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After uproar, Minecraft maker to stop feeding cookies to in-game parrots

Enlarge / A Minecraft player approaches a parrot with a cookie that could be deadly in real life. (credit: Mojang)

Usually, when outside groups worry about video games having a negative effect on children, they're focused on those games' potential normalization of violence or how games allegedly encourage a sedentary and emotionally unbalanced lifestyle. This week, though, Minecraft maker Mojang is responding to a public outcry by making changes to the way it portrays parrot feeding.

In Minecraft, to breed new in-game parrots, you feed the birds chocolate chip cookies. In the real world, though, even a small amount of chocolate can be toxic to a parrot's digestive system.

In a post on the Minecraft subreddit this weekend, user 1jl expressed concern that some of the millions of children who play Minecraft would try to imitate the game in a way that poses a danger to pet parrots. "You can't tell me some 6-year-old is going to play Minecraft and then try to feed their Mom's 45-year-old Macaw chocolate chips or a chocolate chip cookies,"[sic] he writes. The post quickly became the most popular post ever on the subreddit, attracting more than 37,000 voting points as of this writing.

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Parrot positions its consumer drones for 3d modeling, mapping and agricultural uses

 Parrot today announced packages for its consumer drones aimed at small businesses. The company has long served the professional market, but this announcement repositions the Bebop and Disco drones as off-the-shelf solutions for 3d modeling, mapping and agricultural uses. After all, drones are most interesting as data capture devices and this move by Parrot reinforces their abilities outside… Read More

Uncorking innovation with Treasury Wine Estates in Napa

Treasury Wine Estates vineyards. What wine makers are going after with applied technology and science is a more profitable piece of an already sizable market. Consumers spent $38 billion on U.S.-made wines alone in 2015 according to the annual Wine Industry Metrics report by Wines & Vines Analytics. Using tech and science to gain every possible advantage can help producers keep their costs and prices down, their… Read More