Wednesday 18 October 2017

Cows' friendship milked for profit

How cows make friends is to be investigated in a three-year study. Scientists want to understand more about "social networking" within dairy herds.

The aim is to help farmers improve the health and welfare of their cows, thereby increasing milk yields.

Over-65s want to be 'grey panthers'

People aged 65 and over would prefer to be called "grey panthers" than old-age pensioners, a new survey suggests. Some 97pc of over-65s said they disliked the term "elderly".

The survey of 2,500 pensioners found two-in-five people preferred the term "senior citizen" to elderly or OAP, while "retired person", "silver surfer" and "grey panther" were also favoured.

Drive to ease jams in Bangkok traffic

Bangkok's legendary traffic jams may be getting a bit lighter -- or at least less of a joke in a country where open criticism of the royal family is illegal, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

A handbook distributed to police updates the guidelines for motorcades and other public appearances by Thailand's royal family. About a dozen members of the family travel by motorcade, including 84-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the queen, their children and grandchildren.

Judge upholds abortion laws

An Arizona law making it a crime for doctors to perform abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy was upheld by a judge who said the state showed credible evidence an unborn child may feel pain during such procedures.

The law, set to take effect August 2, was challenged by three doctors who said it's preempted by the US Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v Wade decision. The doctors sought a court order putting the measure on hold while their lawsuit proceeded. US District Judge James Teilborg in Phoenix said their complaint couldn't succeed and dismissed the case.

Onlookers block rescue of whale

A giant sperm whale beached in Indonesia is slowly dying after rescue efforts were hampered by hordes of spectators vying to get a closer look.

The Jakarta Animal Aid Network said the two-tonne whale, a protected species, washed ashore near West Java's Krawang beach and attracted hundreds of onlookers who posed for pictures with it. He said the whale was scratched and bruised, apparently from people climbing on it.

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