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Silk Road discovery suggests cats were pets 1,000 years ago

Silk Road discovery suggests cats were pets 1,000 years ago

Science
July 10 (UPI) -- The discovery of a cat skeleton along Kazakhstan's Silk Road suggests that cats were kept as pets over 1,000 years ago, according to a new study. Researchers from Germany's Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the University of Tubingen, Kazakhstan's Korkyt-AtaKyzylorda State University and the Higher School of Economics in Russia reconstructed the cat's life for a study published this week in the journal Scientific Reports. Advertisement DNA analysis of the nearly complete cat skeleton indicates that the animal, a domesticated species not related to local feral cats, had a high-protein diet and was likely fed by members of the pastoral Oghuz tribe, researchers said. An X-ray indicated it sustained numerous broken bones and lost most of its teeth, further suggest...
Household cats can catch COVID-19 from humans, CDC reports

Household cats can catch COVID-19 from humans, CDC reports

Health
June 8 (UPI) -- Cats can catch the new coronavirus from humans, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, it remains unknown whether pets can pass the virus on to humans or other household animals, the agency said. Advertisement The findings are based on an analysis of confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, in cats in New York state. Both cats lived in homes in which one person had a confirmed COVID-19 infection, the authors said. Both developed symptoms several days after there owners had done so, and both have fully recovered, according to the report. "Close interactions between humans and pets create opportunities for zoonotic disease transmission," the authors of the report wrote...
The Razzies: Cats and Rambo sequel among worst film nominees

The Razzies: Cats and Rambo sequel among worst film nominees

Entertainment
It may only be one day till the Oscars, but nominees for a rather different award have been announced: the Razzies.The Golden Raspberry Awards celebrate the worst films in Hollywood, and Cats is among this year's nominations.The musical is up for eight awards, with nominations for its four stars, including Dame Judi Dench and James Corden.The latest film in the Rambo franchise and comedy A Madea Family Funeral also received eight nominations each.All three films are up for worst film.The Razzies describe themselves as "Tinseltown's least coveted $ 4.97 statuette" and are voted for by more than 1,000 Golden Raspberry Foundation members based in the US and abroad. Why Cats may be destined for the litter tray ★★☆☆☆ Lame opening for
Portsmouth 0-0 (agg 0-1) Sunderland: Black Cats reach League One play-off final following heated stalemate at Fratton Park

Portsmouth 0-0 (agg 0-1) Sunderland: Black Cats reach League One play-off final following heated stalemate at Fratton Park

Sports
stalemate Despite Pompey's best efforts to score Sunderland's defence ultimately proved too solid to breach Sunderland took a giant step in their bid to return to the Championship as they saw off Portsmouth to reach the League One play-off final in a heated stalemate at Fratton Park. Following a goalless and fractious encounter, Chris Maguire’s volley in the first-leg was ultimately enough to see Sunderland get to Wembley. Sunderland are through to the League One play-off final The Black Cats got their revenge for their painful Checkatrade Trophy defeat to Pompey back in March, where they cruelly lost to the south coast outfit on penalties. Two fine stops from keeper John McLaughlin in either half from headers by Gareth Evans an
Should cats be culled to stop extinctions?

Should cats be culled to stop extinctions?

Science
Scientists are calling for a widespread cull of feral cats and dogs, pigs, goats, and rats and mice to save the endangered species they prey upon.Their eradication on more than 100 islands could save some of the rarest animals on Earth, says an international team.Islands have seen 75% of known bird, mammal, amphibian and reptile extinctions over the past 500 years.Many of the losses are caused by animals introduced by humans.Not naturally present on islands, they can threaten native wildlife. "Eradicating invasive mammals from islands is a powerful way to remove a key threat to island species and prevent extinctions and conserve biodiversity," said Dr Nick Holmes, from the group Island Conservation. More stories like this:Loss of...