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Vitamin D And The Connection To Strong Bones


Many studies have recently shown the importance of Vitamin D. We’ve always known this to be true, but our increasingly sedentary lifestyles and significant amount of time spent indoors are pointing to an increasing lack of Vitamin D.

Where does Vitamin D come from? The easiest way to get vitamin D is about 10 to 15 minutes of time spent in the sun. Our skin uses the sun to generate vitamin D, and it is actually beneficial for a host of functions in our body. These functions range from regulating our moods to keeping our bones strong.

Recent tests were conducted in a laboratory against bones that had sufficient amount of vitamin D versus those that were insufficient in vitamin D levels.

Woolly Mammoths Had a Built in Snorkel and They Were Very Buoyant


Okay so, a decade or so ago they had found some dinosaur bones on the Channel Islands, which is a very small group of islands not more than 20 nautical miles off the coast of California near Ventura County. The dinosaur bones belong to Woolly Mammoths and it was estimated that they lived not longer than 25,000 years ago. One could ask how they got there. Well, they may have walked there during the Ice Age when there was more on ice and/or lower sea levels, when the sea levels rose or the ice melted they were stuck on the islands.

So, maybe the sea level was just very shallow in places.

Obesity is Not in Your Genes

    Obesity Epidemic

    The messages have been coming as thick and fast as an extra large shake. America is fat and getting fatter. Too many big portions are being served up with a side order of diabetes and heart disease, as the nation is eating itself to death.

    The obesity epidemic has made Americans, well the super-sized ones, the big butt of jokes all over the world.

Pygmies Have Genes Our Over Populated World Could Use – Is This the Answer?


Over the years, I’ve talked to many futurists and people involved in the overpopulation problem here on Earth. Some of these gentlemen are involved in a rather large organization, and fairly politically astute. Others have perhaps philosophical reasons, as do some of scientists and science fiction writers who depict dystopia if humans continue to procreate at this rapid pace. In other words, we will run out of water, food, fossil fuels, and just about everything will enter an era of scarcity.

Many have reasoned that this is impossible because technology has been able to keep up with the problems and challenges as they grow – at least so far.

Thwarting Epidemics: What Researchers Look For to Stop Diseases From Spreading


Traditional notifications of outbreaks rely on reporting by laboratories and hospitals. This type of monitoring was fine before high-speed travel was common. Today, rates of infections have increased and we need especially strong vigilance for initial indications of an infectious outbreak.

People respond in a variety of ways to illness–some can be tracked, others can not be. The behavioral possibilities include:

    visiting an emergency roommaking an appointment at a medical clinictreating themselves with over-the-counter medicationcontinuing daily routines without experiencing symptoms

These variations of behavior add a probabilistic characteristic to rates of infections.

On the Moon There Are 32 Craters Named After Catholic Clergy – Is Church Now One With Science?


Not long ago, a Deacon from the Catholic Church had contacted me, his mission was simple – change the narrative online. Indeed, it makes sense that the Church would want to improve its brand online these days, that’s of course where all the new potential followers will be. If the Church doesn’t make a move online the Internet could dismiss another two or three generations from its ranks and as the demographics change and more older folks head for heaven, they are going to need new paying members to keep it going right?

The reason the Deacon had contacted me was because of an article I’d written pondering on what the world will say when we announce that there is life on Mars.

Holes in Scientific Research May be Helpful: Scientific Research is Biased, and We Should Stop Pretending That is a Bad Thing


Holes in Scientific Research May be Helpful: Scientific Research is Biased, and We Should Stop Pretending That is a Bad Thing

    This summer, The New York Times published a series of articles that explore the growing world of retracted scientific studies.

Organic Chemistry Study Tips You May Want To Try – Reading Prior To Lecture


Organic Chemistry Study Tips You May Want To Try - Reading Prior To Lecture

As an organic chemistry student you are likely aware that a standard academic approach will not be enough to ace this course. Organic chemistry is notoriously difficult, with record low exam averages. In this article I will share an organic chemistry study tip you may want to try: Reading Prior To Lecture

The first thing to keep in mind is that organic chemistry is not like any other science course that you will face.

Information Graphics: Current Thoughts on Visualizing Data


Often the most effective way to describe, explore, and summarize a set of numbers–even a very large set–is to look at pictures of those numbers.

Graphics visually display data by using points, lines, a coordinate system, numbers, symbols, words, shading, and color. The aim of data visualization is to establish the main features of the data and to guide in choosing the appropriate statistical techniques. Furthermore, visualization procedures help in spotting errors and unusual values in the data allowing corrective steps to be taken early in the analysis.

Theorists like Edward Tufte have defined the requirements for the attainment of excellence in statistical graphics.

All About the Constellation Virgo: Interesting Facts & Images

    Constellation Virgo 

    This photo  shows the constellation Virgo enlarged in true color. These are the main “naked eye” stars that make up the shape of the constellation.

    The Facts

    1. Image of: The virgin 

    2. Right ascension: 13h