Panting dog on a sidewalk

Social Media Is Wrong: Thirsty doggies love ice water too.

Tonight’s music video is “The World Coup — THIEFA Vs. Brazil” from Juice Rap News.

THE WORLD COUP! [Juice Rap News S02:E06]. All eyes are on Brazil as it endures… errr…. hosts the 2014 soccer World Coup — the most watched sporting event on the planet. Join Robert Foster as he investigates why many Brazilians are protesting against THIEFA, the shady organisation that runs the World Cup, and the rather fascist policies it has introduced to their country ‘for the good of the game.’ But Brazil is not the only country to get shafted in this epic episode, which features exclusive interviews with captains of the strongest teams in the running for the notorious WORLD COUP. So, click play and find out why they really call it ‘The World Game.’

Written & created by Giordano Nanni & Hugo Farrant in a suburban backyard home studio in Melbourne, Australia, on Wurundjeri Land.

Thanks to Kelly Cooley for this video.

Scientists may be closer to overcoming the problem of antibiotic resistant bacteria, reports Wired.Co.Uk:

A team of molecular scientists has uncovered a way to disable the defensive structure of the multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria, paving the way for new antibiotics that target this barrier. […] Misuse of antibiotics has led to a worrying trend of drug-resistant bacteria in circulation, leading to the emergence of ‘superbugs,’ and it has been singled out as one of the greatest single problems threatening the future of our health.

‘These drug resistance numbers increase every year, making antibiotics useless, which results in hundreds and thousands of patient’s deaths,’ Changjiang Dong, from the University of East Anglia Norwich Medical School, told Wired.co.uk. ‘So we are trying to find a way to solve this drug resistance problem.’

He and his team have now found a way around this particular bacterium’s defences, according to a paper published in Nature: lipopolysaccharide (LPS). This is a molecule made up of a tough outer membrane that the UAE team wanted to crack. Until now, how the molecule’s transport proteins are utilised to create that membrane has been unknown.

The team has developed a detailed model of how the transport proteins function and move the building blocks of the molecular barrier to the surface. Now that they have the structure, they can design targeted drugs and test its function. Dong predicts the first drugs could be with us in a few years. Lead author on the paper, PhD student Haohao Dong, added: ‘The really exciting thing about this research is that new drugs will specifically target the protective barrier around the bacteria, rather than the bacteria itself. Because new drugs will not need to enter the bacteria itself, we hope that the bacteria will not be able to develop drug resistance in future.’

Bonus: Don’t listen to Facebook, ice water is usually safe for your dog this summer from Fox8 Piedmont — vets say the real danger is if a dehydrated dog drinks too much water of any temperature too fast (more information on Snopes).

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Kit OConnell

Kit OConnell

Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and Occupy.com.

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