The Daily Populous

Tuesday August 14th, 2018 morning edition

image for Mangled millipedes can treat threadworm infestations in lemurs

Fruit flies lay their eggs on fermenting matter that is rich in ethanol, which drives away parasitic wasps.

There is, in other words, a whole pharmacopoeia of botanical products out there.

Examples of animals employing the products of other animals for medical purposes are, by contrast, rare.

Louise Peckre of the German Primate Centre, in Göttingen, has found that red-fronted lemurs treat threadworm infestations in the gut and around the anus with millipede juice.

But Ms Peckre’s lemurs were not behaving in a way that suggested repelling insects was their purpose.

Human beings, who are frequent hosts of threadworms, can deal with them using drugs such as benzimidazole, which are similar in structure to benzoquinone.

Ms Peckre therefore suspects that her lemurs are employing millipedes in lieu of a trip to the pharmacy. »

Ajit Pai loses in court—FCC can’t kill broadband subsidy in Tribal areas

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A US appeals court has blocked the Federal Communications Commission's attempt to take a broadband subsidy away from Tribal areas.

In rural areas, the FCC vote would have barred Tribal residents from using the $25 subsidy to buy telecom service from resellers.

This would limit availability of the basic $9.25 subsidy both in Tribal areas and in the rest of the US. »

'In God We Trust' now must be displayed in all Florida schools

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As students return to school this week in Florida, they will see something new: "In God We Trust.".

Gov. Scott signed a bill in March that requires all schools to display signs with the state motto in "a conspicuous place.".

Locally, St. Lucie Public Schools has provided all schools with a front office poster "to meet the expectations of this statute," according to Kerry Padrick, the district's chief communications officer. »

Here’s the damning letter Robin Williams wrote to his Mrs Doubtfire co-star's principal after they expelled her

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Robin Williams: A career in pictures 30 show all Robin Williams: A career in pictures 1/30 Robin Williams 1980: Robin Williams in the world-famous Mork and Mindy series that launched his career.

27/30 Robin Williams 2013: Susan Sarandon, Robert De Niro and Robin Williams star in The Big Wedding 28/30 Robin Williams 2013: Williams starred as President Eisenhower in Lee Daniels' 'The Butler'. »

Secret Apple Archive Reveals Why Steve Jobs Chose The Name 'Apple Computer'

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(AP) -- In the interview, Steve Wozniak and the late Steve Jobs recall a seminal moment in Silicon Valley history — how they named their upstart computer company some 35 years ago.

Adds Jobs: "And also remember that I worked at Atari, and it got us ahead of Atari in the phone book.".

But in 1997, soon after Jobs returned to the company, Apple officials contacted Stanford University and offered to donate the collection to the school's Silicon Valley Archives. »