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Quick Takes

"Quick Takes" Continued...

Issue: "After Osama," May 21, 2011

Healthy treat

Thanks to the wonders of science, healthy ice cream could soon hit grocery stores. University of Missouri food chemist Ingolf Gruen says he's close to creating a "functional ice cream" replete with antioxidants, fiber, and probiotic bacteria. Gruen says that ice cream's low temperature makes it a good vehicle to deliver the beneficial probiotic bacteria, though he admits it was a challenge to smooth out his healthy ice cream's texture that had been rendered crunchy by the additives.

Guard goose

Citizens trying to enter or exit an Aurora, Colo., municipal building in late April were forced to contend with a territorial father goose that had taken to blocking the door. City workers say the male goose, called Ralph, migrates with his mate, named Alice, every year to the building. And while Alice nests in nearby flower planters, Ralph spends his days patrolling the area near his spouse. This year, though, the protective father has taken to standing watch directly in front of the building's doors. One poster on the city's Facebook page noted Ralph likes to give "threatening stares through the glass and persistent beak taps on the door."

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