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USA: A new device being used in the US helps detect when a cow is going into labour by monitoring its tail movements.

Moocall uses sensors attached to the tail to look for movement patterns triggered by contractions, and then sends a text message or email to the farmer. On average, farmers are alerted about one hour before the birth.

But it is not foolproof. One unhappy cow rubbed her tail up against everything and banged the sensor on the wall to try to get it off, leading to false alarms.

Game error

USA:

A Pokemon Go player took his desire to “catch them all” a step too far while behind the wheel when he crashed into a police car — and the whole incident was caught on an officer’s camera.

Officers were standing on the pavement in Baltimore on Monday when the Toyota RAV-4 hit their car, which was just feet away from them, at speed.

The driver admitted he was looking down playing Pokemon Go on his mobile phone when he hit the vehicle.

In the video, the driver steps out and shows the officers his phone, saying: “That’s what I get for playing this dumb… game.”

Dying art

ENGLAND:

British summertime traditions such as making jam, croquet, and punting are in danger of dying out, according to research.

Commissioned by Pimm’s Cider Cup, the findings reveal only small percentages of the population are keeping British seasonal staples alive.

Figures show 94% of the 2,000 questioned by OnePoll have never rented a beach hut, 90% no longer wear whites for a game of tennis, and 88% are yet to punt down a river. And 83% have never made lemonade, 76% are yet to try their hand at making jam, and 75% have never played lawn bowls.

Coining it

ENGLAND:

A £5 coin has been launched by the royal mint to celebrate 50 years since England won the World Cup.

The mint has been working with children from a school attended by footballing legend Bobby Moore to recreate the pose when he hoisted the Jules Rimet trophy in front of 96,924 fans at Wembley Stadium in 1966.

The children of Buxton School, previously known as Tom Hood School, in Leytonstone, took part in recreating the image. In place of the 1966 World Cup trophy, the young fans used the coin, struck by the royal mint in collaboration with the Football Association.

Dory found

USA:

Researchers at the University of Florida say fish like the animated character Dory may soon become easier to find for home aquariums.

They have successfully bred Pacific blue tangs in captivity for the first time. The blue species is the model for the forgetful fish featured in the films Finding Nemo and Finding Dory.

Researchers say the breakthrough means that one day, home aquariums or marine life exhibits might not have to rely on the capture of blue tangs in the wild.

Palace players

INDONESIA:

Indonesian officials have banned the playing of Pokemon Go from the presidential palace.

Hastily printed warnings that say “Playing or hunting Pokemon prohibited in the palace area” have been put up around the palace complex in Jakarta.

“This is the office of the president, not a playground,” said palace worker Bey Machmuddin. Last week, cabinet secretary Pramono Agung said he had captured a number of Pokemon at the palace, but some officials voiced concern the game could pose a security risk.

Tub raider

USA:

Police say a Southern California resident who heard noises in his backyard went outside and found a man in his hot tub.

The Ventura County Star reported the resident confronted the intruder, who ran off.

Ventura police found the suspect on the roof of a neighbouring house. The 47-year-old man was arrested without incident on suspicion of prowling.

Snake on a train

AUSTRALIA:

A pet python called Bread was confiscated by New South Wales Police after the snake’s owner started showing him off on a train.

The 1m diamond python, was pulled out of a backpack by a 20-year-old man on a northbound Central Coast train, with worried passengers calling the police concerned for the snake’s safety.

Police met the man at Woy Woy train station, 80km north of Sydney, and took the yellow and black snake when the owner said he didn’t have a permit for it.

“If I could give one piece of advice, don’t get your snake out on a train,” said Brisbane Waters police commander superintendent Danny Sullivan.

The man was expected to be arrested for possessing and displaying protected fauna. Bread was taken to the Australian Reptile Park in Somersby, 50km north of Sydney, and was in good health, Sullivan added.


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