Airplanes are (now) enticing homes for Mojave rattlesnakes. Qantas engineers maintaining a fleet of superjumbo planes have gotten themselves in a strange predicament after the pandemic forced the airline to keep the large planes in storage ー deadly rattlesnakes and scorpions have called the planes’ wheels their home. Qantas has ensured the highest level of protection: the engineers stomp their feet and whack the wheels to scare off the critters, ensuring that both humans and animals stay safe during maintenance.
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With drug overdose deaths on the rise, authorities are attempting to curb the epidemic by tracking and sharing information in real time. In one unique effort, a nonprofit in New York City is using drug-testing equipment and stamping or marking habits of dealers to identify drug batches that may endanger users. Other approaches are also being used, such as monitoring drug-related chatter on Reddit and analyzing local wastewater for opioid and other drug levels. With the combination of these efforts, researchers hope to put a dent in the opioid crisis and reduce overdose deaths. Read full article here