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Hear and Now: Cats Dig Food Puzzles

Allison Loudermilk

Hear and Now: Cats Dig Food Puzzles HowStuffWorks NOW
Hear and Now: Cats Dig Food Puzzles HowStuffWorks NOW

Hi guys, due to Monsters in the HowStuffWorks house, we shot just one video for HowStuffWorks Now this past week, so we'll be highlighting that in this post, along with two past stories that you may not have caught. All three are captured in this week's HowStuffWorks Now podcast, which is embedded here for your listening pleasure. You can also catch it on your favorite podcasting service.

First up, let's talk superheroes. According to this story from Robert Lamb, they were around way before you (or your parents) were watching the Super Friends team up against Lex Luthor and his super villain buddies during Saturday morning cartoons. In fact, the Chinese have been telling tales of caped crusaders since the 16th century. Robert gives you the full scoop in the podcast or in the article linked earlier.

Next up are the cats. Or specifically the food puzzles for cats that you may want to consider making or buying if you have an indoor feline or two. Having indoor cats earn their keep by ferreting out food from food puzzles, which could be as simple as an empty water bottle with holes and dry food inside, could improve their physical and mental health, according to a new research published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. Here's the journal article and our related article in case you'd like to learn more and maybe even make one yourself.

Finally we have the robots — and how they may take nearly 8.7 million U.S. jobs by 2021, according to new estimates from Forrester Research. It's not necessarily as dire as you might think, as host Jonathan Strickland relays. We also may have new jobs created by new technology. The key, of course, is to have the number of jobs added exceed the number of jobs lost. It's a situation that will affect both blue-collar and white-collar jobs.

That's just a teaser of our trio for the HowStuffWorks Now podcast this week. We hope you enjoyed, and if you like what you hear on the podcast, please subscribe.