Running late today!
I want to live here!
I want to live in the “Kingdom of Women”! In southwest China there is an ethnic group called the Mosuo where women control all the property and determine the family line. They don’t get married either, they have lovers that they stay involved in long term relationships with for as long as they want to. They are starting to have problems due to the encroachment of the outside world. Personally I think they should try to find a way to preserve the basics of their way of life in the modern world. Watch the National Geographic video: VIDEO: China’s “Kingdom of Women”
Houses for bats
The National Wildlife Federation posted an article about how to build a bat house. Bats eat lots of insects including mosquitoes, in fact “a single bat can capture 500 to 1,000 mosquitoes in a single hour”. Learn more at Why I Built A Bat House.
The Hula Hoop turned 50 yesterday. I never could use a hula hoop, even when I was a kid. Could you? Can you now?
Dr. Val has an interview with Gary Rogers, Ph.D., the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Dairy Science and Professor of Animal Science who explains how milk is processed and why and why raw milk isn’t a good idea in
The US Dairy Council On Milk Safety And The Raw Milk Movement.
Music and Language
I’ve spent a lot of time trying to learn other languages, both Spanish and Mandarin, without much success yet. Some new research shows that “the extra information provided in music can facilitate language learning” and “similar areas of the brain are activated when listening to or playing music and speaking or processing language”. Interesting stuff – read more here: Does music help us learn language?
Old or aging? Learn the difference
Fight Aging explains: “There’s nothing wrong with becoming old, but everything wrong with aging. Old means experienced, invested, wealthier, time-tested and just all-round better for having been around the block. Aging, on the other hand, is the direct result of biochemical damage you picked up along the way” and makes you frail and ill and eventually takes away your life.
Liz Strauss explains how achieving goals involves overcoming fears in It Only Seems that You Have to Walk on Water.
Dealing with To-Do’s
DazzlinDonna posted some tips on Dealing With A Massive To-Do List. My to-do list is pretty big. I’m going to have to add dealing with my list to my list.
Modern Mami shares a tip for getting young children to brush their teeth themselves: Brushing Teeth Technique for Toddlers/Preschoolers.
Joy at Gourmeted posted how she makes Oatmeal with Honey-Butter Caramel Apples! Damn that looks good! Too bad I’m too lazy to cook much of anything. She also gives tips for feeding ultra-picky eaters.
PHOTOS: Top Ten New Species of 2007 Named – be sure to look at the pink millipede, its pretty cool looking!
Scientists in Sweden published research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showing that “gay men and straight women share similar traits—most notably in the size of their brains and the activity of the amygdala—an area of the brain tied to emotion, anxiety and aggression”. This adds more evidence that biology rather than environment determines sexual orientation. Read more: Study Says Brains of Gay Men and Women Are Similar and Gay Men, Straight Women Have Similar Brains
And lastly – MarsPhoenix found water ice on Mars: “Are you ready to celebrate? Well, get ready: We have ICE!!!!! Yes, ICE, *WATER ICE* on Mars! w00t!!! Best day ever!!”
Have a great weekend!
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