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FROM WASHINGTON. as Pterodactyls go, it was small, toothless and had unexpectedly curved toes, yet scientists are welcoming their new find as another piece in the puzzle of ancient life.

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Nemicolopterus Crypticus, was a small flying reptile that lived in present China.

“We have this really amazing creature, sparrow sized, which lived essentially in the trees, showing us a very new, very interesting side of the evolutionary history of those animals,” said Alexander W. A. Kellner of the National Museum of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The find, by researchers led by Xiaolin Wang of the Chinese Academy of Science, is reported in this week’s online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Pterodactyls are best known from giant examples of the ancient flying reptiles, and most specimens have been uncovered in coastal areas.
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Thank you AP News
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Hello…………..we all remember the Godzilla movies…Giant Birds over taking sities…flying Japanese Twins thru the air AND giant birds taken over Mexico and surrounding countries…or at least I do!

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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Here is a link to an interesting interview on “The Hour” with George Stroumboulopoulos with David Suzuki [one of my personal heroes]:

http://www.cbc.ca/thehour/video.php?id=1141

Enjoy…
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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This is a video that I thought some of my GREEN Baby Boomers, out there, would like to see.

They say that there is no green house effect…

I say that they lied then and that they are still lying! When in truth, we are not getting closer to the sun…

We are ruining our planet…chopping down the forests and not replanting them, at an alarming rate. Still sucking up gases for transportation, still using aerosols, not using mass transportation.

How many of you, Baby Boomers thought that you would have to buy water because the water is so nasty from your tap that you don’t dare drink it.

The list is incredible of things we should and should not be doing.

The Arctic ice is melting faster than previously thought, according to new research. As a result, the fabled Northwest Passage may become a reality.

http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1184423697/bctid1184380025

World peace and green peace!

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Popular culture is loaded with myths and half-truths. Most are harmless. But when doctors start believing medical myths, perhaps it’s time to worry.

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In the British Medical Journal this week, researchers looked into several common misconceptions, from the belief that a person should drink eight glasses of water per day to the notion that reading in low light ruins your eyesight.

“We got fired up about this because we knew that physicians accepted these beliefs and were passing this information along to their patients,” said Dr. Aaron Carroll, assistant professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine. “And these beliefs are frequently cited in the popular media.”

And so here they are, so that you can inform your doctor:

Myth: We use only 10 percent of our brains.

Fact: Physicians and comedians alike, including Jerry Seinfeld, love to cite this one. It’s sometimes erroneously credited to Albert Einstein. But MRI scans, PET scans and other imaging studies show no dormant areas of the brain, and even viewing individual neurons or cells reveals no inactive areas, the new paper points out. Metabolic studies of how brain cells process chemicals show no nonfunctioning areas. The myth probably originated with self-improvement hucksters in the early 1900s who wanted to convince people that they had yet not reached their full potential, Carroll figures. It also doesn’t jibe with the fact that our other organs run at full tilt.

Myth: You should drink at least eight glasses of water a day.

Fact: “There is no medical evidence to suggest that you need that much water,” said Dr. Rachel Vreeman, a pediatrics research fellow at the university and co-author of the journal article. Vreeman thinks this myth can be traced back to a 1945 recommendation from the Nutrition Council that a person consume the equivalent of 8 glasses or 64 ounces of fluid a day. Over the years, “fluid” turned to water. But fruits and vegetables, plus coffee and other liquids, count.

Myth: Fingernails and hair grow after death.

Fact: Most physicians queried on this one initially thought it was true. Upon further reflection, they realized it’s impossible. Here’s what happens: “As the body’s skin is drying out, soft tissue, especially skin, is retracting,” Vreeman said. “The nails appear much more prominent as the skin dries out. The same is true, but less obvious, with hair. As the skin is shrinking back, the hair looks more prominent or sticks up a bit.”

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Myth: Shaved hair grows back faster, coarser and darker.

Fact: A 1928 clinical trial compared hair growth in shaved patches to growth in non-shaved patches. The hair which replaced the shaved hair was no darker or thicker, and did not grow in faster. More recent studies have confirmed that one. Here’s the deal: When hair first comes in after being shaved, it grows with a blunt edge on top, Carroll and Vreeman explain. Over time, the blunt edge gets worn so it may seem thicker than it actually is. Hair that’s just emerging can be darker too, because it hasn’t been bleached by the sun.

Myth: Reading in dim light ruins your eyesight.

Fact: The researchers found no evidence that reading in dim light causes permanent eye damage. It can cause eye strain and temporarily decreased acuity, which subsides after rest.

Myth: Eating turkey makes you drowsy.

Fact: Even Carroll and Vreeman believed this one until they researched it. The thing is, a chemical in turkey called tryptophan is known to cause drowsiness. But turkey doesn’t contain any more of it than does chicken or beef. This myth is fueled by the fact that turkey is often eaten with a colossal holiday meal, often accompanied by alcohol, both things that will make you sleepy.

Myth: Mobile phones are dangerous in hospitals.

Fact: There are no known cases of death related to this one. Cases of less-serious interference with hospital devices seem to be largely anecdotal, the researchers found. In one real study, mobile phones were found to interfere with 4 percent of devices, but only when the phone was within 3 feet of the device. A more recent study, this year, found no interference in 300 tests in 75 treatment rooms. To the contrary, when doctors use mobile phones, the improved communication means they make fewer mistakes.

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“Whenever we talk about this work, doctors at first express disbelief that these things are not true,” said Vreeman said. “But after we carefully lay out medical evidence, they are very willing to accept that these beliefs are actually false.”
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Thank you Robert Roy Britt, LiveScience Managing Editor and LiveScience.com
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AND THE NOBLE PEACE PRIZE should go to…

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Al Gore is NOT who I would have chosen FOR THE 2007 AWARD…it seems as though everything else INCLUDING this Prize has become POLITICAL.

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Though I am not opposed to Al Gore and what he has been using for his flormat…HOWEVER…

I NOMINATE David Suzuki
Here is some information as to why I think he deserved to get the Award this year!

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David Takayoshi Suzuki, CC, OBC, Ph.D, born March 24, 1936, is a Canadian science broadcaster and environmental activist. Since the mid 1970’s, Suzuki has become known for his TV and radio series and books about nature and the environment. He is best known as host of the popular and long-running CBC Television science magazine, The Nature of Things, seen in syndication in over 40 nations. He is also well known for criticizing governments for their lack of action to protect the environment.

A long time activist to reverse global climate change, Suzuki co-founded the David Suzuki Foundation in 1990, to work “to find ways for society to live in balance with the natural world that sustains us.” The Foundation’s priorities are: oceans and sustainable fishing, climate change and clean energy, sustainability, and David Suzuki’s Nature Challenge.

If you want to see more about his life I would go to:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Suzuki

And/or…

http://www.davidsuzuki.org/

This will give you plenty of knowledge about the man and his mission.

I NOMINATE DAVID SUZUKI for the Nobel Peace Prize!

Smiles and world green peace,
~The Baby Boomner Queen~

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ORGAN DONATION

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Every 13 minutes a new name is added to the national waiting list for organs in the United States.
One of those names could soon be mine.

Facts about organ & tissue donation from the New York Organ Donor Network website www.nyodn.org/organ/o_statistics_overview.html

*In the U.S., More than 96,000 people are waiting for organs and tissue for transplantation .

* Each organ and tissue donor saves or improves the lives of as many as 50 people.

*This year, over 6000 people in the U.S. will die waiting for organs.

*So the next time you are at the DMV and the clerk asks if you want to be an organ donor, take a minute to think about the 96,000 folks who are waiting for a second chance to lead a healthy life.
And if you’ve ever said to yourself, “It doesn’t affect me. I don’t know anyone who needs a transplant…” Well, now you do.

If you would like to learn more about organ and tissue donation, please take a look at these websites.

http://www.nyodn.org/organ/o_myth.html

http://www.unos.org/

http://www.unos.org/

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Baby Boomers…there is nothing on me that they could use for a transplant…but the rest of you out ther who are healthy…please consider being a donor.

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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In from RIO VISTA, California, two whales that lost their way more than a week ago spent a second day circling near a Sacramento River bridge Tuesday, about 70 miles from the open waters of the Pacific Ocean.

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Both whales are wounded, apparently from a run-in with a boat’s propeller.

“The wounds appear to have worsened over time and their skin has changed from smooth and shiny to irregular and pitted,” said Frances Guiland of the Marine Mammal Center.

Fresh water from the Sacramento River could hamper the whales’ recovery, biologists said. Skin samples taken from the mother whale on Monday were sent to out-of-state labs to assess her general health and help identify her population stock.

Crews in the more than two dozen boats blocking the humpbacks’ path up the river tried herding the mother and her calf downstream by banging metal pipes beneath the water.

The challenge, officials said, was encouraging the pair to return to salt water quickly but without resorting to tactics that could upset the whales.

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“Stressing even a healthy whale is not good. Stressing an injured whale is worse,” said Brian Gorman, a spokesman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The humpbacks, nicknamed Delta and Dawn, had traveled 90 miles inland more than a week ago before turning around at the Port of Sacramento on Sunday. They were making progress Monday until they reached the Rio Vista Bridge and began swimming in circles. (Watch crowd cheer on the whales )

Scientists theorized the whales began circling because vibrations from traffic upset them. The pair could not be coaxed forward even when the drawbridge was raised to halt the flow of vehicles.

Scientists have been watching the two closely because their route includes sloughs leading to muddy deltas where the whales could become lost and trapped.

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The pair also face a couple more highway bridges between Rio Vista and San Francisco Bay, including the Golden Gate.

Federal officials have authorized researchers to fire darts carrying a satellite tracking device beneath the mother’s fin to monitor her location, but two days of gusty winds and choppy waters have delayed the tagging.
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Thank you Associated Press…
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Our rivers and tributaties are polluted…this is proof…these poor whales are getting worse because they are swiming in it. Their wounds getting worse.

Big business is distroying our plant. For centuries they have polluted our eco system. Now even the fish and mammels are suffering…glacers are melting at increadable rates…China will soon be driving cars at an alarming rate…the global pollution will increase…I see no end to this cycle.

Many years ago there was a tire invented that would never have to be replaced…but the tire company(s) bought them out and so we have to continue to buy tires…which when burned make horrible pollution.

Drug companies only make medicines that endure diseases instead of cure diseases. Can you imagine what amount of money is made from the common cold, alone???? It is a million dollar business alone…look at the shelves in drug stores. Look at the pain releiver shelves… It breaks my heart to know that there are drugs out there that can harm and kill you and yet the American comsumer rushes to buy them…

Well, Baby Boomers, as usual…I am off on one of my rants again…but if I have reached just ONE of you…it was worth it!!!

Smiles and world peace but REMEBER…BUY NO GAS ON MONDAYS,
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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