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Hollywood Hounds: Which Dog Breeds Rule the Big Screen?

Dogs have always played a crucial role in film and TV history - from a classic Disney comedy with pups getting into mischief to a tearjerker when our favorite pooch is killed off. One can even say that the four-legged stars of the screen have often out-shone their human co-stars over the years.  Many breeds have hit the big time, so the team at Protect My Paws analyzed data from IMDb to identify the dog breeds that appear in most films and TV shows of the past century.  Methodology  Protect My Paws used to compile a comprehensive list of breeds. Each dog breed was then looked up on IMDB custom search engine in two variations: with and without "dog," e.g., "German Shepherd" and "German Shepherd dog," recording a total number of unique titles (films and tv series), as well as their year of release, and their Metascore, where available. Dog breeds with the highest number of unique titles they appeared in were deemed the most popular. Dog

Accumulation of Anthropogenic Mass on Earth

While the whole mass of humans is just about 0.01 percent of global biomass and civilization had already had a significant and various impact on it by three thousand years ago. Since the first agricultural revolution, humankind has about halved the mass of plants, from nearly two teratonnes down to the modern value of roughly one teratonnes. While contemporary agriculture uses an expanding land territory for planting crops, the whole mass of domesticated crops (~0.01 teratonnes) is considerably surpassed by the loss of plant mass resulting from deforestation, forest administration, and other land-use transitions. Other human activities, including livestock farming, hunting, and fishing, have also greatly influenced the masses of various other taxa. An up-to-date study of Earth's remaining living biomass has determined that, on a mass basis, plants compose the enormous majority (approximately 90%), accompanied by animals, fungi, bacteria, fungi, archaea, and protists.  The graph bel