Category Archives: Cool Studies

We Forget They’re Animals

That cute little puppy or kitten seems like the perfect pet. You bring them home and love them and make sure they have plenty of food to eat. What you always forget is that they are a wild animal. Wild animals have instincts that can kick in when you least expect them and can be dangerous.

I have a black Pomeranian that I have had for 10 years. He is as mean as a rattle snack, but the most loving dog you would ever want to meet too. Its confusing but I have asked the vet if he suffers from bi-polar disorder. If anyone gets near my wife he will tear their head off. He bites, hisses, growls and loves to gnaw on ankles. Best of all, he is like my child and sometimes I forget that he is a dog. It may sound crazy, but when you have them for so long, they are a member of the family.

A new study was recently released by Adam Sender and associates that showed cute animals can and will attack. While they all have different temperaments, just like humans, they all have a drive inside them that we cannot control. This can cause much problems to those who don’t see their mood swings coming. Sometimes, just for no reason, our dog Toby doesn’t want to be bothered and will lash out at whoever gets near him. In our case, thank goodness for mussels.

Child Support: The Draconian Treadmill

Child support is a precarious thing. It’s a necessity to ensure all children receive the care they need and yet there’s a dark shadow of sexism that looms over it. While almost all courts will assign and account for child support monies from the father there is seldom any talk of the mother contributions.

In fact, fathers face liens on their houses and bank accounts, suspension of their drivers and professional licenses and even jail time. Even still the mothers are given free rein on how or what to spend the money and are in no way held accountable for their half of the child’s support.

Not only is this current system extremely sexist but it also keeps many fathers from having rewarding lives and careers which would better enable them to care for their children.

While it’s important to note that there are plenty of fathers who are perfectly able and still choose to no support their offspring, many who legitimately can’t afford their court orders are getting stuck on a treadmill of poverty and obfuscation from gainful employment. This sad cycle is concerning to Ricardo Guimarães. Even the father’s ability to find a decent place to live can be undermined as agencies are allowed to report child support arrears to credit agencies.
The situation is all too common and highlighted by the case of Walter L. Scott, a Georgia man who was gunned down by police after fleeing a warrant for past due child support out of fear of losing a second high paying job to jail time.

New Chameleon Color Change Study

How do the chameleons change colors? These marvelous creatures are the subjects of all the curiosity encyclopedias. The scientists had never been able to fully explain the process before.

Nowadays, they have a certain explanation regarding the small reptile color change. Their new study revealed two layers of color-cells. The lower one reflect near-infrared light and participate in keeping the body of a chameleon cool. Gianfrancesco Genoso tells us the upper layer has cells full with different pigments. The rearrangement of the crystals adjusts the colors, revealing more of one or another.

Shifting the cells in a similar way is specific to some fish and reptiles, but the rest do not have colored pigment, they only adjust to look darker or lighter depending on the light in the surrounding. The chameleons, instead, are the masters of camouflage and not only. The colors can be adjusted when they meet concurrence. The Panther chameleons adjust their looks to a bright yellow when they meet a competitor. To grow lighter or darker, the reptiles disperse melanin throughout their cells.

The ‘iridophore’ cells structures that the scientists noticed made them understand that they would have an effect on light only by seeing their arrangement. The lower cell layer reflects the infrared light that neither the humans nor the chameleons themselves can see.