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  • ‘Ten Million Aliens’ celebrates earth’s remarkable abundance of perfectly …

    February 28th, 2015

    Whales sing. A certain breed of fish cleans parasites off other fish. Elephants mourn their dead, pacing back and forth and howling when their children die.

    Humans are not the only animals that appreciate the aesthetic beauty of music, practice altruistic behaviors within social structures, cherish their offspring, and mourn the death of loved ones. Humans may be unique animals, but we are certainly not separate from our compatriots.

    So says nature and sports writer Simon Barnes in his new book Ten Million Aliens: A Journey Through the Entire Animal Kingdom. In a series of brief and striking sketches of various animals ranging from insects to jungle cats, Barnes illustrates the blinding...

    Digital Life: Social media rules for teens

    February 28th, 2015

    Digital Life: Social media rules for teens

    USA TODAY columnist Steven Petrow offers advice about digital etiquette. Q: My two sons are 11 and 12 and not on Facebook but they really want to be, especially because most of their friends are and playing

    More Animals Used in Lab Experiments, Study Finds

    February 28th, 2015

    Many Americans may question the practice of scientifically experimenting on lab animals, but theres been a sharp rise in the number of animals used for such research, according to a new study.

    A team at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), an animal welfare organization, found about a 72 percent increase in the number of animals being used in federally funded labs between 1997 and 2012 — mostly mice.

    The average number of lab animals used in a year rose from 74,619 to 128,846 over those 15 years, the team reports in the Journal of Medical Ethics.

    Animal use data were obtained from species inventories — reporting the approximate average daily...

    NBN Co says TWO broadband connections are better than one

    February 27th, 2015

    +Comment NBN Co, the entity building Australias national broadband network, has come up with an odd suggestion: two broadband connections, each running on different access technologies, are better than one.

    The suggestion is odd because NBN Cos mandate is to give each Australian household and business one internet connection using one access technology. Yet in this blog post the company praises a Singaporean offering that sees local telco StarHub bundle a fibre-to-the-premises and hybrid fibre coax connection, both delivered to the same premises.

    Kentucky lax in protecting animals

    February 27th, 2015

    Kentucky, often referred to as the Horse Capital of the World, also shares another title. Due to lax anti-cruelty laws, Kentucky is also known as the best place to be an animal abuser and has been awarded this unsavory distinction for the past seven years.

    As the founder of the Lost and Found Pets of Lexington, Ky., Facebook page, I know first-hand the abuse and suffering that many Kentucky animals endure daily because we do not afford them some of the most basic protections in terms of humane care.

    RELATED | PETA urges USDA action against wildlife refuge

    Each year, many bills are introduced in the General Assembly to address the overwhelming deficiencies of our animal...

    ‘Human hungry hippos’ played with balloons on wheeled platforms is awesome

    February 27th, 2015

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    In the classic game Hungry, Hungry hippos, players each have one hippo, arranged in a square, and they push down a handle to project their hipppos mouths to snatch up marbles from the middle. Its real life counterpart, human hungry hippos, is a little more chaotic, as shown in the video above.

    Instead of marbles there are balloons. Instead of the hippos mouths, they are snatched up with laundry baskets. Instead of being propelled by handles the hippos are controlled by elastic bands. And instead of little plastic hippos lunging toward the middle there are humans on rolling platforms.

    The epic video above is sure to make any fan of the game...

    Dealing with the media is part of an athlete’s job

    February 27th, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. – Carlos Beltran isnt all that familiar with the work of Marshawn Lynch. He didnt know about the much-discussed performance by the Seattle Seahawks running back during last months Super Bowl media day.

    That is until a reporter told Beltran of Lynchs identical one-sentence answer to every question asked of him: Im just here so I wont get fined.

    Review-Journal, parent Stephens Media to be sold to New Media Investments

    February 26th, 2015
    Review-Journal, parent Stephens Media to be sold to New Media

    The front entrance at the Las Vegas Review-Journal is seen in on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. Stephens Media, LLC, owner of the Review-Journal, reached an agreement to sell their holdings to New Media Investment Group Inc. (David Becker/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

    Review-Journal, parent Stephens Media to be sold to New Media

    The front entrance at the Las Vegas Review-Journal is seen on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. Stephens Media, LLC, owner of the Review-Journal,...

    New Seattle Police social media policy

    February 26th, 2015

    Seattle Police Chief Kathleen OToole released the following statement on Friday February 20, 2015, regarding the departments new social media policy:

    The Seattle Police Department is working tirelessly to rebuild community trust and restore pride in our organization. Its unfortunate that behavior on social media by a few has contributed to the erosion of our collective efforts.

    Moving forward, I want to be certain that employees are clear regarding my expectations for professional conduct on social media. I ordered the development of a new policy when these issues first surfaced. The policy, written with input from the City Attorneys Office, the Monitoring Team, SPOG and SPMA,...

    Evander Kane meets with Buffalo media; chats Sabres future and time with Jets

    February 26th, 2015

    Evander Kane met with the Buffalo media Saturday....