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Cows moo with accent PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mirjam Goudswaard   
Wednesday, 23 August 2006
It's not just humans who sound different depending on where they come from - as experts have found cows have regional accents too! They investigated after farmers claimed their cows had different moos depending on which herd they belonged to. Experts reckon cows get their accents from those around them, like we do.

Read more on: CBBC Newsround.
 
Vegetarian film festival PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mirjam Goudswaard   
Tuesday, 22 August 2006
New Zealand is to host its first Vegetarian Film Festival, which organisers hope will attract meat-eaters as well as fruit and vegetable lovers alike. The movies all have a vegetarian theme.

Website film fest.
 
Ben & Jerry's faces complaint about hens PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mirjam Goudswaard   
Tuesday, 22 August 2006
A national animal protection organization spoke out Monday against Ben & Jerry's, claiming the ice cream maker buys eggs produced by hens cooped in tight cages, a practice that belies Ben & Jerry's reputation as a socially and environmentally conscious company.
"No socially responsible company ought to be supporting that kind of animal cruelty," said Paul Shapiro, a spokesman for the Washington, D.C.-based Humane Society of United States.

Read more on: Burlington Free Press.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 August 2006 )
 
Jellyfishes take over European beaches PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mirjam Goudswaard   
Saturday, 19 August 2006
Huge numbers of stinging jellyfish have attacked bathers in the Mediterranean this summer, providing further evidence that the gelatinous creatures are becoming more abundant in European seas. Researchers say the invasion is the result of a combination of climate change and overfishing of the jellyfish's natural predators. The trend is likely to worsen as water temperatures continue to rise, the scientists say.

Read more on: National Geographic.
 
Orangutan web dating PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mirjam Goudswaard   
Wednesday, 16 August 2006
A zoo in the Netherlands (Apenheul) plans to set up a webcam to help its orangutans form long-distance relationships with potential mates in Indonesia.

The Indonesian orangutans are kept in small cages at a centre in Borneo, protected from loggers and palm oil firms operating in their habitat.

Read more on: BBC
 
Shoppers concerned about milk hormones PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mirjam Goudswaard   
Tuesday, 15 August 2006
As demand for organic foods grows, grocery dairy cases now carry certified as organic milk from cows, soy milk, and milk containing kefir cultures, which add good bacteria. The issue of hormones’ effects on children is of special concern, said Jeff Golc, spokesman for the Kroger Co., who reports that organic milk and dairy is the store’s largest area of growth.

Read more on:News-Sentinel.
 
Squirrel cuts off electricity PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mirjam Goudswaard   
Monday, 14 August 2006
A squirrel drove thousands of people in Devon nuts on Sunday after cutting off the electricity to their homes. It's thought the squirrel climbed a cable-carrying post instead of a tree, and got what a power spokeswoman described as "a nasty shock".

Read more on:CBBC Newsround.
 
Pigeon used for measuring air quality PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mirjam Goudswaard   
Sunday, 13 August 2006
Pigeons with backpacks and cell phones will be taking to the sky and sending air quality data to a blog as part of a whimsical project that blends science, art and activism Investigators at the University of California, Irvine hope the winged researchers will fill in gaps in knowledge about the air we breathe, and bring nonscientists into the debate on air quality.

Read more on: Yahoo! News.
 
First vegetarian video game PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mirjam Goudswaard   
Saturday, 12 August 2006
Those who tire of the endless blood and guts carnage that's generally served up to the games-playing public might be delighted to know that a vegetarian option has now been made available.

LarryBoy and the Bad Apple is the first video game based upon the VeggieTales characters, and to our knowledge the first ever game that enables you to take the role of a crime-fighting cucumber.

Read more on: Pocketgamer
 
Fisherman impaled by swordfish PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mirjam Goudswaard   
Tuesday, 08 August 2006
A fisherman is recovering after being impaled on the bill of a 14ft blue marlin that leapt over his boat during an international angling tournament off Bermuda.

The 800lb (360kg) fish hit Ian Card with such force that its 3ft spear went through his chest just below his collarbone and knocked him into the sea. As the fish dived, forcing Mr Card under water, he was able to push himself off the razor-sharp bill and swim to the surface.

Read more on: Times online.
 
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