Monday, January 7, 2008

tigers and bears, and magnets

Russia just announced another 1700 square miles would be set aside for endangered Tigers.

Meanwhile, the US just opened another 50,000 square miles of arctic sea for oil and gas exploration. This is expected to cause damage to the already endangered polar bear population.

Strangest of all, a seemingly credible study on the health impacts of magnets has been done by a seemingly credible scientist at the mostly credible UVA (known throughout Virginia as the university you go to to study science if you're not particularly interested in science. those actually interested in the subject go to Va Tech. UVA is great for constitutional law and social sciences, but not so much for the hard sciences). The study showed an increase in blood flow in the presence of magnets. The results were published in the American Journal of Physiology (subscription required). They claim that the use of the right sort of magnets of the right strength can lead to reduced swelling and bruising.

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