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Growing New Chompers

Unlike people, crocodiles do not clean their teeth to slow down wear and tear. Instead, they get rid of them and replace them with new copies.

Having one of the most powerful bites in the animal kingdom, crocodiles must be able to bite hard to eat their food such as turtles, wildebeest and other large prey. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that crocodiles — and even their plant-eating ancestors — had thin tooth enamel, a trait that is in stark contrast to humans and other hard-biting species. These findings could suggest new approaches for dealing with people’s teeth.

“Once we unlock genetically how crocodiles and other non-mammals do this, maybe new teeth can be bioengineered for people,” said Brianne Schmiegelow, a former undergraduate student at MU and current dental student at University of Missouri-Kansas City. “Instead of using fillers such as crowns, people could instead ‘grow’ new teeth when they need to replace their worn out chompers.”

The team used a three-dimensional x-ray scanner to measure the thickness of tooth enamel in crocodiles. They found regardless of tooth position — incisor, canine, molar — age or diet, crocodiles do not have thick tooth enamel. With this new information, the team also studied published data on dinosaur teeth and found that the data nearly matched what they were seeing in crocodiles. For instance, a Tyrannosaurus rex has the same enamel thickness as a crocodile and can also bite extremely hard.

“Crocodiles bite really hard, so we were curious if they have teeth that correspondingly withstand those forces — tough teeth to match a tough bite,” said Kaleb Sellers, a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri and lead researcher on the study. “We found that they don’t have tough teeth, and we think it’s because they replace their teeth like most other non-mammal animals. That made us wonder if other animals — even prehistoric — had similar issues.”

Researchers said the next step is to study tooth replacement and the timing of teeth growth in crocodiles and other animals such as dinosaurs — even looking into the possibility of genetic causes.

“Enamel takes a long time to build, so it’s not something animals will do ‘off-the-cuff,’ so to speak,” said Casey Holliday, an associate professor of anatomy in the MU School of Medicine. “It presents us with an interesting puzzle. If ancient crocodiles were chewing plants, did their new teeth already have the correct architecture — dimples and facets — to allow for this chewing? The findings here have paved the way for exploring this mystery with future research.”

The study, “The significance of enamel thickness in the teeth of Alligator mississippiensis and its diversity among crocodyliforms,” was published in the Journal of Zoology. Funding was provided by a National Science Foundation grant (NSF-EAR 1631684), the University of Missouri Research Board, the University of Missouri Research Council, and the University of Missouri Life Sciences Undergraduate Research Opportunity program. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the funding agencies.

5 Quick & Easy Dog Training Tips

Everyone wants a dog they can communicate with. A dog that you give a simple instruction, and watch it obey. It’s not just for fun but also to make your dog behave accordingly. Some dogs like the security ones are trained and aren’t the same as balanced dogs. It’s your responsibility to train your dog while overseeing its growth from a puppy to an adult dog. You should start with dog obedience training which consists of a few basic commands. Here are five quick and easy dog training tips.

1. Create a Puppy-proof in Your House

Every time a puppy is alone or is not under supervision, he should be in a safe place far from trouble. Imagine coming back home and finding your TV screen on the floor broken, your leather seats torn, and your kitchen looking like you have just been burglarized. Prevent that from happening.

Create a room for your pup and provide any safe toys he/she can play with and chew. Just like you wouldn’t give a toddler total freedom, puppies require the same restriction. You will be preventing accidents and destructive behavior. It ensures your pup doesn’t develop an awkward behavior.

2. Don’t Sleep with Him in Your Bed

It can be tough for you, and we understand. They are part of the family, and there should be no such limits, but allowing your dog to share a bed with you will give him mixed thoughts, and he will be wondering what role he plays.

Allowing him to share the same bed with you will make your dog see himself as your equal, and no reason to respect you. If you insist on allowing him on to your bed, make it an invitation only. Show him that he is not allowed into your bed unless he is invited.

3. Create Short Sessions Throughout The Day

Training is not a one-time thing. If it were, you wouldn’t spend all those years in college. The only way your dog will learn is through undergoing extensive training for a long time with short sessions in between the day. If you find it hard to dedicate some hours each day, enroll in dog training programs with Wag Hotels, and they will educate and train your dog professionally while you are away.

However, if you have the time, train your dog in short snippets. You will be able to notice when the dog is more alert and take advantage rather than wasting your time and annoying your dog by forcing him to learn. Besides, short sessions are easier to manage especially if you have a busy schedule.

4. Be Generous with Your Affection

Most people will mention when they are unhappy with their dogs, but sometimes they ignore the good stuff. As much as you are disappointed with its bad behavior, appreciate its good side as well. Just like we humans, dogs can have best or worst moments.

Ensure that you give your dog the attention it deserves when he’s doing the right stuff. Appreciate and let him know that he has behaved well. Be generous with your words and praise him. Give him some little pats and treats to show that you appreciate.

5. Give Your Dog a Daily Exercise

Just like humans, dogs need plenty of exercise and stimulation on a daily basis to cheer them up and keep them active. One or two walks per day are not enough for your pet especially if it’s a herder or retriever.

Lack of exercise and stimulation can make your dog, bored, unhappy, or unhealthy. In fact, many destructive and aggressive behaviors from dogs are due to lack of exercise and stimulation. A bored dog would find something interesting to do, like messing up your stuff.

Conclusion

When it comes to training your on-four best friend, you have to work hard and exercise patience. It also requires lots of dedication. Training your dog creates a stronger bond, and you can all have fun as long as you treat him/her right and show love.

How a Pet Helps You Feel Better When You Are Sad

If you already own a pet, then you’re likely to be well aware of the uplifting effect that a pet can have on your mood when you’re feeling sad.

But have you ever wondered why this is?

Here are a few scientifically-backed reasons as to how a pet is genuinely able to make a person feel better when they are feeling down…

FEEL-GOOD BRAIN CHEMICALS

Your brain produces a number of different natural chemicals that each have their own effect on your mood.

One of these chemicals is called oxytocin. When the brain releases this, you immediately feel happier and more loved.

Not only that, but the oxytocin then sends signals to the other neurotransmitters in the brain, encouraging it to release other feel-good hormones, such as:

• Serotonin

• Dopamine

• Adrenaline

How are these feel-good brain chemicals linked to pets?

Well, research shows that when you stroke a pet, this triggers your brain to produce and release an increased amount of oxytocin. This, in turn, will quickly have an uplifting effect on your mood.

In fact, you don’t even necessarily need to stroke a pet to experience these benefits…

Simply looking into your pet’s eyes can have similar effects!

COMFORT AND EMPATHY

Not only can many animals sense your emotions, but they can also tell whether you are feeling happy or sad. This is a concept officially known as emotional contagion, and it is something that is being increasingly studied.

While research may still be ongoing, what we do know is that pets, whether they can sense your sadness or not, offer so much comfort and empathy.

Your pet will be there to support you whenever you are feeling down, and your pet is also guaranteed to be one of the best listeners you will ever find! Just talking to your pet about whatever it is that is bothering you can actually increase your problem-solving abilities, meaning that you may even find a logical and productive way to overcome your sadness.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

While a fish or a hamster may not provide this benefit, other pets, such as dogs and cats, do tend to encourage their owners to spend more time outdoors.

This is especially the case with dogs, and dog owners will likely find themselves outdoors so much more than they would have been, all because of their dog.

Did you know that spending more time outdoors can have a direct effect on how happy you’re feeling?

Even if you just spend half an hour a day at your local park with your dog, you will experience:

• Less stress

• More empathy

• Increased concentration and creativity

• An increase in physical fitness

• An improvement in overall health

As you can imagine, when experiencing all of those different benefits, your sadness will soon disappear!

Pets add so much to our lives, and the fact that an animal can almost immediately make a person feel happier is a huge added bonus for pet owners. Whether you own a dog, a cat, a fish, or anything else, try turning to your pet the next time you are feeling sad for an instant mood lift. Learn more here about how your pets can help boost your mood!

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Fetch: CBD For Pets

Numerous international studies suggest that CBD may be beneficial for pets with issues such as anxiety, inflammation, seizures generalized pain, nausea and inappetence. New Fetch tinctures which some in two bottle sizes depending on the size of your pet) contain full-spectrum CBD obtained through CO2 extraction from American-grown industrial hemp. There is no THC (the chemical in marijuana that produces a “high” sensation) and therefore no psychoactive effects. Safe and gentle for beloved pets, each Fetch formula is third party lab-tested for potency and residual solvents. All of the plant material used is tested for heavy metals, pesticides and herbicides.

The company was started by a Boulder, Colorado-based full-service hemp extraction lab (founded in 2016 by combat veteran, Craig Henderson) called Extract Labs. It’s a great product to use to chill out your pet if they have anxiety, have to travel or are in stressful situations. For older pets, it’s also fantastic for joint and muscle pain.

Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B

MAROON 5 TAKE #1 SPOT AT TOP 40 RADIO WITH GIRLS LIKE YOU FEATURING CARDI B

NEXT LEG OF RED PILL BLUES WORLD TOUR KICKS OFF THIS FALL

This week, Maroon 5’s Girls Like You [feat.Cardi B] rises to #1 at Top 40 radio, making it the top song in the country and #2 greatest gainer on the format. Additionally, the three-time GRAMMY Award-winning multiplatinum band ascends to #3 on Hot AC as the #1 greatest gainer and #28 at Rhythm with their latest cross-format smash.

Girls Like You [feat. Cardi B] is available on the Deluxe Edition of their platinum-certified sixth full-length album, Red Pill Blues [222/Interscope] out now!

Additionally, the single has already generated over 186 million Spotify streamsand counting. Meanwhile, the star-studded music video amassed 434 million YouTube/VEVO views in under a month’s time.

Next up, Maroon 5 resume their blockbuster Red Pill Blues World Tour on September 7 at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT. Remaining dates can be found below, and tickets are available now at Ticketmaster.com.

Red Pill Blues was executive produced by J. Kash and Adam Levine. Among its powerhouse tracklisting, it includes the double-platinum chart-dominating hits What Lovers Do [feat. SZA] and Don’t Wanna Know [feat. Kendrick Lamar] in addition to special guest appearances from Julia Michaels, A$AP Rocky, LunchMoney Lewis, Future, and Cardi B. Upon arrival, the album bowed at #2 on the Billboard Top 200, marking the group’s sixth Top Ten debut.

Maroon 5 will be on the road throughout 2018 and beyond in support of the record.

TOUR DATES:

September 7 | Salt Lake City, UT | Vivint Smart Home Arena

September 9 | Denver, CO | Pepsi Center

September 11 | Kansas City, MO | Sprint Center

September 13 | St. Louis, MO | ScottTrade Center

September 14 | Chicago, IL | United Center

September 16 | Milwaukee, WI | Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center

September 18 |St. Paul, MN | Xcel Energy Center

September 20 | Indianapolis, IN | Bankers Life Fieldhouse

September 22 | Louisville, KY | KFC Yum! Center

September 23 | Nashville, TN | Bridgestone Arena

September 25 | Columbus, OH | Nationwide Arena

September 27 | Toronto, ON | Air Canada Centre

September 29 | Pittsburgh, PA | PPG Paints Arena

September 30 | Detroit, MI | Little Caesars Arena

October 2 | Washington, DC | Capital One Arena

October 4 | Charlotte, NC | Spectrum Center

October 6 | Newark, NJ | Prudential Center

October 7 | Boston, MA | TD Garden

October 10 | Hartford, CT | XL Center

October 12 | Philadelphia, PA | Wells Fargo Center

October 14 | New York, NY | Madison Square Garden

October 15 | New York, NY | Madison Square Garden

About Maroon 5:

Maroon 5 stand out as not only one of pop music’s most enduring artists, but also one of the 21st century’s biggest acts. To date, the universally renowned Los Angeles band have achieved three GRAMMY Awards and become “the most successful group in the history of the Billboard Hot 100” with 12 Top 10 entries, sold over 20 million albums and 48 million singles worldwide. The band has additionally earned gold and platinum certifications in more than 35 countries. Maroon 5 won over fans and critics alike with the hybrid rock/R&B sound they introduced on their debut album, Songs About Jane and their double platinum album, It Won’t be Soon Before Long. In 2010, the band released their third studio album, Hands All Over, which featured the hit singles “Misery” and the anthemic “Moves Like Jagger,” which has become one of the best-selling singles of all time. In 2012, Maroon 5 released Overexposed, which quickly reinforced the group’s status as a powerhouse in popular music with all of the collection’s singles rising to the top of the charts. The band quickly also set a record for the most #1’s (six in total) by a group in the Top 40 chart’s 20-year history. Maroon 5’s most recent studio album, V, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and featured the hit singles “Maps,” “Animals” and “Sugar,” all of which went #1 on the Top 40 chart. The music video for the album’s GRAMMY nominated single “Sugar” has notably logged a record setting 2+ billion views to date. 2017 saw the musicians release two additional chart-topping singles, “Don’t Wanna Know” and “Cold,” as well as close out a massive world tour that touched down in 30-plus countries for 120 concerts in front of more than 2.5 million fans. On this tour, Maroon 5 also became the first American artist to headline two nights at “Rock In Rio” in September 2017.

Sony Pictures Classics’ BOUNDARIES NYC Premiere

Vera Farmiga, Christopher Plummer, Lewis MacDougall, Peter Fonda and writer/director Shana Feste attended the NYC Premiere of Sony Pictures Classics’ BOUNDARIES alongside some furry friends from the North Shore Animal League! Download the photos here and don’t miss BOUNDARIES, opening in NY & LA June 22nd!

Cast: Vera Farmiga, Christopher Plummer, Lewis MacDougall, Bobby Cannavale, Kristen Schaal, Dolly Wells, Yahya Abdul-Mateen, Christopher Lloyd, Peter Fonda

Written and Directed By: Shana Feste

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Rated: R

LAURA (Vera Farmiga) is a single mother living in Seattle, who has a constant need to put others & animals before her. When her estranged, criminally-minded father JACK (Christopher Plummer) is kicked out of his retirement home, Laura agrees to drive him down the coast to live with her sister JoJo (Kristen Schaal) in LA. Along for the ride is her bright but troubled son HENRY, and an assortment of animal charity cases. Without telling Laura, Jack convinces Henry to help him sell off his copious supply of marijuana at every stop of their journey, resulting in unexpected reunions with old friends and family.

Man to Swim around Great Britain

Strongman on the challenges he faces in his 3,220-kilometre, 100-day voyage.

Strongman Ross Edgley is bidding to become the first man to swim around the whole of mainland Great Britain.

Renowned for such feats as a rope climb to the height of Everest and swimming 100 kilometres in the Caribbean with a tree strapped to his back, his 3,220km swimming marathon (2,000 miles) is his latest venture.

He set off on June 1 and is swimming on average six hours at a time in a clockwise direction, and will not touch shore until arriving at London’s Tower Bridge in an estimated 100 days.

Here’s what the epic voyage takes in his own words…

‘Swimming the Channel on a daily basis’

“It’s the equivalent of swimming the English Channel every day. But I know my body can take it. I know I can be the first person in history to achieve it.”

‘Unfinished business from the Caribbean’

“Earlier this year, I attempted to swim from Martinique to St Lucia while tied to a tree. I’d aimed to swim 40km point to point but the current was totally against me and kept dragging me back. Even though I didn’t reach the shore, I actually swam over 100km in the end. While the athlete in me was happy with that, the adventurer in me had unfinished business. So, I phoned up the Royal Marines when I returned to the UK and asked if I could swim for 48 hours straight, just to see what I’ve got in the locker. The swim went really well and I hit 126km. One of the Marines mentioned the idea of swimming around the entirety of Britain – something that’s never been done before – and I thought, ‘why not?’”

‘Around Great Britain in 100 days’

“By looking at my swim metrics and comparing them to people who’d rowed around the entirety of Great Britain, I was able to estimate 100 days as a target. Oddly enough, in very bad conditions, my open water swimming times are the same as those of the rowers. A friend of mine named Sean Conway once swam the length of Great Britain in 135 days. I’m looking to do more than double that distance in less time.”

‘Turning into a prune’

“A lot of experienced open water swimmers have told me that my skin will eventually reject being in salt water for such a long time. I got a taste of this during my 48-hour swim with the Marines, where my hands and feet pruned – essentially I got trench foot. What’s more, being in a wetsuit for months on end will probably mean I develop sores. Hopefully these turn to calluses, otherwise the pain could be unbearable under my armpits and parts where the wetsuit rubs. My body’s going to break down at sea, I know that but I must be mentally ready.”

Chess with Mother Nature’

“To do this sort of challenge I need the ability to swim 50km day and night, powering through 3m waves. But if the currents are against me I have no chance. The GB rowing challenge, which follows the same route, is labelled the world’s toughest rowing race on account of the tides, unpredictability and weather. When I told its organisers I’d be swimming it they told me I was crazy. “If you get it wrong around The Highlands you’ve eight knots coming against you,” they said. “So even if you are swimming two to three knots, an Olympic level, you’ll still be going back four knots.” It’s basically going to be a game of chess with Mother Nature – you can swim hard, but you need to swim smart.”

‘A wardrobe of wetsuits’

“We’re doing it in the spirit of open water swimming – no buoyancy aids, gloves only needed during cold periods. The only advantage I’ll have is a collection of swimsuits tailored for estimated weight loss, ranging from full Ross, to emaciated Ross 60 or so days in, when I’ll have shifted a few stones. My legs will probably atrophy first. I won’t be using them, they’ll probably shrivel – kicking your legs account for only 10 per cent overall propulsion, even with Olympic swimmers. We’ll also be taking a picture of me each day, so people can see my body’s transformation as I go.”

‘Turning into a five-year-old’

“It’s not a solo mission at all, it’s a team event, and the captain of my boat is going to be my hero. He will plot everything – he has all the tidal maps, all the electronic versions, all over the boat. I’ll also be plotting where I am on a map every day to boost morale. When you’re out at sea and all you can see is the bottom of the sea bed, it’s very easy to lose track of where you are. So it’ll be nice to clamber back on the boat and see that I’ve made progress. Ultimately, when you’re fatigued you have the cognitive function of a 5-year-old, so I’ll be like ‘point me in the right direction and let me know when I’ve got to change’.”

‘An anti-jellyfish beard’

“Wildlife is always a danger when you’re isolated in the sea. Giant jellyfish are a particular worry. I won’t shave. Because you’re leading with the head and the face will be most exposed, any protection, like a big beard, will help. I’ll try and grow it so by the time I get up to Scotland it’s fairly rugged. I’ll also encounter sea otters, dolphins and killer whales along the way, which I’m actually looking forward to. It’ll help break things up for me and be an incredible privilege to see.”

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Natural Habitat Adventures

Get Wild This Green Season with Natural Habitat Adventures

 

From taking in lush, tropical landscapes to viewing new animal births during the Great Migration, discover where the grass grows greener around the globe.

 

Rainy season brings out a special bounty of nature encounters from flourishing flora to new fauna. Ecotourism leader Natural Habitat Adventures proves it’s easy to be green with trips to see some of the most incredible wildlife spring into action around the world. From experiencing sea turtles nesting and spotting whales along Costa Rica’s south Pacific coast to taking in breathtaking views of huge herds making a great circuit across the Serengeti Plains in Tanzania, see where the grass grows greener this season with Natural Habitat Adventures:

 

Natural Jewels of Costa Rica
10 Days | From USD$5,495
NEW! Green Season Departure: Aug 4 – 13, 2018

In July and August, “green season” is a time of new birth and plentiful transitions among Costa Rica’s lush rainforests, mist-veiled mountains, wild beaches and active volcanoes, containing some of the greatest biodiversity on Earth. Enjoy peak turtle season in Tortuguero, when Pacific green sea turtles settle into their annual nesting pattern. On the new green season departure, Nat Hab makes an extended boat expedition in search of whales, particularly humpbacks, and dolphins during time exploring around Isla del Caño. In Monteverde’s cloud forest, resplendent quetzals and three-wattled bellbirds feed on abundant ripe avocados at this time of year, creating some of the best opportunities to encounter these threatened species in the wild. Nature is especially lively during the green season—the extra moisture tends to animate more birds and mammals in the canopy, as well as frogs, interesting insects and nocturnal wildlife.

 

Botswana’s Green Season Photo Safari
10 Days | From USD$11,795
Green Season Departures: November 2018 to March 2019

Botswana’s prolific wildlife is legendary, so it’s no wonder that it is a top destination for photography-focused African safaris. There’s nothing like seeing it during the “green season,” when intermittent rains bring dramatic skies, new grass and new animal life. Join accomplished photographers and naturalist guides on an adventure designed to reveal Botswana’s abundant wildlife and staggeringly diverse ecosystems, from the fossilized salt pans of the Kalahari Desert to the emerald marshes and sprawling channels of the Okavango Delta. Photograph wildlife in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve as it bursts to life during brief summer rains: where lush grasses lure throngs of wildebeest, springbok, gemsbok and other prey, while the region’s legendary black-maned lion, cheetah and other predators follow in close pursuit.

 

The Great Tanzania Migration Safari
8 Days | From USD$9,995
Green Season Departures: Dec 2018 to March 2019

On Africa’s Great Plains, each year, boundless herds of wildebeest and zebra traverse the Serengeti in search of new grass that sprouts with seasonal rains, and to birth their young. Lion and cheetah lie in wait, finely tuned hunting machines ready to stalk and take down the weakest members of the herds. In the center of the world’s greatest ancient migration route, wildlife lovers will join a small-group safari led by expert expedition leaders to witness a primal spectacle as the drama of predator and prey unfolds before them. Enjoy unparalleled seclusion, comfort and vintage safari atmosphere at Natural Habitat’s remote private camp, immersed in the wonder of one of the world’s truly epic wildlife events.

 

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Bryan Bailey’s New Book “The Hammer”

For thousands of years, dogs have established themselves in the homes and hearts of humans, coming to be viewed almost exclusively as loyal, friendly, and obedient… which is why it is often so alarming and unexpected to owners when a dog attacks. So what causes dogs to act aggressively, and how can it be avoided? The answers are found in Bryan Bailey’s latest book, The Hammer: Why Dogs Attack Us and How to Prevent It (Best Seller Publishing), available this month wherever books are sold.

In The Hammer: Why Dogs Attack Us and How to Prevent It, Bailey answers the following questions:

• What are the leading causes of canine aggression?

• Why do dogs attack children?

• What are common mistakes made by people that cause dogs to attack them?

• Why do the number of attacks to Americans continue to rise each year?

• What is canine pharmacotherapy and how can it help lessen the number of attacks to Americans?

• Why do 50% of dog bite fatalities occur to the dog’s owner?

• Which breeds are most involved in dog bite fatalities?

• What are four factors that are involved in all dog attacks?

• What can we do to prevent attacks?

• If someone is attacked by a large dog, what should they do to prevent themselves from being seriously injured or killed?

• Why is this a uniquely American problem?

Bailey has spent more than three decades studying and teaching the influence of wolves over modern dogs, shedding light upon the instincts that trigger aggressive behavior – and what can be done to prevent it. Featuring both meticulously researched information and thrilling stories inspired by real-life victims, The Hammer offers the only resource you’ll need to learn to protect yourself from situations in which man’s best friend turns into your worst nightmare.

AIDCOIN

AidCoin is empowered by CharityStars, a leading fundraising platform in the nonprofit sector. CharityStars has been providing innovative solutions to fundraising and donations since 2013 and are now trailblazing the sector by incorporating AidCoin, which will see the introduction of a suite of transparency solutions through blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. This innovative advance comes at a crucial time when moral is low within the sector and marks CharityStars as outliers leading the future of the sector.

Many experts believe that blockchain technology has the potential to restore confidence and public trust in the charity sector, given that trust in charities has fallen to its lowest level since 2005. Public sentiment reveals that over half of the general public are skeptical about donating to charities and donors are increasingly demanding accountability for where their funds are going.

By using blockchain technology to track transactions, cryptocurrencies to transfer funds and smart contracts to ensure donations are spent correctly, CharityStars aims to introduce a new layer of transparency, traceability, enabling a better connection and increased trust between the donor and recipient, which in turn will help charities to raise more money.

Co-founder and CEO Francesco Nazari Fusetti has extensive experience in the charity sector and the issues it faces, having conducted high profile auctions and raised millions for charities across the globe. CharityStars have raised over $10M USD to date, for charitable causes such as WWF, Save the Children, The Special Olympics and Unicef