Using modern forensic technology and a decidedly modern understanding of biochemistry, researchers from The University of Western Ontario have taken a look at stress levels in pre-Colombian Peru; their findings are summarized in an upcoming edition of the Journal of Archaeological Science. They found that stress has plagued humanity for at least 1500 years. The researchers were able to get the dead to give up not only their final secrets, but an understanding of their life for a few years before they shuffled off this mortal coil.
When humans get stressed, our bodies release a chemical known as cortisol, which appears in our blood, our urine, and even our hair. Of those three, hair is only one stands the test of over 1000 years of time, and provides a short history of the last years that its owner had. By examining hair strands from 10 individuals at five different dig sites in Peru, the researchers were able to determine how stressed people were, using the levels of cortisol in segments of their hair.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Repugican party's website columnist lies and says health care reform is like Hitler's Enabling Act.
Typical NAZI claiming all others are the Nazis
Lew Rockwell's website warns of coming US civil war.
Can you say Treason?
Guest talking head for Glenn Brick lies saying Senate health care bill requirement will lead to "death squads".
Dead horse's don't get up and run no matter how many times you beat them.
Attempts to prevent the extinction of the 19-foot-long prehistoric sturgeon are failing.
Senate repugicans failed early Friday in their bid to filibuster a massive Pentagon bill that funds the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, an unusual move designed to delay President Obama's health-care legislation.
On a 63 to 33 vote, Democrats cleared a key hurdle that should allow them to approve the must-pass military spending bill Saturday and return to the health-care debate. After years of criticizing Democrats for not supporting the troops, just three repugicans supported the military funding.
Where Can I Get a Drink Here?
Okay, this one is a bit on the light side, but I found it quite interesting as an illustration of the unintended consequences (sometimes really unintended) of introducing non-native species in foreign ecosystems. The video below shows alcoholic monkeys on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean. They were brought there from West Africa 300 years ago by slave traders back when the island was a rum-producing colony, and apparently they developed a taste for alcohol from eating fermented sugarcane left in the fields. Nowadays, they satisfy their liquor habit by stealing drinks from tourists (as seen in the video).
In 2009, researchers at the California Academy of Sciences added 94 new relatives to our family tree. The new species include 65 arthropods, 14 plants, eight fishes, five sea slugs, one coral, and one fossil mammal. They were described by two dozen Academy scientists along with several dozen international collaborators.
Proving that there are still plenty of places to explore and things to discover on Earth, the scientists made their finds over four continents and two oceans, climbed to the tops of mountains and descended to the bottom of the sea, looked in their owns backyards (Yosemite National Park) and on the other side of the world (Yunnan Province, China). Their results, published in 29 different scientific papers, add to the record of life on Earth and will inform future studies on biodiversity, evolution, and conservation.
As much as 20 inches of snow could fall from the Carolinas to New Jersey.
Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Watford, England, United Kingdom
Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland
Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Leeds, England, United Kingdom
Seoul, Kyonggi-Do, Korea
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Paris, Ile-De-France, France
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Nobody works harder than you do, and nobody will complain if you want to take the day off.
After all, you can point with pride to an accomplishment (actually many) that could not have happened without you.
Think about somewhere special you'd like to go.
Treat yourself like royalty for a change.
Don't worry about the future.
Past inspiration will help get you started on the next project.
Others find your skill and persistence inspiring.
Nobody works harder ... true
But oh, they'll complain if I want to take a day off that means they won't be able to goof off.