Daily Archives: March 26, 2017

My cats poop for science

Ever wondered about the bacteria in your cat’s gut? It’s probably not something that crops up in most people’s daily lives, but some of us care. The evidence for that is Kittybiome, a crowdfunding project that’s trying to survey the biological diversity in cats’ intestines. Suitably intrigued, and keen to do my bit, I backed the project. And that’s how I came to be staking out the litter box over the summer, armed with nitrile gloves and three poop-collection kits. You know, for science.It’s all about what’s known as the “microbiome”—the populations of microbes that we carry around on our skin and in our guts. Equipped with ever-cheaper and faster DNA sequencing, scientists are now able to catalogue these communities of microbes, which we are finding can have a powerful influence on health and disease. While much of the microbiome research to date has, understandably, focused on the relationship between these microbes and humans, animals have their own microbiomes. Which is where Holly Ganz and her colleagues come in; they’re applying the techniques refined in humans to understand more about the cats and dogs with whom many of us share our lives.

Source: My cats poop for science | Ars Technica

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Judge OK’s Petition for America’s First Genderless Person

Judge OK’s Petition for America’s First ‘Genderless’ Person

A Portland student has become the first American to gain legal designation as “genderless”, following a ruling by a Multnomah County judge.

The March 10 decision, reported for the first time on Thursday, involved a 27-year-old who was born male but claimed to identify with no gender whatsoever. Judge Amy Holmes, who approved the petition, also last year approved a “non-binary” gender designation for another Portland resident.

The 27-year-old formerly known as Patrick Abbatiello, now legally designated agender, also got legal approval to change names, now going only by “Patch,” no surname. That name also serves as a pronoun, Patch explained to the local NBC affiliate this week.

“Even gender-neutral pronouns don’t feel as if they fit me,” Patch said. “I feel no identity or closeness with any pronouns I’ve come across. What describes me is my name.”

Source: Judge OK’s Petition for America’s First Genderless Person

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China Vice Premier Sees `Unstoppable Momentum’ of Globalization

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli told a gathering of Asian leaders that the world must commit to multilateral free trade under the World Trade Organization and needs to reform global economic governance.Negotiations on the 16-nation Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, an Asia-wide agreement that’s favored by China, should be concluded soon and regional cooperation such as with the Association of South East Asian Nations should be advanced, Zhang said Saturday in a speech at the Boao Forum for Asia, an annual conference on the southern Chinese island of Hainan.

Source: China Vice Premier Sees `Unstoppable Momentum’ of Globalization – Bloomberg

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Salt Cave And Halotherapy In Ohio: Tranquility Salt Cave

If you’ve never heard of salt caves and Halotherapy, you’re going to want to experience it for yourself.A salt cave is a unique way to relax and recharge. The health benefits from Halotherapy are numerous. It improves several conditions, from anxiety to asthma. Fortunately, Columbus is home to a fairly new salt cave called Tranquility Salt Cave—and you’ll definitely want to visit.A 45-minute session in this unique cave will relax your mind and rejuvenate your sinuses. (Doesn’t this look unbelievably inviting?)tranquilitysaltcave.comSo what exactly is a salt cave? It’s a man-made cave infused with salt. It’s lined with Himalayan rock salt boulders and tons of granulated salt rest on the floor of the cave.Tranquility Salt Cave/YelpSpecifically, dry salt therapy helps improve asthma, seasonal allergies, coughs and chest congestion, Eczema and Dermatitis. It also improves lung functioning, sleep disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, stress and anxiety and even depression.

Source: Salt Cave And Halotherapy In Ohio: Tranquility Salt Cave

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Tip for darknet drug lords: Don’t wear latex gloves to the post office 

Delivery is the weakest link in the “dark web” drug trade: the postal habits of a large-scale trader have led to his undoing.Chukwuemeka Okparaeke is accused of dealing in very nasty stuff: Fentanyl, a high-strength synthetic opioid the Centre for Disease Control says is 50 times the potency of heroin and was responsible for nearly 10,000 deaths in the US in 2015.Okparaeke may have been a capable Tor user, but his logistical clue needed work: he was caught not because someone linked him to his handle (“Fentmaster”, on a site called the AlphaBay Marketplace), but because wearing latex gloves while depositing large numbers of packages at US post offices got the attention of staff.He was seen at several post offices in the Middletown area of New York, and because he was bulk-buying priority delivery stamps, staff had also viewed his driver’s licence.

Source: Tip for darknet drug lords: Don’t wear latex gloves to the post office • The Register

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Red-light camera grace period goes from 0.1 to 0.3 seconds, Chicago to lose $17M 

In the wake of recommendations that were part of a recent study of its red-light cameras, the Chicago Department of Transportation has agreed to immediately increase the so-called “grace period”—the time between when a traffic light turns red to when a ticket is automatically issued.Under the new policy, which was announced Monday, the grace period for Chicago’s red lights will move from 0.1 seconds to 0.3 seconds. This will bring the Windy City in line with other Americans metropolises, including New York City and Philadelphia. In a statement, the city agency said that this increase would “maintain the safety benefits of the program while ensuring the program’s fairness.”On Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune reported that the city would lose $17 million in revenue this year alone as a result of the expanded grace period. Michael Claffey, a CDOT spokesman, confirmed that figure to Ars.

Source: Red-light camera grace period goes from 0.1 to 0.3 seconds, Chicago to lose $17M | Ars Technica

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Florida man ate pancakes in middle of busy street, is facing charges

He pulled up a chair to a portable table and poured syrup over the golden pancakes.

He wore patterned green pajama pants and fuzzy-trimmed slippers and was set to enjoy breakfast. The only problem? He was in the middle of a busy Central Florida street.

Lakeland police say they got a call Tuesday about 10:50 a.m. about a man sitting in a chair at a TV table in the crosswalk of Memorial Boulevard at Brunnell Parkway.

He had a bottle of syrup and pancakes with what appeared to be bacon and scrambled eggs on a plate in front of him. He was chowing down.

“There’s a gentlemen sitting in the middle of the road with a folding table eating. Eating. Just sitting in the middle of road eating with a chair and a folding table,” a man told a 911 dispatcher.

Video shows several vehicles stopping and trying to navigate around him. The person filming is heard laughing from the side of road.

Police said the man left before officers arrived, but they later found a video of the breakfast break on Facebook, where several people had tagged the alleged eater.

continue http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-florida-man-pancakes-arrest-20170324-story.html

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