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January 16, 2013
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Compared to technology, the dog's nose still knows
German scientists are working to develop high-tech devices that might out-sniff dog noses. The goal is to detect minute traces of exhaled gases to locate live humans trapped in rubble. Despite the promise of technology, the combination of a dog's sniffing prowess, instincts and ability to process and make decisions based on wind speed and direction mean search-and-rescue animals aren't likely to be replaced soon.
ExtremeTech (1/15) 
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Zebrafish are latest and greatest medical research model
While rodents far outnumber any other research model in use today, zebrafish are rapidly gaining ground among scientists studying human diseases such as skin cancer, narcolepsy and muscular conditions. The zebrafish's transparent body, rapid reproduction rate and low cost of maintenance make it an attractive research model. "More labs are building aquariums," said Duke University geneticist Nico Katsanis, who studies rare human diseases using zebrafish. "The number that use zebrafish is going up hyper-exponentially."
Popular Science (1/15) 
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Online library features thousands of animal sounds
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology recently launched an online library of nearly 150,000 audio recordings featuring 9,000 species and totaling 7,513 hours. "Our audio collection is the largest and the oldest in the world. Now, it's also the most accessible," said Mike Webster, the library's director. The library will continually add to its collection by reviewing and uploading audio files from amateurs and professionals.
LiveScience (1/15) 
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Reptiles, fish and pocket pets abound
Species other than cats and dogs are taking center stage in many homes across the U.S., and their owners are paying for food, medical care and other commodities and services to keep their pets happy and healthy. Some 15.6 million U.S. adults own fish, 10.4 million have birds and 2.5 million live with rabbits, according to a report from the research firm Packaged Facts. Altogether, there are a staggering 116 million such pets in U.S. homes.
MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (1/15) 
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Groups work to ensure owners' estate plans include pets
Legal Zoom and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have joined forces to make it easier for pet owners to provide instructions for the care and support of their pets if the owner should become incapacitated or die. Four out of five people have not established a plan for pet care, and half a million animal owners die or are rendered unable to physically care for their pet each year without having made plans for their animal friends, according to the ASPCA.
WVLA-TV (Baton Rouge, La.)/NBC News (1/15) 
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Brush pets' teeth for fresher breath, better health
It's best to brush the teeth of dogs and cats to keep their breath smelling fresh and prevent other health problems. "Brushing is the gold standard for good oral hygiene at home," said veterinarian Colin Harvey, a professor of surgery and dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine. If dogs and cats won't tolerate brushing, products such as prescription food and certain chew toys may help, Dr. Harvey adds.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (1/15) 
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Save or shred: A guide to financial-document management
Financial documents are important, but you don't have to keep every piece of paper in perpetuity, professional organizer Regina Leeds says. For example, you can probably dispose of ATM receipts and monthly bank statements on a fairly regular basis. On the other hand, you should hold on to contractual agreements, property records and other documents that are critical for your business, says Greg Jones, CEO of Bookkeeping Express.
Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (1/15) 
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Veterinary Achievement Awards
Veterinarians contribute to society in many ways, and we all know colleagues with distinctive accomplishments and careers. To recognize these colleagues and the valuable work they do, the AVMA and American Veterinary Medical Foundation offer a number of awards to individuals who have advanced the science and art of veterinary medicine, and who have shown exemplary concern for, and commitment to, the welfare and humane treatment of animals. Visit the AVMA/AVMF awards page for more information and to nominate a deserving individual. Deadline for most nominations is Feb. 1, so don't delay!
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