8 things to know for your Monday Links

Sometimes, Mondays can be rough. That’s why Neogen gives you everything you will want to know about the food and animal industries. Check out all of the Monday Links we’ve gathered for you:

FOOD INDUSTRY

The good and the bad from the 2013 food safety progress report (Cattle Drovers Network)

Which foodborne illnesses have increased, and which have decreased? Take a look at the data from FoodNet’s 2013 Food Safety Progress Report — including statistics on Salmonella and E. coli.

VIDEO: Looking to the future of food (National Geographic)

National Geographic begins a special eight-month series dedicated to the future of food. Watch the video at the link above to learn fascinating facts about our current food culture to kick off the series.

There’s an app for that: new tools open doors for industry technology (USDA Blog)

Coming to a smartphone near you: more food safety apps.

Scan a product and know where a product in your grocery store was produced and farmed — or even look at data for crop forecasting and variations: the possibilities are endless with new technology.

ANIMAL INDUSTRY

Year of the (Gobi) bear (National Geographic)

A look into the life and environment of the “world’s rarest bear.” The population of the bear is at a critical stage, with only a few dozen left in the wild and none in captivity. Can the Gobi bear be saved?

VIDEO: Yay, or neigh? eCarriages to replace horse-drawn carriages in New York City (ABC News)

To the applause of some and disappointment of others, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign promise may be about to come true. The classic horse-drawn carriages that give tours may be replaced by the new eCarriage, unveiled at the New York International Auto Show.

New heatstroke checker for dogs released (Wall Street Journal: Japan)

Some dogs cool off in water during the summer months, but the new heatstroke device could help other dogs in the hot weather.

As the summer months come closer, pet owners around the world begin to worry about rising temperatures and man’s best friend. A new device from Japan’s Petline Co. is a new safety measure in keeping your pet safe against dangers of heatstroke.

OTHER ITEMS WE FOUND INTERESTING

The mystery of domestication: plants, foods and animals (Phys.org)

Scientists find more questions than answers as they look deeper into the domestication of various plants and animals across the world.

New study shows laughing makes your brain work better (ABC News)

The old adage is true: laughter may really be the best medicine. In a new study from Loma Linda University in Southern California, scientists found that laughing lowers stress, makes your immune system work better and amps up memory and recall. (Also: read our post on another laughter study here.)

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