The road less traveled…thank goodness!

Heading home via the Florida Turnpike
Heading home via the Florida Turnpike

The last day at my job in Lake County; a 45 minute drive, one-way.

The clouds are still fluffy, which means I’ll probably make it home before the torrential downpour.

People can’t see to drive in the heavy rain, usually a white-out, so traffic slows to a crawl and 45 minutes becomes 90 minutes.

Traffic is light on my last day, because I left at 1:00 PM; before rush hour.

Now, I’m working for the federal government, a 20 minute drive, thank goodness!

Hopefully, you won’t read about Justme in the newspaper, unless I decide to throw my hat in the ring and give Hillary (and Donald) some real competition 🙂

 

 

Gearing up for a visit?

 

planet mars_edited-2
Gearing up for “alien sighting” month! Original post: Red Orbs After Sunset

 

Incredible Technology: How to Search for Advanced Alien Civilizations

Look at a picture of the Earth at night, and the world appears to be, quite literally, glowing. Now, scientists are starting to look for signs of advanced alien civilizations by the glow given off by technology used to harvest the energy from a star or even an entire galaxy. (excerpt: www.livescience.com)

 

flashlight
Incredible Technology

NASA Curiosity rover captures mysterious bright light on Mars

This image was taken by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity's Navcam on April 3.
“Glinty rock” or Incredible Technology?

This image was taken by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity’s Navcam on April 3.NASA/JPL-Caltech

Is the truth really out there?

A NASA picture of a mysterious bright light on Mars has sparked the interest of UFO believers. But before we cry extraterrestrial, the bright light may be nothing more than a “glinty rock.”

yankee go home

 

Do you prefer cherry or strawberry?

jello wrestling in Antarctica
Jell-O wrestling at the South Pole is one of the projects detailed in the Senate report “The National Science Foundation: Under the Microscope.”

Report says federal research agency mismanaged $3 billion

The National Science Foundation has had a verrrry busy year! If you can stomach this article, click here: The Washington Times

I don’t eat my shrimp with the legs on

U.S. Government Has Spent $682,570 to Study ‘Shrimp On A Treadmill’

December 27, 2011

(CNSNews.com) -Reports of $500,000 of taxpayer funds to study a project that has shrimp running on a treadmill hit the headlines early in 2011. A recent report now shows that $682,570 in grants has been awarded to the research effort.

Your tax dollars at work
Your tax dollars at work

According to the National Science Foundation (NSF) website, the money has been granted to the “Taking the Pulse of Marine Life in Stressed Seas” research conducted by biology professors Louis and Karen Burnett at the College of Charleston. The research page describes the professor’s “big question” as “How are human-made marine stresses affecting the marine life that we need?”

The website describes the process of the Burnett’s experiments, “First, a crustacean is infected, by injection, with the same types of disease-causing bacteria that are commonly encountered in the wild. Next, the animal is placed on a specially built, mini underwater treadmill. Then, the organism’s vital signs, such as its heart rate and blood pressure, are measured (as a proxy for fitness) while it walks on the treadmill–similar to the way that a person’s vital signs are measured while he or she& walks on a treadmill during a stress test. Finally, the treadmill performances of infected crustaceans are compared to those of their uninfected counterparts.”

The NSF has even produced a video on the project titled: “The Importance of Studying Shrimp On A Treadmill”.

Some of the results of the studies are available from the NSF, “Results show that infected crabs and shrimp do not perform on the treadmill as well as their uninfected counterparts, and that the immune responses that are triggered by bacterial infections are enough, by themselves, to reduce these animals’ ability to take up oxygen, even when high levels of oxygen are available.”

The website further states that there are “More answers needed”, as research is ongoing.

cooked shrimp
Cocktail sauce anyone?