Archive for September, 2012

Bumblebee bunny rescues 26 others

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Things were hopping in Live Oak, California this week when a domesticated rabbit running loose prompted an animal control officer to do some sleuthing. The bunny zig zagged across the neighborhood lawns like a bumblebee and eventually led the officer to a backyard where he met another 26 rabbits who were the result of pet bunnies who had not been spayed/neutered.

All of the bunnies were surrendered on the spot and are safe now thanks to the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter and The Rabbit Haven, a rescue group that had close to 200 rabbits under its care before this latest influx. So what’s the real story here?

It would appear that education about pet rabbit care is still in its infancy.


Science settles the cat/dog question ONCE AND FOR ALL.

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Or so they say. Even though I love cats, I don’t believe it. Dogs are great too.

The video claims cats are astute contributes to society, while dogs are mere window-lickers.

The validity of the study is questionable and some have attributed it to propaganda by the “Cat Army Propaganda Department.” Regardless, the video is quickly going viral and has already amassed more than 200,000 views!

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It’s a real hoot.

Couple’s extraordinary bond with wolves after spending SIX YEARS living among them

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Most people run from wolves but one brave couple spent six years of their lives living with the feared creatures in an effort to better understand their way of life.

Jim and Jamie Dutcher lived in a tent within the world’s largest wolf enclosure in a bid to observe and document the behaviour of the wild animals.

The married couple lived without electricity or running water and braved temperatures of -40 Farenheit as they spent six years living in the 25 acre enclosure on the edge of Idaho’s Sawtooth wilderness.

Read more (with many wonderful photos).
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Cute internet animal images

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

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Is Alzheimers Just Another Form of Diabetes?

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

How Our Diet May Be Destroying Our Brains

There is a strong and growing body of evidence showing a link between the dreaded disease and our high sugar consumption.


We cannot yet state unequivocally that poor diet is a leading cause of Alzheimer’s disease, though we can say that the evidence is strong and growing. But if ever there was a case for the precautionary principle, here it is. It’s not as if we lose anything by eating less rubbish. Averting a possible epidemic of this devastating disease means taking on the bullies: those who mock people for their pathologies and those who spread the pathologies by peddling a lethal diet.


Why Weird Experiences Boost Creativity

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Creative people think differently. But why? There is no magic bullet or single pill. We all have the potential for creativity, but there are so many different triggers that can broaden our minds, inspire, and motivate. Of course, there are just as many triggers that can shut down our minds. Since creativity is so important for individual well-being and societal innovation, it’s important that we systematically pull the right triggers.

A crucial trigger is the experience of unusual and unexpected events. These events can take many different forms, ranging from the loss a parent to living abroad. But one need not experience any of these specific events to think more creatively. In a recent paper in Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Simone Ritter and colleagues propose that any life experience, from the traumatic to the joyful, can lead to flexibility and creativity as long as it diversifies your experiences and pushes you outside your normal thought patterns.


Dog heroes of 9/11

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

This video, from California-based non-profit Dog Bless You, highlights the story of Abby the search dog and her handler Debra (who is now Executive Director of the Search Dog Foundation). On September 11, 2001, both of them were deployed to the World Trade Center, where they helped locate and rescue trapped humans. These days, Abby is retired and getting a little grey around the muzzle, but she still lives with her devoted handler.


Cat at rest

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

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Spinach can increase efficiency of solar cells

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Scientists have found a way to combine spinach’s photosynthetic protein, which naturally converts light into electrochemical energy, with silicon in a new “biohybrid” solar cell. The protein is called Photosystem 1 (PS1). Researchers say that this spinach-based material produces substantially more electrical current than has been reported by previous “biohybrid” solar cells, and could be key to increasing solar energy efficiency.

The study, which was published online in the journal Advanced Materials, was inspired by the fact that spinach plants are able to convert sunlight into electrical energy with nearly 100 percent efficiency. Most manmade solar cells can achieve only 40 percent efficiency or less. It’s taken several decades for scientists to figure out how to extract this PS1 from the spinach plant, and now, they’ve demonstrated that it can be made into cells that produce electrical current when exposed to sunlight. Vanderbilt’s David Salisbury explains more:

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Man Apologizes To Angry Cat, Seeks Forgiveness By Building Huge Cardboard Playhouse

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Sweet. Watch video.

Thomas Ramey Watson is an affiliate faculty member of Regis University's College of Professional Studies. He has served as an Episcopal chaplain (lay), trained as a psychotherapist, done postdoctoral work at Cambridge University, and was named a Research Fellow at Yale University.

In addition to his scholarly writings, he is a published author of poetry and fiction.