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Study reveals how fishing gear can cause slow death of whales

Using a “patient monitoring” device attached to a whale entangled in fishing gear, scientists showed for the first time how fishing lines changed a whale’s diving and swimming behavior. The monitoring revealed how fishing gear hinders whales’ ability to eat and migrate, depletes their energy as they drag gear for months or years, and can result in a slow death.

The scientists in this entanglement response suction-cupped a cellphone-size device called a Dtag to a two-year-old female North Atlantic right whale called Eg 3911. The Dtag, developed at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), recorded Eg 3911’s movements before, during, and after at-sea disentanglement operations. (more…)

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ONLY ON YAHOO! SHINE: Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden Discuss Supporting Military Families in Honor of Veteran’s Day

*Michelle Obama: If Malia or Sasha Joined the Military, “I Would Be Proud.”*

In an exclusive interview with Yahoo! Shine (https://shine.yahoo.com), the leading women’s lifestyle website with more than 30 million visitors per month, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden discuss the importance of supporting military families and how the First Lady would feel is her daughters enlisted. As a military mom herself, Dr. Jill Biden also discusses ways we can support returning Veterans. (more…)

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There Are No Clear Lines When It Comes To Homeland Security, Says Napolitano

Protecting the nation from terrorism, breaches in cyber security and other threats inside its borders is such a massive undertaking it is “not easy to draw red lines” that can chart individual or departmental responsibilities, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said during a campus visit on Oct. 6.

In a talk hosted by the Jackson Institute of Global Affairs, Napolitano used the example of the so-called “Underwear Bomber” — a suspected terrorist who attempted to blow up (using explosives hidden in his underwear) a Northwest Airlines flight between Amsterdam and Detroit on Christmas Day 2009 — to illustrate the partnerships that are required to ensure the nation’s safety. Her talk in the Law School’s Levinson Auditorium highlighted the importance of international partnerships in that mission. (more…)

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Kinect for Xbox 360 Brings Gaming to Kids with Disabilities

*Kinect’s controller-free gaming is helping children with disabilities play video games for the first time.*

REDMOND, Wash. — July 20, 2011 — Kinect, launched last fall, has been dubbed a gaming game-changer. And for some youngsters who’ve never been able to play games before, it’s been a life-changer.

By eliminating the controller, Kinect has removed a barrier for some people with mobility and coordination difficulties. Among them is Avri Davis. Although the 14-year-old is the oldest of six children, she’s never been able to keep up with her siblings. Avri was born with hydrocephalus, a situation where excess fluid puts pressure on her brain. (more…)

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Amazon.ca Closes the Holiday Shopping Season with Exciting Boxing Week Deals

*Beginning Dec. 25, customers can take advantage of a week’s worth of amazing deals*

SEATTLE, Dec 21, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Amazon.ca today announced that beginning Dec. 25, customers can take advantage of amazing Boxing Week promotions on everything from electronics and books to home and garden products and men’s watches. Beginning on Christmas Day, customers can explore The Deals Store (www.amazon.ca/deals) to find the full list of Boxing Week special promotions. Customers are encouraged to shop early as these offers are only available while supplies last. (more…)

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