This Week’s Thoughts

In the first study, Cambridge scientists found for the first time that red blood cells have a 24-hour rhythm.

This is significant, they explained, because circadian rhythms have always been assumed to be linked to DNA and gene activity — but, unlike most other cells in the body, red blood cells do not have DNA.

"The implications of this for health are manifold. We already know that disrupted clocks…are associated with metabolic disorders such as diabetes, mental health problems and even cancer," said Akhilesh Reddy, who led the study. "By furthering our knowledge of how the 24-hour clock in cells works, we hope that the links…will be made clearer."

via Scientists Find the Tiny 24-Hour Clock in Every Living Thing –

I thought this was interesting.  I remember reading a study years ago that claimed that when people were denied access to sunlight, say by being in a cave or something, and denied access to TV and newspapers so they couldn’t tell the day, that humans naturally revert to a 36 hr cycle; i.e. up for 24, sleep for 12.  This seems to fly in the face of that. 

4. Be nice. Even if you disagree with someone, it’s never appropriate to use insults or other offensive language. Rude comments don’t add any value to a discussion, and only divert attention away from the author’s work. It’s perfectly fine to offer constructive criticism, just be polite. If you see others writing disrespectful or incendiary comments, or you receive such comments on your own blog, ignore/delete them. Acknowledging them will only encourage the aggressor, so don’t waste your time.

via Are you well-versed in comment etiquette? — Blog —

This sort of made me chuckle.  Straight from WP’s own “mouth,” ignore/delete the “incendiary” comments.  Having a post that’s received it’s fair share of incendiary comments over the years, it goes without saying that I delete such comments.  What’s frustrating is that there are those who want to be critical of that, to accuse you of not being open to comments that disagree with you.  Such is not the case.  I have several comments on my particular post that aren’t in agreement with me.  What gets deleted is the troll-type stuff.  I call it drive-by hate: people with no blog of their own, using a fake email address, that only spout hateful comments.  People can disagree without being nasty.  Nasty gets deleted. 
My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Christchurch, New Zealand.  And to the families of those slain by pirates on the Quest. 

The new broiler is a definite upgrade, but we’d like to ask BK R&D to please get back to the drawing board and invent something—anything—to alleviate that sinking feeling that sets in about 20 minutes after eating Burger King. Thanks.

via The Taste Test: Burger King’s Secret Weapon: The Q: GQ.

That one’s for my husband, who has mentioned that “sinking feeling” on more than 1 occasion.  See Babe?  It’s not just you.  Smile 
Those are my thoughts – what are yours?

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  1. The article about body clocks is fascinating. My husband has horrible, non-existent sleep patterns – he’ll sleep for 14 hours one day, and then 3 hours the next, and never seems to be able to get on a proper schedule. He struggles with his weight. I get tired at the same time every night, and when healthy I sometimes even wake up before my alarm clock. I wish I could “fix” him to be like me, but that’s just the way he’s wired.

    My body clock as never been right either, hence my interest in the article. I’m more of a vampire than anything else and it’s a real struggle for me to be “normal” like other people. You have no idea how much I envy folks like you who can go to sleep when they go to bed, and wake up refreshed when the alarm goes off. 🙂


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