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 ... makes children less fat.  In other news, water is wet.

Will this stop people from arresting parents who let their children out of arm's reach?  I doubt it.  So they'll stay fat.

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 ... for preschoolers.  For better sleep, limit TV to a maximum of one hour/day.

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This study shows xenon as a possible treatment for traumatic brain injury.  Currently there's no way to prevent the subsidiary damage that follows the trauma. 

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Almost exactly 9 years ago, one of our big trees blew down in a storm. After doing some careful research, we decided to leave the standing snag in place as a type of habitat.

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 ... is rising across the board.

Scientists then recommended efforts to reduce the indicators of despair -- depression, drug abuse, suicide, etc. -- rather than taking steps to make people's lives actually livable.

Thus saileth the failboat.

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This research on emotional memory could later help in treating PTSD. 

However, it offers useful insight right now to folks who use meditation or other techniques in hopes of modifying their brains.  We know that meditation can make major, measurable brain changes from studies done on monks.  So targeting information could help that work better. 

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 ... between women and men with minor stroke.  When reporting the same symptoms, men get more accurate diagnoses and therefore better treatment than women.

It's not really a flaw in diagnostic methods.  It's that society values  men and doesn't give a flying fuck about women.  Doctors assume that women are lying, mistaken, unreliable, or whining.  They take men seriously.  And that kills women.

Then they wonder why people don't trust them.

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This line of treatment could change the development of people with Down syndrome.  It may also have implications for treating Alzheimer's disease and autism.  Preventing or fixing Alzheimer's disease is great.  Everyone wants that. But changing the brains of people from how they were supposed to develop?  Much more fraught ethics there.

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Today is partly cloudy and steamy. 

I fed the birds.  Seen at the feeders today: several doves and sparrows, a robin, a pair of cardinals, a pair of goldfinches, a brown thrasher, a house finch, and an indigo bunting.

Then I planted things in the wildflower garden: two purple prairie clover, one wild white indigo, one wild blue indigo

EDIT 5-23-19: Round Two, I cut water jugs into greenhouses.  Then I planted northern sea oats, butterfly milkweed, obedient plant, and purple prairie petunia in the wildflower garden.

I saw two female goldfinches at the feeders today, so we have at least two M/F pairs now.  \o/

EDIT 5-23-19: Round Three, I cut water jugs into greenhouses.  Then I planted prairie blazing star, dotted blazing star, royal catchfly, and mountain mint in the wildflower garden.

EDIT 5-23-19: Round Four, I cut water jugs into greenhouses.  Then I planted Short's aster, wild quinine, purple Joe Pye weed, and New Jersey tea in the wildflower garden.

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Mermaid cakes.  The first is my favorite. 

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A look at why America is so fucked up: because it hurts people all the time. 

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Beautiful canyon.

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Folks have mentioned an interest in questions and conversations that make them think. So I've decided to offer more of those. This is the current list.

33. What are you curious about?

Everything.  Okay, some topics are more interesting than others -- I'll investigate flowers before cars -- but I'm just curious in general.  Plants, animals, people, stones, waterways, weather, the stars, quantum mechanics, ancient religions, languages, prehistoric technology, climate change, magic, crafts, music, speculative fiction, and so on so on so on.

But you probably knew that already. 

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[personal profile] book_worm5 is calling for cosponsors in the half-price sale in Shiv.

Since Shiv poems are generally long, I don't have enough to sponsor one myself, but I'd be happy to pool with any of you who are also interested in reading more about him. The easiest to raise for would probably be "If You Don't Have Experience Sewing" at 69.50, or "Intelligence Having Fun" at $108, but if we do break $100 we can also get longer poems at quarter-price. I'm interested in most of them, so I'm willing to be swayed by what contributors most want to get.

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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] technoshaman, there are now 76 new verses in "A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life."  Kenzie and Pretty Ears talk about hypervigilance and healing.

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Today is sunny, breezy, and warm.  We got quite a bit of rain last night and more on the way.

Round One, I planted 6 red dianthus and 4 assorted zinnias in the prairie garden.  I also noticed a few flowers coming back from last year -- there are pink dianthus already blooming and I just spotted a baby marigold.  :D

I still need to get back out and feed birds, though. 

EDIT 5-22-19: Round Two, I fed the birds.  I have seen a goldfinch, a house finch, sparrows, and doves today.

I raked mulch toward the center of the forest garden and sowed grass seed around the east edge.  Then I planted columbines and forget-me-nots inside the forest garden.

EDIT 5-22-19: Round Three, I planted an oregano in the strip garden.  Then I planted 4 black hollyhock roots and multicolor hollyhock seeds around the telephone pole near the driveway.

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Good news includes all the things which make us happy or otherwise feel good. It can be personal or public. We never know when something wonderful will happen, and when it does, most people want to share it with someone. It's disappointing when nobody is there to appreciate it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our joys and pat each other on the back.

What good news have you had recently? Are you anticipating any more? Have you found a cute picture or a video that makes you smile? Is there anything your online friends could do to make your life a little happier?

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 Here's a post with a video about a two-spirit Cree doctor providing transgender care.  This is why we need representation.  This is why we need multiculturalism.  When you put the pieces together, they're so awesome!

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Today is chilly, damp, and overcast with a variable breeze.

I fed birds.  I saw two goldfinches and an indigo bunting at the feeders.  :D

I planted milkweeds and bachelor's button near the west edge of the prairie garden.

EDIT 5/21/19: I planted more milkweeds and bachelor's button inside the prairie garden.  One of last year's pinks has sprouted and rebloomed, so that's nice.

I saw the bald eagle again! :D 3q3q3q!!!  He was in the savanna somewhere and flew up when I walked in.  I just caught a glimpse of a big bird, but when he circled back around, I saw the white head and tail.  Then he flew off to the north.  Unless there's a ton of food, these apex predators have a big territory, so now I've seen him twice I think he is staying somewhere in the area.  And he thinks my yard is a cool place to hang out!  I am so excited.

Also I bought a few more herbs and seeds today.

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 ... must be a priority in space exploitation so we don't repeat the problems created on Earth through overdevelopment.

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