The Daily Populous

Sunday August 27th, 2023 evening edition

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Conservation biologist Bill Swanson from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden was part of a team that developed and tested a new and simpler method of contraception using gene therapy.

A cat from the feral colony living on the Cranbrook, B.C., campus of the College of the Rockies.

Managing feral cat populations has posed challenges in many communities across Canada.

"It's really important to note that the gene isn't incorporated into the DNA of the cat.

Lower costs for controlling feral populations would decrease the risk of the animals spreading disease and attacking wildlife.

The technology is new and will have to be commercialized before it can be used widely to manage cat populations.

But Ellis thinks it could have potential as a humane way to manage unowned cat populations. »

Australia is becoming America’s military launchpad into Asia

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Australia is upgrading its military bases to host more American forces and arming itself with weapons that can threaten China.

Australia is also helping America weave a wider “latticework” of ad hoc security pacts across the Indo-Pacific region.

Yet the risks and cost of their more aggressive security posture are causing some disquiet in Australia. »

Mother is arrested in Bangladesh after son in the U.S. criticizes government online

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A Ph.D. student at Michigan State University said his mother was arrested in Bangladesh after he criticized the country's government in a Facebook post.

Tanzilur Rahman, who is pursuing his doctorate in materials science and engineering, said his mother, 58, was arrested by the Bangladesh Police on Sunday.

“As a son, it is very upsetting that, because of your opinion, your mother has been detained. »

Florida woman’s finger severed in library drop box

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MOUNT DORA, Fla. – A 62-year-old Mount Dora woman reportedly lost a part of her finger to a drop box at a local public library.

As library staff rushed to her aid and called 911, one employee retrieved her severed finger from the drop-off receptacle, according to the writeup.

A sign since placed above the drop box reads, “Please do not place your hand inside this book drop,” according to The Post. »

Almost 100 Leopard 1s stored in the open in Italy as Switzerland blocked their transfer to Ukraine

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Recently, the company wanted to sell the tanks to Germany for Ukraine, but the Swiss government rejected the sale.

RSI obtained the first photos of RUAg’s Leopard 1s covered with green tarps and parked in an open-air depot near Gorizia, northeastern Italy.

RUAG had bought 100 of the Leopard 1s, and those remained unused for years, neither dismantled for spare parts nor reconditioned. »