Do you ever get text messages from cows? Now researchers at the University of New Hampshire do—about 70 times a year!
No, their cows haven’t learned to type. The texts come from a device called Moocall, which hangs on the backs of cows’ tails. Moocall tells farmers when a cow is about to have a calf. Contractions cause a cow’s tail to move in a certain way. Moocall picks up on these movements. When the calf is about to come, the device sends a text to farmers. Then farmers know to come help the cow with the delivery.
Moocall can help save the lives of calves. But it isn’t foolproof yet. Sometimes, an irritated cow bangs the device against walls. The farmers get text messages. But the cow isn’t having a calf. She’s just trying to get the sensor off her tail!
For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. — Psalm 50:10
Fish Tank Dory
Researchers at the University of Florida just made an announcement. For the first time ever, they have bred the Pacific blue tang in captivity. Most people think of this famous fish as “Dory” from Disney’s Finding Nemo and Finding Dory.
Until now, people could get blue tangs only by capturing them in the wild. Those practices put blue tangs in danger and broke laws. But this news might eventually change all that. Would you buy a “Dory” for your fish tank?
Vanderclei Silva Santos is a vendor on the beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This summer, people are flocking to his city to watch the summer Olympics. But most of the visitors speak English. Mr. Santos does not. He speaks Portuguese.
Brazil is a very big country—about the size of the United States. Almost no one there speaks English. Usually, only wealthy Brazilians get an opportunity to learn any language besides Portuguese. Over the last year, Brazil has been trying to get ready for the Olympics. Many companies are giving vendors online English lessons. Communicating with tourists is still difficult. But Mr. Santos finds a way. He writes his prices in the sand for visitors to read!
Sleeping in Snow
It’s hot in Dubai—109 degrees! Visitors and residents are looking for some cold weather. They’re finding it indoors—in the snow.
The city of Dubai is in the United Arab Emirates. It is known for its great wealth. If you visit Dubai this summer, you can camp in overnight tents on manmade snow. The snow is inside Ski Dubai, a manmade ski attraction in a shopping complex.
The snow-sleeping starts July 29 and will continue each Friday. Staying in one of the tents costs $204 per person. Campers get access to the ski slopes, hot chocolate before bed, and a toasty sleeping bag to keep out the chill.
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