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Why the dog ate your homework: It is no coincidence that many Labradors are a little portly. About a quarter of them carry a faulty version of the POMC gene, which regulates feelings of hunger and fullness. The fault interferes with this regulation, making the dogs permanently hungry and particularly loyal and obedient to those who provide their food. They exhibit a heightened level of focus and single-mindedness on anything associated with food, making them particularly easy to train using edible rewards. No surprise then that guide dogs are often Labradors, and that as a group they have been found to have a high incidence of the greedy gene.​ Drawing by @inkydave #cartoon #DaveSimonds #dogs #illustration #science

Lights, camera, operation: Scientists have developed a camera that can see through human tissue to allow doctors to track the position of medical tools during internal examinations or operations. Medics currently have to rely on expensive, cumbersome scans, such as X-rays, to figure out exactly where their instruments are. The new camera works in conjunction with an optical fibre, placed on an instrument inside the body, which emits pulses of laser light. Individual particles of light, called photons, are detected by the camera after passing through as much as 20cm of tissue. By measuring the time taken for them to reach the camera, it is possible to work out the instrument's exact position. Drawing by @inkydave #cartoon #DaveSimonds

Goldfish and crucian carp can survive for months in oxygen-free water by producing alcohol. Making energy without oxygen creates lactic acid, the buildup of which can damage tissues in other vertebrates. But these fish convert it into ethanol, which seeps out into surrounding water. Research published in Scientific Reports points to a spare set of proteins, that divert energy-rich molecules into a kind of cellular distillery. Blood-alcohol concentrations of crucian carp in icy ponds can surpass 50mg/100mL—above the drink-drive limit in some countries. That permits them to survive in waters inhospitable to other fish. And it probably makes the overwintering a bit less dreary. Drawn by @inky.dave #DaveSimonds #cartoon #drunkfish #science

David Simonds draws his take on the Republican Party's plans for health-care legislation. In a stunning failure of an American governing party to get its signature legislation passed, the Republican health-care bill in the Senate—designed to repeal and replace Obamacare, a seven-year wish for the party—fizzled. President Donald Trump’s call to repeal Obamacare anyway was met with little enthusiasm. The Democrats urged the Republicans to co-operate with them on fixing Obamacare’s flaws. Credit: David Simonds #DaveSimonds #cartoon #Trumpcare #Obamacare #America #RepublicanParty #GOP #elephants #Trump

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The liberation of Mosul has been declared, but not the defeat of Islamic State. Locals still report lurking fighters and suspicious packages. After a lull of several months, sleeper cells are reawakening in the east of the city. Suicide bombing has begun again. In the space of a week last month, three mukhtars, or neighbourhood elders, were killed. Some predict the return of a low-level insurgency much as before IS swept to control in June 2014. After all, though Iran and Russia say that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State, is dead, his organisation still occupies swathes of (thinly-populated) territory either side of the Iraqi-Syrian border. Credit: David Simonds #DaveSimonds#Mosul#Iraq#cartoons

The liberation of Mosul has been declared, but not the defeat of Islamic State. Locals still report lurking fighters and suspicious packages. After a lull of several months, sleeper cells are reawakening in the east of the city. Suicide bombing has begun again. In the space of a week last month, three mukhtars, or neighbourhood elders, were killed. Some predict the return of a low-level insurgency much as before IS swept to control in June 2014. After all, though Iran and Russia say that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State, is dead, his organisation still occupies swathes of (thinly-populated) territory either side of the Iraqi-Syrian border. Credit: David Simonds #DaveSimonds #Mosul #Iraq #cartoons

Cardiff University's Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) has an MRI scanner six times more powerful than a conventional hospital MRI scanner. It is one of only three in the world. Professor Derek Jones, CUBRIC's director, describes it as the "Hubble space telescope of neuroscience". Its scans are revealing the fine detail of the brain’s wiring, fibres in white matter called axons, which carry the billions of electrical signals. The scans not only show the direction of the messaging, they reveal axonal density. This can aid research into many conditions including MS, as it allows researchers to study how brain lesions affect motor and cognitive pathways. Credit: David Simonds #DaveSimonds #science #brain #cartoons #CUBRIC @cardiffuni

Could you save a stranded whale? British Divers Marine Life Rescue (@BDMLR) run training courses on how to assist marine wildlife stranded on beaches. BDMLR use life-size inflatable replicas in their practice rescues in order to accurately simulate a stranding. The plastic creatures are actually filled with water, giving them a bulk and weight similar to the real thing. Volunteers learn how to save a whale, dolphin or porpoise by keeping it wet but ensuring the blowhole remains dry and unobstructed until professional help arrives. Seals on the other hand routinely spend time out of the water, to rest and digest food, so should be left in peace unless injured. Credit: David Simonds #DaveSimonds #whales #dolphins #conservation #sea #cartoon

A carrot by any other name…would make you 25% more likely to eat it. Recent research carried out at Stanford University shows that when choosing food, students respond most positively to seductive labelling like “sizzling”, “dynamite” or even “twisted citrus-glazed”. The university canteen served identical vegetable dishes with four different types of labels: neutral, nutritional, worthy or full-on seductive. The researchers say: "Studies show that people tend to think of healthier options as less tasty...Labels really can influence our sensory experience, affecting how tasty and filling we think food will be.” Credit: Dave Simonds #DaveSimonds #art #cartoon #food #psychology #StanfordUniversity

Paen Long has always lived in rural Cambodia where he works as a car mechanic. However, from childhood it was planes and flying that captured his imagination. According to Holly Robertson, a journalist with the BBC, in 2016 Mr Long began to build his own plane in secret. Using YouTube videos for instruction he'd work through the night. He built with whatever he had to hand, recycling car parts and household items to assemble a one-seater plane with a 5.5-metre wingspan. In March 2017 he succeeded in flying it for a short distance before crash landing. Far from being daunted, Mr Long has already embarked on building its successor, a seaplane. Credit: Dave Simonds #DaveSimonds #cartoon #flying #planes #Cambodia

There's more to some snacks than meets the eye: You can test positive in a drugs test after eating poppy seed bread. The BBC found that traces of morphine, which is derived from opium, were detectable in a routine drugs test after poppy seed bread and a poppy seed bagel were eaten over the course of three days. The test was conducted for a TV programme, in which Prof Johnston, a toxicology expert at Queen Mary University explained: "The amount of morphine in a poppy seed will vary quite considerably depending on when and where it was harvested. In fact when tests have been done there's about a six-hundred fold variation in the amount of morphine in poppy seeds." Credit: Dave Simonds #bread #cartoon #DaveSimonds #drugs #bagels #poppy

New school v old school film-making at the Cannes Film Festival... and old school won. At issue: neither of the Netflix films at Cannes have been shown in French cinemas. Dustin Hoffman, an actor with impeccable credentials who stars in The Meyerowitz Stories, which was acquired by Netflix in post-production, defended the film saying it was made independently. For the opposition, Pedro Almodovar, a highly respected director and president of the Cannes jury, said he couldn’t imagine a film that hadn’t had a French cinema release winning the coveted Palme d’Or. They've now changed the rules, from 2018 only films released in French cinemas will be eligible. Credit: Dave Simonds #films #cartoons #DaveSimonds #France #DustinHoffman #Netflix

Watch Dave Simonds illustrate his take on news of the shocking levels of pollution found on Henderson Island, an uninhabited coral atoll in the Pitcairn Island group. Dave has been bringing his wit and insight to the print edition for 30 years. Jennifer Lavers of the University of Tasmania told the BBC her team found rubbish from “all decades and all continents”, including 37.7million pieces of plastic over 1mm big. Visible rubbish is just the tip of the iceberg. “Plastic doesn’t ever break down and go away, it only breaks up, into smaller and smaller pieces”. “Nano-sized particles make their way into all levels of the marine food web.” Credit: Dave Simonds #pollution #environment #conservation #cartoon #DaveSimonds #HendersonIsland

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Conspiracy Theory • 1997
#MelGibson #JuliaRoberts #PatrickStewart #CylkCozart #SteveKahan #PeteKoch #DonalGibson #RickHoffman #JohnSchwartzman #JMillsGoodloe #ThomasMcCarthy #AlexMcArthur #PaulTuerpe #DaveSimonds #RichardDonner @joicejabril
🎥A man obsessed with conspiracy theories becomes a target after one of his theories turns out to be true. Unfortunately, in order to save himself, he has to figure out which theory it is.

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