Why are Squirrels always Digging?

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.

Resistance Training and Depression…

New research is showing that lifting weights may have an effect on lifting a person’s mood. It has already been established that exercise can reduce symptoms of depression but until recently most of this evidence had to do with studies based on the effects of aerobic exercise. In 2017 research on the positive effects of resistance training on anxiety were published in JAMA Psychiatry but that particular research did not address the effects on depression. These researchers decided to reevaluate 200 previous studies to see if they could determine if indeed weight training eased symptoms of depression. What they found was all subjects had a decrease in depression no matter how severe the symptoms were. It did not matter how often they weight-trained, whether it was 2 times or 5 times a week. What mattered was consistency. The reduction on levels of depression seemed to occur no matter what age the subject was. The results did not suggest that resistance training was better then aerobics or medication but it showed that there is also another avenue to explore when someone suffers from depression.

Fishing For Plastic

Approximately 8 million tons of plastic enter our oceans each year.
A new initiative by the Indian government called Suchitwa Sagarem
(Clean Sea) is putting this plastic to use with the help of its fishermen.
These fisherman have caught more then 25 tons of plastic in the last
10 months which will all be turned into roads within the country. Not
only will this relieve the burden of plastic in the ocean but it is a less
costly way of constructing roadways. This plastic is a much more durable
plastic as opposed to that which is traditionally used. It seems that recycled
plastic is much more capable of withstanding the intense heat in India. In
the US alone we use and discard 500 million straws a day. Hopefully other
countries and companies will follow suit. Adidas for one has just introduced
its new running shoe which is also made entirely from plastic recovered
from the ocean.

Where does it all go?

Where do all the items that we dispose of end up? Are we able to recycle a portion of the impact we are placing on our landfills? The answer is yes. Aluminum foil, for instance, is an item that can be recycled with cans and is easily converted into new foil. Nike has a Reuse-A-Shoe program in which you are able to turn in your useless, overused sneakers to any Nike store where they will reconvert them into new shoes regardless of the brand. There is a National Crayon Recycle Program in which broken or half used crayons can be recycled. The only requirement is that the paper wrapping not be removed for color identity purposes. Office Depot Stores will accept small out of date TVs. Yemm & Hart will accept old wine corks and will convert them into new floor tiles. Chance Toys will give any still-working plastic toys to needy children keeping them from ending up in landfills. Since China has decided to not accept trash as it formally did, it may be necessary to start thinking of alternatives for all the waste we are producing. We are all very busy and this does take time and effort to redirect all of these reusable items but it may be necessary for the health of our planet.