Wednesday, January 03, 2007

 
Wow, apparently a Praying Mantis can catch and eat a hummingbird. Check out the link below for some pictures of this. Hummingbirds are small I know, but Praying Mantis' aren't very big either.

Link: Praying Mantis Eats Hummingbird

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

 
Here's a video that I've posted to my Video Picks blog as well. It's a message that I think everyone should hear, especially young girls. This'll make you think twice before admiring that model in a magazine or catalog.

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Friday, December 15, 2006

 
Below is a link for a cool article about your joints and what causes the sounds as your joints 'crack.' It turns out that your joints aren't actually cracking. The sound we hear is actually either a release of gas or a ligament snapping back into place. Apparently there are gases like nitrogen and oxygen in our joints. When there is pressure placed on these joints the first thing to happen is that the gas is pushed out and you get a popping sound. Or, in the case of your knees 'cracking' it's probably a ligament snapping back into place.

Anywho, read the article for more info. You can find it here.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

 
All but Ageless is the title of the New York Times article I just read. It is an article about turtles and their unique physiology. Apparently turtles rarely, if ever, die from old age. They are killed either by disease, starvation, or by getting squashed. According to the article studies have shown that an old turtles organs are virtually the same as a young turtles organs. They do not show the signs of aging as organs do in humans and most other animals. Interesting. As I was reading this I was thinking, "Man, I wish we could learn from this and make our organs live forever." Reading further I, of course, discover that scientists are working on this right now. Perhaps we can learn something from studying the turtle genome that we can apply to our own species. That would be cool.

Anyway, the article also goes on to say that even though turtles are awesome creatures and can live for extremely long times, they are starting to die off due to loss of habitat and due to being crushed by automobiles. That seems to be a theme for most all animals in today's world.

The article contains lots more good info and many cute turtle pics (the image here was "borrowed" from the article. You can view the article here.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

 
I found a great article/blog post that describes a few short things you can do every day to keep your brain functioning at peak efficiency. Some of the things are obvious but I bet you haven't heard of a few of these. They all make sense and many are just good things to practice anyway, such as eating right. Anyway, this is definitely worth a read so check it out.

1.) 6 Ways To Boost Your Mental Acuity At Work
2.) Two more great ways to boost your brain power: Brain Age and Big Brain Academy. These are both great titles for the Nintendo DS.

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Friday, December 01, 2006

 
An excellent and very interesting article here:
http://www.livescience.com/humanbiology/top_10_badthings_good.html

In the article you will read about 10 things that you often hear are bad for you that may actually be quite good (in moderation of course). For instance, chocolate has some very good benefits, but the chocolate that is best for you is the kind that isn't very sweet. Sugar, of course, is still not very good for you. An interesting read, check it out.

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

 
This is something that has been bothering me as of late. My hearing is something that I especially worry about. We are bombarded constantly by noise. Listening to loud music via headphones is definitely bad but there are a myriad of other noises that blast our ears each day as well. If you live in an urban or even sub-urban area you are surely listening to the racket that cars and trucks make all day long. If you work in an office you might be sitting next to a computer that is quite noisy as well. Fluorescent lights can also be noisy. Most of these things are brains block out and we don't really "hear" them anymore but they are there assaulting our ears all the same. There usually isn't a lot we can do about that other then to move into the woods somewhere but it is good to be aware of such things I believe.

Anyway, I just found this blog post/article that I thought you might like to read... The second link is just some very basic info on what your senses are (just in case you weren't aware of them already). :)

1.) How to Sharpen Your Senses
2.) A quick rundown of what your senses are

Monday, September 25, 2006

 
Ultimately we have to work toward an energy source independant of oil. That certainly isn't going to happen overnight but we can start that journey now. One of things that really bothers me about President Bush and the current US Government is their super poor environmental policies. One of the big problems in the environmental sense right now is their determination to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Everything I've ever read of this suggests that we really wouldn't be getting much oil from this region and we wouldn't even be using this oil for another 10 to 20 years. Instead of working so hard to drill for more oil why can't we put some more money into finding new ways of powering our cars and homes?

Anyway, here are two video clips that I think you should watch and perhaps pass on to your friends. We, as humans, can't just keep on destroying everything we see just to make our lives a little more comfortable. We aren't the only species on the planet.




Thursday, September 07, 2006

 
Zoo's are great. I remember going to the Philadelphia Zoo in Pennsylvania when I was a kid. I'm not sure if my first visit was with school or with family but in any case I loved it. I remember just falling in love with the place. So many animals, some amazing, some frightening, but all wonderful. I remember the vampire bats and the prairie dogs being of particular interest. All of these thoughts and memories were coming back to me as I was looking into getting tickets to take my wife to the Philadelphia Zoo for her birthday (it's kind of a surprise so I'm not going to publish this post till after we go). :-) I'm fortunate enough to live only a hour or so away from this zoo. Apparently it is the first zoo to be opened in the United States. I read that on the Zoo website at philadelphiazoo.org. Reading that it got me thinking about other zoos. Well, here are a few of the things that I found out.

  • It seems that the first recorded zoo was built by egyptians sometime around B.C. 1500 under the rule of Queen Hatshepsut. Other early zoos were built by the Chinese and the Greeks. (reference links: [1], [2])

  • The San Diego Zoo in California (U.S.) is currently the world's largest zoo.

  • The Detroit Zoo has the world's largest Polar Bear exhibit

  • The National Zoo in Washington DC is part of the Smithsonian complex and is free to the public.

  • The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has the largest primate exhibit in North America

  • Check out this site made for Microsoft's Zoo Tycoon 2. It lists 15 of the top zoos in the United States with links to all of them.

  • You can find the nearest zoo to you by using Google Maps. Click this link and then enter your ZIP code or City Name in the Where? box (the second text box at the top).

  • About.com has a page that will help you find a job at a zoo

  • To help save endangered animals around the world you could consider making a donation to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Most Zoo websites have an area that you can make donations direclty to them as well. All decent zoos have a conservation program of some sort and I'm sure they would love your donations.

Well there's a few things that you maybe didn't know before reading this. If so, then this blog has done it's job. What's the use in learning things if you can't pass along your knowledge to others?

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

 
Sad, sad, news. Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin has been killed. This really saddens me. The Crocodile Hunter was always a hero of mine. Sure he was a bit quirky and weird but that's what made him unique and cool. I loved watching his TV shows and documentaries. No one could ever say he was boring. Watching his shows I learned so much about the animal world and made me realize what a wonderful world we live in. Many of the posts in this blog were inspired from watching shows like his on Animal Planet. The one consolation in all this is that he died doing what he loved, working with animals. It is certainly ironic but at least he wasn't just hit by a car or something of that nature.

Anyway, this post is in honor of the great man, this Crocodile Hunter. My prayers are with his family as I join in the mourning that is going on around the globe. Thank you Steve for all you have done. You will be missed.

For more info on this here's a link to a recent article:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/05/AR2006090500020.html