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Critics Say eBay Founder's Hawaiian Plan Literally Stinks

Pierre Omidyar wants to build a dairy on Kauai

(Newser) - The smell of cow dung and the sting of biting flies—it's not exactly what one dreams of when dreaming of a Hawaiian getaway. But it's the reality eBay founder/Honolulu resident Pierre Omidyar is hoping to create on Kauai. With an eye toward sustainability, Omidyar is looking to... More »

Why Japan's Hot Cows Are Wearing Cool Shirts

High-tech shirts fight annual summertime drop in milk production

(Newser) - Cows in Japan are sporting some new duds for the summer: high-tech shirts to keep them cool. The Japan Times reports milk production typically drops 10% during the summer heat, and farmers worry that will only get worse with climate change. That led Japanese apparel company Gunze to create the... More »

The Industrious Badger Can Bury an Entire Cow

Footage reminds scientists how little we know about badgers

(Newser) - This may not surprise those familiar with the decidedly NSFW honey badger : When a group of biologists at the University of Utah set out to study the behaviors of scavengers in the Great Basin Desert, they scattered the carcasses of seven calves in Utah's Grassy Mountains and figured their... More »

Woman Denied Swiss Passport for Being 'Annoying'

Nancy Holten meets all legal requirements

(Newser) - A vocal vegan in Switzerland seems to have voiced her discontent with certain Swiss traditions too many times. Nancy Holten was born in the Netherlands but has lived in Switzerland since she was 8; she'd like to gain Swiss citizenship, which her children have, but despite meeting all legal... More »

Cows Once as Big as Elephants May Soon Roam Europe

Welcome back the aurochs, or something like it

(Newser) - Standing nearly as tall as an elephant, the aurochs grazed for 250,000 years until its extinction in 1627. But its story may not end there: Scientists say they are close to resurrecting the "supercow," once the largest land mammal in Europe, reports CNN . In search of herbivores... More »

Your Milk May Soon Come From Cows That Can Text

Sensor can track basic health metrics, predict pregnancy with 95% accuracy

(Newser) - Cows across 350 farms in nearly two dozen countries around the world are now embedded with hot-dog-sized wireless sensors in their stomachs. It may sound a bit Orwellian to some, but the idea is to help larger farms better manage their herds—by catching major health changes early and then... More »

Why This 2-Faced Calf Has the Perfect Name

Lucky walks in circles a lot, but she's the first two-headed calf to live past 40 days

(Newser) - For 40 days and nights, Noah's ark was said to have housed all variety of creatures—but probably not one like this, who just became the first of its kind to live past a similar 40-day mark, per National Geographic . Lucky the two-faced calf, who lives on a Campbellsville,... More »

'Super Grass' to Reduce Methane Emissions From Belching Cows

Researchers say they're able to genetically modify the grass for easier digestion

(Newser) - The grass is about to get greener thanks to DNA technology out of Denmark. Researchers say they've genetically modified a "super grass" that is easier on cow's stomachs, thereby helping them digest the grass more easily and thus belch out less methane gas, reports the BBC . (No,... More »

California Is Going After Its Farting Cows

It's all part of Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to fight climate change

(Newser) - California Gov. Jerry Brown kept up his assault on climate change Monday, pushing through a law meant to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from dairy farms and landfills. "You know, when Noah wanted to build his ark, most of the people laughed at him?" Brown said, per the Sacramento Bee , adding... More »

A Blurred Cow Has the Internet in Stitches

Check it out on 'Google Teat View'

(Newser) - Hey, cows deserve privacy, too, right? Plenty of people are giving "Google Teat View" a hard time after Guardian editor David Shariatmadari noticed the software that automatically blurs people's faces in close-ups on Google Street View had also blurred the face of a cow in Cambridge, UK. Following... More »

Here's Why Amish Kids Don't Get Asthma as Often

They can probably thank the cows

(Newser) - You're probably less likely to see an Amish kid carrying around an inhaler, because they don't seem to get asthma as often as other kids—and researchers think it's due to the cows, Live Science reports. In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine ... More »

Pee for Profit: Cow Urine Can Outsell Milk in India

There are about 30 different ways to prepare the golden 'elixir'

(Newser) - Hindus revere cows as a symbol of life, including the liquid nourishment they provide—and not just the milk. Distilled urine from female cows has become a hot commodity in India, Bloomberg reports, said to bring in at least as much cash as the other kind of cow juice. And... More »

Brutal Texas-NM Blizzard Killed 35K Dairy Cows

They were buried alive, frozen, starved to death

(Newser) - A winter storm that slammed West Texas and eastern New Mexico during the last week of December turned out to be far worse than anyone predicted—especially for the region's dairy farmers, who say initial tallies indicate more than 35,000 cows died during the blizzard, the New York ... More »

3rd Muslim Man Killed Over Beef

This time, an 18-year-old burned to death

(Newser) - For the third time in less than a month, a Muslim man has been killed over beef. In the most recent incident, an 18-year-old truck driver was burned in the cab of his truck in an Indian-controlled part of Kashmir Oct. 9 because he was suspected of transporting beef; he... More »

Man Spent 6 Months Making Sandwich 100% From Scratch

Andy George takes DIY to the extreme, even making salt and killing a chicken

(Newser) - Think you know how to make a sandwich? Think again. Andy George, who hosts the "How to Make Everything" YouTube channel, has just posted his latest episode on YouTube showing that to make a chicken sandwich completely from scratch is, at least for him, a six-month, $1,500 endeavor.... More »

Scientists Devise Way to Clean Up Cow Burps

Small molecule could also curb greenhouse gas emissions

(Newser) - Cows are notorious methane gas producers, belching somewhere between 132 and 264 gallons of gas produced by food fermenting in the rumen (one of the four parts of their stomachs) every day. As the Washington Post reports, that's so significant that ruminant animals—including sheep and goats—actually contribute... More »

Researchers Figure Out How Cows 'Talk'

They uncover what 'moo' really means

(Newser) - The ability to communicate between a mother and her offspring isn't just between humans. Scientists in England have found that cows share the same bond with their calves and get their message across through their moos, the BBC reports. "A calf certainly knows its mother from other cows,... More »

Cows Really Don't Like Cowbells, Study Finds

At 113 decibels, the 12-pound bells can be as loud as chainsaws

(Newser) - Cowbell-clad cows are an iconic part of Swiss culture, but that doesn't mean the cows are happy about it. A new study out of the federal technology institute ETH Zurich studied 100-plus cows over a three-day period at 25 farms. Those who wore cowbells—some of which rang, some... More »

Baltimore Cops Shoot Runaway Steer

780-pound animal escaped a slaughterhouse, briefly

(Newser) - A big steer escaped from a slaughterhouse in Baltimore this morning, but his final taste of freedom didn't last too long, reports the Baltimore Sun . Police shot and killed the 780-pound animal after getting calls from city dwellers surprised to see it trotting around their streets, reports the AP... More »

America, Get Ready for 'A2 Milk'

Proponents say it's healthier than current variety, which is rich in A1 protein

(Newser) - Those sickened by US milk may not be lactose intolerant—in fact, if they were to head abroad, one in four might find the stuff easier to drink. That's because of a protein known as A1 that's typically predominant in the milk of Holstein cows, which are widespread... More »

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