Daily Archives: April 29, 2012
“Humans have a code of ethics,” says Marc Bekoff, an animal behavior expert at the University of Colorado. “If I don’t play a certain way, you won’t play with me. Some animals have the same code.”
Scientists recently discovered that animals who live in groups, such as elephants, foxes, and wolves, are especially likely to follow rules. If they don’t, and each does its own thing, the group might break apart. Group members would be forced to live alone. Then they’d have a harder time hunting and raising their young.
That’s probably why a traveling wolf pack stopped and waited to let its limping leader catch up. Similar social ties may have prompted a captive elephant to save her friend from drowning. Selfish reasons certainly motivated the male fox, who wanted to keep playing.
Sometimes, though, animals go out of their way to do what’s right, even when there’s nothing in it for them. Nobody knows why. “It might simply feel good to be kind, just as it does for humans,” says Bekoff.
Read on for four surprising stories about nice behavior in the animal kingdom. Read the rest of this entry
By Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY:
Three agencies — the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Toxicology Program and the National Institutes of Health — have signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” to develop and implement the new methods. The collaboration is described in today’s edition of the journal Science.
The agreement is a “milestone” says Martin Stephens of the Humane Society of the United States. “We believe this is the beginning of the end for animal testing. We think the (conversion) process will take about 10 years.”
The agencies acknowledge that full implementation of the shift in toxicity testing could take years because it will require scientific validation of the new approaches.
The Humane Society and other activist groups have long protested the use of animals to test the safety of chemicals, particularly those used in cosmetics and other personal products. The agencies noted that the public’s “unease” with animal testing, in addition to a growing number of new chemicals and high testing costs, fueled the new collaboration.
Professor Jonathan Dordick holds a biochip designed to mimic human reactions to potentially toxic compounds. The chip holds hundreds of tiny white dots loaded with human cell cultures and enzymes. Scientists hope the chips can do away with the need to use animals to test new blockbuster drugs or wrinkle creams.
Making kale chips could not be easier. For those of us who really love that salty crunch now and again… and again, they are a great alternative to regular high fat, high calorie chips…and mighty tasty! And very inexpensive!! So easy and fast to make. Here you go:
One bunch of kale
EVOO (a Rachael Ray term for Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
Tear kale into approximately 2 inch pieces.
Drizzle EVOO over kale and lightly salt.
Put prepared kale onto a baking sheet.
Bake for 8-10 minutes.
That’s it! Could not be easier. And oh, so tasty and very healthy. Even your kids will love them. What better way to get those leafy green veggies into your diet?
Article – EveryDayPantry.com
Picture – EveryDayPantry.com