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Pepper-Spraying Policeman No Longer Works for UC Davis

Pepper-Spraying Policeman No Longer Works for UC Davis

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The police officer who doused students with pepper spray during Occupy Wall Street protests at the University of California, Davis, is no longer employed by the University.

“Consistent with privacy guidelines established in state law and university policy, I can confirm that John Pike’s employment with the university ended on July 31, 2012,” UC Davis spokesman Barry Shiller told the Sacramento Bee.

Pike, who was on paid leave since the incident, declined to comment, and Shiller said he cannot disclose the exact reason why Pike was laid off.

Videos of the incident, which appeared on YouTube, sparked calls for Pike’s resignation, as well as a wave of internet memes, joking with Pike’s seemingly casual stance while using pepper spray on protesters.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/08/01/uc-davis-pepper-spray/

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Nineteen Species of Praying Mantis Discovered

There are over 2,400 different mantis species spanning 430 genera in the order Mantodea, which are widely distributed and can be found on six continents. A small subset of these insects, commonly known as bark mantises, are part of the family Liturgusidae which includes 11 species. The size of this family has tripled since Gavin Svenson of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History has published an updated definition, including the discovery of nineteen new species of bark mantis spanning three genera: Liturgusa, Fuga, and Velox. The new species were described in the open access journal ZooKeys.

The species originated in eight different countries throughout Central and South America. Svenson studied mantises that had been taken from the wild as well as some that have been in around 25 other museums, some specimens have been in collection for well over over 70 years. Some of these species haven’t been studied since they were partially described over 100 years ago.

As their name would imply, these bark mantises live among trees and their bodies are camouflaged to blend in with leaves, twigs, and (of course) bark. While most people think of mantises as being slow and steady predators, these mantises are incredibly quick and chase down their prey. They are shorter and flatter when compared to many other mantis species and they are not thought to participate in sexual cannibalism, where the female eats the male after copulation to gain nutrients for the offspring. 

These discoveries are redefining the ranges that scientists believed the mantises had. While it was believed that these areas had been inhabited by few species with large ranges, the inverse now appears to be true.

Of course, the best part about making a new discovery in science is the ability to name it. Svenson paid tribute to members of his family, people he admires, and locations of the species’ discovery. Some of the highlights include:

L. tessae – Named after his daughter Tessa

L. zoae – Named after his daughter Zoey

L. algorei – Named after former U.S. Vice President Al Gore

L. fossetti – Named after explorer James Stephen Fossett

L. kirtlandi – Named in honor of naturalist Jared Potter Kirtland

L. krattorum – Named in honor of Chris and Martin Kratt, hosts of children’s biology television shows

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/nineteen-species-praying-mantis-discovered

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11 Ways To Deal With Gym Germs That Are Only Quasi-Germophobic

11 Ways To Deal With Gym Germs That Are Only Quasi-Germophobic

Gyms are filthy garbage cans. But they’re garbage cans that facilitate physical fitness. Learn how to use one without becoming patient zero.

Between the aroma of human funk in the locker room and seeing people’s sweat prints all over mats and machines, it’s reasonable to assume that gyms are pretty hectic germ-wise.

But if we follow a few easy, expert-approved tips, even the most germaphobic among us can enjoy fitness.

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BuzzFeed Life asked Kelly Reynolds, Ph.D., director of the Environment, Exposure Science and Risk Assessment Center at the University of Arizona’s College of Public Health to explain germs, how they live, work, and spread, and what measures gym-goers can take to minimize our exposure to these infection- and sickness-causing microorganisms. Here’s what she said.

1. Understand which germs are where.

“Moist environments are more efficient at spreading germs,” Reynolds says. Between sweaty equipment and mats, wet sinks and showers, and humid saunas, gyms are basically life-giving spas for germs.

The two germs to be aware of in the gym environment are Trichophyton, the fungus that causes Athlete’s Foot, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a type of Staph bacteria that causes skin infections that can become life threatening if it enters the blood. Both spread when your skin touches a contaminated surface or object (say a mat, seat, or free weights). Broken or torn skin — including skin with microabrasions caused by shaving — is especially vulnerable to MRSA.

2. Find out what the gym’s cleaning protocol is.

Unlike our home bathrooms, which typically get heavy use in the morning and then have the whole day to dry out, gym locker rooms are highly trafficked throughout the day, which means that they’re pretty much always damp — a germ’s favorite place to be. To deal with this properly, gym locker rooms and bathrooms should be cleaned and disinfected multiple times per day. Reynolds recommends asking a manager to explain the gym’s cleaning and disinfecting protocol.

3. Wipe down surfaces with disinfectant wet wipes.

Reynolds says that gyms are among the environments most “contaminated with bodily fluids.” Um, ew. Wipe down the surface of anything you’re about to use (and if you want to be courteous about it, whatever you’ve just used) and enjoy your reduced-germ workout.

4. Clean, cover, and protect any open skin.

From paper cuts to hang nails, open skin should be covered when you’re in the gym. Broken skin makes you more vulnerable to germs like MRSA. After your workout, remove the bandage and wash the area.

5. Wash your hands.

When people in a work environment wash their hands regularly, it can reduce the spread of viruses by almost 80%, according to a study Reynolds and her colleagues recently conducted. 80 percent, people! Proper hand-washing means scrubbing with soap for about 20 seconds, rinsing, and drying completely, either by air-drying or with a clean towel, single-use towel. Jim Arbogast, Ph.D., Vice President at GOJO Industries, the inventors of Purell, recommends keeping an alcohol-based sanitizer in your gym bag.

By the way, it’s important to de-germify your hands before that post-workout snack goes anywhere near your mouth. And wash your hands before you touch your eyes and nose, also; those are mucus membranes, which readily absorb substances, including potentially harmful ones.

6. Wash your body properly, too.

Look, germs happen. And although there’s no official protocol for showering, Reynolds says it’s “reasonable and plausible” to assume that the same kind of stuff we do for clean hands — lather up, scrub, rinse, dry with a clean towel — makes for proper showering, and that you really ought to shower as soon as you reasonably can after each workout.

7. And wash your gym clothes often.

Resist the urge to get an extra wear or two out of your gym clothes — you really should wash them after just a single use. Wash with an enzyme-containing detergent, and dry on high heat (the scalding dryer is where most germs are killed). If you’ve got sensitive skin and a closet full of air dry-only workout clothes, not to worry. Choose a fragrance- and dye-free detergent made specifically for dealing with extra-sweaty and (therefore extra-germy) workout clothes.

8. You know what, fuck it, if it comes into contact with the gym, wash it.

Think of your gym bag as a germ tote. It rests on the gym floor, hangs out in lockers, holds your sweaty gear, etc. (You know what sat on the locker room bench before your duffel bag, right?) Like your hands, body, and clothes, it, too needs to be washed and dried regularly. The drill: hot water, good detergent, thorough drying.

9. BYO towel.

Reynolds said that even “clean” gym towels (the ones provided by the gym to members) have been shown to transmit the hardier germs like fungus. If you’re bringing your own towel, you know that it’s been laundered properly and frequently.

10. Wear flip-flops in the locker room (and other footwear everywhere else).

Athlete’s Foot, the itchy and sometimes stinging and burning rash-like fungal infection that shows up on the feet and between the toes, is common in people who work out. This is because Trichophyton, the fungus that causes Athlete’s Foot, grows on sweaty feet that are wearing damp socks and jammed into sneakers. It can spreads via floors, linens, mats, towels, etc. In conclusion, don’t go barefoot in the gym. If you’re taking yoga, Pilates, and so on, wear socks or yoga shoes. And for godssake wear flip-flops in the shower and around the locker room.

11. Your water bottle is gross; wash it now.

If you carry a reusable bottle around the gym, consider it a germ thermos (germos?) by the end of your workout. Wash it after every single time you bring it to the gym. And if you can get your hands on a bottle that doesn’t need to be unscrewed or opened before sipping, you’ll minimize germ transfer. Reynolds recommends washing your bottle in warm water, scrubbing well to loosen dirt or particles (which house germs) and drying it thoroughly. Use a dishwasher instead if you have access to one — it’ll use super hot water and dry the bottle after cleaning, minimizing that moisture that germs love.

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/sallytamarkin/circle-circle-dot-dot-now-you-have-a-cootie-shot

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18 Happy Little Foods That Believe In You

18 Happy Little Foods That Believe In You

1. “You deserve a slice of happiness pie today!”

2. “Persimmon me timbers, you’re doin’ a great job with today!”

3. “Turnip that frown upside down!”

4. “Just dropping by to say yo-gurt!”

5. “Use your noodle to remember how amazing you are!”

6. “An apple a day keeps me saying ‘heeeeeey!’”

7. “We tomato-tally believe in you!”

8. “Why don’t you croque-get yourself over here for a hug!”

9. “Today, I’m a thrilled cheese just to see you!

10. “I’m here as a personal pick-me-cupcake!”

11. “I think you’re soup-er!”

12. “I want to tort-see-a smile on your face pronto!”

13. “I’m not being cheesy when I say how much I love you!”

14. “Time to get real calm-mato. You can do it!”

15. “Call me nuts, but I think you’re great!”

16. “I can’t brie-lieve how well you’re doing!”

17. “Milk today for all it’s worth!”

18. “I’m just so happy su-shi you!”

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/samimain/happy-little-foods-that-know-you-can-do-this

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How They Found This Dog Turned My Stomach. But The End… WHOA. No Words.

How They Found This Dog Turned My Stomach. But The End... WHOA. No Words.

When Little Thomas was found by the Vancouver Island Dogs Rescue Society, he had a severe case of mange. It was so bad that his skin was just sloughing off and his body’s immune system was extremely weak. The society stepped in immediately to save him. By using the combination of medicated baths, medicine and a little TLC, Little Thomas experienced a drastic change. It just took him one month to completely transform into the dog you’ll eventually see below. It’s amazing.

This is what Thomas looked like when he was first brought in.

Absolutely painful.

The mange made all of his skin look painful.

The rescue used Kimberly Matalas “Feel Better” bath products to help battle the mange.

All the while, they bolstered Little Thomas’s immune system.

“We use Kimberly Matalas “Feel Better” bath products to help topically, they are treated for what else it is that are ailing them, put them on a high quality food and then you are cautious with what exposure the dog receives depending on the severity of his health. It’s about boosting the immune system while fighting the immediate sores and problem areas.”

Whatever they did worked!

To help protect his skin, Thomas would wear this onesie around.

Demodectic mange, what Little Thomas had, isn’t contagious and this treatment worked for him.

Sarcoptic is HIGHLY contagious.

After being treated and cleared by the vet, Thomas is healing with the help of his foster family.

(The treatment includes lots of love.)

It’s difficult not to be blown away by this one month of progress.

Source: Reddit Thank you to the original poster of this touching story and the rescue she works with. Every day they are helping to heal animals in need and educate others on how to do the very same thing. It’s inspiring. To learn more about the speciality Matalas products used to treat his mange, click here. Share this sweet rescue with others. Maybe you’ll inspire someone to reach out a helping hand to an animal in need!

Read more: http://viralnova.com/one-month-after-saving-dog/

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ISIS is threatening to kill British aid worker Alan Henning

ISIS is threatening to kill British aid worker Alan Henning

http://twitter.com/#!/SkyNewsBreak/status/511166346496081921

Meet Alan Henning, the other hostage seen on the recently released video showing the murder of fellow Brit David Haines:

Alan Henning, held by IS, is Manchester taxi driver who went to Syria with Muslim friends to deliver aid http://t.co/YtZN64qixp

— Toby Harnden (@tobyharnden) September 14, 2014

Henning was among a group of volunteers who raised money to purchase medical equipment for a hospital at Idlib, http://t.co/qubBFSRUqC

— Laura Rozen (@lrozen) September 14, 2014

UK Hostage Held By IS Named As Alan Henning http://t.co/1Ds48lpWhp

— Sky News (@SkyNews) September 14, 2014

Hostage Alan Henning thought his work for Muslim charity would save him from ISIS http://t.co/7D4JKvCC4O pic.twitter.com/ATvNBFmUdG

— National Post (@nationalpost) September 14, 2014

Our prayers are with the entire Henning family and we hope the Special Forces troops now searching for Henning and the other hostages are successful.

 

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/09/15/isis-is-threatening-to-kill-british-aid-worker-alan-henning/

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The 65 Cutest Things That Happened On Instagram In 2013

The 65 Cutest Things That Happened On Instagram In 2013

1. Mr. Norman was born.


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2. And so was this kitten.


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3. Two best friends went for a stroll together.


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4. This chinchilla played a tune for a Hello Kitty tea party.


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5. Best friends were still forever.


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6. And they were willing to put up with anything for love.


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7. That’s what friends are for.


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8. And it went both ways.


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9. Aloysius Van Winkle dressed up as Minnie Mouse.


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10. Chloe got addicted to the new Grand Theft Auto.


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11. Pino became a sailor!


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12. Oscar had countless dapper wild adventures.


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13. These huskies took a family portrait.


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14. Beta had a birthday.


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15. Kevin Bacon the pig got a little sister named Gwen.


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16. Only having three legs didn’t slow Balki down a bit.


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17. Spooning, every time.


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18. Dada was always sleepy.


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19. Biddy traveled to Yellowstone!


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20. Dogs wore little cowboy hats.


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21. A cat wore a space helmet.


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22. This chicken wore a scarf.


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23. Cats wore bow ties.


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24. Matching outfits were a thing.


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25. A pittie needs his glasses (nerd alert!).


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