Poe:World's Tallest Horse

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He’s ten feet tall with his head upright, weighs 3,000lb, and stands at 20.2 hands at the shoulder.So is Poe the Clydesdale the world’s tallest horse?His diminutive owner Shereen Thompson thinks so – and said she wants to ‘get the Guinness guys here as soon as possible’.

Poe stands 6ft 8.75in (80.8in) from hoof to shoulder. That is taller than the current tallest horse Remington, who was declared the official Guinness World Record holder only last week at 80in in Princeton, Texas.
Living on Ms Thompson’s working farm in Tupperville, Ontario, ten-year-old Poe stands ready to inch above his rivals.’We want to get the Guinness guys here as soon as possible,’ said Ms Thompson – who is dwarfed by her gentle giant, who towers over her 5ft 3in,120lb frame.

‘We have known for a while that he could be the tallest horse in the world, we just need to get the official documents that the people in London want to see.
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Poe:World's Tallest Horse

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He’s ten feet tall with his head upright, weighs 3,000lb, and stands at 20.2 hands at the shoulder.So is Poe the Clydesdale the world’s tallest horse?His diminutive owner Shereen Thompson thinks so – and said she wants to ‘get the Guinness guys here as soon as possible’.

Poe stands 6ft 8.75in (80.8in) from hoof to shoulder. That is taller than the current tallest horse Remington, who was declared the official Guinness World Record holder only last week at 80in in Princeton, Texas.
Living on Ms Thompson’s working farm in Tupperville, Ontario, ten-year-old Poe stands ready to inch above his rivals.’We want to get the Guinness guys here as soon as possible,’ said Ms Thompson – who is dwarfed by her gentle giant, who towers over her 5ft 3in,120lb frame.

‘We have known for a while that he could be the tallest horse in the world, we just need to get the official documents that the people in London want to see.
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Sniffer Honey Bees Trained To Detect Bombs

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Meet the latest weapon in the war on terror – the humble honey bee .Specially trained sniffer honey bees may be coming to an airport near you soon, thanks to a successful new prototype that is about the size of a handheld vacuum cleaner. The Vasor136, developed by Hertfordshire Company Inscentinel, and partially funded by the Home Office OSCT (Office for Security and Counter Terrorism), is creating a buzz after successful tests with the government

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Training the bees is simply a matter of bribing them with sugary treats. Mathilde Briens, Head of R&D at Inscentinel, explains: “It all revolves around training and reward, a classical Pavlovian conditioning of the honeybees. We expose the bees to the odour, say the smell of TNT explosive, for a few seconds and simultaneously give the bees a sugar syrup reward. After 4 or 5 exposures the bees associate the odour with the reward…”

“…Consequently, if the bees are exposed to an air sample containing the substance the bees are trained to smell, the odour elicits a Proboscis Extension Reflex response – the bees stick out their tongue in expectation of food. The whole bee training process takes a matter of a few hours; it is very quick”
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Woman Hires Hydraulic Lift To Rescue Pet Parrot From Tree

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Animal lover Emma Hooper hired a hydraulic lift to rescue her pet parrot Cleo, who had a panic attack after flying 50 feet up a tree. The 13-year-old macaw had become distressed after a recent house move and escaped from Miss Hooper’s garden.

The disorientated bird flew up a nearby tree but, terrified by the height, wouldn’t come down when coaxed. Unable to get the fire brigade or RSPCA to come out, Miss Hooper ended up paying for a cherry picker. when she was told it wouldn’t arrive until the next day the 27-year-old kept an all-night vigil by the tree.
“Cleo was obviously very scared,” she said. “Whenever I went out of her sight she called to me to get her down.”I felt so helpless. It was awful, the worst feeling in the world.”I took out a chair and blanket but I was getting strange looks from people driving by.”They looked very confused when I said my bird was stuck up in the tree.

“I ended up driving my car around the corner and parked next to the tree. It was warmer and I felt safer but I still got no sleep.”Miss Hooper believes her recent move from Guildford, Surrey, to Botley, near Southampton, Hants, had something to do with Cleo’s escape.”Usually I can take Cleo out in the garden and she won’t fly away. We have often gone outside to sunbathe or chill out,” she said.
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10 Percent Of World's Major Species At Threat

Almost 10 percent of the world’s mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish are in danger of extinction due to climate change and other factors, according to an Australian report released on Tuesday.

The ‘Number of Living Species in Australia and the World’ study found 0.9% of the world’s 1.9 million classified species were at threat, including 9.2% of major vertebrate species.Australia’s government-funded Biological Resources Study, the world’s only census of animal and plant life, found 20.8% of mammals were endangered, as were 12.2% of birds and 29.2% of amphibians.Of reptiles, 4.8% were considered threatened, along with 4.1% of fish species.

“In Australia and around the world, biodiversity is under huge and growing pressure,” said environment department secretary Robyn Kruk.”The pressures are pervasive and chronic in many places; invasive species, habitat loss and climate change in particular.”
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10 Percent Of World's Major Species At Threat

Almost 10 percent of the world’s mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish are in danger of extinction due to climate change and other factors, according to an Australian report released on Tuesday.

The ‘Number of Living Species in Australia and the World’ study found 0.9% of the world’s 1.9 million classified species were at threat, including 9.2% of major vertebrate species.Australia’s government-funded Biological Resources Study, the world’s only census of animal and plant life, found 20.8% of mammals were endangered, as were 12.2% of birds and 29.2% of amphibians.Of reptiles, 4.8% were considered threatened, along with 4.1% of fish species.

“In Australia and around the world, biodiversity is under huge and growing pressure,” said environment department secretary Robyn Kruk.”The pressures are pervasive and chronic in many places; invasive species, habitat loss and climate change in particular.”
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'World's Saddest Dog' Finds Friends On Web

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Pictures of the pet taken by a passer-by have become an internet sensation after being posted on the photo-sharing website Flickr.

The dog – nicknamed Mr Newman – looks inconsolable as he sits on the pavement tied to a lamp-post with his lead. The photograph was taken outside a café in the bohemian Californian city of San Francisco, which may go some way to explaining why he is dressed in a stylish grey and purple sweater.”He was hanging around looking for somebody to love him. I tried to cheer him up – he seemed happy to me,” said the photographer Chris Michael.

One of the four photos of the dog on Flickr is titled “Tough day for Mr Newman” and captioned: “Despite his cool threads, the girls just aren’t interested in him any more.”Dozens of commenters on the site said they had been touched by the dog’s maudlin gaze. “I come back to see this photo every now and then because it’s too darn cute,” wrote one.

Another viewer said that she had been moved to buy a pug of her own after seeing the photos.Mr Newman may have won the hearts of internet users but his web fame is unlikely to eclipse that of feline rival Keyboard Cat, the musical pet who has become a meme in his own right on YouTube.

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'World's Saddest Dog' Finds Friends On Web

saddest dog

Pictures of the pet taken by a passer-by have become an internet sensation after being posted on the photo-sharing website Flickr.

The dog – nicknamed Mr Newman – looks inconsolable as he sits on the pavement tied to a lamp-post with his lead. The photograph was taken outside a café in the bohemian Californian city of San Francisco, which may go some way to explaining why he is dressed in a stylish grey and purple sweater.”He was hanging around looking for somebody to love him. I tried to cheer him up – he seemed happy to me,” said the photographer Chris Michael.

One of the four photos of the dog on Flickr is titled “Tough day for Mr Newman” and captioned: “Despite his cool threads, the girls just aren’t interested in him any more.”Dozens of commenters on the site said they had been touched by the dog’s maudlin gaze. “I come back to see this photo every now and then because it’s too darn cute,” wrote one.

Another viewer said that she had been moved to buy a pug of her own after seeing the photos.Mr Newman may have won the hearts of internet users but his web fame is unlikely to eclipse that of feline rival Keyboard Cat, the musical pet who has become a meme in his own right on YouTube.

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How We Know A Dog Is A Dog: Concept Acquisition In The Human Brain

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A new study explores how our brains synthesize concepts that allow us to organize and comprehend the world. The research, published by Cell Press in the September 24th issue of the journal Neuron, uses behavioral and neuroimaging techniques to track how conceptual knowledge emerges in the human brain and guides decision making.

The ability to use prior knowledge when dealing with new situations is a defining characteristic of human intelligence. This is made possible through the use of concepts, which are formed by abstracting away the common essence from multiple distinct but related entities. “Although a Poodle and a Golden Retriever look very different from each other, we can easily appreciate their similar attributes because they can be recognized as instances of a particular concept, in this case a dog,” explains lead study author, Dr. Dharshan Kumaran from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at University College London.
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Police Find 1,700 Animals In Car

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Police have discovered 1,700 live animals crammed into the boot of a hatchback car in Bari, Italy, during a routine check. The animals included 216 budgies, 300 white mice, 150 hamsters, 30 Japanese squirrels, six cameleons and more than 1,000 terrapins.

Traffic Police made the discovery when they pulled the vehicle over for a routine car check. The officers were amazed to find the animals in stacked boxes when driver Francesco Lombardo opened the boot. All 1,700 animals were confiscated and sent to nearby zoos while Police investigate the driver for links to animal smuggling.

One of the officers who found the animals said: “He said he planned to sell the terrapins for 20 Euros each which would have made him a fortune.

“There is no doubt those poor animals were suffering in such a small space.”

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