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Top Ten Pictures Of Cats Being Very Grateful For All Of The Things You Do For Them

Cats. You buy them things, and they don't give a darn. Spend hours making stuff for them, or lugging something home from Petsmart and then they pull crap like this guy.

Cats. You buy them things, and they don’t give a darn. Spend hours making stuff for them, or lugging something home from Petsmart and then they pull crap like this guy.

Sometimes you spend money. Sometimes you spend $25. Sometimes she chooses the dustpan instead.
Are you kidding me.
I suppose you have to be grateful that this cat is actually using this scratching post, even if it might not be in the way intended.
Sure, Fluffles. Why not.
Honestly what I’m learning from this is that maybe cats just like cardboard boxes. Maybe we should just make cardboard boxes for cats and not buy them toys anymore?
I’m just trying to save some money here.source and more pics at: Playbuzz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Mind-Controlling Parasites Can Get Inside Your Head

April 2, 2016 | by Alex Ford

photo credit: Shutterstock

Imagine that pesky tabby cat has been pooing in your backyard again. Unbeknown to you, it has transferred some of the parasite spores it was carrying onto your herb garden. Unintentionally, while preparing a tasty salad, you forget to wash your hands and infect yourself with the Toxoplasma gondii spores. For months you display no symptoms, then after six months you are driving your car more aggressively, taking chances in road junctions and generally filled with more road rage as you angrily gesticulate with fellow drivers. Could all this be linked to that tasty salad?

T. gondii is a fascinating protozoan parasite which, like many similar organisms, needs to move between several different host species in order to fully develop and reproduce. As such, it appears to have evolved clever methods to make transmission between hosts more likely. For example, studies have found that once rats – intermediate hosts – are infected they display less caution towards cats – the final stage hosts – and so the parasite is more likely to be passed on.

An increasing number of studies suggest humans known to be infected with these parasites could be more susceptible to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, aggression and evenincreased suicide. Studies have even suggested you are two to three times more likely tohave a car crash if your blood tests positive for the parasite. This is particularly striking when it has been predicted that 30%-50% of the worldwide population may carry the parasite.

Not so cute when you know what they’re carrying. Shutterstock

Chicken or egg?

Very often criticisms of these studies come down to a chicken and egg question. Correlation doesn’t necessary mean causality. Are those aggressive, fast-driving people or those with behavioural conditions more likely to catch the parasites, or does the parasite cause these behavioural traits? Many of the studies were done retrospectively rather than looking at someone’s behaviour before and after they became infected with the parasites. So for now, we can’t say for sure whether your road rage really was linked to your salad.

What we do know is that there are plenty of examples in wildlife where parasites can manipulate the sex, growth, maturation, habitat and behaviour of their hosts. Hair worms, for instance, complete their lifecycle in a river or stream and appear to make their hosts – crickets – attracted to water.

full story at IFLScience

 

 

 

 

This Cat Has The Most Beautiful Eyes Ever

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more pics and stories at BoredPanda

 

 

 

 

 

 

The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn

 

What happens when we teach a computer how to learn? Technologist Jeremy Howard shares some surprising new developments in the fast-moving field of deep learning, a technique that can give computers the ability to learn Chinese, or to recognize objects in photos, or to help think through a medical diagnosis. (One deep learning tool, after watching hours of YouTube, taught itself the concept of “cats.”) Get caught up on a field that will change the way the computers around you behave … sooner than you probably think.

SOURCE  IEET

The master of Cat-Zen

9 things you didn’t know about the sand cat

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Boasting fluffy ears, big eyes and tiny noses, it’s easy to mistake the sand cat for a charming kitten.

But that would be a big mistake! While they share many traits with domestic cats, sand cats are as wild as they come, and they are champions of the harsh desert environment. Here are a few things you might not know about this memorable species.

full article and great pics at mnn

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