Showing posts from August, 2018

Goats prefer happy people

I love science.  You never know what type of earthshaking factoid may rear its weird head on any given day. 

Like two days ago.

When it was announced that goats like happy people.

And since goats don't appear to be following me around, I must not be happy.

Go figure.

I thought I was.

Here's the report.  It explains why goats may or may not be following you around.
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Goats prefer happy people
Goats can differentiate between human facial expressions and prefer to interact with happy people, according to a new study led by scientists at Queen Mary University of London.  The study, which provides the first evidence of how goats read human emotional expressions, implies that the ability of animals to perceive human facial cues is not limited to those with a long history of domestication as companions, such as dogs and horses.
Writing in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the team describe how 20 goats interacted with images of positive (happy) and negative (angry) hu…

Laziness helped lead to extinction of Homo erectus

I am a great fan of laziness in all its many forms. 

An enthusiastic practitioner of lethargy and ennui. 

Sloth becomes me.

Always looking for the easiest way to avoid anything remotely like effort or expending energy.

Now it turns out that while this may a personally gratifying life strategy for the individual, it does not bode well for the species. 


So it's not survival of the fattest.

Who knew? 

Too late to change now.

Here's the report:
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An archaeological excavation of ancient human populations in the Arabian Peninsula during the Early Stone Age, found that Homo erectus used 'least-effort strategies' for tool making and collecting resources.  This 'laziness' paired with an inability to adapt to a changing climate likely played a role in the species going extinct, according to lead researcher Dr Ceri Shipton of the ANU School of Culture, History and Language.

"They really don't seem to have been pushing themselves," Dr Shipton…

Eat Crickets? Good For You, Safe In High Doses, and Yummy.

They're especially good for you if you catch your own.  Which means running around like a head with its chicken cut off, in the back yard, like Rocky trying to catch a chicken to improve his footwork. trying to snare them using chopsticks like Mr. Muyagi in The Karate Kid.

No, Seriously.

Crickets are great protein.

It appears you cannot overeat them.

They're great for your gut.

They reduce inflammation.

They may even reduce depression and help prevent cancer.

What more do you want??

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Eating crickets can be good for your gut
A new clinical trial shows that consuming crickets can help support the growth of beneficial gut bacteria and that eating crickets is not only safe at high doses but may also reduce inflammation in the body.
Researcher Valerie Stull was 12 when she ate her first insect.  "I was on a trip with my parents in Central America and we were served fried ants," she says. "I remember being so grossed out initially, but when I put the ant in…

Mom was Right: Sit Up Straight. You'll Perform Better.