Monday, April 13, 2015

Quigley's Cabinet

Well, folks, it has come to this. The strength in my arms continues to decline and it has reached the point where posting to my blog is hit or miss. My strength begins to wane about 11 AM, but trying to blog, to get outside before it gets too hot, to fit my occupational therapy in, to accommodate nurses giving me meds and friends wanting to visit has stretched me too thin in the mornings. In addition, my roommate Ola died at age 102 on March 17th. I miss her smile and her peacefulness, and now have the added stress of rehab patients cycling in and out of the room and the associated noise and interruptions. After 6 1/2 years blogging daily, I am still compelled to share links to articles about weird news, animals, fossils, and the rest of it. Friend me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter. I will still try to wow you, faithful reasders!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Versus MRSA

Scientists at the University of Nottingham have found that a 1,000-year-old Anglo-Saxon treatment for eye infections works as an antibiotic against one of today’s most notorious bacteria, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). After being introduced to cultures and infected mice, the recipe – which calls for 2 species of garlic and onions, wine, and bile from a cow's stomach brewed in a brass cauldron and let sit for 9 days – killed all but one in 1,000 bacteria. Says Viking scholar Christina Lee, "We were genuinely astonished at the results of our experiments in the lab."

Monday, April 6, 2015

Noseless newborn

Before Eli Thompson was born in Mobile, Alabama, U.S., his father joked that he hoped he wouldn't pass on his nose to his new son. Little did he expect that the child would be born with no nose whatsoever. Eli has a rare condition known as complete congenital arhinia and underwent a tracheotomy at 5 days of age. Surgeons will not be able to construct his nasal passageways until he is past puberty, but in his mother Brandi McGlathery's words, "We think he's fine the way he is."
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Friday, April 3, 2015

Bird backpacks

Scientists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst have just conclusively proven that the 4.2 ounce (12 g) white-throated, black-capped blackpoll warbler flies non-stop the 1,700 miles (1056 km) from New England to South America during its autumn migration. Not only that, it can do so with a .02 ounce (.57 g) geolocator on its back.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Spiky croaker

"I was so mad at myself! I thought I had brought back the wrong frog," says biologist Katherine Krynak, who was surveying amphibian species in the Reserva Las Gralarias in Ecuador. The marble-sized creature was spiky when she spotted it, but smooth when she examined it back at the labr. In fact, she had discovered the first vertebrate species known to change its skin texture.t