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The Joy of Research Wednesday, February 5
A team of Czech Republic researchers led by Vlastimil Hart, writing in Frontiers in Zoology in December, reported that dogs (among a few mammals), dealing with a nature's call, spontaneously align their body axis with the Earth's magnetic field. To …
If We Can Do It, We Should Do It Wednesday, February 5
ThinkGeek.com has introduced the Tactical Laser-Guided Pizza Cutter, at a suggested $29.95, for helping to achieve straight-line precision in those difficult four-cut (eight-slice) pizza formulations.
The Animal Kingdom Wednesday, February 5
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in Fulham, England, admitted in December that Barney, a rescued Staffordshire bull terrier, had a ladies' underwear-eating habit and that potential adopters should keep him away from laundry baskets. o
Man's BFFs Wednesday, February 5
Australia's Cairns Veterinary Clinic warned in December of several reports of dogs becoming addicted to licking cane toads (which notoriously protect themselves with a venomous secretion that can be hallucinogenic). One vet told Brisbane's …
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals condemned a Pet Expo in Greenhithe, England, in October after reports emerged that a trainer had showcased "Melanie," a raccoon who rides a bicycle-like device, apparently to great acclaim. …
Management in the Terrorism Industry Wednesday, February 5
In November, the Army of Islam (Syrian rebels) announced, via a dazzling, fully functional website, that it had job "vacancies" in the fields of graphic design, photography, printing, journalism, reporting and media promotion and programming. The …
Leading Economic Indicators Wednesday, February 5
Somalia's coastal pirates, having peaked in 2009 in boat captures, may now be laying low only because of the familiar business problem of "inventory management." A November analysis by Quartz (qz.com) showed the pirates with such a surplus of …
In the Stars Wednesday, February 5
Mumbai, India, has its share of Western-style financial advisers using computer programs familiar to Wall Street, but with the additional layering of "financial astrologers," who forecast successes and failures based on the alignment of the planets, …
Ya Pay for It One Way or Another Wednesday, February 5
A group of legal prostitutes in the Netherlands began a campaign in December to have their occupation officially termed so dangerous and physically challenging that they should be allowed (as soccer players are) to save in tax-free pension funds. …
How Much Is That Again? Wednesday, February 5
American health-care reformers routinely decry the inability of consumer-patients to compare prices of services to help drive down the costs. Two doctors, writing for the Journal of the American Medical Association in December, illuminated the …
 
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