The unfolding, lightweight, low-cost telescope is derived from the Dobsonian telescopes used by amateur astronomers. Someday, one bigger than the Hubble might be built, for much less money.
In an effort to boost the grey nurse shark population, Australian scientists are turning to test-tube breeding. Shark embryos are capable of cannibalizing their sibs while still in the womb.
Startling changes in the food chain in Alberta when wolves no longer played a part.
In the end, the company was unable to bring home the bacon. And the butter, and the cream, and the steaks, and . . .
Ten barrels of cheese aging at the bottom of a lake in Canada have disappeared. Who would age cheese underwater? Someone who discovered that water pressure does fantastic things to cheese.
Perhaps a better question is, what happens when a creature who normally does not have cheese on its menu eats a vast quantity of it? Do they evolve into a monster?
Some people cause distress to their physicians. The term ‘heartsink’ refers to those who are extremely demanding, have a long, long list of disorders, or in some cases, might just have a terrible crush on their docs.
A unique treatment developed at MIT not only cuts off a tumor’s blood supply, but also delivers a dose of toxin.
It’s all the rage in Russia to have the image or name of Vladimir Putin tattooed on your body. Someone said this made him feel confident and safe.
From an insect-sized Mars Rover-type vehicle to an ultra-thin astronaut garment that can sense and repel radiation to featherweight cable for space elevators - the future is coming.
Next thing you know, there’ll be a squirrel actors union. I wonder if they need more extras?
It just might lie in a recently discovered family of genes. The new knowledge will also help in fighting age-related diseases.
Irrational fears, whether they be of reptiles, insects, or heights can be overcome with the right treatment.
An object that is bright, slow-moving, and possibly bigger than Pluto is found.
Its secondary wing feathers are hollow, and bent so the ends touch. When the bird rubs them together, there are two clicks and then a sound similar to that made by running a finger over a comb.
In the Zambezi Valley of Africa, elephants can destroy crops, ruining the efforts of farmers to make a living. Now there is the Elephant Pepper Development Trust (EPDT), which sanctions the use of chili peppers to repel the elephants. The peppers can be sold as an additional cash crop. The EPDT suggests planting the peppers on the perimeters of the farmed areas with the grain crops in the center.
I’ve used cayenne pepper as a deterrent for squirrels, but they were either immune to its charms, or else used it as a condiment with their meals.
Stray cows have been blamed for disrupting road traffic, and being in the way of an Air France plane during landing. If the cows appear to be straying, they will be arrested and auctioned off, while their owners are fined.
My poor mom has to stay at least one more day due to a fever from a new infection, possibly caused by an IV line.
For long waits at the hospital, nothing beats People magazine. Somewhere I read that it takes about 45 minutes to get through one. Three should do it. The library is on the way to the hospital, luckily.
Go ahead, ask me anything about Brangelina. The Olsen twins. Julia Roberts. Please. My mind is full of useless knowledge, and by the end of the afternoon, will reach toxic proportions.
A darkened hospital room is not the place to read scholarly journals. Even a chick lit book put me into a sound sleep. But today, I will not go hungry. There will be green plums and a package of Milanos, maybe a chocolate bar for us.
It used to be a parade of magazine subscription and candy bar sellers bused in from far away. Now it’s real estate people going door-to-door looking for houses to sell. The candy-selling kids pretended not to be able to read the ‘no solicitors’ sign. The religious people said they were not soliciting. (Well, what are you doing on my doorstep?) There’s no excuse for the overly-agressive, greedy-eyed woman who just knocked on the door. Out! Out!
Psychiatrists say the drugs could be helpful in treating post-traumatic stress disorders, but concerns are raised regarding possible military misuse.
Mount McKinley has been conquered by many a climber, but the mountain, tallest in North America, is proving to be a formidable depository for human waste. More climbers are succumbing to diarrhea from pathogens in the snow used for drinking and cooking.
Watch for loose steel bristles on the grill. Doctors are reporting that once ingested, they can lodge in the throat, very close to the jugular vein and carotid artery. Diners should always remember to chew very, very thoroughly.
Colorful characters with diverse backgrounds meet for the game and much more besides, including baseball, religion, biotech, and peaches.
The returning popularity of yodeling is seen by its Swiss practitioners as harking back to a more comforting time in their heritage.
The hotel/condo complex will be 2,000 feet tall, shorter than the Burj Tower in Dubai, taller than the Freedom Tower at ground zero.
The toll is up to 27, as health officials warn farmers to bury or burn sick pigs. In impoverished regions, it is common practice to eat or sell sick animals.
Scientists stop just short of saying for sure that these squid prey on each other. Apparently, there is the possibility of ‘accidental self-ingestion’.
Perhaps the giant squid’s impressive built-in food processor is too efficient.
The reading matter that I took today was less than entertaining. Mom was moved out of the ICU into a four-bed unit, but she was the only occupant. When the nurses know that family is staying long hours, they bring a lounge chair. After pondering a bit, I leaned back and was out cold for about half an hour.
I had eaten a light lunch, so by 4:00 p.m. I kept thinking about the vending machines off the lobby. A nurse told me the cafeteria opened at 4:30. I was pretty sure there wouldn’t be a wait to get in. And no, I wasn’t curious enough to see if that same chicken breast is served in there.
Other family members have had the privilege of choosing my mom’s meals (low salt, low fat, low taste, low visual appeal), but this afternoon, a cheery woman came in and asked if I would make some menu choices. Mom has been sleeping a lot, and was unavailable for comment.
Needless to say, these choices were poor. There was a special of the day for lunch, beef tips in mushroom sauce. She has had a pathetically dry chicken breast for her last six meals, I think. Not knowing how many ‘appetizers’ she was allowed, I picked vegetable soup and a salad, diet dressing only. The dinner special for Thursday was turkey with gravy. No dressing, yams or anything like that. Steamed veggies. I’ve seen those. I did not choose the Jello or the mashed potatoes, because she has had those every day, possibly even at breakfast.
I circled a lot of stuff. Then became aware of someone at my elbow, the smiling person whom I thought was still in the hall. She seemed very amused.
He is scheduled to give a lecture about meditation and its effect on the brain, but the neuroscientists feel the talk will cross the line between science and religion.
If you don’t like using DEET, products that contain these two substances are approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Concerns are raised about the safety of the Active Denial System weapon, which can zap rioters with a 95-gigahertz microwave beam. It comes in both portable and vehicle-mount versions, and is planned for use in Iraq in 2006.
My mom is detaching herself manually from the hookups, a sure sign that she’s ready to leave. I’ve seen her through many hospital journeys, (she survived a brain aneurysm years ago when she had less than a five percent chance), and she’s on the rebound. When I hear she’s annoying the staff, that means things are looking up.
Patchie, a cattle dog, can howl like a siren. His loud cries woke his master in time to douse a fire threatening his home in Brisbane, Australia.