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Are you making these assumptions about disease monitoring?

Like humans, animals get sick despite the large effort to protect the herd. While no one wants to battle a disease outbreak, unfortunately very few livestock producers can say they never, ever fought that fight.

Managing animal health is a full-time job, monitoring the herd every day. It takes time to walk each pen to check each pig, but it is an essential job that could catch a health issue early. While observation easily detects some herd health issues, others are requiring utilizing diagnostic tools to identify or confirm potential problems. Along with monitoring the pigs daily, the hog farms should establish a baseline for herd health; a significant task to complete with your herd veterinarian.

Still, despite all the effort, disease can come out of nowhere. And in the midst of animal health problem, it can often feel like a crime scene investigation. Piglets are down for the count or worse, under

Read more at: http://www.nationalhogfarmer.com/business/are-you-making-these-assumptions-about-disease-monitoring

PHOTOS: These gruesome dollhouse death scenes reinvented murder investigations

From the outside, the 19 dollhouse rooms spread across a darkened space in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery look like perfect replicas of familiar spaces: a family home, a neat parsonage, a woman’s bedroom. But inside, under the glow of a flashlight, these meticulous miniaturized spaces are covered in blood spatters, murder weapons and “dead” porcelain figures: A man hanging from a rope in his barn. A girl collapsed backward into a grungy bathtub. A baby shot in its crib.

These are the so-called “Nutshells,” death scenes created by 20th century heiress, scientist and artist Frances Glessner Lee, the “godmother of forensic science,” who made these dioramas of real-life cases to help future investigators do more accurate forensic crime analysis.

Now, visitors to the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., can also try to solve the cases in Lee’s 19 miniature death scenes — some of them

Read more at: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/photos-these-gruesome-dollhouse-death-scenes-reinvented-murder-investigations

These 70 teenagers are waking up at 5:30 every day. Here’s why

MILLVILLE — “Let’s go!”

The drill instructors repeatedly yell the command to the teenagers sleeping on cots in the middle of the Holly Heights Elementary School gym. The half-awake recruits stumble to their feet, get dressed in their county-issued yellow shirts and blue hats and march to the empty parking lot.

As the drill instructor tells them to scream while stretching, the sound pierces through the tranquil Millville air. The drill instructor is still not happy.

“I want to wake the people up around here,” he proclaims.

“You can go home if you’re not built for this. If you’re not ready for this, you can go home,” yells another drill instructor.

The recruits oblige. An even louder, more deafening cry comes out of their lungs. Waking up on a Tuesday at 5:30 in the morning during summer vacation may seem peculiar to some people their age, especially when sleep is a precious commodity before the school year

Read more at: http://www.nj.com/cumberland/index.ssf/2017/08/why_are_teenagers_being_yelled_at_early_in_the_mor.html

Colbert: ‘​These Are Al Gore-Approved Climate Change Pick-Up Lines’

Check out this video from Great Big Story to see how scientists are solving crimes against animals.

Wildlife, including endangered species, are killed illegally, smuggled and sold for billions of dollars each year.

Founded by a crime scene investigator, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Oregon, uses state-of-the-art technology (as well as flesh-eating beetles). Meet some of the forensics experts at “the only full service crime lab for wildlife in the world.”

Read more at: https://www.ecowatch.com/al-gore-colbert-2467603771.html

Watch These Flying Fish Make Spectacular Escapes From Their Predators

Marine life rely on sound to navigate, socialize, and find food and mates, but it’s becoming increasingly difficult for them to hear each other. Noise caused by human activity is now an inescapable threat to their lives.

In the video above from Vox, we hear some of the amazing sounds that underwater creatures make, and learn how they’re impacted by noise pollution.

From leisure boats to industrial seismic blasting, humans have created an extreme situation. It’s hard not to compare it to sound torture, now banned for being cruel and unusual punishment!

If we wouldn’t inflict such pain on our worst enemies, then why are we so ruthless to our neighbors in the sea?

Be sure to watch the video to the end to get to the good news!

Read more at: https://www.ecowatch.com/dorado-flying-fish-2458001895.html