Glacier Lake Floods

Glaciers in the mountains of India, Nepal, and Tibet are melting . . . Lakes sometimes form on top of the glaciers. When they grow too rapidly, they burst over natural rocky dams and surge down river valleys — with the potential to destroy villages below. Japanese scientists spotted this hazard in the Himalayas in the early 1990s. They teamed up with Nepalese engineers to …

The Same Moon

We recently recorded this question. Melissa: Hi, my name is Melissa and I’m from Chicago, Illinois, and my question is: if I’m living in California and I’m talking to a friend in New York City, and we look at the moon at the same time, does it look the same to both of us? If I’m in the United States and I’m looking up at …

How is wind chill calculated?

Our bodies emit heat that normally stays in a thin envelope of warm air all around us. When the wind whisks away that warm layer, we lose heat faster — and that’s wind chill. The formula calculates the relationship between wind speed, air temperature and how cold you feel. The wind chill concept came from two Antarctic explorers, Paul Siple and Charles Passel, back in …

CHASTE TREE, VITEX, AGNUS CASTUS.

Parts Used: Dried fruit. Function: Vitex has an effect on the hormones of the body although it does not contain hormones itself. Uses: Vitex is used for the treatment of PMS, heavy menstruation, female infertility, fibrocystic breast disease and symptoms of menopause. Guidelines: Use according to label instructions. Vitex is usually taken in the morning. Interactions: Do not use if pregnant.

Rough a map of the human genome

Researchers now have a rough map of the human genome — the genetic blueprint for a human being. Ninety-five per cent of the human genome is called “junk DNA” — scientists don’t know why it’s there. The five percent that scientists would most like to understand now is distributed throughout the junk. Geneticists — like Lisa Stubbs at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California — …

Hair Loss – Causes and Natural Treatment

Description * There are several types of hair loss or alopecia including: Androgenetic alopecia – male pattern baldness, the most common form of alopecia. Alopecia areata – where hair falls out in patches. Alopecia totalis – the loss of scalp hair. Alopecia universalis – the complete loss of all body hair. Causes * It is not known what causes hair loss but there are a …

Coral and Sea Level

Emma-Kate Potter is a PhD candidate at the Australian National University. She tracks the history of sea level changes by studying growth cycles of ancient coral. Emma-Kate Potter: So in the past, sea level has gone up and down, and up and down. And coral can grow at any of those times. They particularly like to grow when sea level is going up, they grow …

Common Ground: Vegetarians Around the World

We have all heard from the experts and doctors about the benefits of a vegetarian diet. These interviews are an opportunity to connect with vegetarians who could be our neighbors, our friends, our family and discover the underlying unity amongst the diverse range of human personalities. One of the pleasures of writing for a great website like planetveggie.com is getting out and talking with a …

Scientist explains warming link to hurricanes

Not all scientists agree, but some studies indicate global warming is changing the intensity of hurricanes. Kevin Trenberth is one whose research indicates this connection. Trenberth is head of the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Earth’s air and oceans both are warming, and, Trenberth said, for every 1 degree Fahrenheit increase in sea surface temperature, there’s a 4% increase in …

Treating ankylosing spondylitis: A form of spinal arthritis

Q: I have a friend with ankylosing spondylitis who has been placed on glucosamine. Any other recommendations? She has exhausted the allopathic resources. Thanks! Ankylosing spondylitis symptoms A:   This form of arthritis mainly affects young men, and can cause severe pain and stiffness in the spinal joints. The areas most commonly affected by ankylosing spondylitis are: The joint between the base of your spine …

Scientists turn weapons into tools

The U.S. military uses small, remote-controlled airplanes for combat and spying. These are called uninhabited aerial vehicles, or UAVs. But Frank Cutler and his colleagues see a whole new use for these aircraft. Frank Cutler: . . . we’re exploring the use of UAVs, trying to heavily leverage what the Department of Defense has invested in them, and what the Federal Aviation is investing in …

Whole Foods – the myths and truth about!

(Sigh) Myths die hard, indeed. And if they stick around long enough, they seem to evolve into truths, and no thanks to TV, radio, and the like. I must have written a hundred million words around this item, but I can’t seem to write enough. So here’s more about whole foods and not only. At one of those frequent business meets where eats are almost …