Monday links

Dog-in-Snow3_blogDon’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal safety, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Animal Science

The Real Reason Why Dogs Tilt Their Heads to the Side – Good Housekeeping
Are they confused? Are they curious? Or are they simply just being adorable?

Pachy Poo & Zoo Manoo: You Can Now Get Your Compost from Elephants and Hippos – Modern Farmer
There’s a new trend among compost enthusiasts. Well, actually, there’s a new trend among zookeepers, of which compost enthusiasts are the primary beneficiaries.

Food Safety

Consumer survey shows changing definition of food safety – Food Safety News
A recent survey of 5,000 consumers nationwide that asked about food buying decisions showed changing attitudes about food safety.

FSM Scoop: Pet Food Safety – Food Safety Magazine
Part of the reason consumers might be willing to fork over more money for their pets is because they equate more spending to better, higher-quality products. But are pet owners pampering their pets in lieu of their own well-being?

Agriculture

Scientists create synthetic biopathway to turn agriculture waste into ‘green’ products – Phys.org
Researchers at the University of Minnesota have engineered a new synthetic biopathway that can more efficiently and cost-effectively turn agricultural waste, like corn stover and orange peels, into a variety of useful products ranging from spandex to chicken feed.

Farm strategies to tackle mycotoxins in silages – Dairy Global
Silage making is a widespread practice to preserve forage. However, forage silage as a source of mycotoxins requires attention, considering that on a dry matter (DM) basis, the silage is the main dietary component for ruminants. What can a farmer do to prevent mycotoxins in silage?

Toxicology

Toxicology Ram: This mascot is killin’ it – Colorado State University
Toxicology graduate student Tim Hoffman created the computer-generated diagram of a ram’s head using chemical structures that represent toxins of interest in his scientific field. He’s not morbid; he just wanted to form an eye-catching puzzle of compounds that he and fellow toxicologists often examine to understand health effects of chemicals on people, animals and the environment.

Offbeat

How the Wind Chill Makes Cold Days Even Worse – Mental Floss
A cold morning is bad enough, but when it’s both cold and windy, it’s tempting to just stay in bed. There’s something about the wind that makes a winter day feel downright oppressive, and—science to the rescue!—we have a way to help you understand just how miserable it’ll make you feel.

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