Researchers said the drug took effect after several days. Once established, the improvements were long-lasting, although after three months the circuits in the brain showed a decline in activity, Garner said.
Monday, February 26, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Friday, February 16, 2007
So here's the burning question: are or were there any animated female shills for sugary breakfast cereals? Bonus points if you know why. The comment line is open.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Monday, February 05, 2007
"Patching a window," I answered.
He got that look about him that is generally reserved for after I tell him not to worry, the fire is out. "What? Is something wrong with the computer?"
"Not Windows. Window, singular. You know, those big glass things in the wall that let light in the house."
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Emperor penguins have been getting a lot of the penguin spotlight lately. We've had two high-profile Emperor-centric movies, March of the Penguins and Happy Feet, with the associated books, video games, plushies and educational materials. Now, no penguin subspecies is currently in the clear as far as the World Conservation Union--keepers of the endangered species list--is concerned, but Emperors are one of the least threatened penguins.
Keeping the emperors company on the lowest level of endangered speciesdom are the Little Blues, spokespenguins for the Little Penguin wines and target of the "Adopt a Penguin" efforts that the Little Penguin Winery is helping promote and support. Also at "lower risk" status, the Gentoo, which gained notoriety as the namesake of a Linux distro.
The most critical ranking that the World Conservation Union gives to any penguin subspecies is "Endangered," which is a step safer than "critically endangered" and two steps above "extinct in the wild." The Endangered tag goes to three subspecies: the White Flippered, the Erect-crested, and the Galapagos, none of which gets much beak time in the popular media.
Saturday, February 03, 2007
The article starts:
Punxsutawney Phil, a chubby rodent with supposed powers of prognostication, has been dragged from his burrow in Pennsylvania and predicted an early spring in the United States.Fair enough assessment of the events. After getting a National Weather Service meteorologist to weigh in, and the obligatory Bill Murray reference, the AFP reporter gets to the part of the Groundhog Day story that doesn't get told:
Again, factually accurate, but when you put it like that, those of us who enjoy a good marmota-based diversion in late winter seem just a touch crazy.
According to tradition, Phil speaks to the town's Groundhog Club president in "Groundhogese," which the club says is understood only by the president of the Inner Circle -- a group of dignitaries who dress in top hats for the event.
Punxsutawney Phil is held by town authorities to be the original seer and over 120 years old, even though groundhogs usually only live for around two or three years. He allegedly owes his longevity to a secret elixir.
Phil in fact spends most of the year living in the town's library and is moved to the heated burrow on Gobbler's Knob in time to be pulled out at 7:25 am every February 2.
Friday, February 02, 2007
That is one eloquent rodent, and for an animal that has spent the last several months hibernating, he seems to be well versed on current events.
El Nino has caused high winds, heavy snow, ice and freezing temperatures in the west.
Here in the East with much mild winter weather we have been blessed.
Global warming has caused a great debate.
This mild winter makes it seem just great.
On this Groundhog Day we think of one thing.
Will we have winter or will we have spring?
On Gobbler's Knob I see no shadow today.
I predict that early spring is on the way.
Here at Cobbler Knob (behind the apples and blackberries), no one expects to see Woodrow for another three or four months. As usual, he leaves the weather forecasting to those higher profile woodchucks. He likes the quiet life eating dropped apples.