"It’s spring planting season and NASA is getting in on the action with a vegetable garden bound for the International Space Station.
The experimental garden will be grown in a sealed, expandable chamber which researchers are calling Veggie. Their first crop will be Outredgeous lettuce, a red romaine variety that we can confirm tastes pretty good within the confines of Earth’s atmosphere. But researchers say they Veggie can support all kinds of “salad-type crops.”
Pop Stars Are Sippin’ On Patron, And Teens Are Bingeing
“Ke$ha says that to start the day she’ll brush her teeth with a bottle of Jack Daniel’s whiskey. Nicki Minaj likes to “have a drink, have a clink” of Bud Light. And the party-rockin’ hip-hop duo LMFAO like Ciroc, and they love Patron. “Shots, shots, shots, shots everybody!”
All that name-checking of alcohol brands encourages teens to drink, researchers say. Adolescents who liked songs like these were three times as likely to drink, and were twice as likely to binge than their peers who didn’t like those songs.”
“If you have an older cat, there’s a good chance it has high thyroid levels. About10 percent of older cats have this condition, called hyperthyroidism, which can cause weight loss, an unkempt appearance, and agitation. Unfortunately, it requires lifelong treatment, usually a daily medication
Curiously, hyperthyroidism in cats was virtually unknown before 1979. Another curious fact is that homes where cats with hyperthyroidism live tend to contain dust with higher levels of a certain flame retardant than homes with healthy cats.
Coincidence? Not likely. The flame retardant, called PBDE, is often found in polyurethane foam, which gives structure and softness to upholstered furniture. When people sit down, PBDE poofs out and accumulates in house dust. When cats groom themselves, they ingest the dust and the PBDE, which is structurally similar to thyroid molecules.”