Atlanta seeks to fine residents for barking dogs


The Atlanta City Council is asking the mayor to sign a new law that would punish pet owners if their animals are too noisy for too long.

If the new law is approved, pets will have their grace period of making noise cut in half.

Currently, pets can make noise for 20 minutes with “individual interruptions of less than 20 seconds” before their owners face any kind of penalty.

Pet owners will face a $150 fine for a first offense, and the fines will grow if pets are repeat offenders.

However, pets won’t be taken away from families unless it appears they are in danger.

Dogs might be the most likely offenders of the new noise ordinance, but the rule applies to cats, birds and other animals, too.


Chinese scientists design face mask that detects viruses in 10 minutes
中国科学家开发口罩”黑科技” 可检测空气中病毒


A group of Chinese scientists have developed a face mask that can detect viral exposure.

Respiratory pathogens that cause COVID-19 and influenza spread through small droplets and aerosols released by infected people when they talk, cough, or sneeze.

The wearable bioelectronic mask designed by researchers from Tongji University can detect common respiratory viruses, including influenza and the coronavirus, in the air in droplets or aerosols, and then alert the wearers via their mobile devices.

The highly sensitive face mask is capable of measuring trace-level liquid samples of 0.3 microliters and gaseous samples at an ultra-low concentration of 0.1 femtograms per milliliter, according to the study published this week in the journal, Matter.


Study: Cats not bothered if owners are treated badly


A study in Japan suggests there may be something after all to the old stereotype that pet cats are generally aloof and indifferent toward their owners, while dogs are fiercely protective and loyal.

Researchers from Kyoto University and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science wanted to understand how cats behave when their owners are being given a hard time. The same experiments using dogs seven years ago were referenced to gauge behavioral differences between the two species.

Team members concluded that cats do not seem to care how people treat their owners, while dogs keep their distance from those who give their owners the cold shoulder.


Pet perks tempt staff back into the office
为吸引员工返岗 英国公司允许带狗上班


Like millions of other people, Mr Griffin, who is head of IT for marketing agency Rise at Seven, got his dogs during the pandemic.
和数百万其他人一样,营销机构Rise at Seven的格里芬在疫情期间开始养狗。

With most of us working from home at the time as a result of lockdowns, there was a huge surge in pet ownership as people wanted increased companionship.

Fast-forward to bosses requiring staff to return to the office at least a few days a week, and having a pet dog can become a problem.

You have to see if a friend or relative can look after it, or pay for expensive doggie day care, or even potentially try to get a new job that allows you to continue to work from home all the time.

It was to help employees such as Mr Griffin more easily return to the office after the pandemic that Rise’s bosses decided to let everyone bring in their dogs.
正是为了帮助格里芬这样的员工在疫情结束后轻松返岗,Rise at Seven公司的老板决定允许所有人带狗上班。

Mia King, one of the firm’s executives, says that rather than being a distraction, having dogs at work has actually made staff work harder because they make everyone happy, and cheery staff are more productive.


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