Guardian.UK: Women rarely regret their abortions. Why don’t we believe them?
“Yet for most women, according to this study, however complex their feelings are, they still believe abortion was the right choice.” Noone says it isn’t painful, heartrending. Choice needs to be preserved.
99U: Kelly McGonigal - How to Turn Stress Into an Advantage.
“But actually, stress can be a barometer for how engaged you are with the things in your life, that bring love, that bring laughter, that bring learning and that bring growth. That stress actually seems to go along with the things that we most desire, the love, the happiness, the success, the wealth, the satisfaction, and the meaning in our lives.” Stress is not a single magnitude or polarity; there are many shades/types of stress. A bridge with a 1000 pound weight limit too often finds out the difference between good stress and bad stress.
BBC: Washington state plane crash girl, 16, hikes to safety.
Remarkable common sense. Follows a water source to a road. Good on her.
BBC: BB King was not murdered, coroner rules.
He has not looked well for a while now. I had been concerned he was being worked/managed to death ... but for some, their life is onstage. I am no judge.
CS Globe: Harvard Study Proves Why The Bees Are All Disappearing.
“A new study out of Harvard University, published in the June edition of the Bulletin of Insectology puts the nail in the coffin, neonicotinoids are killing bees at an exponential rate, they are the direct cause of the phenomenon labeled as colony collapse disorder (CCD).” Thanks Jim Roepcke on FB.
Guardian.UK: Two coyote attacks on young children prompt California to warn residents.
“Maybe just a handful of coyotes are acting a little aggressive, but in general they do a huge amount of service for the ecosystem. They’re great at rodent control.” Yes indeed. But don’t leave small children unattended in coyote areas - they’re as easy to snatch as household pets. And I’ve repeatedly posted here about what happens when the local coyote pack starts frequenting the area. The “Missing Pet” signs blossom like forsythia in the springtime. The pack can bring down pit bulls and rotts with relative ease.
PS Mag: Colorado May Have Just Put Abstinence-Only Education to Bed Once and for All.
SF New Mexican: Safety concerns may force removal of century-old tree in Sena Plaza.
“Last Wednesday evening, a heavy, 10-foot branch fell, hitting a table in the courtyard and pinning a female restaurant patron to the ground.” Read the whole thing. Points more to neglected maintenance, than reason for yanking the tree, methinks.
c|net: Inflatable anti-drowning device sits on your wrist like a mini life raft.
I love it when the simple, obvious solution finally finds a manufacturer.
TechDirt: Leaked TPP Chapter Shows How It’s A Massive Gift To Big Pharma And Against Public Health.
Oppose TPP. Let your Congresspeople know. Period.
This time, I wasn’t careful about spices. A brand of chili powder is now made on ‘shared equipment’.
When something as innocuous as a *spice* can kick your butt for three days, you see why going out to eat becomes an act of bravado. Restaurants, even the best, don’t pay attention at this level of detail.
I turned into a vegetating blob of protoplasm yesterday afternoon. I’m starting to be able to think today, with a thin veneer of energy. I can’t stand ... really can’t stand ... having to pay this much attention to food additives, food manufacturing, ingredients. I never wanted to be a blasted clerk. Mass production of foodstuffs is going to do me in one of these days. “Death by Chicken Nugget” ... wait for it. It’ll happen.
Mashable: Robot kills man at Volkswagen plant in Germany
“The 22-year-old was part of a team that was setting up the stationary robot when it grabbed and crushed him against a metal plate, Hillwig said.” Perhaps I should start a new blog category called “Terminator Watch” ...
Guardian.UK: Hope for Alzheimer’s treatment as researchers find licensed drugs halt brain degenerati
“The scientists have chosen not to name the two drugs, which are currently used for conditions unrelated to dementia, to avoid the possibility of patients seeking to use them ahead of any clinical trial to prove their efficacy.” I say, that’s hardly fair.
BBC: Who, What, Why: What should you do if you encounter a bear?
SciAm: Researchers Study 3 Promising Anti-Aging Therapies.
Authority Nutrition: 10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Whey Protein.
Been consuming it for years. I’ve graduated to the purest, lowest-cost form I can find: Now Foods Whey Protein Isolate, Natural Unflavored. Two scoops, a small teaspoon of instant coffee to knock back the flavor, milk. Blend. Done.
BBC: Freeze sperm at 18, bioethicist urges men.
“... the risks from fathering children later in life were ‘really quite small’.” Yet in America, you can’t donate to sperm banks over the age of 39. So who’s right?
Guardian.UK: New report estimates enough natural gas is leaking to negate climate benefits.
“The leaks are the equivalent to the greenhouse gases produced by 5.6m cars.” Man, I don’t doubt any of it.
Archaeology News Network: Mummified 17th century bishop a unique time capsule.
“An unexpected discovery that emerged from the CT scan was a four- or five-month old foetus ...” Well now that’s creepy.
PubMed/NCBI: Effect of antiperspirants on whole body sweat rate and thermoregulation.
“Our data show clearly that although antiperspirant prevents sweat production in the axillary area, this does not impact the ability of the body to thermoregulate following a rise in body core temperature. Thus, recent consumer questioning over this aspect of antiperspirant use appears to be unwarranted.” I wondered. I was out doing physical things over the (hot) weekend, and got a touch of heatstroke. I wondered if antiperspirant contributed. Apparently not.
Guardian.UK: Exposure to mixture of common chemicals may trigger cancer, scientists find.
“The finding supports the idea that chemicals may be capable of acting in concert with one another to cause cancer, even though low-level exposures to these chemicals individually might not be carcinogenic.”
Time: How to Stay Productive While Working From Home.
I’ll add some NM flavor. With our current heat wave, cook dinner at breakfast, in the cool of the morning.
Mashable: Searchers find body of missing ex-White House chef.
I suppose I’d wager a heart event. Less than two miles from the trailhead. The Taos Ski Valley trails start at 9,200 feet. Noting of course that I can and probably will be abundantly wrong, I just thought couching it in a word of caution about acclimatization would be the best way to introduce the item.
Atlantic: The Hospitals That Overcharge Patients by 1000 Percent.
NPR: Lost Posture - Why Some Indigenous Cultures May Not Have Back Pain.
Hell, I’ll try anything.