Canary in a coalmine? Forget it — this is way better.
A songbird called the golden-winged warbler may have the ability to predict tornado strikes that are days (and miles) away. The birds vanished from their nesting ground in Tennessee ahead of a storm that contained dozens of tornadoes this past April, Reuters reports. The warbler sensed the epic weather event by hearing sound frequencies that humans cannot, scientists say.
Just like grandma used to make? Maybe not.
Now you can get your cookie fix from the cloud: A Spanish company has built a 3-D cookie printer that customers can use at home. The “Foodini” offers a way to avoid prepackaged, processed foods, company reps say, by creating elaborate treats that would be difficult to make by hand — all using fresh ingredients.
Now put down the cookie dough log and check out the rest of Reuters FYI:
Children born to mothers exposed to a type of airborne pollution during pregnancy are found to have a higher rate of autism, according to a new study form the Harvard School of Public Health.
The rates of alcohol consumption and cigarette use among U.S. teens have reached their lowest levels in four decades, according to a national study reported by Reuters. Just 8 percent of teens in the survey said they now smoke cigarettes, down from a whopping 28 percent in 1997. Drinking, meanwhile, tumbled 20 percent from its peak. While it’s tough to say exactly what’s causing this shift in teen behaviors, researchers cite increasing peer disapproval of drinking and smoking as making a big impact. Kids these days!
Soylent Green Fertilizer Co.? Could be closer to reality than you think.
A non-profit group in Seattle hopes to open the first-ever human composting facility. “The idea is to fold the dead back into the city,” the project organizer told Reuters. The group claims that one human body could provide enough compost to plant a tree. If you were a tree, what type of tree would you be? Nevermind — let’s move onto the other news you may have missed:
Most theaters have a ban on cell phones — the Donetsk National Ukrainian Music and Drama Theatre has a ban on assault rifles. Despite months of violence between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists, Donetsk is keeping its theater doors open, according to a Reuters report, staging plays including “The Three Musketeers” (in Russian rather than Ukrainian, naturally). Keeping the theater going is a form of rebellion, some army fatigue-wearing audience members say – and they’d know a thing or two about rebelling.
China announced a ban today on singing its national anthem, “The March of the Volunteers,” at weddings, funerals and other non-political, non-dignified events, according to a Xinhua agency report, cited by Reuters. Anyone found breaking the ban will be “criticized and corrected,” a punishment that’s somehow both vague and terrifying at the same time. Think about that at your next soccer/hockey/basketball/baseball/football game, ‘murricans.
A Nashville haunted house offers up a holiday attraction featuring Zombie Santa, evil elves and a demonic reindeer. Just like Norman Rockwell imagined.
Hoping to snag the sold-out sensation, Disney’s “Frozen” Castle and Ice Palace Playset, for the holidays this year? You’ll be shelling out up to $700 from a re-seller, Reuters money experts say.
Boston’s annual Santa Speedo run raises money for charity.
This holiday season, retailers cash in on the “self-gifting” trend.
Latest installment of the hit “Hunger Games” franchise sets the movie charts ablaze.