DNA study suggests dogs originated in Europe
This large DNA study aligns with the earliest known doglike fossils, which also came from Europe. Other DNA studies have suggested that dogs originated in east Asia and the Middle East.
Scientists agree that dogs became the first domesticated animals after emerging from wolves.
Photo: This photo provided by the Center for American Archaeology on Nov. 12, 2013 shows canine bones buried at the Koster site in Greene County, Ill.(AP Photo/Center for American Archaeology, Del Baston)
3D printed Hand created in bedroom that could change the world
A British inventor hopes to revolutionise the health industry after producing 3D printed prosthetic limbs.The NHS currently has to pay around £70,000 for a prosthetic hand, but robotics expert Joel Gibbard, 23, has come up with an alternative which could cost just £600.The engineering graduate has created The Dextrus hand, a fully-working prototype built with a 3D printer.
‘I want to make it in a way that is cost effective but still profitable. At the moment they would sell for around £1,000 but the idea is to get this down to £600.
‘Money is not my goal with this, I want to make it more accessible for amputees.’
hman:Meet the First Dog to Climb Mt. Everest
“He’s become the first canine on record to climb Mount Everest after trekking for 10 days with Lefson to base camp, 17,000 feet above sea level…”
The story describes the dog, whose name is Rupee, as a bootstrapper—a former stray who was rescued and eventually became much more than just a stray.
Collegiate Debaters Nadia Lewis and Jamila Ahmed Become 1st Black Women to Win National Competition
This Little Girl’s Letter to Santa Claus Just Shamed All Our Childhoods
Most of us have written a letter to Santa, granted it’s been a few years, but we all did it at some point in our childhood. I remember enthusiastically making lists of all the things I’d seen during Nickelodeon commercials or I’d spotted in my newest American Girl Catalog — I never did get that Samantha doll (mom!).
But that’s just it, as children we’re sometimes unintentionally self-centered. However, the beautiful thing about children is that they’re always surprising us.
Like little Emmileah Anderson of Surrey, UK, who put kid-me’s Christmas list to shame with the kind-hearted and thoughtful letter she sent to the North Pole this year.
According to the Surrey Mirror, six-year-old Emmileah wrote to Santa to explain that, despite being on the “good list,” she doesn’t want any presents this year. Instead, she would rather those presents be given to children who don’t have any.
Here’s little Emmileah’s letter to Father Christmas — sans the spelling errors.
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Claus,
Thank you for putting me on the good list every year. I have decided that this year I don’t need any presents from you. Instead I am going to do a walk for charity. Please can you give my toys to the children that don’t have any.
Love Emmileah XXXXXX
Emmileah’s mom, Shannaz Noormohamed, explained the origin of the letter, saying, “My cousin is doing a Santa Run for St. Catherine’s Hospice and she asked if me and Emmileah would like to do it. I asked Emmileah and she wanted to know what a charity was so I told her… I said there are charities for children who don’t have very much.”
Her mother recalls how she cried after reading Emmileah’s letter the first time, “She obviously went away and thought about what I said.”
Before her mother explained it to her, Emmileah had no idea that other children were not as fortunate as she. Emmileah told the Surrey Mirror, “I felt bad that other children didn’t have toys. I didn’t know that before… It’s not because I don’t want any presents. I just don’t really need them.”
Now Emmileah is on a mission to fundraise for St. Catherine, even coercing local police officers into donating to the charity.
Her mother, along with the rest of us, are stunned by the innocent goodness of a young child’s heart. “The fact it has all been her idea makes it even more amazing. I am a very proud mum at the moment. I’m not sure I would have given up my Christmas presents at that age.”
Harry Potter is still the most invisible of all, though.
AP: China’s ruling Communist Party announced on Friday that it will loosen its one-child policy and abolish a heavily criticized labor camp system.
Under new rules, couples will be allowed to have two children if one of the parents is an only child. The previous policy limited most urban couples in China to one child and allowed two children for rural families if their first-born was a girl.
Follow more updates on China at BreakingNews.com.
Hawaii governor signs same-sex marriage bill into law
Star-Advertiser: Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed the marriage equality bill into law today, making Hawaii the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage.
He signed the bill before a crowd of several hundred people at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu.
Now, the struggle over marriage equality will shift to the courts, where Rep. Bob McDermott (R, Ewa Beach-Iroquois Point) and a group of Christians will seek to block the state from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on Dec. 2, as the measure allows.
The lawsuit contends that the 1998 constitutional amendment that gave the Legislature the power to reserve marriage to heterosexual couples outweighs a statutory change. Another public vote, the lawsuit argues, would be necessary to redefine marriage.
Judge Karl Sakamoto has scheduled a hearing for Thursday in Circuit Court.
Photo: Gov. Neil Abercrombie and his wife Nancie Caraway sit in the auditorium at the Hawaii Convention Center before today’s bill-signing ceremony. (Craig T. Kojima / Star-Advertiser)
A no-kill shelter’s annual calendar features men posing with adorable kittens — and yes, you can buy one. All proceeds benefit the Hull Seaside Animal Rescue.
Prison program gives dogs, inmates 2nd chances
ALTO, Ga. - It isn’t often that one hears about inmates saving lives, but at one state prison in north Georgia they are doing just that. A special program allows prisoners to help rescue dogs from shelters and give them a second chance at life.
Lee Arrendale State Prison in Alto appears to be a typical prison on the outside, but on the inside there is something special going with dogs living with inmates. Forever Friends K9 Rescue is a program that pairs inmates with dogs from the Habersham County Animal Shelter.
Dogs who have been at the shelter too long and were slated to be put down get a second chance. For 12 weeks 7 dogs live and train with two inmates a piece. They concentrate on obedience, crate training and being house broken. The goal is for the dogs to be adopted out by their forever family.
And for the inmates it is a bit more complicated. 37-year-old Pearl Hartley says she was a very lost person going into the prison. She says her addiction to pills landed her behind bars.
Pearl’s projects are Angel, a lab mix who spent the first 6 months of her life in a cage built for a Pomeranian. She is still a bit unsure of the world, but Pearl has helped Angel come out of her shell. If you ask Pearl, she says it’s angel who has taught her how to live.
And that’s what Warden Kathy Seabolt says it is all about, the second chances.
The prison tried out the program for the first time this summer. All the dogs were adopted out to staff and families of inmates. This group of dogs will be ready for adoption the week before Christmas.
For more information on how you can adopt one of the dogs visit the Habersham County Animal Control website by clicking here.
Video at the link!