Northeastern Japan is reportedly being over-run by “a rampage” of feral pigs testing positive for levels of radioactive cesium at 300 times the safe limit for human consumption. Because they forage on the crops, berries, roots and small animals that have all been subject to radioactive fallout following the nuclear disaster at Japan’s Fukushima power plant, the hogs have accumulated dangerous levels of radioactivity, even as their numbers have more than tripled in the five years since the disaster. Hunters have been commissioned to cull their numbers, but the supply continues to outrun their best efforts. We’re uncertain the level of environmental disaster this rises to, but if nearly 10 million YouTube viewers can’t be wrong, it’s not going to end pretty.
There’s a lot of great crap in there!
Think you really know your, well, stuff? Here’s your chance to really indulge your defecation advocation, at the new National Poo Museum, opening at England’s Isle of Wight Zoo this spring. A local artists' collective developed the stool school "to lift the lid on the secret world of poo—to examine our relationship with it and to change forever the way we think about this amazing substance.” Otherwise known as a typical day in the AI chute.
Factory cloning farm
An ambitious and futuristic Chinese facility just announced by a global biotech conglomerate in partnership with a South Korean biotech firm hopes to be mass-producing 1 million cloned cattle a year by 2020. The conglomerate’s CEO told the Express of London the venture plans to apply today’s supermarket product standardization all the way back to the farm. “Everything in the supermarket looks good – it’s almost all shiny, good-looking, and uniformly shaped. For animals, we weren’t able to do that in the past,” he said. The biotech factory, to be located in northern China’s Tianjin, plans to also genetically engineer police dogs and race horses, although there have been no stated plans to apply the cloning to standardize tomorrow’s human consumers of those animal products. Perish the thought.
Customer focus spurs growth
When Black Diamond Feeders owner Doug Laue first approached Shawn and Shane Tiffany in 2007 about buying his operation, the brothers thought he was joking. They were well acquainted with Laue and the Herington, Kan., feedlot their dad managed from 1988 to 2002. Never in their wildest dreams did they expect to own it. Laue wanted the business to remain family-owned, but it wasn’t a fit for his children.