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  • How catnip makes the chemical that causes cats to go crazy

    12/11/2018 6:31:31 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 1 replies ^ | December 10, 2018, | John Innes Centre
    The substance that triggers this state of feline ecstasy is called nepetalactone, a type of chemical called a terpene. This simple, small molecule is part of an unusual chain of events, not previously seen by chemists. The researchers believe that understanding the production of these nepetalactones could help them recreate the way that plants synthesise other chemicals like vinblastine, which is used for chemotherapy. This could lead to the ability to create these useful medicines more efficiently and quickly than we are currently able to harvest them from nature. Usually in plants, for example peppermint, terpenes are formed by a...
  • Heartwarming moment a California wildfire evacuee returns home to find her cat [tr]

    12/11/2018 5:37:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 10, 2018 | Staff
    A family has been reunited with their cat after it disappeared during a deadly wildfire last month that leveled their home in Northern California. Courtney Werblow and her family returned to her parents' burned home in Paradise over the weekend and found their beloved cat, Timber, standing near the ruins. Werblow recorded a video of the emotional moment when she spots the beige cat with a brown face looking at her from a distance.
  • "Blues for Deimos" - original blues, by Yours Truly

    12/10/2018 8:31:37 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 12 replies
    Me, via YouTube ^ | 12/10/2018 | Me, as "Hopalong Ginsberg"
    Best. Kitty. Ever. For a free download of "Blues for Deimos" click here, click on Buy Now, and choose $0.
  • Shark attack in Australia injures man who called himself 'shark bait'

    12/09/2018 9:21:34 AM PST · by ETL · 20 replies ^ | Dec 9, 2018 | Travis Fedschun
    A surfer who previously described himself as "shark bait" was seriously injured after being attacked by a shark on Sunday, officials said. Joel Mason, 36, was in the water near Scotts Beach, located about 300 miles north of Sydney, when he was hit by the shark while surfing in the morning, Sky News reported. An ambulance service spokesperson told Sky News the man suffered a "severe leg injury" and suffered "a lot of blood loss."Mason's father, Rob, told Nine News his son has surfed since he was 5 or 6 years old, and loves to surf by himself. "He says...
  • Roger Waters' Plea Prompts Pink Floyd Tribute Band to Cancel Its Gigs in Israel

    12/09/2018 8:05:38 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 31 replies
    Sputnik ^ | Dec. 9, 2018 | Staff
    Last month, a Jewish organisation in Argentina launched a petition urging people across the region to boycott Roger Waters concerts and calling the former Pink Floyd leader "one of the great anti-Semites of our time". Three gigs by UK Pink Floyd Experience, a tribute band dedicated to covering the music of the British rockers, have been cancelled after former lead singer of Pink Floyd Roger Waters urged the musicians not to perform in Israel "in the name of everything human". In a message published on his Facebook page, Waters said, in particular, that he is "aghast to see" that UK...
  • World's oldest known wild bird to become a mother for the 37th time

    12/07/2018 11:31:55 AM PST · by Red Badger · 39 replies ^ | Fri 7 Dec 2018 12.45 EST | Vivian Ho in San Francisco
    In sea mariner lore, an albatross is considered a good omen, and for almost seven decades, one bird has spread generations of blessings across the Pacific Ocean. Wisdom, a 68-year-old Laysan albatross believed to be the world’s oldest known wild bird, has returned to her home at the Midway Atoll national wildlife refuge for yet another winter – and laid yet another egg to add to the already impressive brood that she has built up over an impressive lifetime. Biologists with the US Fish and Wildlife Service think the almost-septuagenarian has birthed and raised as many as 36 chicks over...
  • US Woman Survives Hippo Attack on Safari in Zimbabwe

    12/06/2018 11:35:03 AM PST · by Simon Green · 59 replies
    The Points Guy ^ | 12/06/18 | Jessica Puckett
    About 500 people are killed in hippopotamus attacks each year. On Saturday, Kristen Yaldor was almost one of them. The 37-year-old American woman was on a river safari tour with her husband, Ryan, when she was suddenly attacked by a hippo that was said to be protecting her calf. The couple was on a guided canoe safari on Zimbabwe’s Zambezi River. Led by tour operator Wild Horizons, the safari group had three guests and two guides. While canoeing down the river, one of the guides spotted the hippo on the river’s right bank. He reportedly instructed the group to paddle...
  • The original cat memes! American photographer pioneered the phenomenon a century ago [tr]

    12/06/2018 7:20:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 6, 2018 | Khaleda Rahman
    Cat memes may be incredibly popular online today – but perhaps they've been around longer than you thought. These amusing photographs – dating back to the early 1900s – could be seen as the original LOLcats. They were taken by Harry Whitter Frees, an American photographer known for taking pictures of posed cats and dogs. The Pennsylvania native became famous for his cutesy shots of kittens, puppies and even rabbits and chickens dressed as people after he started making them from 1905. Their incredible popularity led him to create novelty postcards, magazine spreads and children's books using them. He would...
  • Sperm of mutant ‘double-muscle’ pigs being sold on FB farmer cashes in on ‘Frankenswine’ market

    12/05/2018 7:57:18 AM PST · by Red Badger · 46 replies ^ | 5th December 2018, 2:52 pm Updated: 5th December 2018, 2:54 pm | By Jon Lockett
    AN AMBITIOUS pig farmer raising muscle-bound mutant porkers for the bacon market is selling their sperm on Facebook. The Cambodian-based breeder is flogging the semen - along with insemination kits - to others looking to move into the 'Frankenswine' market. Mutant of the giant pigs greedily gobbles up his massive dinner at a farm in Cambodia ______________________________________________________________ Scientists in South Korea have been credited with originally genetically-engineering double-muscle hogs to avert a future pork shortage crisis. They carefully altered pig genes to create super-sized swines capable of producing more meat than usual breeds. Farmyard footage shows similar porky 'monsters'...
  • REAL LIFE PLANET OF THE APES:African island inhabited by super aggressive ‘monster’ chimps...

    12/05/2018 6:45:40 AM PST · by Red Badger · 33 replies ^ | 4th December 2018, 12:31 pm Updated: 4th December 2018, 5:17 pm | By Jon Lockett
    THIS is the secret African island inhabited by super aggressive "monster'" chimps all freed from a US testing laboratory. The apes -who are infected with contagious diseases- were abandoned on the Liberian river island after being released by their captors. The jungle wilderness - known to locals as ‘Monkey Island’ - is now home to more than 60 chimps who are notoriously protective of its shores. Many of the animals are said to be "super aggressive"and those living nearby are terrified to go there for fear of being attacked. Only a select few locals - who regularly take the apes...
  • 'I owe my life to that dog': Husky sniffs out her owner's ovarian cancer THREE TIMES after doc...

    12/04/2018 7:43:09 AM PST · by Morgana · 18 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | DECEMBER 4, 2018 | Alexandra Thompson Senior Health Reporter For Mailonline
    FULL TITLE: 'I owe my life to that dog': Husky sniffs out her owner's ovarian cancer THREE TIMES after doctors dismissed her pain as a cyst A former grant writer credits her dog for saving her life after the pooch sniffed out her cancer three times. Stephanie Herfel, 52, had been experiencing severe discomfort in her abdomen, which her doctor dismissed as a cyst. Sent home with painkillers, Mrs Herfel made an appointment to see a gynaecologist when her Siberian Husky Sierra sniffed at her lower abdomen before running away and curling up in the wardrobe. Mrs Herfel was diagnosed...
  • Animal lovers slam a fisherman for catching and killing a fish

    12/03/2018 12:08:20 PM PST · by Simon Green · 98 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12/02/18 | Kelsie Wilke
    ] Animal activists are fuming after a group of fishermen caught and killed an enormous black marlin. Outrage was sparked when pictures were posted online of the massive 650 kilogram black marlin, which was caught off the Fraser Island coast in Queensland this week. Social media users slammed the group, calling them 'cruel' for killing the creature. 'Good work heroes! Another animal killed for a photo op, well done,' one person said. 'This is so wrong, so many people trying to justify that it's okay because it died in the fight to get it in.. why can't you see how...
  • Let's celebrate National Mutt Day (dogs)

    12/02/2018 12:40:23 PM PST · by Innovative · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | Dec. 2, 2018 | Andea Diaz
    National Mitt Day was created in 2005 by animal advocate Colleen Paige. It is celebrated Ju;y 31 and Dec. 2. Mutts -- they may not be purebreds, but they are pure at heart.
  • Massive Lion Fends Off More Than Twenty Hyenas...

    12/01/2018 6:19:10 PM PST · by goldstategop · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/012018 | Madeline Farber
    In a moment one could imagine as a harrowing scene straight out of Disney’s “The Lion King,” footage shared by BBC Earth recently captured a lion’s intense struggle to fend off more than 20 hyenas.The lion, named Red, appears to unknowingly venture into a hyena territory -- a move that could have easily ended in his demise.
  • Due South – Doggy Jingle Bells – The Singing Dogs – for Dief

    12/01/2018 7:04:08 AM PST · by mairdie · 9 replies
    Canadian mountie moves to Chicago to find the murderer of his father. Comedy/drama. EXCELLENT show. Dief is the mountie's deaf half wolf that knows sign language and reads lips. A Happy Christmas to all.
  • Donkeys and Asses

    11/30/2018 11:45:25 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 18 replies
    email | 11/30/2018 | unknown
    The Pastor entered his donkey in a race and it won !! The Pastor was so pleased with the donkey that he entered it in the next race, and it won that race too. The local paper read: PASTOR'S ASS OUT FRONT. The Bishop was so upset with this kind of publicity that he ordered the Pastor not to enter the donkey in any more races. The next day the local paper headline read: “BISHOP SCRATCHES PASTOR'S ASS”. This was too much for the Bishop, so he ordered the Pastor to get rid of the donkey. The Pastor decided to...
  • Mysterious sea creature draws 'alien' comparisons with its sharp teeth, spiky skin

    11/29/2018 9:25:16 AM PST · by ETL · 26 replies ^ | Nov 29, 2018 | Jennifer Earl
    Hanna Mary was strolling along a beach with her mom and pup close behind when she spotted what she first believed was plastic sheeting. After a rough storm hit Canterbury, New Zealand, last week, Mary anticipated piles of "rubbish" would wash ashore. But when she inspected the bizarre-looking object Saturday at a Rakaia Huts beach, shrieking after she realized it wasn't just another piece of trash — it was the skeleton of an "alien"-like critter. "When I pulled it out and saw all the teeth and barbs I was convinced it was a rare deep sea creature," Mary told Fox News. "I...
  • Dogs are 'no more intelligent' than cats say experts (no matter how much of a clever boy [tr]

    11/29/2018 7:39:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 89 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 29, 2018 | Victoria Bell
    It may seem from a dog's friendly demeanour and ability to perform tricks that they are smarter than most animals but a new study suggests this is not the case. Psychologists from Exeter and Canterbury University examined the cognitive abilities of 'man's best friend' when compared with other animals - including cats. Experts concluded that canines do not possess particularly higher intelligence than their feline rivals, as well as a number of other creatures. Researchers used data on observations of the behaviour of dogs, cats, wolves and chimpanzees to see if pooches possessed any specific special skills. They found that...
  • 'Siberian unicorn' walked Earth with humans

    11/27/2018 1:15:48 PM PST · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    BBC ^ | 11/27/2018 | By Helen Briggs
    A giant rhino that may have been the origin of the unicorn myth survived until at least 39,000 years ago - much longer than previously thought. Known as the Siberian unicorn, the animal had a long horn on its nose, and roamed the grasslands of Eurasia. New evidence shows the hefty beast may have eventually died out because it was such a picky eater. Scientists say knowing more about the animal's extinction could help save the remaining rhinos on the planet. Rhinos are in particular danger of extinction because they are very picky about their habitat, said Prof Adrian Lister...
  • More than 140 pilot whales dead after mass stranding in New Zealand

    11/26/2018 12:19:32 PM PST · by Red Badger · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 7:51 AM ET, Mon November 26, 2018 | By Oscar Holland
    As many as 145 whales have died after being found stranded on a remote beach in New Zealand, conservation officials said Monday. Two pods of pilot whales were discovered just over a mile apart on Mason Bay, Stewart Island, a sparsely populated island in the country's south. Authorities were first alerted to the mass stranding by a hiker Saturday evening. Half of the whales were already dead. The remaining animals were later euthanized, according to New Zealand's Department of Conservation (DOC). A Stewart Island operations manager for the DOC, Ren Leppens, said that the remote location and condition of the...