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The tale of a rabbit and a deer, whose friendship is put to the test by deer’s quest to find the formula for the third dimension.

A 2012 graduation piece from Hungarian animator Péter Vácz that’s being hailed as one of the best short animations of 2014.

If you liked this, you might want to check out his making-of post and his previous short Streamschool.


GREATER NUMBERS of mothers from eastern Europe and women having babies later are the main reasons for an increase in the percentage of women breastfeeding in Ireland, new research to be presented today shows.

Prof Richard Layte will tell the Dublin conference Breastfeeding in Ireland 2012: Consequences and Policy Responses that non-Irish women are much more likely to breastfeed, but the longer they are resident here, the lower the chances they would do so.

Women resident for less than five years are 10 times more likely to breastfeed than Irish women, but this falls to six times more likely after six to 10 years and 2.4 times more likely after 11 or more years.

“One of the most important determinants of how long a woman will breastfeed is the length of maternity leave. Returning to work part-time increases the risk of stopping breastfeeding by 150 per cent; returning full-time increases the risk by 230 per cent,” he said.

It is, of course, National Breastfeeding Week.

Higher age of mothers behind rise in breastfeeding (Muiris Houston, Irish Times)

(Pic: Hilary Geelon and son Rhys protesting at Facebook’s Dublin HQ in February: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)

The results of research carried out between 2008 and 2010 by the World Health Organization, US Centers for Disease Control, and the Canadian Public Health Association into tobacco use in low and middle income counties compared with the UK and US.

Nutshell: the sun rises in the east and everyone takes a light off it.

Tobacco use in 3 billion individuals from 16 countries: an analysis of nationally representative cross-sectional household survey (The Lancet)

Meanwhile, in less bleak smoking news, Tasmania is considering legislation that will ban the sale of cigarettes to anyone born after the year 2000. (Hat tip: Mark Geary)


Photographed by Magnus Lundgren

A team led by Luke Rendell at the University of St Andrew’s, UK, were monitoring calls and behaviour in sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) off the northern Chile coast when they accidentally drifted into the middle of a pod of whales hanging vertically in the water, their noses poking out of the surface. At least two of the whales were facing the boat, but not a single animal responded.

“It was actually pretty scary. The boat had drifted into the group with its engine off [while] I was below decks making acoustic recordings,” says Rendell. “Once I saw the situation I decided the best thing to do was to try and sail our way out of the group rather than turn the engine on and have them all react.”

Researchers Sneak Up On Sleeping Whales (Nature)