I haven't found the friend I am looking for yet, but then I just found this site. It doesn't cost anything to use, but really, the only way one can find a friend is if they know you are looking for them! Supposedly, word of mouth will help me find my old friend. That's why I am sharing this with you.Maybe you can take a peek . Maybe there is someone you want to find!
Also, if you register, maybe you will find out someone has been looking for you.
My pet peeve: plastic bags! I take my own bags to the store and always get the weirdest looks.
Except at Krogers (usually), where they even give me 5 cents back for every bag I use of my own. I like that.
HOWEVER, those teenagers do NOT know how to pack a friggin bag (another pet peeve). Yesterday, I went grocery shopping, and I have my items on the conveyor belt, and I tell my son, "Okay, you and your sister hurry up and fill up the bags." so as they are trying to fill up the bags, two teenagers who work there came up and started putting items in plastic bags, to which I exasperatedly reply "Please, I do not want plastic bags". I then get eyerolling, and two very unenthused teenagers putting four items in each bag and thinking the bag is filled up.
These are canvas bags for Pete's sake! My net bag alone can hold 40 pounds!
Not to mention that while I am trying to pay for my groceries, it is a timed event to put everything in the bags to free up the space for another customer! ( Yet another pet peeve)
By the way, those of you who are reading this: thank you for reading my whine session. I am sure there will be more to come. As a token of my appreciation, I would like to pass on a wonderful link to a website I like to use to purchase my bags:
The discovery of the oldest bee fossil supports the theory that bees evolved from wasps, scientists reported today.
The 100 million-year-old fossil was found in a mine in the Hukawng Valley of Myanmar (Burma) and preserved in amber. Amber, which begins as tree sap, often traps insects and plant structures before they fossilize.
"This is the oldest known bee we've ever been able to identify, and it shares some of the features of wasps," said lead author George Poinar, a researcher from Oregon State University. "But overall it's more bee than wasp, and gives us a pretty good idea of when these two types of insects were separating on their evolutionary paths."
The quarter-inch fossil shares traits of the carnivorous wasp such as narrow hind legs while exhibiting branched hairs on its leg, a characteristic of the modern bee that allows pollen collection.
Around the same time the bee was trapped, plants that rely on mechanisms other than the wind to spread their seeds, started expanding and diversifying. Prior to that, the world was mostly green with conifer trees that depended on the wind for pollination.
"Flowering plants are very important in the evolution of life," Poinar said. "They can reproduce more quickly, develop more genetic diversity, spread more easily and move into new habitats. But prior to the evolution of bees they didn't have any strong mechanism to spread their pollen, only a few flies and beetles that didn't go very far."
The study is detailed in Oct. 27 issue of the journal Science.
By IOAN GRILLO, Associated Press WriterThu Oct 26, 4:30 AM ET
A trail of 13 fossilized footprints running through a valley in a desert in northern Mexico could be among the oldest in the Americas, Mexican archeologists said.
The footprints were made by hunter gatherers who are believed to have lived thousands of years ago in the Coahuila valley of Cuatro Cienegas, 190 miles (306 kms) south of Eagle Pass, Texas, said archaeologist Yuri de la Rosa Gutierrez of Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History.
"We believe (the footprints) are between 10,000 and 15,000 years old," De la Rosa said in a news release Wednesday. "We have evidence of the presence of hunter gatherers in the Coahuila desert more than 10,000 years ago."
De la Rosa said there have only been initial tests to find the age of the prints and more tests will be carried out both in Mexico and at a laboratory in Bristol in Great Britain.
The oldest discovered footprints in the Western hemisphere are in Chile, and are believed to be 13,000 years old. There 6,000-year old footprints in the U.S. state of California, in Brazil and in Nicaragua.
The age of the Mexican footprints is dwarfed by those found in Africa. The oldest known hominid foot marks are in Laetoli, in Tanzania, and are believed to have been made 3.5 million years ago.
The Cuatro Cienegas footprints were discovered in May embedded in a white rock called travertine, it said in the news release.
Each footprint is 10 inches (27 cm) long and under an inch (2 cm) deep. They spread over a distance of 30 feet (10 meters).
It is likely they were imprinted in mud and preserved by some rapid change in the environment, said Arturo Gonzalez, director of the Desert Museum, in the Coahuila state capital of Saltillo.
"There must have been a natural phenomenon to rapidly cover them so they were not rubbed out and were perfectly preserved," Gonzalez said.
I think I may have shared this with a group a while back, but I thought it might be nice to share it with others as well. This list was given to me by a nurse practitioner. I suffer from chronic severe depression, and I struggle with it daily.I have recently resumed medication, which has helped me considerably, along with these tips.
1. 30 minutes of sunshine 2. 30 minutes of exercise 3. 6-8 glasses of water a day 4. multivitamin with B6, B12, Folate, and Selenium
5 meditation daily
6. 8 hours of sleep
7. Do something good for someone each day
I hope that these will help someone who may be struggling with depression. Please, if you feel you may be depressed, PLEASE see a healthcare professional! You may need medication to get you "over the hump". Some people don't need to take these meds for a long time. Others, such as myself, will have to take them long-term. I hate taking medication, but I just can't believe the positive effect this antidepressant is having on me. I am more calm, and I am able to be around others now. Before, I had a complete phobia of being around others. I went to work like I was supposed to, but I was so uncomfortable I almost couldn't stand it. Work, and being out in public, was unbearable.I am so much better now.
I hope those of you with this problem will seek help, and maybe these tips will help you somehow find some kind of inner balance and peace, as , along with medication, they have helped me.
I am thinking about closing my insect group "Creepy Crawleys and Squishy Things" due to, mainly, lack of participation.By me as well.
I have had a few members who were so great participating, but I guess keeping the subject of insects alive and interesting is a bit difficult.
I have posted this in my group already, but I wanted to share it here as well. I would like for the members to come to a vote, or at least drop me a line about how they feel.
In my opinion, there are two choices: 1. We can close the group altogether. 2. We can change the nature/topic of the group,to make it more interesting to participate.
I was thinking about something more along the lines of environment, but if there are any other suggestions, please post them, as I am more than glad to hear from everyone.
I have been a negligent group host, but not a negligent member of Care2. I am here almost every day (except weekends, as I have to work both days all day long and don't have time to breathe, let alone sit at my computer)
By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 9 minutes ago
SYDNEY, Australia - A bout of coral bleaching hitting Australia's Great Barrier Reef could be as bad as an episode in 2001-2002 that affected 60 percent of the reef, scientists warned Tuesday.
An international team studying the world's reefs said in a statement that water temperatures for the past four months off Australia's northeastern coast have been well above long-term averages.
"We were all very concerned when we saw the temperature readings for December," said Prof. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg of the University of Queensland.
He said temperature measurements were similar to those in 2001-2002, which led to the worst coral bleaching ever recorded on the Great Barrier Reef.
"In that event, over 60 percent of the Great Barrier Reef bleached and up to five percent of reefs suffered serious damage," he added.
Hoegh-Guldberg chairs the Bleaching Working Group for the Coral Reef Targeted Research and Capacity Building for Management Program, a worldwide network of more than 100 scientists.
Coral bleaching occurs when the microscopic plants, or zooxanthellae, which live in coral tissue stop working due to stress that often is caused by rising temperatures. The zooxanthellae provide corals with color and food.
Coral reefs are not immediately killed by bleaching and if they are not severely stressed, they can recover their zooxanthellae and regain their color.
Bleaching already has whitened coral around the Keppel islands at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef, a World Heritage-listed chain of reefs that stretches for almost 1,200 miles along most of the coast of Australia's Queensland state.
"Corals at the Keppels are completely bleached and we are only halfway through January," Hoegh-Guldberg said. "How this will develop across the Great Barrier Reef is the number one question right now."
Healthy coral is key to marine ecosystems along the reef and also to a multibillion dollar tourist industry in Australia, where the Great Barrier Reef is one of the top draws.
Paul Marshall, manager of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's Climate Change Response Program, said that while most of the tourism is based around the northern stretches of the reef, there are reefs of ecological importance and several popular resorts around the southern reaches.
Marshall said there had been reports late last year of some bleaching in the north of the reef, but temperatures there had since dropped while in the south temperatures continued to be above average.
"We are going to be pretty lucky to escape coral deaths in the southern Great Barrier Reef," he said.
"It's going to have to be some pretty serious cloudy conditions to avert more serious bleaching down there," he added.
By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent Wed Jan 25, 1:45 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A toothless, two-legged crocodile ancestor that walked upright and had a beak instead of teeth was discovered in the basement of New York's American Museum of Natural History, according to a report published on Wednesday.
The 210 million-year-old fossil had sat in storage at the museum for nearly 60 years and was found only by accident, the paleontologists said.
The animal is interesting because it closely resembles a completely unrelated dinosaur called an ostrich dinosaur that lived 80 million years later, they report in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, a British science journal.
"A lot of people, from seeing (the film) Jurassic Park know what an ostrich dinosaur looked like," said museum curator Mark Norell. "This is a case of convergence with the ostrich dinosaur. It evolved more than once."
The six-foot-long (2-meter) fossil is an archosaur, an extinct type of animal that includes the ancestors of dinosaurs, crocodilians and birds. It lived in what is now New Mexico, in the U.S. southwest.
It was discovered in blocks of rock from the Ghost Ranch Quarry that were excavated in 1947 and 1948.
Scientists thought that all the specimens were Coelophysis, a small, carnivorous dinosaur that lived at the same time.
"It was collected in this quarry that literally had hundreds of skeletons in it," Norell said in a telephone interview.
NAMED AFTER FAMOUS PAINTER
Norell and graduate student Sterling Nesbitt were looking for Coelophysis fossils when they opened a plaster cast containing the archosaur, which they have named Effigia okeeffeae. The name recalls both the ranch and painter Georgia O'Keefe, who had an interest in the quarry.
Effigia is closely related to an ancient group of reptiles called crocodilians, which includes today's crocodiles and alligators. It was not a dinosaur.
Like other crocodilians of the time, it had a large eye, the researchers said.
Its skull and skeleton were very similar to those of ostrich dinosaurs, with a beak, a long tail, and two-legged stance. Its ankle, however, shows its relationship to crocodilians.
"There are still a lot of big questions about what they would have eaten," Norell said.
But he and Nesbitt noted that Effigia also resembles early theropod dinosaurs -- the two-legged carnivores.
So they reexamined some isolated Triassic reptile specimens and found that Effigia-like animals were common in the samples from western North America.
It could be, they said, that animals like Effigia dominated what are now the Americas, and that dinosaur evolution only took off after Effigia went extinct, leaving a niche.
Searching the storage rooms of museums often turns up treasures such as these, Norell said.
"Something that people often don't realize is that after you collect, it sometimes takes thousands of hours to remove the stuff from the cast for analysis," he said.
LONDON (AFP) - Global warming could cause ice at both poles of the Earth to start melting this century, driving up sea levels, according to a major study published by the British government.
The study, "Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change", collates evidence presented by scientists at a conference staged a year ago ahead of the 2005 Group of Eight (G8) summit, where Britain placed global warming high on the agenda.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair added his voice to the warning on Monday.
"It is clear from the work presented that the risks of climate change may well be greater than we thought," Blair said in the study's foreword.
"It is now plain that the emission of greenhouse gases, associated with industrialization and economic growth from a world population that has increased six-fold in 200 years, is causing global warming at a rate that is unsustainable."
The consensus view among scientists, the document warned, is of large-scale and irreversible disruption to the planet's climate system if temperatures rise by more than 3 degrees Celsius (5.4 Fahrenheit) above current levels.
Such a rise is well within the range of climate change projections for the century, it said, warning: "In many cases the risks are more serious than previously thought."
The international conference, which took place in Exeter, southwest England, was the biggest gathering of climate scientists since a landmark report in 2001 published under UN auspices.
That report confirmed that temperatures were rising and pinned the blame on carbon emissions disgorged mainly by the burning of oil, gas and coal.
It said that future greenhouse gas emissions were likely to raise global temperatures by between 1.4 and 5.8 degrees Celsius (2.5 and 10.4 degrees Fahrenheit) from 1990 to 2100. The temperature has already risen about 0.6 Celsius (1.6 Fahrenheit) since 1900.
But the UN report also acknowledged some uncertainties as to when, where and how this pollution would affect the climate.
The latest study says that some of the knowledge gap has been filled.
Compared with the UN report, it said, there "is greater clarity and reduced uncertainty" about the impacts of climate change across a wide range of systems, sectors and societies.
There is a serious risk of large-scale, irreversible system disruption, including the possible destabilisation of the Antarctic ice sheets if the warming goes beyond 3 Celsius (5.4 Fahrenheit) above current levels, the report warned.
A regional increase of 2.7 Celsius (4.9 Fahrenheit) above present levels could trigger melting of the Greenland ice cap, it said.
It said increasing acidity in the ocean would be likely to reduce the capacity to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and affect the entire marine food chain.
Even a more modest rise in global temperatures of about 1 Celsius (1.8 Fahrenheit) would probably lead to extensive coral bleaching, the report said.
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