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thedailywhat:

Photo Series of the Day: From Carli Davidson’s “Pets with Disabilities.”
Of her influence, the freelance photographer says: 

There was this totally beautiful German shepherd in a wheelchair playing fetch with its owner. It was so happy, a dog doing what dogs do, totally undeterred by its disability. 

I felt inspired by the whole scenario. The owner made this choice out of love, to do a little extra work every day to make sure his friend was happy and comfortable.
 
Above: Top — Duncan the Corgi, who suffers from a spinal disorder; bottom — Diego, a blind Chihuahua, and his seeing-eye dog Buddy Nixon.
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thedailywhat:

Photo Series of the Day: From Carli Davidson’s “Pets with Disabilities.”

Of her influence, the freelance photographer says:

There was this totally beautiful German shepherd in a wheelchair playing fetch with its owner. It was so happy, a dog doing what dogs do, totally undeterred by its disability. 

I felt inspired by the whole scenario. The owner made this choice out of love, to do a little extra work every day to make sure his friend was happy and comfortable.

Above: Top — Duncan the Corgi, who suffers from a spinal disorder; bottom — Diego, a blind Chihuahua, and his seeing-eye dog Buddy Nixon.

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Women in the media: the most stubborn bastion of misogyny.

Alzheimer's Might Be Transmissible in Similar Way as Infectious Prion Diseases, Research Suggests

The brain damage that characterizes Alzheimer’s disease may originate in a form similar to that of infectious prion diseases such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow) and Creutzfeldt-Jakob, according to newly published research.

How important is it that you watch this Midnight Show PSA? Let us put it this way: millions of lives depend on it.

Climate Change & Food: 'Act now to diversify crops at risk, say scientists'

climateadaptation:

“Farm chiefs have a narrowing chance to diversify vital crops at rising threat from drought, flood and pests brought by climate change, food researchers warned on Monday.

The world’s nearly 7 billion people are massively dependent on a dozen or so crops that, thanks to modern agriculture, are intensively cultivated in a tiny number of strains, they said.

When climate change gets into higher gear, many of these strains could be crippled by hotter and drier – or conversely wetter – weather and exposed to insects and microbial pests that advance into new habitats.

“Farmers have always adapted, but the pace of change under climate change is going to be much greater than in the past. There’s going to be a real need to move fast,” said Bruce Campbell, head of a research programme called Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

“There are two sorts of changes that are going to happen. One is a gradual temperature increase, the other is the extremes, extremes of heat and floods, and I think they are already here. In the meteorological records, there are so many extremes that are being beaten, although it’s very difficult to pin them to climate change.”

The adaptation strategies are being published in a compendium book, Crop Adaptation to Climate Change.”

Source: Eco-Business

(Source: plantedcity)

thedailywhat:

Meet The New Muppet of the Day: Sesame Street is set to add a new member to its roster of friendly, fuzzy characters: Lily, the 7-year-old “food insecure” Muppet.
Lily — who represents the 17 million children for whom access to food is uncertain — will be introduced to viewers during an upcoming Sesame Street special about hunger in America.
“We thought long and hard about how do we really represent this from a child’s point of view?,” said Sesame Workshop’s senior vice president for outreach and educational practices Jeanette Betancourt. “We felt it was best to have this new Muppet take this on in a positive way and a healthy way.”
Everything from Lily’s clothing to her voice and mannerism has been geared towards making her as realistic and empathetic as possible. “She wants to talk about this topic,” says Betancourt, ““because she knows it will help many other families and children, but it isn’t an easy topic to talk about in the first place.”
“Growing Hope Against Hunger” is scheduled to air this Sunday on PBS.
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thedailywhat:

Meet The New Muppet of the Day: Sesame Street is set to add a new member to its roster of friendly, fuzzy characters: Lily, the 7-year-old “food insecure” Muppet.

Lily — who represents the 17 million children for whom access to food is uncertain — will be introduced to viewers during an upcoming Sesame Street special about hunger in America.

“We thought long and hard about how do we really represent this from a child’s point of view?,” said Sesame Workshop’s senior vice president for outreach and educational practices Jeanette Betancourt. “We felt it was best to have this new Muppet take this on in a positive way and a healthy way.”

Everything from Lily’s clothing to her voice and mannerism has been geared towards making her as realistic and empathetic as possible. “She wants to talk about this topic,” says Betancourt, ““because she knows it will help many other families and children, but it isn’t an easy topic to talk about in the first place.”

“Growing Hope Against Hunger” is scheduled to air this Sunday on PBS.

[artsbeat.]

jayparkinsonmd:

THE “fact” that junk food is cheaper than real food has become a reflexive part of how we explain why so many Americans are overweight, particularly those with lower incomes. I frequently read confident statements like, “when a bag of chips is cheaper than a head of broccoli …” or “it’s more affordable to feed a family of four at McDonald’s than to cook a healthy meal for them at home.”
This is just plain wrong.
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jayparkinsonmd:

THE “fact” that junk food is cheaper than real food has become a reflexive part of how we explain why so many Americans are overweight, particularly those with lower incomes. I frequently read confident statements like, “when a bag of chips is cheaper than a head of broccoli …” or “it’s more affordable to feed a family of four at McDonald’s than to cook a healthy meal for them at home.”

This is just plain wrong.

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For Christians, Dawkins and the Qur'an leave a bad taste in the mouth, literally

Many studies have shown that moral disgust is “embodied”. Contemplation of taboo deeds really does leave people physically sickened. Now Ryan Ritter and Jesse Preston have extended this literature to show that religious beliefs that contradict one’s own also leave a bad taste in the mouth, literally.

I actually squealed out loud at several points.  This guy has incredible movement control.

And this man wants to be the next president.

Under Gov. Rick Perry (R) this year, Texas slashed state funding for the volunteer fire departments that protect most of the state from wildfires like the ones that have recently destroyed more than 700 homes.

Even more terrifying - see how quickly the fire is spreading.

Video shot September 5, 2011 on the north edge of Bastrop State Park. All but about 100 acres of the 6,000-acre park have been blackened by fire. Firefighters have been battling blazes for 3 days. At this point, historic CCC buildings are still intact. For more information, see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/

Footage of the Bastrop fires in Central TX.

The neuroscience of batman, or how the human brain performs echolocation

Over the last few years it’s become apparent that humans, like bats, can make effective use of echolocation by emitting click sounds with the tongue and listening for the echoes that result. Now a team led by Lore Thaler at the University of Western Ontario has conducted the first ever investigation into the neural correlates of this skill.

If ever there was a good reason to have a child.

ayer-en1965:

ijustloveyoursmile:

This little girl’s mother is from Helsinki, Finland. 


While her daughter is soundly asleep, she creates a completely different world … from whatever she can find around her!  That’s how both of them became really famous. What a truly fabulous imagination.

Me muerooooooo aahahah que hermosaa *-*

(Source: brbkillingnubs)