The venerable New York Times flubbed and thus tipped their cards about how they feel about women. Shame shame. All humans have the capability to excel in both personal and professional aspects of their life. One would expect “a big fancy obit” to lead to lead with the stellar professional details. This can be interpreted as one of the many things that contributes to “rape culture.”
Sea slug sheds its penis after sex, scientists find
By John-Paul Ford Rojas | 13 Feb 2013 | www.telegraph.co.uk
As a post-coital ritual it has been described by researchers as “extremely peculiar” even among the often surprising behaviours of the animal kingdom. Scientists have discovered that the love life of a sea slug involves more than just losing its heart.
A study of the thumb-sized animal by Japanese biologists has revealed how it sheds its penis after sex, before growing a new one.
“No other animal is known to repeatedly copulate using such ‘disposable penes’,” they wrote in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.
I love creative solutions. Hopefully, this will work.
Parachuting poison mice combat Guam tree snakes
www.islandsbusiness.com | Thu 28 Feb 2013
HAGATNA, Guam— The US Department of Agriculture will drop mice laced with a sedative deadly to brown tree snakes around the island’s Andersen Air Force Base over the next couple of months.
Daniel Vice from the US Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services has told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat the snake is a serious threat to wildlife.
“Virtually all of the tropical west Pacific is potentially at risk from brown tree snakes,” he said.
“We’ve had them turn up on virtually every island in Micronesia associated with some sort of transportation from Guam.”
I love everything about this story, everything.
First Grader Zora Ball Becomes Youngest Person to Create Mobile App Video Game
Pint-size programmer develops app
by Janel Martinez | www.blackenterprise.com | February 15, 2013
Think back to your first grade days when your innovative thoughts inspired the creation of gold-sprayed macaroni collages, paper mâché pieces and indoor cardboard box castles. If you haven’t noticed, the creative process has changed a bit–especially with school-age children having access to technology, namely mobile devices.
Oh wow. Truly amazing event captured by average people on a variety of devices. I cannot imagine how massive the shockwave was. Video of this event is great because you can hear the strange sounds, enormous boom, wonder, and confusion.
The latest reports state that close to 1,000 people have been injured and chunks of the meteor have been found in a local lake.
I may be updating this information several times today as the story evolves.
Meteor Fragments Are Said to Rain Down on Siberia
By ELLEN BARRY and ANDREW E. KRAMER | February 15, 2013 | The New York Times
MOSCOW — Bright objects, apparently debris from a meteor, streaked through the sky in western Siberia early on Friday, accompanied by a boom that damaged buildings across a vast territory. Russia’s Interior Ministry said more than 1,000 people were hurt, 200 of them children, mostly from shards of glass that shattered when the meteor entered the atmosphere.
Many of the injuries were suffered by residents of the city of Chelyabinsk, about 950 miles east of Moscow, in a region where many factories for defense, including nuclear weapons production, are situated. But there was no indication of damage that resulted in any radiation leaks, officials said.
Apparently airdropping rabies vaccine is a common and established practice but it is new and startling idea to me. Personally, I like the idea of vaccines and the theory of herd immunity makes sense to me. Before vaccinations communicable illnesses would literally decimate civilizations. However, others disagree and attribute everything from autism to diseases being created to line corporate pockets.
Bottom line, if you had pets and lived near these areas would you rather Fido ate yummy fish flavored rabies vaccine they found on the ground or your face?
The DSHS Prepares for Aerial Rabies Vaccination Drop 01/02/12
News Staff | January 2, 2012 | www.cbs7kosa.com
The Texas Department of State Health Services will make its annual rabies vaccine airdrop this week.
Planes will take off from the Alpine- Casparis Municipal Airport around dawn on Wednesday, January 4, to drop approximately 1.8 million doses of the rabies vaccine in West Texas, as part of the DSHS Oral Rabies Vaccination Program.
Counties in the vaccination drop area include: Brewster, Crockett, Culberson, Edwards, Jeff Davis, Kinney, Maverick, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell and Val Verde.
I love everything about this concept and it is one of those things that make me want to relocate to another country. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this concept spreads?
The village where people have dementia – and fun
27 August 2012 | guardian.co.uk
How is society to look after the ever-growing number of people with dementia? A curiously uplifting care home near Amsterdam may have the answers.
Jo Verhoeff twinkles; there’s no other word for it. She bounces from her sofa beaming, and takes your hand. Welcome, she says. It’s nice here; you’ll like it. The people are friendly and there’s so much to do: shopping, cooking, bingo, the classical music club.
So it’s a nice place to come and visit, once in a while. Jo comes quite often when she’s not at work; she’s a secretary in an office, you see, in Amsterdam. Lives with her parents in Diemen, not very far from the city. Her father’s a bookkeeper.
Except … wait. She has a husband, hasn’t she? And two children, still small. Darlings, both of them. How can that all work? Especially since – now she comes to think of it – she actually sleeps here, sometimes. Doesn’t she? She certainly eats meals here; very tasty.
But never mind. “You really must,” says Jo, pushing this unwanted rush of apparently irreconcilable realities firmly to one side, “come and meet my family. All of them. They would love it, I’m sure. If you like, one day next week you can come to my house and have coffee. Would you like that?”
The most miraculous thing to me is that this stupendous, amazing comet was only recently discovered.
Christmas ‘miracle’ comet could be as bright as the full moon
Bryan Nelson | Tue, Oct 09 2012 | mother nature network
A newly discovered comet could offer a once-in-a-civilization night-sky viewing opportunity that may not come again in our lifetime.
Kids these days.
High School Students Send Rubber Chicken Into Space
High school students in Bishop, California sent a rubber chicken, named Camilla Corona, into space during last month’s intense radiation storm. Camilla was exposed to high-energy solar protons at an altitude of nearly 120,000 feet. The students equipped Camilla with sensors to measure the radiation for an astrobiology project. Camilla’s payload also included insects and sunflower seeds, so they kids could see how they responded to the journey. You can read more about the experiments here. Camilla is NASA SDO’s mission mascot. She can be found on Twitter, @Camilla_SDO.
Here is a video of Camilla at 119,000 feet after her propulsion system (helium balloon) burst and she was sent plunging back to Earth. Fortunately, Camilla had a parachute. Take a look:
I like that particle is named DUF1220, which has the same Latin root as doofus. Ok, not really.
“The one over-riding theme that we saw repeatedly was the more copies of DUF1220 in the genome, the bigger the brain. And this held true whether we looked at different species or within the human population,”
A protein particle that made humans most intelligent found
www.phenomenica.com | August 20, 2012
Scientists have discovered that a tiny particle within a protein allowed humans to become the most intelligent creatures on the planet.
Researchers from the University of Colorado found that the protein domain issue known as DUF1220 holds the key to understanding why our brains are so much bigger and more complex than any other animal, the Daily Mail reported.
DUF1220 is a protein domain of unknown function that shows a striking human-specific increase in copy number is considered important to human brain evolution.
Humans have more than 270 copies of DUF1220 encoded in their DNA, far more than other species.
As one headline stated, what do deformed butterflies mean for the people living near Fukushima?
Study: Japan nuclear disaster caused mutated butterflies
By Arata Yamamoto | NBC News
TOKYO — Researchers in Japan have found signs of mutation in butterflies, signaling one of the first indications of change to the local ecosystem as a result of last year’s nuclear accident in Fukushima, according to one of the first studies on the genetic effects of the incident.
Joji Otaki from the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, who led the research, collected 144 commonly-found pale grass blue butterflies two months after the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.
Initial results indicated that roughly 12 percent of the butterflies showed signs of abnormalities, such as disfigurement in their antennas, smaller-sized wings, change in color patterns and indented eyes, Otaki said.
Even more alarming, when he collected another 238 samples six months later he found that those abnormalities had increased to 28 percent and the mutations had doubled to 52 percent in their offspring.