Study finds exposure to synthetic chemicals in the environment increases body fat. How toxic chemicals move around the planet. Elizabeth Grossman’s book Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Green Chemistry is available at Amazon US & UK.
Why study sled dogs to understand Type 2 diabetes? ‘Any animal that can run a thousand miles in nine days has a pretty impressive metabolism.’
Creature feature: Talking mongoose mystery back in the spotlight. Legendary paranormal investigator Harry Price took three pawprints made by ‘Gef’ in plasticine and an impression of his teeth marks to the Natural History Museum for evaluation, but they were not matched to any known animal.
Does Avatar owe an unacknowledged debt to the Strugatsky brothers’ The World of Noon and The Emerald Forest? I’d rather be one of the invisible people than blue, myself. (Good for as many entendres as you care to think up.)
The UN base at Leogane is full of vehicles, equipment, food, water and men. They are stationed to the west of Port-au-Prince at the end of a road leading through the small settlement where we are told some 5,000 people have been left homeless.
But instead of being out in the village, the UN representatives at this base are clustered around the front gate, laughing as they buy shampoo from a local salesman.
And while they do this, just a two-minute walk down the road in the village itself, the injured and the homeless are waiting.