Archive for April, 2013

Want To Live A Long Time? Pay Attention

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

“The best childhood personality predictor of longevity was conscientiousness — the qualities of a prudent, persistent, well-organized person,” according to the two professors (he at the University of California, Riverside, and she at La Sierra University). “Conscientiousness … also turned out to be the best personality predictor of long life when measured in adulthood.”


Beet Juice Could Help Lower Blood Pressure, Study Shows

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

“It is well known that eating fruits and vegetables is good for cardiovascular health,” said Amrita Ahluwalia, PhD, the lead author of the study and a professor of vascular biology at The Barts and The London Medical School in London. However, vegetables that are rich in compounds call nitrates, including beets and their juice, may offer special benefits for people with elevated blood pressure, she said.


Cat poses in front of mirror

Friday, April 26th, 2013

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Cute dog and her adopted chicks

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

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Memory Improves With Sleep, Research Shows

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Want to remember something? Sleep on it.

A recent study finds that the more we value a piece of information the more likely we’ll review it during our sleep. And because we do that, we’ll tend to remember it.


Odin The German Shepherd Eats Like A Person (VIDEO)

Saturday, April 20th, 2013


This one is really funny because the hands and the dog aren’t well coordinated, and the guy’s laughter adds an awful lot.

Walking As Good As Running For Lowering Heart Risk Factors, Study Finds

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Walkers who feel as though they are way down on the exercise chain can now hold their heads a little higher. When it comes to lowering risk factors for heart disease, walking is just as good as running, according to a new study.


Lazarus The Vampire Kitten Has Cleft Palate, Is Adorable (PHOTOS)

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

The “vampire” kitten found wandering the streets of Tennessee late last year is now employed to use his adorable powers for good.

Lazarus — whose cleft palate has left him without an upper lip or appearance of a nose — is being trained as a therapy pet by Cindy Chambers, a special education worker at East Tennessee University who took him in, according to Catster.


Sea lion dancing to ‘Boogie’ beat sheds light on rhythm in brain [video]

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Sea lions can’t sing along to music, but they might just dance to the beat. Researchers at UC Santa Cruz have trained Ronan the California sea lion to bob along to a variety of musical genres, making her the first mammal (besides humans) to respond to rhythm.


Ancient Complex Discovered Near Biblical Birthplace Of Abraham In Southern Iraq

Monday, April 8th, 2013

A huge complex uncovered near what some believe to be the Biblical birthplace of Abraham is exciting researchers who for years were unable to investigate the region.

The site was discovered by a team of British archeologists working at Tell Khaiber in southern Iraq, near the ancient city of Ur, according to the Associated Press.

Stuart Campbell, a professor of Near Eastern Archaeology at Manchester University and head of its Department of Archeology, told the AP that the site is unusual because it’s so large. (It’s about the size of a football field.)


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.