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Ludi Lin Joins China Version of ‘Humans’ (EXCLUSIVE)

“Power Rangers” star, Ludi Lin has joined the main cast of the Chinese-language adaptation of U.K. television series “Humans.” Production is now under way in Shanghai. The series is a partnership between Endemol Shine China and Chinese production house Croton Media, the U.K.’s Kudos and Sweden’s Matador Film. Set in 2035, when technology, in particular artificial intelligence has infiltrated and influenced every […]

Parasite In Cat Poop May Make Humans More Business Savvy, Study Says

BOULDER, Colo. (CBS Local) – Cat owners know all about the dirty job of cleaning out their pet’s litter box. A new study is claiming all that cat poop may actually be making some owners more business-savvy entrepreneurs.

An infection from the parasite Toxoplasma gondii in humans is being credited with an increased likelihood that a person will take up entrepreneurial and business-related activities, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder.

“As humans, we like to think that we are in control of our actions,” study co-author Pieter Johnson said in a press release. “But emerging research shows that the microorganisms we encounter in our daily lives have the potential to influence their hosts in significant ways.”

Scientists say Toxoplasma gondii reproduces in both wild and domestic cats and infects nearly two billion people worldwide. The study, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, found that patients infected with the parasite had less “fear of failure” when it came to taking risks in business ventures.

Out of 1,495 college students CU Boulder examined, the subjects who tested positive for the cat-borne bug were 1.7 times more likely to major in business. Another survey of 197 working professionals found that people infected with gondii were nearly twice as likely to start their own business.

“New ventures have high failure rates, so a fear of failure is quite rational. T.gondii might just reduce that rational fear,” CU Boulder’s Stefanie K. Johnson added.

However, there’s no need for alarm over this global cat parasite. The CDC says anyone infected with gondii will likely never know they have it “because a healthy person’s immune system usually keeps the parasite from causing illness.”

Parasite In Cat Poop May Make Humans More Business Savvy, Study Says

BOULDER, Colo. (CBS Local) – Cat owners know all about the dirty job of cleaning out their pet’s litter box. A new study is claiming all that cat poop may actually be making some owners more business-savvy entrepreneurs. An infection from the parasite Toxoplasma gondii in humans is being credited with an increased likelihood that a person will take up entrepreneurial and business-related activities, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder. “As humans, we like to think that we are in control of our actions,” study co-author Pieter Johnson said in a press release. “But emerging research shows that the microorganisms we encounter in our daily lives have the potential to influence their hosts in significant ways.” Scientists say Toxoplasma gondii reproduces in both wild and domestic cats and infects nearly two billion people worldwide. The study, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, found that patients infected with the parasite had less “fear of failure” when it came to taking risks in business ventures. Out of 1,495 college students CU Boulder examined, the subjects who tested positive for the cat-borne bug were 1.7 times more likely to major in business. Another survey of 197 working professionals found that people infected with gondii were nearly twice as likely to start their own business. “New ventures have high failure rates, so a fear of failure is quite rational. T.gondii might just reduce that rational fear,” CU Boulder’s Stefanie K. Johnson added. However, there’s no need for alarm over this global cat parasite. The CDC says anyone infected with gondii will likely never know they have it “because a healthy person’s immune system usually keeps the parasite from causing illness.”

Parasite In Cat Poop May Make Humans More Business Savvy, Study Says

BOULDER, Colo. (CBS Local) – Cat owners know all about the dirty job of cleaning out their pet’s litter box. A new study is claiming all that cat poop may actually be making some owners more business-savvy entrepreneurs. An infection from the parasite Toxoplasma gondii in humans is being credited with an increased likelihood that a person will take up entrepreneurial and business-related activities, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder. “As humans, we like to think that we are in control of our actions,” study co-author Pieter Johnson said in a press release. “But emerging research shows that the microorganisms we encounter in our daily lives have the potential to influence their hosts in significant ways.” Scientists say Toxoplasma gondii reproduces in both wild and domestic cats and infects nearly two billion people worldwide. The study, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, found that patients infected with the parasite had less “fear of failure” when it came to taking risks in business ventures. Out of 1,495 college students CU Boulder examined, the subjects who tested positive for the cat-borne bug were 1.7 times more likely to major in business. Another survey of 197 working professionals found that people infected with gondii were nearly twice as likely to start their own business. “New ventures have high failure rates, so a fear of failure is quite rational. T.gondii might just reduce that rational fear,” CU Boulder’s Stefanie K. Johnson added. However, there’s no need for alarm over this global cat parasite. The CDC says anyone infected with gondii will likely never know they have it “because a healthy person’s immune system usually keeps the parasite from causing illness.”

Humans Have Wiped Out 85 Percent Of Mammals On Earth, Study Says

(CBS Local) – Humans make up only a tiny minority of the life on Earth, however a new study claims people are responsible for wiping out more than half of the planet’s lifeforms. The Details:
  • A study of the Earth’s biomass finds that 80 percent of the planet is made of plants
  • Humans represent just 0.01 percent of life on Earth
  • Since humans arrived, the study says they have helped wipe out 85 percent of mammals
According to a study of the Earth’s living “biomass,” humans account for a mere 0.01 percent of the planet’s life. Mammals in general made up only a small portion of the planet when compared to plants, which accounted for over 80 percent of Earth’s biomass. Mammals were even overwhelmed by bacteria (13 percent) and fungi (two percent). The scientists, who published the results in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, looked at the carbon content of the Earth to figure out what the actual “kingdom” of life looked like across time. Despite the results, researchers say humans have radically affected the balance of the planet since arriving over 300,000 years ago. The study claims that humans have contributed to cutting the carbon weight of mammals by a staggering 85 percent and plants by nearly 50 percent in that time. “I would hope this gives people a perspective on the very dominant role that humanity now plays on Earth,” lead researcher Ron Milo of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel said, via The Guardian. According to Milo and his team, present day mammals are mostly made up of livestock, not wild animals. “When I do a puzzle with my daughters, there is usually an elephant next to a giraffe next to a rhino,” Milo added. “But if I was trying to give them a more realistic sense of the world, it would be a cow next to a cow next to a cow and then a chicken.” The study of the Earth’s changing biomass also referenced the possibility of another mass extinction event, which fellow scientists recently warned could occur by the year 2100. “Even though short in numbers, we have managed to throw a lot of sand in the air and mess up a lot of things,” Harvard biologist EO Wilson said, via the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Humans Have Wiped Out 85 Percent Of Mammals On Earth, Study Says

(CBS Local) – Humans make up only a tiny minority of the life on Earth, however a new study claims people are responsible for wiping out more than half of the planet’s lifeforms. The Details:
  • A study of the Earth’s biomass finds that 80 percent of the planet is made of plants
  • Humans represent just 0.01 percent of life on Earth
  • Since humans arrived, the study says they have helped wipe out 85 percent of mammals
According to a study of the Earth’s living “biomass,” humans account for a mere 0.01 percent of the planet’s life. Mammals in general made up only a small portion of the planet when compared to plants, which accounted for over 80 percent of Earth’s biomass. Mammals were even overwhelmed by bacteria (13 percent) and fungi (two percent). The scientists, who published the results in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, looked at the carbon content of the Earth to figure out what the actual “kingdom” of life looked like across time. Despite the results, researchers say humans have radically affected the balance of the planet since arriving over 300,000 years ago. The study claims that humans have contributed to cutting the carbon weight of mammals by a staggering 85 percent and plants by nearly 50 percent in that time. “I would hope this gives people a perspective on the very dominant role that humanity now plays on Earth,” lead researcher Ron Milo of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel said, via The Guardian. According to Milo and his team, present day mammals are mostly made up of livestock, not wild animals. “When I do a puzzle with my daughters, there is usually an elephant next to a giraffe next to a rhino,” Milo added. “But if I was trying to give them a more realistic sense of the world, it would be a cow next to a cow next to a cow and then a chicken.” The study of the Earth’s changing biomass also referenced the possibility of another mass extinction event, which fellow scientists recently warned could occur by the year 2100. “Even though short in numbers, we have managed to throw a lot of sand in the air and mess up a lot of things,” Harvard biologist EO Wilson said, via the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Humans Have Wiped Out 85 Percent Of Mammals On Earth, Study Says

(CBS Local) – Humans make up only a tiny minority of the life on Earth, however a new study claims people are responsible for wiping out more than half of the planet’s lifeforms. The Details:
  • A study of the Earth’s biomass finds that 80 percent of the planet is made of plants
  • Humans represent just 0.01 percent of life on Earth
  • Since humans arrived, the study says they have helped wipe out 85 percent of mammals
According to a study of the Earth’s living “biomass,” humans account for a mere 0.01 percent of the planet’s life. Mammals in general made up only a small portion of the planet when compared to plants, which accounted for over 80 percent of Earth’s biomass. Mammals were even overwhelmed by bacteria (13 percent) and fungi (two percent). The scientists, who published the results in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, looked at the carbon content of the Earth to figure out what the actual “kingdom” of life looked like across time. Despite the results, researchers say humans have radically affected the balance of the planet since arriving over 300,000 years ago. The study claims that humans have contributed to cutting the carbon weight of mammals by a staggering 85 percent and plants by nearly 50 percent in that time. “I would hope this gives people a perspective on the very dominant role that humanity now plays on Earth,” lead researcher Ron Milo of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel said, via The Guardian. According to Milo and his team, present day mammals are mostly made up of livestock, not wild animals. “When I do a puzzle with my daughters, there is usually an elephant next to a giraffe next to a rhino,” Milo added. “But if I was trying to give them a more realistic sense of the world, it would be a cow next to a cow next to a cow and then a chicken.” The study of the Earth’s changing biomass also referenced the possibility of another mass extinction event, which fellow scientists recently warned could occur by the year 2100. “Even though short in numbers, we have managed to throw a lot of sand in the air and mess up a lot of things,” Harvard biologist EO Wilson said, via the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

TV News Roundup: ‘Humans’ Season 3 Sets AMC Premiere Date

In today’s roundup, IFC debuted the key art for the second season of “Brockmire” and AMC announced the return date for the third season of “Humans.” FIRST LOOKS Variety has obtained exclusive key art for the second season of IFC comedy series “Brockmire” which returns to the network on April 25 at 10 p.m. The […]

People Care More About Dogs Than Other Humans, Study Finds

CBS Local — A new study is making the claim that humans care more about “man’s best friend” than they do about their human friends. Researchers say that humans expressed more empathy towards dogs than other people when both were hurt or needed help. The study, published in the journal Society and Animals, examined the reactions of over 240 students when they were given fictitious news reports about injured dogs and people. The team from Northeastern University gave each person a group of stories detailing how a puppy, adult dog, 30-year-old person, and a baby were injured or attacked. According to the results, the students had the same amount of empathy when learning about the puppy and human baby; followed closely by the adult dog. The sympathy for the human adult received a noticeably lower score from the students. “Age seems to trump species, when it comes to eliciting empathy. In addition, it appears that adult humans are viewed as capable of protecting themselves while full grown dogs are just seen as larger puppies,” Northeastern professor Jack Levin said, via Science Daily. The study added that the students viewed their own pets as family members instead of animals. The study may point to why Americans are choosing to adopt more “fur babies” in recent years. According to Insurance Information Institute, nearly 70 percent of all U.S. households have a pet. That number is reportedly up from 56 percent 30 years ago. About 60 million of those households are home to man’s best friend in 2017 with cats running a distant second at 47 million households.

People Care More About Dogs Than Other Humans, Study Finds

CBS Local — A new study is making the claim that humans care more about “man’s best friend” than they do about their human friends. Researchers say that humans expressed more empathy towards dogs than other people when both were hurt or needed help. The study, published in the journal Society and Animals, examined the reactions of over 240 students when they were given fictitious news reports about injured dogs and people. The team from Northeastern University gave each person a group of stories detailing how a puppy, adult dog, 30-year-old person, and a baby were injured or attacked. According to the results, the students had the same amount of empathy when learning about the puppy and human baby; followed closely by the adult dog. The sympathy for the human adult received a noticeably lower score from the students. “Age seems to trump species, when it comes to eliciting empathy. In addition, it appears that adult humans are viewed as capable of protecting themselves while full grown dogs are just seen as larger puppies,” Northeastern professor Jack Levin said, via Science Daily. The study added that the students viewed their own pets as family members instead of animals. The study may point to why Americans are choosing to adopt more “fur babies” in recent years. According to Insurance Information Institute, nearly 70 percent of all U.S. households have a pet. That number is reportedly up from 56 percent 30 years ago. About 60 million of those households are home to man’s best friend in 2017 with cats running a distant second at 47 million households.