From a snake as snack to crocodile meat as an antidote for a bad heart — in the Philippines

In the Puerto Princesa Public Market, pink duck eggs lay stacked next to white hen and pied quail eggs, eggs so pink that a flamingo would want to borrow it for its plumes. The crowd was milling in the Philippine island of Palawan and I heard a voice piping in the clamour of a marketplace. “Want an embryo for a snack?” After a long day rowing inside an underground river, one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, I sure required nutrients. But an embryo? I thought my ears were…

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PNNL lending a hand — and technology — to first responders

  PNNL’s Melanie Godinez and her colleagues partner with first responders to support a regional capability to deter the potential for illicit movement of radioactive materials within, and potentially through, the Puget Sound maritime environment with the intent to do harm. PNNL not only manages the purchase, inventory and distribution of the radiation detection equipment for law enforcement and fire agencies in the Seattle area, it also coordinates training and dock-side drills, like the one shown here. When disaster strikes, first responders rush in to provide assistance. In addition to…

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Wish you were here — Qantas revamps the Out of Office reply

The most boring email ever sent or received is getting a makeover in a genius marketing move by Qantas. The Flying Kangaroo has teamed up with Instagram to provide email account holders with a simple formula to link their “out of office reply” to photos from their Insta-account. It means when an out of office reply is sent it will come with a message and an array of travel pictures letting the receiver know they are on leave — and probably enjoying a great holiday. Clever … Qantas’s latest innovation…

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