Against Federal Land Ownership
Federal land conservation efforts are a failure and large swaths of the nation's property should be turned over to the states, say Holly Fretwell and Shawn Regan at Forbes.
In what is hardly a symbol of constrained federal power, fully 25% of the U.S. is managed by the federal government. Despite an expansive national debt, legislation pending in Congress proposes to spend nearly a billion dollars each year acquiring even more land. ... Instead of acquiring more land, Congress should protect the land it already owns. This is best achieved by decentralizing management of the federal estate. Local land managers are beholden to the land's users and beneficiaries, not D.C.-based politicians or bureaucrats. The result is better stewardship, enhanced accountability, and controlled costs.
It's a development that could one day lead to much better treatments for osteoporosis, joint damage, and bone fractures.
- Scientists have isolated skeletal stem cells in adult and fetal bones for the first time.
- These cells could one day help treat damaged bone and cartilage.
- The team was able to grow skeletal stem cells from cells found within liposuctioned fat.
Gut bacteria play an important role in how you feel and think and how well your body fights off disease. New research shows that exercise can give your gut bacteria a boost.
- Two studies from the University of Illinois show that gut bacteria can be changed by exercise alone.
- Our understanding of how gut bacteria impacts our overall health is an emerging field, and this research sheds light on the many different ways exercise affects your body.
- Exercising to improve your gut bacteria will prevent diseases and encourage brain health.
A groundbreaking new study shows that octopuses seemed to exhibit uncharacteristically social behavior when given MDMA, the psychedelic drug commonly known as ecstasy.
- Octopuses, like humans, have genes that seem to code for serotonin transporters.
- Scientists gave MDMA to octopuses to see whether those genes translated into a binding site for serotonin, which regulates emotions and behavior in humans
- Octopuses, which are typically asocial creatures, seem to get friendlier while on MDMA, suggesting humans have more in common with the strange invertebrates than previously thought
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