Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Science Times!

Today’s Science Times section of the NY Times was thought provoking. For example:

In “There’s More to Nothing Than We Knew” they talk about the cosmos, a subject that fascinates me. I’m a Big Bang junkie – how did it happen, when did it happen, where did it come from, etc. I’m not interested in philosophical or religious explanations. But now I’ve got a new puzzlement. How can something come from nothing? If it started from nothing does it all go back to nothing? Just askin’.

Four new species of chameleons have been discovered in Madagascar. They’re tiny. Smaller than a fingernail. Incredible little reptiles. Go figure.

Researchers tell us that birds are more unfaithful in severe or uncertain weather. You may not care about marital fidelity in our avian friends, but it may matter to the jilted birdie. Or not. Apparently this increased promiscuity applies to both sexes. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, so to speak.

In “Aging of Eyes Is Blamed for Range of Health Woes,” I learned that the gradual yellowing of the lens and narrowing of the pupil that occur with age (didn’t know all this was going on) disturbs the body’s internal clock. And when our clock is messed with, bad stuff happens. Betcha didn’t know that.

Finally, if you’re one of those people that think ice therapy reduces muscle soreness, think again. We don’t know for sure. It may be that other treatments, like compression sleeves or ibuprofen, are just as, or more, effective. And ice can create unwanted side effects. So there you have it.

You’re welcome!


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