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BITS ‘N’ PIECES

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By SG
Fri, 08, 19

The dog didn’t help his case by climbing an additional 28ft up into the tree, pretty much ensuring there would be no getting out....

Meet “Stuckie”

Stuckie is the name of this hunting dog found mummified inside the trunk of a chestnut oak by loggers from the Kraft Corporation in the 1980s.

It is believed that the dog was out hunting with his owner, saw a squirrel or something as small that could fit inside the trunk easier than the dog, so when the dog gave chase it became trapped inside the narrow tree.

The dog didn’t help his case by climbing an additional 28ft up into the tree, pretty much ensuring there would be no getting out.

Stuckie is now on display at the Southern Forest World Museum in Waycross, Georgia.

Mori Building Digital Art Museum in Odaiba, Tokyo featuring digital art with the intention to “tear down the borders between ‘one art and another,’ ‘art and visitors’ and ‘oneself and others’ by allowing visitors to melt into the art and become part of it”.

Astronomers help fight cancer

Techniques developed by astronomers could help in the fight against breast and skin cancer. A large part of astronomy depends on the detection and analysis of light. For example, scientists study the light scattered, absorbed and re-emitted in clouds of gas and dust, obtaining information on their interior.

Despite the vast differences in scale, the processes that light undergoes when travelling through the human body are very similar to those seen in space. And when things go wrong -when tissue becomes cancerous - that change should show up.

Early diagnosis is key, with 90% of women diagnosed at the earliest stage surviving for at least five years, compared to 15% for women diagnosed with the most advanced stage.

Cancer creates tiny deposits of calcium in breasts, detected through a shift in the wavelength of light as it passes through the tissue. The computer codes developed to study the formation of stars and planets could be applied to find these deposits.

Compiled by SG