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Michael Madsen urges social distancing with ‘Reservoir Dogs’ parody

Michael Madsen urges social distancing with ‘Reservoir Dogs’ parody

Entertainment
April 26 (UPI) -- Frequent Quentin Tarantino collaborator Michael Madsen parodied one of his most famous roles with a social-distancing home video this weekend. In the 1992 film Reservoir Dogs, Madsen played gangster Mr. Blonde, who tortures a police officer for information, eventually cutting off his ear. The song "Stuck in the Middle with You" plays during both the movie and this weekend's 90-second video. In the clip, a camera weaves through a house and shows several people with blood-soaked bandages on their ears. The implication is that they were warned not to leave home during the coronavirus pandemic. Toward the end of the video, Madsen dances in the kitchen wearing a black suit jacket and tie, white shirt and sunglasses -- his character's costume from the film. He also has on gre...
Watch Dogs Legion: Click goes inside the post-Brexit game

Watch Dogs Legion: Click goes inside the post-Brexit game

Technology
In a world first, BBC Click’s Marc Cieslak has interviewed the creator of Watch Dogs: Legion inside the video game itself. Developed at Ubisoft’s Toronto Studio, the same technology used to create the game was employed to create an interview which takes place inside a virtual London.The game imagines a post-Brexit dystopian Britain as an oppressive surveillance state, where the player assumes the role of a hacker intent on bringing down the system by recruiting others to their cause.It is the third instalment in the popular video game franchise.In the interview, Marc Cieslak asked creative director Clint Hocking whether using real and divisive political events in a video game would resonate with players.Let's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - Technology
Army develops hearing protection for military working dogs

Army develops hearing protection for military working dogs

Business
Nov. 28 (UPI) -- From Ephesian war dogs to Conan, the dog honored this week for her role in the capture of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, dogs have been members of the battlefield since ancient times. But the effects of combat on dogs' longterm health -- including their hearing -- weren't closely examined until recently. And this week, the Army announced it has developed the Canine Auditory Protection System, or CAPS, to better protect the dogs while they're at work. Dogs' ears are sensitive. It's one reason they're used in law enforcement and military roles -- they pick up soft sounds human ears can't, and they can hear high-pitched sounds inaudible to most people. But loud, booming noises bother them more in the moment. Loud noises and the risk they pose to dog ears are not...
Dogs stuck in the middle of the canine social ladder show more aggression

Dogs stuck in the middle of the canine social ladder show more aggression

Science
July 3 (UPI) -- For dogs stuck on the middle rungs of their social ladder, life is especially tough. Dogs in the middle of the pack -- not top dog, not the runt -- tend to behave more aggressively toward one another. Most theories of aggression among social hierarchies hold that aggression levels increase the higher up the social ladder one climbs. But when researchers tracked a group of free-roaming mutts in the suburbs of Rome, they found surprisingly low levels of aggressive behavior by the most dominant dogs. Instead, scientists found slightly less dominant dogs demonstrated the highest levels of aggression. "Our results reveal the unavoidable costs of climbing a dominance hierarchy," Matthew Silk, of the Environment and Sustainability Institute at the University of Exeter, said in a...
China clones 'the Sherlock Holmes' of police dogs

China clones 'the Sherlock Holmes' of police dogs

Technology
By Lucia Binding, news reporter Scientists in China have cloned what they call the "Sherlock Holmes of police dogs" in a bid to cut training times and costs.Scientists took DNA from a seven-year-old female named Huahuangma - who has won a series of awards for helping to crack multiple cases - and created a puppy named Kunxun. The Kunming wolfdog is China's first ever police dog clone and has adjusted well to her new environment, according to project analyst Wan Jiusheng."She is friendly to humans, sociable and alert," he told Science and Technology Daily.He said the three-month-old puppy is not scared of the dark or unfamiliar places, and has already developed a strong sense of smell and can quickly find hidden food. Kunxun is said to have be...