This week in comments: February 12th—February 18th, 2018
What do Finland, religious animals, the American economy, fish, and Walmart have in common? They were all part of our comments of the week. Did you make the cut?
Colin Montgomery: Never mind the mercury, the melting permafrost is releasing v huge amounts of methane which is 20 times more powerful a greenhouse gas compared to Carbon Dioxide.
Paleontologists now think the smoking gun that killed off 95% of all life 250 million years ago in what's called the great extinction event, was the release of millions of cubic feet of frozen methane, first into the warming seas, then from there into the atmosphere. They reckon it raised the average global temperatures by 10 degrees centigrade above normal, which damn near wiped the Earth clean of life.
William Tretiak: I sure hope when we’re all gone that whatever comes after us is not as selfish or dumb.
Kylee Field: I love how everyone says that a social democracy would “eliminate small businesses” but virtually every social democracy has significantly more small businesses than America by a landslide. Lmao social democracies don’t kill small businesses, Walmart does.
James Christie: Well, our economies went from having 1 income with a suburban house with 2 kids and a pet to 2 people working 3 jobs to pay rent and food. No wonder we're depressed.
Eddie S. Jackson: The difference between animals and us...we have the facts, the proof, to know better. We choose to believe in sky wizards, even though there is no evidence to support such belief. That places us somewhere below most animals. Explains why we allow our children to be massacred in schools, while we send prayers to families. Instead of melting all the guns down, we'll go to churches and talk to god. Let's continue doing that...seems to be working great.
Both schizophrenics and people with a common personality type share similar brain patterns.
- A new study shows that people with a common personality type share brain activity with patients diagnosed with schizophrenia.
- The study gives insight into how the brain activity associated with mental illnesses relates to brain activity in healthy individuals.
- This finding not only improves our understanding of how the brain works but may one day be applied to treatments.
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.
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