Archive for June, 2013

Cat wrestles boy to the ground

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

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What 20 Minutes Of Yoga Does For Your Brain

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Just 20 minutes of yoga could help your brain function better, according to a small new study.

Researchers found that people did better — both speed-wise and accuracy-wise — on brain functioning tests after just 20 minutes of Hatha yoga, compared with aerobic exercise.

“It appears that following yoga practice, the participants were better able to focus their mental resources, process information quickly, more accurately and also learn, hold and update pieces of information more effectively than after performing an aerobic exercise bout,” study researcher Neha Gothe, a professor of kinesiology, health and sport studies at the university, said in a statement.


Duck And Dog Share A Bowl, Until The Food Runs Out (VIDEO)

Monday, June 24th, 2013

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Online Dating Leads To Higher Marriage Satisfaction, Lower Divorce Rates: Study

Friday, June 21st, 2013

“What is clear from this research is that a surprising number of Americans now meet their spouse on-line,” the research states, and “Meeting a spouse on-line is, on average, associated with slightly higher marital satisfaction and lower rates of marital break-up than meeting a spouse through traditional (off-line) venues.”

The authors point to previous research that indicates that people may be more honest when interacting online to explain the findings. Also, the pool of prospective partners is likely larger online, and those on online dating sites may be more focused on finding a long-term mate.

“It is possible that individuals who met their spouse online may be different in personality, motivation to form a long-term marital relationship, or some other factor,” lead author John Cacioppo said in a press release.


Cockatiel WhistlesTheme Song From ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ (VIDEO)

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

If you’re in need of a bird cover of an 80s anime film theme, call this cockatiel. With a little keyboard backup, it sings the theme song to “My Neighbor Totoro.”


Does amazingly well at it too.

Make The Homeless Smile: Pranksters ‘True Story ASA’ Make Heartwarming Video Giving To Those In Need (VIDEO)

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

A homeless man with a hair-raising talent got some big bucks recently from his newfound fans.

While filming a prank in March, the team from YouTube’s “Whatever” channel met Clydesdale, a homeless California man who can make his moustache dance. The crew posted a short clip of Clydesdale’s upper-lip skill to the Internet and it got over 1 million views, prompting them to find a way to help out the talented guy.

They started an Indiegogo fundraiser and collected more than $2,000.

The three pranksters met up with Clydesdale after they finished fundraising and gave him a check for $3,000, a gift certificate and some clothes. One T-shirt boasts “my moustache can boogie.”


Hero dog Kabang gets to go back home to Philippines

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO — A famed dog that lost her snout and upper jaw saving two girls’ lives in the Philippines was released from a California hospital Monday, officials said.

The dog – named Kabang – will be headed back to its owner in the Philippines following treatment at the University of California, Davis veterinary hospital, said UC Davis veterinary professor Frank Verstraete. Doctors at the hospital performed surgery to heal her wounds, though they could not reconstruct Kabang’s jaw or snout, Verstraete said.

“She’s a very, very happy, functional dog, and that is all that we were after,” Verstraete said.


Christianity and the global environmental crisis

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

In his seminal 1967 article, “The Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis,” UCLA professor Lynn White blamed Christianity for the global environmental crisis:
Especially in its Western form, Christianity is the most anthropocentric religion the world has seen. As early as the 2nd century both Tertullian and Saint Irenaeus of Lyons were insisting that when God shaped Adam he was foreshadowing the image of the incarnate Christ, the Second Adam. Man shares, in great measure, God’s transcendence of nature. Christianity, in absolute contrast to ancient paganism and Asia’s religions (except, perhaps, Zorastrianism), not only established a dualism of man and nature but also insisted that it is God’s will that man exploit nature for his proper ends.

White’s analysis shaped much of the conversation between Christianity and environmentalism over the last four decades — an uneasy relationship if ever there has been one. Many environmentalists follow White, seeing Christianity as a major problem in the face of global climate change and environment crises. Indeed, studies show that theologically conservative Christians overwhelmingly reject global warming, animal rights, environmental activism and species protection.
Despite St. Boniface and his lasting influence of western culture, however, Christianity may not be completely lost to the global environmental movement. Indeed, even Lynn White pointed out that some strands of Christian tradition-most notably represented by St. Francis of Assisi, the nature-embracing saint-spoke to an “alternative Christian view of nature and man’s relation to it.” He proposed that St. Francis be the “patron saint of ecologists.” In one of the most provocative passages in his paper, White said:


Orphaned colt Breeze loves his big stuffed bear Button

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Breeze and Button might just be the most adorable pair in the news today.

Breeze, a Dartmoor Hill pony, was found in a state of shock and dehydration — just hours after he was born — by a farmer in England’s Devon County last month. According to an appeal published on the Mare and Foal Sanctuary website, the foal’s mother was nowhere to be found, and he’d “been seen trying to suckle from a number of mares.”

The organization rescued him and brought him back to the sanctuary where he received extensive care and nutrition.

But without his mother, Breeze was lonely. “Although his carers here at the sanctuary work around the clock to look after him, it’s not quite the same,” Syra Bowden, Mare and Foal’s executive director, said in the appeal.

The sanctuary keeps donated stuffed toys on hand to comfort orphaned foals, but their latest donation was spoken for by another foal rescued not long before. Staff members reached out to the community for a cuddly companion to keep Breeze company, and donations began pouring in.


Baby Squirrel Tries To Nap On Guy’s Shoulder (VIDEO)

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

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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.