Abstracts: Rabies in Dogs, Honeyguides, Carbon Sink, and More


• Although rabies has been mostly eradicated in the United States, transmission from dog bites continues to kill 59,000 people a year, mostly in Africa and Asia. Now a researcher and his team have made it their goal to eradicate the disease in dogs by 2030. (Seattle Times)

In Africa, honeyguides communicate with people to find beehives high up in the trees. Visual: Derek Keats/Flickr

• By 2018, the United States will have completed its first offshore wind farm in Lake Erie. (Pacific Standard)

• In order to get humans and technology to interact even more effectively, researchers are trying to give artificial intelligence emotions. (Popular Science)

• Scientists have determined that in Africa, humans and their honeyguides — birds that lead the way to the best beehives up in the trees — communicate through a specific set of sounds and gestures. (New York Times)

• One year after the Gold King Mine leaked toxic chemicals and turned the Animas River yellow, the incident has lead to an increased awareness of leaking mines around the country — but not to plugging up the Gold King itself. (Denver Post)

• Drought has killed off and slowed the growth of trees in the Amazon Basin, effectively shutting down the area’s capacity as a carbon sink. (BBC News)

• Our DNA already stores lots of information about us, and researchers hope to use that function to store digital memory as well. (Associated Press)

• Psychedelic drugs hold some promise for treating addiction, depression and anxiety. So why is there so little research on them? (Vox)

• And finally, a London-based technology firm has developed the first persistent Virtual Reality game, meaning that the game, MetaWorld, exists whether you are there or not. (New Scientist)