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Adorable Pooch Fired From Police Force For Being Too Friendly Lands A Better Job

By Sona Dolasia on July 2, 2017
Adorable Pooch Fired From Police Force For Being Too Friendly Lands A Better Job

When six-week-old Gavel arrived at the Government House, the official residence of the Governor of Queensland, in April 2016, everyone thought it would be for just a short period. The adorable purebred German Shepherd was, after all, being trained to become a Queensland Police Service (QPS) dog to help officials chase down criminals. Given that five members of his extended family are currently in the force, there was little doubt of his success.

Australian Teen Invents "Clever GIRL" To Warn Swimmers Of Deadly Rip Currents

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on June 14, 2017
Australian Teen Invents "Clever GIRL" To Warn Swimmers Of Deadly Rip Currents

Every ocean lover knows the perils of getting caught in a rip current. Experienced swimmers know it is relatively easy to escape the narrow channel of fast moving water by floating and allowing it to drag you further into the ocean or by swimming alongside the shore. However, novice beachgoers often panic, and try to swim to land, placing themselves at risk of drowning due to fatigue. According to the US National Ocean Service, the currents kill about 100 Americans each year and account for 80% of all lifeguard rescues. These scary statistics may soon be a thing of the past, thanks to Clever GIRL (Global Intelligent Rip Locator), a smart buoy that alerts swimmers of the presence of deadly rip currents.

Chicago Botanic Garden Visitors Witness The Rare Bloom Of Two Corpse Flowers

By Meera Dolasia on June 12, 2017
Chicago Botanic Garden Visitors Witness The Rare Bloom Of Two Corpse Flowers

Some fortunate visitors to the Chicago Botanic Garden recently witnessed the rare opening of not one, but two, titan arums. Better known as corpse flowers due to their pungent odor that resembles decaying flesh, the massive plants bloom once every ten years, and that too, for only a few hours. However, that may be a good thing given that when the petals unfurl, the stench emanated is so foul that it has earned the titan arum the title of the “world's smelliest flower.”

Dubai Deploys A Real-Life Robocop To Help Citizens

By Kim Bussing on June 7, 2017
Dubai Deploys A Real-Life Robocop To Help Citizens

The city-state of Dubai that is home to the world’s tallest building, manmade islands shaped like palm trees, drone taxis, and jetpack wielding firefighters, is fast cementing its reputation as the city of the future. On May 22, Dubai officials added to their list of futuristic accomplishments with the introduction of the world’s first operational robot police officer.

President Trump Withdraws The US From The Paris Climate Agreement

By Meera Dolasia on June 5, 2017
President Trump Withdraws The US From The Paris Climate Agreement

On Tuesday, June 1, President Donald Trump fulfilled yet another campaign promise by announcing that the US was withdrawing from the 2015 Paris climate agreement. The goal of the historic pledge signed by 195 countries is to curb the use of fossil fuels to ensure that average global temperatures do not increase more than 2°C (3.6°F) above pre-industrial levels. Environmentalists believe this is a critical threshold above which the planet could experience irreversible impacts, such as an unprecedented rise in sea levels and widespread plant and animal extinction.

MIT's Autonomous 3D Printing Platform Could Be Key For Building A Mars Colony

By Kim Bussing on June 1, 2017
MIT's Autonomous 3D Printing Platform Could Be Key For Building A Mars Colony

Housing ranks high among the numerous challenges that still need to be overcome before humans can colonize Mars. The brave pioneers that make the six-month voyage to the Red Planet will need a place to reside as soon as they land. While the optimal solution would be to have the structures ready before they get there, it has thus far been a challenge given that most automated construction robots have never made it out of the laboratory. Now, there may be a glimmer of hope thanks to Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) newly unveiled Digital Construction Platform (DCP).

Thailand's Famous Macaque "Uncle Fat" Placed On A Diet!

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on May 27, 2017
Thailand's Famous Macaque "Uncle Fat" Placed On A Diet!

Thailand’s free-roaming monkeys are a huge tourist draw. The primates, mostly macaques, are known to boldly visit with tourists who lure them with food. One of these monkeys, in particular, has recently become a worldwide sensation for both its gargantuan size and unique social status among his peers.

Can These Plastic-Eating Wax Worms Help Reduce Our Trash?

By Maitreyi Mantha on May 25, 2017
Can These Plastic-Eating Wax Worms Help Reduce Our Trash?

Though plastic shopping bags are incredibly cheap and useful, their disposal causes widespread pollution. That's because the non-biodegradable polyethylene takes centuries to decompose and is also detrimental to wildlife who often mistake the colorful debris for food. Now, we may have an unlikely ally to help clean up our trash – a small wax worm bred primarily for use as premium fish bait.

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