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+ - Amazon's New Service: Goats

Submitted by Dave Knott
Dave Knott writes: Too lazy to mow your own lawn or do your own weeding? Amazon's "Hire a Goat Grazer" is currently in beta testing as part of the company's home services, launched in the U.S. in March. Other services available include car battery installation and TV wall mounting. Customers who want to try the service fill out an online form about the vegetation they want the goat to work on. The plants that goats can tackle even include poison ivy, poison sumac, poison oak and thistle. As a bonus, the goats will "likely leave behind some droppings and you'll get to keep this fertilizer as a friendly parting gift!" Amazon says.
Amazon previously tested goats for trimming the grass outside its Japanese office. Google has also hired lawn care goats for its California headquarters.

+ - "Star Trek 3" To Be Helmed By "Fast & Furious" Franchise Director Justin Lin

Submitted by Dave Knott
Dave Knott writes: Although J.J. Abrams directed the first two films in the popular revamped Star Trek series, his new job masterminding the Star Wars sequels had left Star Trek 3 as one of the most prestigious unfilled directing assignments in Hollywood. No longer. It is now known that Justin Lin will direct the third Star Trek film. Lin is best known for revitalizing the long-running Fast & Furious series, helming the third through sixth films in that franchise. Several top-flight directors were under consideration for Star Trek 3, but Lin was one the only one actually offered the job, following the postponement of the Bourne Legacy sequel that he had previously been set to direct.

+ - James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

Submitted by Dave Knott
Dave Knott writes: Following the recent auction of James Watson's Nobel Prize medal, the winning bidder will return the medal to Watson. The $4.7 million winning bid was made by Alisher Usmanov, Russia's wealthiest man, a metal and telecommunications tycoon worth $15.8 billion US. In remarks carried by Russian television Tuesday, Usmanov hailed Watson one of the greatest biologists in the history of mankind, and stated that when he learned that Watson was selling the medal for charity, he decided to purchase it and immediately give it back to him.

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