Cool Science in the news!
Deep in the Amazon
Hard to believe that there are still groups of people who haven’t had contact with the outside world yet isn’t it? Or at least very little contact. Look at these pictures from Brazil – and notice how they are trying to shoot arrows at the plane/helicopter flying over them: PHOTO IN THE NEWS: “Uncontacted” Tribe Seen in Amazon. Learn more about uncontacted groups here: Photos Spur Debate on Protecting “Uncontacted” Tribes. More photos. And mostly unrelated – but I find this picture fascinating: Indigenous Brazilians Protest Dam
Cemetaries and Insect Zombies
So – stonehenge was originally a cemetary: Stonehenge Was Cemetery First and Foremost, Study Says.
Don’t read this is you get grossed out really easily – female jewel wasps find roaches, they sting them twice, not to paralyze them but to make them move sluggishly, the wasps then can grab the roach by its antennae and walk it around like a dog on a leash, lead it to its nest, where it seals it up and lays an egg on its belly for its larva to eat alive: The wasp that walks cockroaches – video included! Parasites are fascinating aren’t they?
Don’t make me look at you – I’m learning!
This is interesting – when people are trying to figure out something that is difficult to understand they tend to look away from the person who is talking – it is called ‘gaze aversion’. New research shows that “children aged 4-6 are more likely to avert their gaze when they are carrying out a task that they find difficult, or new to them“. This could be very helpful for parents and teachers. When kids look away when trying to grasp new information, it is a good sign that they are learning.
Women, Childcare and the Environment
Making Child Care More Affordable: the Family Tax Relief Act of 2008 bill was introduced which would “improve the federal Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit for millions of families, especially the low- and moderate-income families who most need help obtaining affordable, high-quality child care”.
Health in the News
Cool stuff for the future!
A monkey was trained to be able to control a robot arm to feed itself! National Geographic has a video. This is so cool – it could help people who have lost limbs or the use of them someday!
It was reported this week that eating less is more important than exercise to live a long life.
If you are over 60 – be sure to get a shingles vaccine! Shingles is apparently very painful so why take a chance of getting it if you can avoid it? See: Shingles Pain Prompts Call for Adult Vaccinations
What does your doctor owe you?
JC is continuing the discussion about what patients want from their doctors: Patient Manifesto: Communication and Accessibility.
Kristen King has had a few posts recently about weight gain and loss: Gaining Weight and Don’t Know Why? 7 Things It Could Be. Then she wrote an informative series on weight loss surgeries: Wrapping Up the Lively Women Weight Loss Surgery Mini-Series: When Is Surgical Weight Loss Really Appropriate?
Lastly – you want more good health posts to read? Welcome to the First Ever ‘Healthbolt Carnival’.
Thought for the week from Erika Jurney:
I think in fact that there are 3 weeks of every month when women are pumped full of hormones which mask just how completely irritating other people are.
Have a great weekend!
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