Morning, noon and night

Three random things I learned, or remembered, today

Archive for October, 2007

Halloween

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MORNING

Information on Halloween from the Encyclopedia Britannica

HALLOWEEN

Population genetics

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NIGHT

Genetic Equilibrium in a large population is based on the Hardy-Weinberg Law

The link below describes what this is about and what factors might disturb this equilibrium.

THE HARDY-WEINBERG LAW

Animal lovers

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NOON

I have just discovered a site called “Advocacy for Animals.” It is a blog that seems to be part of Encyclopedia Britannica.

It quotes the following:

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

Mohandas K. Gandhi

And would also add that a nation’s treatment of its children and its elderly is also a measure of moral progress.

ADVOCACY FOR ANIMALS

Organic products are better?

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MORNING

Up till now, as far as I know, evidence that organic food is higher in nutritional value has been lacking. It has rather been a “lifestyle choice.”

Apparently, this is beginning to change. It has been shown that organic fruit and vegetables contain 40% more antioxidants which are thought to cut the risk of cancer and heart disease. The antioxidants in organic milk were shown to be 90% more in this study.

The food Standards Agency will consider this research and if necessary review their current advice.

ORGANIC FOOD BETTER

Pottery find

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NIGHT

I love junk and visit auctions, charity shops and car boot sales on the prowl. It’s the thrill of finding hidden treasure that no-one else has noticed. Not real treasure usually, but something that is “good” hidden among the “bad” and the “ugly.”

Here is a photo of a little pottery vase that I found in perfect condition in a charity shop. It has a feeling of “goodness” about it.

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Greenland thaws

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NOON

To my knowledge, I have never met a greenlander. However I haved look down on this ice covered desolate land from 30,000 plus feet above, and wondered what it would be like to live there.

Global warming is making life more pleasant for greenlanders. For example, they are now trying to grow vegetables. Up till now they only seemed to eat potatoes.

The link below takes you to a lovely slide show of greenland from the ground.

GREENLAND THAWS

Identical twins re-united

MORNING

I found this story about identical twins being reunited after 35 years more distressing than happy. Happy because they were at last united. Distressing because, unknown to them, they had been part of a cold, calculated experiment.

IDENTICAL TWINS RE-UNITED