Monday, June 13, 2011

Faces, a human obsession

I just finished watching this fascinating BBC documentary about faces and why Fame and Facial Recognition is so prevalent in today's media.

Great stuff, not to mention David Attenborough is in it and I LOVE him.



Friday, June 10, 2011

Jelly Fish, Older than Dinosaurs

JellyfishImage by CodyHanson via Flickr
“Jellyfish are the most ancient multiorgan animal on earth,” 
- David J. Albert
Jellyfish expert 
Roscoe Bay Marine Biological Laboratory
  Vancouver, British Columbia.

They have been around for 600-700 million years or more, that's 3 times the age of dinosaurs. Not to mention that they are still around today in amazingly large numbers and incredible diversity. 

They are not just sacs of goo either. A recent study published in Current Biology of May 2010. Dr. Garm and his team studied the box jellyfish and discovered an incredible visual system. They cataloged and described an average of 24 eyes divided into 4 different types - some of them very similar to our very own.

Not to mention never before acknowledge behavioral patterns, they aren't just mindless floating plankton going wherever the sea bring them.

Read more about these amazing animals once again in the New York Times Science section. Click here for a link to the full article. 

Take care!

Angier, Natalie. "So much more than plasma and poison." New York TImes 06 June 2011. Environment . 10 June 2011 .
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Sea Mice?

Have you ever heard of irregular sea urchins? Roughly heart shaped creatures that bury themselves in the sand only to come out at night in large numbers and scurry across the ocean floor in search for food.


Me neither. Well, not until this morning when I scrolled down the science section of the New York Times. Dr. Rich Mooi is presently in the Philippines studying echinoids (starfish, sand dollars, urchins, etc.).

Click on the picture to read more & live vicariously through his discoveries.

Take care!

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Natural Sport Drink

Feeling hot?
This fantastic recipe for a natural substitute for sport drinks will keep you refreshed and Hydrated. 

Put on your aprons, pull out your chopping board and measuring cups because we are going to make some culinary magic happen.

"Cloudy" Lemonade, a mixture of lemo...Image via Wikipedia
You will need : 
1 cup of hot water
1 tsp of Honey
1/2 a squeezed lemon
a pinch of salt (~1/4 tsp)

How to:
I usually make 4 cups, so multiply the ingredients by 4 - you know the drill.
Boil the water. While the water is boiling, squeeze two lemons & pour the juice into your carafe. Fresh lemon juice is better than store bought, yes, there will be pits and pulp but the added nutrients & enzymes are worth it. Once the water has boiled, measure a cup (250ml) and dissolve the salt and the honey in the hot water. Pour the mix into the carafe & add 3 cups of boiled water. Put the whole thing in the freezer for about 30 min or until cool.
Serve & enjoy or keep it for later. Drink it within a couple days for best hydrating results!

Take care!

Dubrosky, Anna. "Fix yourself a drink." Yoga Journal June 2011: 28.

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