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UTC Engineering Students Create 'Toys' for Zoo Animals
The many animals at the Chattanooga Zoo recently received creative enrichment items -- some might call them "toys" -- designed by University of Tennessee Chattanooga (UTC) Engineering students. Thanks to these students, many of the Zoo’s residents will be treated to an assortment of new, educational materials over the next few weeks.
The term “enrichment” refers to any stimulating activities, toys, games or food that allow animals to demonstrate species-typical behavior or exercise control over their environment. Experts say it enhances their physical, mental and emotional well-being. Enrichment can be auditory, olfactory and/or visual and often involves the introduction of novel objects and food. Examples of the enrichment created by UTC Engineering students include puzzle feeders, scratching posts, scent tubes, trapeze, rattles and more.
Throughout the spring semester UTC Engineering students made multiple visits to the Chattanooga Zoo to meet with animal care staff, observe animals and create appropriate enrichment materials.
“We are extremely impressed by the amount of energy and creativity that the UTC Engineering students brought to this project,” notes Darde Long, Zoo CEO.
UTC Professor of Engineering, Dr. Cecelia Wigal, adds that, “designing and building devices for the Zoo’s animals allow students to develop working solutions for real customers with real problems. Having animals who respond with so much enthusiasm has been a plus. The students’ have matched that enthusiasm and have greatly enjoyed producing products that help their local Zoo.”
Students will present their designs at the College Project Showcase on Wed. April 17th from 4-6 pm at the UTC Engineering School.
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Last Update on July 28, 2014 07:08 GMT
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It was a gal named "Lucy" versus a guy named "Hercules" at your local multiplex this weekend. But brains beat brawn. Lucy opens at number-one -- with $44 million. Scarlett Johansson stars as a drug mule -- who gets an accidental overdose of a brain enhancing drug. She's able to harness 100 percent of her mental power in the R-rated thriller. Dwayne Johnson's Hercules only flexes enough box office muscle for a second-place opening with 29 mil. "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" was third. The Rob Reiner directed comedy "And So It Goes" manages just an eighth-place opening weekend. Overall, it's been a chilly summer for Hollywood, with the box office take down by about 20 percent compared to last year. But things could heat up a bit this coming weekend with the opening of the Marvel superheroes movie, "Guardians of the Galaxy."
It was brains versus brawn at the movies this weekend. The AP's Jamie Friar looks at the weekend box office results.
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Sound of Scarlett Johansson
Sound of Scarlett Johansson in a scene from "Lucy."
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Sound of actors Amr Waked and Scarlett Johannson
Sound of actors Amr Waked and Scarlett Johannson in a scene from "Lucy."
DANIEL RADCLIFFE GOES TO COMIC-CON AS SPIDEY
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Was it Spidey or Harry Potter at Comic-Con? Daniel Radcliffe went undercover so he could take in Comic-Con in San Diego. He wore a Spider-Man costume and mask as he wandered through the halls of the pop culture convention. Radcliffe's disguise went beyond his appearance. He says he was doing an American accent so people wouldn't recognize his voice. Radcliffe adds people even took snapshots with him, not knowing who he was under the Spidey suit. Radcliffe, as himself, also made a Comic-Con appearance to promote his new movie, "Horns."
Daniel Radcliffe says his disguise extended to his voice.
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Daniel Radcliffe says some fans may have taken snapshots with him and not know it.
JENNY McCARTHY SAYS THERE'S NO HEAVY BEEF WITH COUSIN MELISSA
UNDATED (AP) -- Jenny McCarthy says she never got on Melissa McCarthy's case for her weight. The McCarthys are cousins. Jenny tells People there's a "crazy story" going around that she once told Melissa she would have to lose weight to get into show business. Jenny says "nothing could be further from the truth." Jenny McCarthy will soon marry Donnie Wahlberg. She also denies rumors that cousin Melissa is banned from the wedding. Jenny tells People it's going to be a very intimate ceremony with just a "very small group" of their closest friends.
FIRST FOOTAGE FROM NEXT "AVENGERS" MOVIE SCREEN AT COMIC-CON
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Fans have gotten their first look at footage from the new "Avengers" movie. Several members of "The Avengers" cast made an appearance at Comic-Con over the weekend, including Robert Downey Junior, Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders. One of the scenes screened shows Tony Stark trying to lift Thor's hammer. He asks, "If I lift it, do I get to rule Asgard?" "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" is set for release May 1, 2015.
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