Scott & Sunny

Scott & Sunny

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

According to recent research (Prof. Adnan Qureshi, University of Minnesota) owning a cat can reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes by more than a third. Prof. Qureshi said he was "surprised by the strength of the effect that owning a cat appeared to have".

Neat! The perfect validation to get another kitty.

Snipped from CNN ..

Even in death Arthur C. Clarke would not compromise his vision.
The famed science fiction writer, who once denigrated religion as "a necessary evil in the childhood of our particular species," left written instructions that his funeral be completely secular, according to his aides.
"Absolutely no religious rites of any kind, relating to any religious faith, should be associated with my funeral," he wrote.

Just for the record, should I drop down dead tomorrow, please do the same for me. And if someone could scatter me atop Craigendarroch that would do nicely.

Also from CNN

BISMARCK, North Dakota (AP) -- Using tiny brushes and chisels, workers picking at a big greenish-black rock in the basement of North Dakota's state museum are meticulously uncovering something amazing: a nearly complete dinosaur, skin and all.

Unlike almost every other dinosaur fossil ever found, the Edmontosaurus named Dakota, a duckbilled dinosaur unearthed in southwestern North Dakota in 2004, is covered by fossilized skin that is hard as iron. It's among just a few mummified dinosaurs in the world, say the researchers who are slowly freeing it from a 65-million-year-old rock tomb.

This is the dream of paleoanthropologists. Can you imagine seeing not just the fossilized bones of our ancestors but the skin and even facial features too? It takes extraordinary conditions but it can happen!

1 comment:

Laura said...

Hi Skittles and Family,
Just wanted to write and say hi and tell you all that I'm thinking about each of you. What a cool article you found about cats! You'll have to let me know if you ever get a fourth - I'll use that as my opening to Joe about getting our fourth. :) I'd have a few mroe by now if I thoguht people wouldn't think I was completely nuts. If you guys ever do it, I may just have to do it too. Then we can tell each other that we're not crazy. :)
Have a wonderful day. Sending Smiles, Angel Laura