shots - Health News

Doctors Don't Always Ask About Pet-Related Health Risks

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 11:07 am

Reptiles like leopard geckos can bring Salmonella along with them.

If you're being treated for cancer, an iguana might not be the pet for you.

Ditto if you're pregnant, elderly or have small children at home.

Pets can transmit dozens of diseases to humans, but doctors aren't always as good as they should be in asking about pets in the home and humans' health issues, a study finds.

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Mon April 20, 2015
Shots - Health News

Humans' Use Of Pain-Relief Creams Proves Fatal To Felines

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 10:44 am

Contact between cats and their owners may have exposed the animals to toxic levels of medication.

Veterinarians have long warned that pain medications like ibuprofen are toxic to pets. And it now looks like merely using a pain relief cream can put cats at risk.

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Mon April 20, 2015
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Considering 'The Philosophy Of The Web'

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 11:56 am


We associate technology with the shiny and new. But humans have been using technology to change the environment and themselves since at least the lower Paleolithic period, when our ancestors were making stone tools.

Is the technology of today fundamentally different? In particular, does it change the way we think of ourselves or our relationships to each other and the environment? Does it change the way we think about what exists (metaphysics), about what and how we can know about it (epistemology), or about how we ought to live (ethics)?

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Mon April 20, 2015
Research News

Why Handsome Men May Be At A Disadvantage When It Comes To Hiring

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 7:49 am

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Mon April 20, 2015
All Tech Considered

Social Media Can Help Track Tornadoes, But Was That Tweet Real?

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 7:49 am

Purdue University students are testing new software that may track and warn about tornadoes, such as this one which struck Rochelle, Ill., in early April.
Walker Ashley AP

Last week, as a big storm bore down on Rockford, Ill., students in a Purdue University classroom prepared to track its effects using Twitter.

Using software jointly developed by Purdue, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Weather Service, they huddled around laptops to analyze a tiny sample of the tweets from the storm's immediate vicinity. They were looking for keywords like "damage" or "tornado" and for pictures of funnel clouds.

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Sun April 19, 2015
The Two-Way

Congo Monkey Spotted Decades After Species' Alleged Demise

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 4:49 pm

Mother and infant Bouvier's red colobus monkeys in a first-ever photograph of the primate taken in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The species was thought to have gone extinct in the 1970s.
Lieven Devreese and Gaël Elie Gnondo Gobolo Ntokou-Pikounda National Park, DRC

Welcome back, Bouvier's red colobus monkey. It's been a while.

The African primate hasn't been seen since the 1970s and was assumed to have become extinct.

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Sun April 19, 2015

LA's Mountain Lion Is A Solitary Cat With A Knack For Travel

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 2:52 pm

P-22 is believed to have the smallest home range of any adult male mountain lion ever studied. This map shows P-22's tiny home range in Griffith Park compared to other adult male mountain lions studied by the National Park Service.
Courtesy of the National Park Service

A mountain lion was holed up under a house in Los Angeles for a little while last week, making headlines across the country.

But the puma, known as P-22, was already pretty famous. He's got his own Facebook fan page with more than 2,000 likes, plus a couple of Twitter accounts.

His range is the 8 square miles of LA's Griffith Park, on the eastern edge of the Santa Monica Mountains, surrounded on all sides by development.

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Sun April 19, 2015
Goats and Soda

See Priya Cook: Gender Bias Pervades Textbooks Worldwide

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 11:07 am

A student reads inside her home in Srinagar, India, as her sister points to a sketch resembling a male police officer in a first-grade textbook
Mukhtar Khan AP

"If aliens beamed onto Earth and read our school textbooks, they wouldn't have a clue about what women contribute to our society," says Rae Blumberg, a sociologist at the University of Virginia.

Blumberg has spent years looking at textbooks from all over the world. In almost every country she has studied, women are either completely written out of texts — or they're portrayed in stereotypical, often subservient roles.

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Sun April 19, 2015
The Salt

This Robot Chef Has Mastered Crab Bisque

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 11:00 am

These robotic arms are part of a modular kitchen that's been set up so that the robot chef can find exactly what it needs.
Moley Robotics

Step aside, home chefs! The kitchen of the future draws near.

No, there's no hydrator from Marty McFly's kitchen in Back to the Future II. Right now, the chef of the future looks like a pair of robotic arms that descend from the ceiling of a very organized kitchen. And it makes a mean crab bisque.

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