Tuesday, January 26, 2010

So long and thanks for all the fish!

Douglas Adams was wrong. Dolphins aren't the smartest creatures on the planet.

When human measures for intelligence are applied to other species, dolphins come in just behind humans in brainpower, according to new research. Dolphins demonstrate skills and awareness previously thought to be present only in humans.

New MRI scans show that dolphin brains are four to five times larger for their body size when compared to another animal of similar size.

Mental Notes: Letters to dead people

(Having him for dinner. Grilled.)

More letters to dead people.

Coffee Break: Elvis gets Simpsonized

More from Springfield Punx

Monday, January 25, 2010

Mental Notes: Why you can't sleep

From the BBC:

ScreenHunter_02 Jan. 24 09.33 When men spend the night with a bed mate their sleep is disturbed, whether they make love or not, and this impairs their mental ability the next day.

The lack of sleep also increases a man's stress hormone levels.

According to the New Scientist study, women who share a bed fare better because they sleep more deeply.

Professor Gerhard Kloesch and colleagues at the University of Vienna studied eight unmarried, childless couples in their 20s.

Each couple was asked to spend 10 nights sleeping together and 10 apart while the scientists assessed their rest patterns with questionnaires and wrist activity monitors.

The next day the couples were asked to perform simple cognitive tests and had their stress hormone levels checked.

More here.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Nightcap Video: Stalemate

Sometimes it's just time to say goodbye.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Bluegrass Rhapsody and A Whole New World

A little bit of comedy for you all to kick off the New Year.
Yes, I know it's late and it's been a while. Sometimes we all need a bit of a break. Okay...maybe I had a little too much fun. Nuff said. Enjoy.

Nick Pitera singing 'A Whole New World' -- both male and female parts. I kid you not.