Meet LiLou, the therapy pig here to make you feel better about flying

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Who needs licensed social workers and prescription Xanax when you can have therapy pigs?

Meet LiLou, the groundbreaking Juliana pig who now freelances at the San Francisco International Airport. LiLou joins a diverse team of therapy animals at the airport, there to soothe anxious passengers. She is believed to be the first pig in the country to take on this kind of role.

The team, known as the “Wag Brigade,” was formed approximately three years ago. It includes approximately 300 animals who work diligently to sit and look cute as panicked passengers pet their way to oblivion. Read more…

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Hyperloop Technologies in talks with government for trial runs in India

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Hyperloop Transportation Technologies may have found a new place to perform trial runs: India. 

Top executive at the American research company says they are eager to come to India and begin trials for their high-speed transportation technology in the country. The company, which works on the concept envisioned by billionaire Elon Musk, is currently seeking a nod from the Indian government.

“The proposal is on Mr. [Nitin] Gadkari’s (Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India) table. We are ready,” Bibop G Gresta, chairman and Chief Bibop Officer, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc (HTT), told FactorDaily, adding he recently had talks with Prime Minister Modi and Gadkari.  Read more…

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Distracted driving kills, so why don’t more apps have driver warnings?

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Fatalities on American roadways are on the rise and smartphones may be at least partially to blame, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Deaths on American roadways increased 7.2 percent percent in 2015, according to the group, representing the biggest single-year increase since 1966.

Exactly what role smartphones may have played in these 35,092 deaths is difficult to determine. The primary culprit behind this increase in fatalities, according to their report, is actually the improving economy (people drive more when they have more money). Consistently rising speed limits on the nation’s highways may also bear a large part of the blame. Read more…

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