Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Coffee and Provocation

Easter Island Soil May Make Dogs Live Longer
Rapamycin, a macrolide compound produced by the bacterium Streptomyces hygroscopicus, and first found in soil on Easter Island (aka Rapa Nui), gave us  Rapamune, which helps organ transplant patients survive organ rejection.  It turns out that Rapamycin also gave us some understanding of the TOR pathway, which stands for “target of rapamycin.”   Getting a better handle on how the TOR pathway works may be key to dramatically extending the life of dogs, humans, and other life forms.

A Massive Medicare Irony
The greatest irony ever is that the GOP wouldn’t be a national party today if Medicare weren’t keeping fear-based senior citizen racists and sexists alive.
If it weren’t for Medicare, the GOP would likely have no chance of winning the White House ever again.

Just Another Slaver?
Did you know that Beyoncé pays just 64 cents an hour to seamstresses in Sri Lanka who make clothes for of her trademark Ivy Park brand, even as she preaches the power to women.

The Continuing Crisis
The skeleton of teenage girl confirms cannibalism at Jamestown colony.

Not Just Another Hard Shell
A 100-year-old Galapagos giant tortoise named Diego has fathered an estimated 800 offspring, thereby saving his species from extinction.

Mother Nature Does Not Like Inbreeding
A new study finds inbreeding may cause birds to sing off-key—hurting their chances of mating.

Closing the Man-Made Ozone Hole
Researchers reported the first clear evidence that the ozone layers above Antarctica are replenishing. They expect the current ozone hole, which was created by the use of now banned chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), to close by 2060.

The Camera in the i-Phone 7 May Drive Sales
The iPhone 7 Plus camera may kill a lot of DSLR cameras sales. http://slate.me/2cYwFlm

An Amusing Scientist
John B. Calhoun, the mouse god of Pooleville, Maryland, named his daughters "Cat" and "Cheshire"

Bear Spray or Gun to Stop a Bear?
Bear spray is the winner.  It works really well. And, apparently, goat spray is a pretty good human repelant.

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