Saturday News Round-Up

News on Covid-19, Dem Convention, Post Office and Trump….those are the headlines in the past week…..believe me when I say that there is so much more in the news than those four topics.

If we humans are to travel and live in space we need to overcome the problems of no gravity will have on our bodies…like the loss of bone mass……could be that a solution is at hand….

With funding from NASA, a team of researchers have created a negative pressure “gravity suit” to help astronauts counteract some of the dangers of spending time in microgravity.

Previous research has shown that weightlessness can lead to muscle atrophy and even lead to blood fluid pooling around and squishing their brains.

To counteract these dangers, a team of researchers built a “mobile gravity suit” that applies negative pressure to the lower extremities, shifting blood there. The idea is to generate “ground reaction force,” or the force exerted by the ground on a body in contact with it, in order to ensure that muscle and bone density aren’t affected by microgravity.

Finally the flying cars of the Jetsons are close to reality… Japan that is……

The Japanese government is pouring money into the development of flying cars with aims of commercializing the futuristic mode of transportation as soon as 2023, the Japan Times reports.

A number of flying car concepts are being developed throughout the globe, with the likes of Airbus, Boeing and Uber leading the charge.

The dream of covering smaller distances in vehicles capable of vertical take off and landing (VTOL) is very much alive — and that’s especially true in Japan.

Then there is gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB)…..far out, man!

Occurring naturally in the body, gamma-hydroxybutyric acid was first synthesized in a lab in the 1960s. Although its application in medicine has always been limited, GHB has had various recreational uses. In the 1980s, health food stores marketed the compound as a dietary supplement. Then, in the ’90s, the drug found its way into American nightlife.

In small doses — mere milliliters — GHB produces feelings of relaxation and confusion and heightens sexual arousal, lending to its allure as a party drug. It can also cause amnesia and hallucinations.

While not particularly addictive, the drug has a steep dose-response relationship, meaning the difference between experiencing euphoria and losing consciousness is a matter of a few drops of the clear, viscous liquid. It is this quality of GHB that gives it the nickname “the date-rape drug,” although the compound is rarely a factor in sexual assault. Overdoses can result in coma and respiratory arrest, which to an unaccustomed observer may appear as if the affected person has only fallen asleep.

Branding is a problem for an American serrano-style ham……

Like acorn-fed Iberian ham? Well, now you can try US versions of the Spanish delicacy—a development that culinary purists are none too thrilled about, the Guardian reports. “The real problem is that we are a nation of idiots who have given away our heritage that our governments have done nothing to protect, and then the media present the people exploiting it as great innovators,” says Constantino Martínez, a ham industry consultant in Spain. “Their real game is to get access to the American market on better terms and at better prices than Spanish producers.” For those who don’t spend big bucks on ham—like up to $4,500 per leg in 2019—Insider explains that jamón Ibérico is made from black Iberian pigs, a rare breed that’s fed mostly acorns.

Then they’re hung and dry-cured for up to three years, giving them a unique acorn-inspired flavor: “Taste is nutty,” says Claudia Romeo, an Insider video producer. “It’s really nice, and especially the fat. … It’s very nice and greasy.” The two American companies, Acornseekers and Iberian Pastures, will market their product with the slightly altered names jamón ibérico americano and Ibericus meat. And Iberian Pastures will feed their pigs pecans, peanuts, and sunflower instead of acorns. That’s “not the same thing at all,” says Martínez, who argues that jamón Ibérico should be a protected denomination like champagne or Japanese wagyu. But America tends to be casual about such things; for example, it sells a homemade version of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese by calling it parmesan.

There is NO Champagne produced in Italy and there is NO serrano made in America.

Is that not a piracy of sorts stealing the process?

Just wondering…..

Finally, Germany has issued a Law that sez you MUST walk your dog…….

Germany is bringing in a new law that aims to make unwalked dogs and lonely puppies a thing of the past. Under the “Hundeverordnung”—Dogs Act—owners will be required to walk or otherwise exercise their dogs at least twice a day, for a total time of one hour, the BBC reports. It will also be illegal to leave dogs alone all day, or leave them chained up, and puppies will be required to have human company for at least four hours a day. “Pets are not cuddly toys, their needs have to be taken into account,” says Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner. Under the law, which is due to be introduced next year, dog breeders will be banned from looking after more than three litters at a time.

Klöckner says the law is being introduced because evidence shows many of the country’s 9.4 million dogs are not getting enough exercise, though critics say it is unrealistic, the Guardian reports. “I find it patronizing to be told how long I should take my dog out for. And who is going to check up on me?” says Berlin resident Bärbel Kleid, owner of a Yorkshire terrier called Sam. “Will the neighbour call the police if they suspect me of not taking Sam for long enough walks?” Other dog owners argue that the law shouldn’t apply to older dogs. The government says enforcement will be up to authorities in Germany’s 16 states.

Bravo to Germany!

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3 thoughts on “Saturday News Round-Up

  1. Good news about the German dog law. But how are they going to enforce it?
    I can only imagine the catstrophic accidents involving flying cars falling on people below. Crazy!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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