Photos shed light, or lack thereof, in poverty research
by Dr. James White, Mullet Over
Mar 23, 2013 | 806 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Researchers from the University of Colorado (at Denver) formed a theory while reviewing Earth photos taken from satellites at nighttime. The premise was that regions of human poverty could be determined to a high degree of reliability by correlating lack of electric light intensity to zones of economic distress. Subsequent data comparisons have confirmed the premise. Statisticians acclaim the theory as a research moneysaver when identifying localities most in need of health care, food and educational necessities.

The oldest trees in the United Kingdom are English yews. Several of the plants are thought to be at least 2,000 years old. The most famous is Scotland’s Fortingall Yew which is believed to be more than 4,000 years of age. Yew must be kidding.

I enjoy using this forum to announce important scientific discoveries. In that tradition: it has been revealed that chipmunks have three main communicative “cheeps.” One high-pitched utterance is for alerting his/her chipmunk group that a terrestrial predator is in the area. Another distinctive screech is intended as a warning whenever flying marauders have been spotted. The third identified sound seems to be a general alert and is a caution for all kith and kin to take cover.

The first electric fan was invented by an American named Wheeler in 1882. It was six years later that a man (Dunlop) in Scotland made the world’s first practical pneumatic tire.

The official flag of Libya is an all-green rectangular portion of fabric displaying no writing and no emblems.

Are you left-handed? If so, you enjoy a condition termed sinistrality. Right-handed people are afflicted with dextrality. We shall not attempt to explain the fortunate ambidextrous folks in our midst.

A running adult tiger can easily cover 30 feet in one stride. Tigers are the largest and heaviest of all cats.

Easter has been officially designated (by important persons) to be on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the first day of spring. Really. With this formula, Easter can fall on exactly 35 different dates.

Most refer to that famous statue in New York Harbor as The Statue of Liberty. However, I have been told by an intelligent-looking woman that the actual name of the structure is “Liberty Enlightening the World.” Well, should you encounter an opportunity to listen to a chipmunk colony; you may now be privy to some striped rodent dialogues. Have a great week.
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