RaMbLeS

Welcome to RaMbLeS, a collection of weekly musings on life and Scripture. It all began in 2005 on Google’s blogspot as the aBeLOG (a name now recycled), a semi-autobiographical devotional that attempted to keep well-wishers abreast of my activities as I relocated to Scotland for a few years. Since my return, I’ve continued my RaMbLeS, and here’s its most recent incarnation on HOMILETIX.

Odors!

September 15th, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Odors!

Phan•tom adjective = fictitious, nonexistent, illusive (from Latin phantasma, from Greek phantazein = to make visible)

Phantom odor = the smell of something that isn’t actually there, usually unpleasant (“foul,” “rotten,” “chemical”)

That, apparently, is a condition afflicting about one in fifteen, report researchers from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) in the Journal of the American Medical Association:…   Read more →

Goats!

September 8th, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Goats!

The other day, biological and experimental psychologists from Queen Mary University, London, performed an interesting study at the Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats in Kent: “Goats Prefer Positive Human Emotional Facial Expressions,” published in Royal Society Open Science.

Goats like happy humans!

(You’ve goat to be kidding me!)

Twenty goats (already domesticated and fully habituated to human presence) were shown greyscale human pictures of the faces of the same individuals—unknown…   Read more →

Inaction?

September 1st, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Inaction?

You think your kids are lazy? Well, they may be on to something.

So say researchers from the University of Kansas, authors of “Metabolic Rates, Climate and Macroevolution: A Case Study Using Neogene Molluscs,” published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

Of course, they were looking at fossilized and existing bivalves and gastropods in the Atlantic Ocean, but still ….

Laziness, apparently, is a fruitful strategy for the survival of individuals,…   Read more →

Still?

August 25th, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Still?

Well, there’s good news for couch potatoes (like me)!

Found in “Dementia And Physical Activity (DAPA) Trial of Moderate to High Intensity Exercise Training for People with Dementia: Randomised Controlled Trial,” recently published in The British Medical Journal.

That those with Alzheimer’s benefit from exercise has been our fondest hope. But, alas, that may not be founded on fact.

In the DAPA trial, the average score on the Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale-Cognitive…   Read more →

Timezones!

August 18th, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 2

Timezones!

Diego Armando Maradona is regarded as the greatest football player of all time. He was joint FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) Player of the 20th century (with the Brazilian star, Pelé). The 5’5″ maestro’s incredible ball control, dribbling skills, speed, and reflexes gave him the nickname El Pibe de Oro (“The Golden Boy”). In his international career with Argentina, he wore 91 caps and scored 34 goals,…   Read more →

Cooperation!

August 11th, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Cooperation!

Stomach bugs affect a lot of people every year. From cruise ships to the Olympic Village, outbreaks can cause some pretty serious and difficult-to-treat stomach illnesses. Noroviruses create about 685 million cases of gastroenteritis annually—the commonest cause of acute gastroenteritis worldwide—costing $60 billion in healthcare costs and lost productivity. Rotaviruses affect 111 million people worldwide each year.

Researchers based in Laboratory of Host-Pathogen Dynamics…   Read more →

Siblings!

August 4th, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Siblings!

Last year, new neighbors moved in next door to Hillary Harris, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Complete strangers.

Ms. Harris was adopted by a loving couple when she was just a month old. She always wondered about her biological family.

I always wanted to find them. It was always in the back of my mind and I knew that eventually I would search when I was ready.”

She was ready a few years ago, when she and Lance, her husband, were expecting their first child. Hillary decided to…   Read more →

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