Here are a few interesting reads that caught our eye from around the web.

A cow in Texas gave birth to quadruplets

The odds of a cow giving birth to four calves is about 1 in 11.2 million. The cow’s owners are going to do a DNA test to make sure that they all came from the same mother, but a local vet says he’s pretty sure they’re related.

“In the interest of science and the animal world, it’s one of those things that need to be verified beyond a shadow of a doubt,” said the vet, Mike Baird.

Their names, obviously, are Eeny, Meeny, Miney and Moo.

How climate change could affect what kind of food we eat, and how it tastes

Carrots could be less flavorful, beets less red, and chicken more stringy because of rising temperatures, according to a new Australian study.

“It’s definitely a wake up call when you hear that the toast and raspberry jam you have for breakfast, for example, might not be as readily available in 50 years time,” according to Associate Professor Richard Eckard of the University of Melbourne.

Maine’s edible seaweeds

Downeast has put together a helpful list of all the various kinds of seaweed that you can use in cooking. You can steam and eat them, use them to make tea, fry and eat them like bacon, or thicken soups.

How mining poop could yield serious cash and maybe save the environment

We’re not suggesting you try this at home, but it turns out that there might be a near-literal gold mine in our waste.

“The task of sifting sewage for microscopic quantities of gold may sound grim, but it could have a variety of unexpected benefits over traditional gold mining. The use of powerful chemicals, called leachates, used by the industry to pull metals out of rock is controversial, because these chemicals can be devastating to ecosystems when they leak into the environment. In the controlled setting of a sewage plant, the chemicals could be used liberally without the ecological risks.”

Millennials are moving to Buffalo and living like kings

We’re happy to see that younger people are moving to places besides New York and Los Angeles, but they should obviously move to Maine instead.

“The new American Dream is not owning a $200,000 house or owning a very expensive car, but owning something that matters more to you that’s accessible,” said Bernice Radle, who’s part of a crew of young preservationists in Buffalo. “I think the whole American Dream is really shifting, but the problem is in big cities you can’t get that.”


Dan MacLeod

Dan MacLeod is the managing editor of the Bangor Daily News. He's an Orland native who moved to Portland in 2002 and now lives in Unity. He's been a journalist since 2008, and previously worked for the...