Day: July 6, 2010

After big 1979 Gulf oil spill, a stunning recovery

An oiled bird from Oil Spill in San Francisco ...
‘Thirty-one years since the worst oil spill in North American history blanketed 150 miles of Texas beach, tourists noisily splash in the surf and turtles drag themselves into the dunes to lay eggs. “You look around, and it’s like the spill never happened,” shrugs Tunnell, a marine biologist. “There’s a lot of perplexity in it for many of us.” ‘  (NewsObserver.com).

A Neuroscientist Uncovers A Dark Secret

[Image 'https://i2.wp.com/media.npr.org/assets/news/2010/06/16/neurolaw/scan.jpg' cannot be displayed]Jim Fallon studied the brains of psychopaths for twenty years. Then his mother mentioned that he was related to Lizzie Borden, so he decided to study himself.  “You see that? I’m 100 percent. I have the pattern, the risky pattern,” he says, then pauses. “In a sense, I’m a born killer.” (NPR).

Could a brain parasite found in cats help soccer teams win at the World Cup?

Austrian Forward Rubin Okotie tries to score o...
“What if I told you that last week I predicted all eight winners of a round of the World Cup? And that instead of rankings or divination all I did was look up how many people in each team’s home country had a tiny parasite lurking in their amygdalas? Would you believe me? A decade ago, Discover Magazine concluded that parasites ruled the world, and now I’m going to try to tell you that, at the very least, parasites rule the World Cup.” (Slate)