Saturday Round-Up

Lots of use less news and I would like to let my readers know stuff they may not be aware of….this is stuff that is not important enough for the MSM to bother reporting…..

Most of us know the saga that an asteroid ended the dinosaurs rein as the supreme creatures of this planet and that may not be the whole story…..

You’ve heard how an asteroid strike 66 million years ago wiped out the dinosaurs. But there’s more to the story, according to a new study, which suggests non-avian dinosaurs weren’t doing so hot before sulfates and dust filled the atmosphere—some 10 million years before, in fact. “The alternative scenario is that dinosaur diversity was … lower just before the asteroid impact than millions of years before,” Fabien Condamine, lead author of the study published in Nature Communications, tells New Scientist. Condamine and colleagues developed a computer model to assess species diversity and extinction rates, factoring in 1,600 fossils from 247 dinosaur species dated from 150 million to 66 million years ago. They determined species were going extinct faster than they were being replaced ahead of the asteroid impact.

The dinosaurs’ “sudden” troubles began 76 million years ago, when “rates of extinction rose and in some cases, the rate of origin of new species dropped off,” Condamine says in a release, per CNN. Co-author Mike Benton notes “the longer-lived dinosaur species were more liable to extinction, perhaps reflecting that they could not adapt to the new conditions on Earth.” This coincided with a cooling of the global climate, says Benton. “Then, the loss of herbivores made the ecosystems unstable and prone to [an] extinction cascade.” In this view, the asteroid impact was “a coup de grâce,” Condamine tells New Scientist. However, some fault the study, which contradicts another that found dinosaurs would’ve thrived had the asteroid missed, for its basis on an incomplete fossil record.

WE are all worried about getting older…..well the military is testing a pill that will preserve the mental process as soldiers get older…..

Special Operations Command expects to move into clinical trials next year of a pill that may inhibit or reduce some of the degenerative affects of aging and injury — part of a broader Pentagon push for “improved human performance.”

The pill “has the potential, if it is successful, to truly delay aging, truly prevent onset of injury — which is just amazingly game changing,” Lisa Sanders, director of science and technology for Special Operations Forces, acquisition, technology & logistics (SOF AT&L), said Friday.

“We have completed pre-clinical safety and dosing studies in anticipation of follow-on performance testing in fiscal year 2022,” Navy Cmdr. Tim Hawkins, a SOCOM spokesperson, said.

Plant a tree and save the planet…..we all have heard this statement in one form or another….but how accurate is it?

Afforestation is an unreliable way of sequestering atmospheric carbon, according to several key figures interviewed by Dezeen as part of our carbon revolution series.


While trees capture huge amounts of carbon, they need to remain growing for a long time to be effective carbon stores, experts say.

In addition, the timber they produce needs to be put to long-term use to prevent the carbon it contains from quickly going back into the atmosphere when it rots or is burned.

“Planting trees is probably the most difficult potential method from a measurement and verification perspective,” said Paul Gambrill, CEO of carbon marketplace Nori in an interview with Dezeen.

“Forests need to have a permanence of 100 years to be effective”

In a hundred years there will not be much left of this planet….more needs doing and now.

This is for all the dog lovers……and the Covid bitch that is raging the planet…..

There’s a “surprisingly high chance” people who contract COVID-19 will pass it on to their pets, according to the author of a yet-to-be-published study, with cats especially susceptible. Researchers searched for antibodies in 48 cats and 54 dogs from 77 households where a prior COVID-19 infection was confirmed and found them in 67% of cats (32) and 43% of dogs (23), per Live Science. Researchers also tested 75 stray cats and 75 dogs and cats in animal shelters, and found they had far lower rates of antibodies. Just 3% of stray cats (2) and 9% of shelter animals overall (7) tested positive. That suggests human-to-animal transmission is at play, because the shelter animals have less contact with people. Indeed, there is no sign of transmission from pets to humans, as noted in a Dutch study that found some 20% of exposed pets were infected, per the BBC.

Owners reported that most pets with antibodies developed only mild symptoms, if any. Some 20% of pet dogs (11) were symptomatic with cough, loss of appetite, and reduced energy levels at the time their owners were sick, but recovered quickly. On the other hand, 27% of pet cats (13) had mild symptoms, including runny nose and difficulty breathing, while 6% (3) had severe symptoms. “Cats, especially those that sleep on their owner’s bed, seem to be particularly vulnerable,” lead author Dorothee Bienzle of Canada’s University of Guelph says in a release. Researchers say the virus may bind more easily to the cell receptors of cats than dogs. But they also say cats may be more likely than dogs to sleep near an owner’s face.

If you do not give a crap about your family at least show some sympathy for the possibility that you could infect your canine companion who depends on you to keep them safe.

Here is a closing thought that was sent to me by my best friend Gene….

Here is the final word on nutrition and health. It’s a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting medical studies.
The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than do the British or Americans.
The French eat a lot of fat and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
The Japanese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
The Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what could kill you. 

Have a great weekend…..

Be Well…..Be Safe…..

“lego ergo scribo”


4 thoughts on “Saturday Round-Up

  1. Interesting stats about the heart attacks, which I first saw over 30 years ago. I think stress is the forgotten factor here. Many British people are always stressed out, maybe because of being crowded together on a relatively small island. They also take less exercise overall, and watch a lot of television.
    Fortunately, Ollie has shown no signs of Covid infection, though I did stop random people stroking him during most of 2020.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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