Peace and Quiet in the Ocean…

Lenny Variano   
Dec 06

 

 

Marine animals and their behavioral patterns can be greatly upset
by all the activity that takes place in the waters of the oceans and seas.
The sounds of propellers, sonar and drilling can interfere with the
sounds the sea animals use to communicate.
Most marine life, especially
whales and dolphins, have poor visibility and rely on sound to communicate
long distances. The Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap Draft is a first attempt
of setting standards for reducing the level of ocean noise by showing its
effect on ocean life. The National Academy of Sciences was commissioned
by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to do a study on the effects
of these noises on sea life. They are setting an example by using ships that
are much quieter to conduct their study. Another danger of all the noise
produced by ships is that some larger animals have become so accustomed
to the noise of ships that they no longer see them as a threat and do not move
out of the way when a vessel is approaching. Noise, as opposed to other
environmental threats, is a less complicated issue to reduce

…Source Readers Digest

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Back Pain and Tight Hips…

Lenny Variano   
Dec 06
      Back Pain and Tight Hips…

We spend so many hours of our day sitting. This in turn has
an extremely negative effect on our hip flexor muscles. Sitting
for long hours causes the fibrous tissues encasing our joints
to thicken resulting in limited ROM (Range of Movement).
Sitting actually puts more than double the amount of pressure
on our backs and even more so if you are slouching or leaning
forward to work on a computer. To loosen your hip muscles,
an exercise called a Frog pose can help relieve some of the pressure.
Placing your knees on the floor, spreading your legs apart and
sliding your forearms forward while keeping your feet touching
each other can stretch these often neglected muscles.

–taken from Muscle/Performance Magazine–  

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Paying for the Subway with Cans…

Lenny Variano   
Dec 06

Istanbul has come up with a new way to replenish their version of a metro card.
It is particularly aimed at those who are a little short of cash. A person can receive
money on their card simply by inserting a bottle or can into a special recycling
machine the city has set up. The Turkish economy is suffering and recycling is not
an idea that is popular. However, this will help alleviate two problems. The machine
will also have a device that will record the highest number of items by a particular
person and as a reward they will be given a small prize (theater tickets etc.) in addition
to their replenished card. The city plans on having 100 of these machines installed by
the end of 2018. This idea is extremely popular with college students who are often
challenged financially.

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Why are Squirrels always Digging?

Lenny Variano   
Nov 29

Every so often a new study is conducted on squirrels.
It is usually done in Central Park where there is an
extremely high concentration of these little creatures.
The study not only involves their number and color
but also their habits. It seems that there is a great deal
of thought that goes into their daily activities. They are
masters in the art of deception. Squirrels will actually
plant a fake nut which could be a rock if they feel they
are being watched by another squirrel. They also engage
in what is called ”spacial chunking”. That is they arrange
the planting of their nuts according to size, type of nut
and even according to their nutritional value. They are
able to record all these facts by rubbing each nut on their
cheeks to let off their scent. These little guys plant in
patterns they are able to follow throughout the winter to
make sure they meet all their dietary needs.

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