…I knew ‘concerned dog’ would get your attention. Read on to find out about a revolutionary piece of clothing for asthmatics, a ‘new’ form of currency, and a furry pair of best friends – and keep an eye out for the wonderful bonus story lurking down the bottom! Have a great weekend, everyone.
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After his dad suffered a fall from a tree, this sweet little dog couldn’t hide his worry. When paramedics arrived they found the concerned dog cuddling the man, and even while the crews performed treatment and assessed the situation, the pooch refused to leave his dad’s side. Luckily there was no real cause of concern – the man simply suffered mild head trauma and was released from hospital a short time later, to be reunited with his furbaby.
Researchers from the Université Laval have created a t-shirt which monitors the breathing patterns of people with respiratory illnesses such as asthma and sleep apnoea, eliminating the need for awkward wires. The data it collects is sent to a computer or smartphone, allowing patients and doctors to recognise patterns and perform diagnoses. The design of the shirt is lightweight and comfortable, and has proven effective while the patient is standing, lying down, moving or sitting, and is even machine washable. While there’s no set release date for the shirt just yet, people are understandably excited about it’s arrival.
Acre, in Brazil, is one of the most remote places in the country. This, however, hasn’t stopped them in being world leaders in sustainable currency. local supermarket TrocTroc allows consumers to purchase goods by paying in recyclables: two pounds of recyclables is equal to roughly USD$0.15. If the recyclables are clean and already crushed, the consumer is also given a bonus of 20%. The supermarket is run by members of the Ashaninka tribe and is intended to help locals understand how their trading habits can be valuable to the community.
After Christine Marr’s house sadly burned to the ground, she had lost all hope of finding her cat, Ringer, alive. Chloe, the family dog, managed to escape the fire but Ringer was nowhere to be seen. Two months later she returned to visit the remains of her family home when Chloe started acting strangely, sniffing and pawing the burned floorboards. Christine heard a small meow coming from under the house and quickly got to work rescuing the cat, which she assumed was a stray. Upon freeing the kitty, she discovered it was, in fact, Ringer. Apparently Chloe and Ringer had always been best buds, so it was fitting that it was Chloe who came to Ringer’s rescue.
Remember the name Kjell Inge Røkke, because he’s doing wonderful things for our environment. Røkke is a billionaire from Norway who started his working life as a fisherman, who is channelling his love for the ocean by giving away most of his fortune to build a mega-yacht designed to carry 60 scientists and 40 crew members. The yacht will suck up 5 tonnes of plastic per day from the ocean, which will then be recycled. Summer 2020 is when this boat is expected to hit the ocean. Røkke told the Aftenposten newspaper “I want to give back to society the bulk of what I’ve earned. This ship is a part of that.”
Yes, you get a bonus story this week because I simply could not leave this one out. It’s the story of ‘Uncle Fat’, an obese monkey that’s been put on a diet to lose weight. Needless to say, the internet loves him. Uncle Fat got his name from locals who became very familiar with him after he would hang out in Bangkok and take junk food from tourists. Wildlife officials had to rescue him on order to fix his health, but it didn’t prove easy – Uncle Fat was the leader of the pack, and rescuers had to fight other monkeys off with sticks to get to him. As if that weren’t enough, it was discovered that Uncle Fat actually had ‘minions’ amongst his pack that would take food from tourists and deliver it to him. People are equal parts concerned for and inspired by this chunky monkey, but glad he’s getting the help he needs.
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