Photo Sunday: London
I'm home again after my swing through the U.K., and I've finally had time to go through all the pictures I took. Here are a few of the best from our first few days in London:
We got a taste of real English weather on our first day there, but the second day favored us with some sunshine. We walked through Whitehall Gardens in the center of the city near the Thames...
...and then went for a ride on the London Eye.
Looking north along the Thames as we rode the London Eye up.
Westminster Bridge, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, from the top of the Eye.
We also toured the Tower of London. Some of the rooms where enemies of the state were imprisoned had graffiti carved into the walls by their occupants, including this one left by a Catholic priest during one of the periods where the country seesawed back and forth between Catholic and Protestant control. I'm still not clear on how prisoners got access to stonecarving tools.
Tower Bridge, displaying the Paralympics logo.
We took a day trip to Stonehenge. The weather was cold and gloomy, with drizzling rain and gusty wind: perfect, in a way, to contemplate what could have been in the minds of the long-vanished prehistoric people who built it.
More ancient remnants in Great Britain: The ruins of a Roman spa built around the natural hot springs in the town of Bath.
On our last day, we toured the British Museum. Here's the Enlightenment Gallery, set up to celebrate and recall this age of reason.
Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."
- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
The Bajau people's nomadic lifestyle has given them remarkable adaptions, enabling them to stay underwater for unbelievable periods of time. Their lifestyle, however, is quickly disappearing.
- The Bajau people travel in small flotillas throughout the Phillipines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, hunting fish underwater for food.
- Over the years, practicing this lifestyle has given the Bajau unique adaptations to swimming underwater. Many find it straightforward to dive up to 13 minutes 200 feet below the surface of the ocean.
- Unfortunately, many disparate factors are erasing the traditional Bajau way of life.
We explore the history of blood types and how they are classified to find out what makes the Rh-null type important to science and dangerous for those who live with it.
- Fewer than 50 people worldwide have 'golden blood' — or Rh-null.
- Blood is considered Rh-null if it lacks all of the 61 possible antigens in the Rh system.
- It's also very dangerous to live with this blood type, as so few people have it.
An innovation may lead to lifelike evolving machines.
- Scientists at Cornell University devise a material with 3 key traits of life.
- The goal for the researchers is not to create life but lifelike machines.
- The researchers were able to program metabolism into the material's DNA.
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