Living close to nature and spending time outside has significant, wide-ranging health benefits according to research by the University of East Anglia. The study concluded that exposure to nature reduces the risk of Type II Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, high blood pressure, and stress among other ailments.
People who spend time out in nature also are more likely to report good health overall. The study involved global data from 290 million people. Researchers want to know if spending time out in nature really does have a positive impact on health and they found that it does!! The study defined nature as “green space” which included natural vegetation as well as urban parks and street vegetation so it wasn’t wholly focused on the wilds alone.
The study analyzed the health of people with little access to green spaces compared to people with high amounts of access to green spaces. They found that living close to nature (natural green spaces) is indeed associated with significant health benefits. The study also found that people who live close to nature have lower diastolic blood pressure, heart rates, and stress. Depression and anxiety levels are also reduced. The study speculates that people living close to nature have stronger immune systems. Study researchers hope that their findings will encourage health care professionals to recommend to their patients that they spend more time in nature. Continue Reading
Photo of humanzee?
In Part 1 I posted about recent claims by Dr. Gordon Gallup that in the late 1920s a primate lab in Florida impregnated a female chimp with human male sperm and that the result was a living human-chimp hybrid. Due to moral concerns and the religious attitude of the US at that time and because of several moral questions the scientists involved in that endeavor terminated the infant a few weeks after it was born. I also posted about Soviet leader Josef Stalin’s program to create a human-ape hybrid under the direction of Dr Ilya Ivanov and that we still don’t know for certain if that program was successful or not. In this post I will address some of the “logistics” involved in creating hybrids in general and specifically human-ape hybrids.
Ape-Human Chromosome Comparison Chart
In the above graphic we see the chromosome comparisons of Orangutans, Gorillas, Chimps, and Humans. As you can see there are many similarities but there are also some differences. The similarities are due to humans and apes sharing a common ancestor about 7 mya (million years ago). As we diverged from that common ancestor some of our chromosomes changed as did those of the other primates so there are still similarities we share but there are some differences too. Continue Reading
I ran across an interesting article this morning in New Scientists regarding sleep and sleep habits in the elderly. Turns out their sleep habits of going to bed early and getting up at the crack of dawn may be an adaptation for survival in the wild graciously handed down to us by our ancient human ancestors! Thank you very much H. erectus!!
A study of this phenomena focused on the Hadza people who live in the bushlands of Tanzania. The wild poses many dangers for these people especially while sleeping but NO ONE keeps watch at night! In fact there’s not need to because it seems that natural variation in sleep patterns among the tribesmen means that there is always someone alert enough to sound the alarm if need be.
Fifty years ago psychologist Dr Fredrick Snyder postulated that animals who live in groups stay vigilant during sleep with some sleeping and others acting as sentinels. This is known as the “Sentinel Hypothesis.” What Dr Snyder apparently didn’t realize is that his hypothesis may also apply to HUMANS! Continue Reading