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Don’t Forget About Daylight Savings Time

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(PCM) Many of us moan and groan about Daylight Savings Time because for most of us, unless you live in Arizona or Hawaii, will be losing an hour of precious sleep. The clocks “spring ahead” one hour beginning this Sunday, 3/8 at 2:00am.

The entire idea behind Daylight Savings time started as a way to both conserve energy and make better use out of the daylight hours. The idea of Daylight Savings Time was first instituted in the U.S. back in 1918, however the idea was actually conceived by Benjamin Franklin in 1784.  It was truly made official in 1966 when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Uniform Time Act, thus making it a law, however the states were allowed to exempt themselves from participation, hence Arizona and Hawaii who do not participate in DST.

It typically runs from the second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November. It was even once described by the great Winston Churchill as “An extra yawn one morning in the springtime, an extra snooze one night in the autumn … We borrow an hour one night in April; we pay it back with golden interest five months later.”

There has been both good and bad associated with the Daylight Savings Time, as research shows that more workplace and traffic accidents occur just after the time switch, however many fire departments urge people to use Daylight Savings Time as a reminder to switch the batteries out in smoke detectors and look at other home safety concerns. There was also a study that was conducted back in 2008 that showed a significant increase in both heart attacks and suicide immediately following the “springing forward” of DST.

It also seems that Daylight Savings Time actually does very little to actually conserve electricity and is said to cost the U.S. billions in disruptions to the airline and retail industry, as well as TV ratings and the stock market. Either way, Daylight Savings Time is here to stay, so don’t party too hard this weekend and make sure you remember to set the clocks ahead one hour at 2:00am on Sunday, 3/8!

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Rats No Longer Thought To Be Responsible For Bubonic Plague

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(PCM) New research has now been uncovered that reveals that the fleas on black rats that were initially thought to have caused the bubonic plague many not necessarily be at fault. Instead, researchers have now uncovered information that leads them to believe that it may have been gerbils, not rats that are behind the wide-spread outbreak of the deadly disease.

The bubonic plague, or Black Death, wiped out about 100 million people in Europe during its’ outbreaks that occurred in the mid-14th century and then again in the 1800’s. The new research study posted in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows climate data that dates back to the 14th century that contradicts the conditions that would be cause of the plague outbreaks to have been caused by disease-carrying fleas on the rat population.

Using 15 tree ring records the researchers were able to determine that the plagues occurred in Europe after Asia experienced a particularly wet spring and a warm summer. These conditions are not good for the rat population, however they are excellent for Asia’s gerbil population. It is thought that the gerbils, rather than the rats, along with the disease-ridden fleas traveled along the Silk Road and arrived in Europe several years later causing the horrific bubonic plague outbreaks.

The researchers also claim that this is the reason why the disease would only outbreak every so often instead of staying with the rats that were already living in Europe the entire time.

Definitely food for thought and certainly changes the viewpoint about the cause of the Black Death quite a bit.

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A Cheap Tattoo Removal Cream Is In The Works

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(PCM) For those individuals that may have gotten some ink they regret over the years and expensive laser tattoo removal is out of the question, your solution may be on the way.

A researcher in Nova Scotia, by the name of Alec Falkenham is developing a topical tattoo removal cream that will gradually fade ink over a period of time.  Now, tattoo removal will become as easy as rubbing lotion onto your skin.

The cream aims to painlessly remove the tattoo and it will also feature anti-inflammatory agents. One may assume that a tattoo removal cream would be incredibly pricey,however the cream that is being developed would only cost $4.50 to cover a 10 x10 centimeter area.

According to Falkenham, the cream works by targeting macrophages, the white blood cells that gobble up cellular debris, such as ink, at the site of your tattoo.

There has been no news as to when the cream will begin human testing or become commercially available, as it is currently being tested on tattooed pigs ears now.

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Massive Asteroid Set To Fly By Earth On Monday

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(PCM) A massive and somewhat highly visible asteroid is on a path to fly by the planet Earth on Monday evening, however there is no cause for concern. According to NASA asteroid 2004 BL86 will be able to safely pass Earth and is located about 745,000 miles away which three time the distance from Earth to the moon.

The asteroid will be the the closest known asteroid to its’ size to pass the Earth until the year of 2027. The size of asteroid 2004 BL86 is about twice the size of a football stadium and scientists are excited for its’ close proximity to Earth as a way to both observe it’s behavior and learn more about these mysterious objects.

You should be able to view the asteroid through small telescopes and strong binoculars. It will be at it’s brightest and easiest to spot between 11:07pm and 11:52pm (ET) on Monday night. For those that do not have access to a telescope or binoculars, you can watch the asteroid live on the web by clicking here!

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Could We Have Finally Discovered Genghis Khan’s Long Lost Tomb?

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(PCM) One of history’s biggest mysteries that spans over 800 years is definitely where the final resting place of the great Mongol leader Genghis Khan is located. Researchers and historians have been speculating for years about it’s exact location and now with the help of satellite imaging, that has been crowdsourced by scientists, they now believe they are closer than ever to discovering Khan’s mysterious burial site.

Genghis Khan was a leader whose empire stretched throughout most of the continent of Asia and his grave site has long been rumored to be somewhere near Burkhan Khaldun mountain in north Mongolia. Khan died suddenly of an illness in the year 1227 when he was 72 years old and his final resting place has never been uncovered.

According to legend, Khan’s body was carried to its’ final resting place and any travelers that were encountered during the journey were executed on sight. In fact, even those individuals who were escorting the body were said to have killed themselves after the body was buried.

Through the use of the crowdsourcing scientists were able to view over 84,000 satellite images of the area in which they believe Khan’s final resting place is located. They have narrowed down 55 different archaeological sites that they believe could be Khan’s tomb.

The team of scientists have been able to visit several of these locations to do ground surveys and have also implemented the use of airplane drones to take photographs from above. While actual digging in many of these areas is high controversial, the researchers are also now able to use ground penetrating radar equipment to assist with narrowing down the search even more.

Khan’s tomb is believed to be in an area referred to as the Valley of the Khans near the mountain, however up until now the exact locations have always been a mystery. The power of crowdsourcing and using the public’s help to locate and identify many of these areas has been incredibly helpful to the scientific community as whole, as it seems they may very well be on their way to solving one of history’s biggest mysteries. Stay tuned!

 

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Tonight Marks The Longest Night In Earth’s History

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(PCM) As many of you are already aware, tonight, December 21st 2014 marks the winter solstice, however there is something even more special about this date this year.

If you reside anywhere in the Northern hemisphere then it will be the longest night the year, however this year tonight will be the longest night to ever happen. The period of darkness in the Northern hemisphere tonight will last just slightly longer than it ever has before.

Being that the planet Earth is over 4.5 billion years old we would say that this is quite an occurrence. The reason that tonight will be slightly longer is due to the fact that the Earth’s rotation has been slowing over time. In fact researchers have even revealed that each day gets a bit longer, if only by about 20 millionths of a second.

Another reason that Earth’s rotation is slowing down is due to the moon and it’s gravitational pull. The moon’s gravity cause the tides to shift and change and as the Earth spins it encounters a little bit of friction from the water’s movements and this too can be a cause to slow the rotation.

Definitely some food for thought and some interesting facts!

 

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