Living on Earth: A Note on Emerging Science: Eel-icit Affairs

European eels used to make up more than half of the total fish biomass in European rivers, but their numbers have declined dramatically over the past twenty-five years due to overfishing, parasites, barriers to migration and changes in ocean currents. (Photo: Robert Nunn, Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0) European eels travel three to six thousand miles … Read more

Americans are lonelier than ever — and it’s bad for your health

“Happy Thanksgiving. “Merry Christmas. “Happy New Year. We are forced to think that the holidays that are soon to begin are meant to be joyous times with family and friends. TV shows, commercials, holiday music and everything in between. But that’s not necessarily true in a country where more people are alone than ever before. … Read more

Life on Earth: Catapulting Spiders Avoid Cannibalism: A Note on Emerging Science

Male Philomena prominens jump off females after mating to avoid being eaten. Pictured is a spider from the genus Uloborus, the same genus as P. prominens. (Photo: Robert White, Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Sexual cannibalism, in which the female eats the male after mating, is common in many spider species. Don Lyman of Living on … Read more

Helicopter parents in youth sports may raise kids’ stress levels: Psychologists

Today, many American children participate in various team sports. Yet they not only deal with busy daily schedules, they deal with high levels of stress. Although participation in team sports is linked to better mental health in children, parents should be careful to avoid being critical or overly involved in their children’s sporting experiences, according … Read more

Queen’s ‘blue hand’ sparks health concerns at Liz Truss meeting

There are renewed fears for Queen Elizabeth II’s health following the release of pictures showing the monarch meeting with Britain’s new Prime Minister Liz Truss. The 96-year-old summoned the Conservative politician to Scotland’s Balmoral Castle on Tuesday, where she formally asked her to form a new government following the resignation of Boris Johnson. The Queen … Read more

I am 62, single and have never had a retirement account. I have $100,000 to invest, but is it too late?

I am a 62 year old single male and have never had a retirement account. I own both my home and a rental property that are paid off and have no other liabilities. I have $100,000 in savings that I would like to invest for retirement. At my current job I save $10,000 a month … Read more

Planning a big trip for the holidays? How to make sense of travel insurance.

After years of waiting and delaying, many retirees plan to travel for the holidays and winter months. Booking in advance can be a good way to secure lower prices, but how can you protect your travel investment? Travel insurance is part of the answer and there are different ways to book travel which can mean … Read more

Does COVID spread on airplanes? Hello science? Anyone?

This article reprinted with permission from NerdWallet. It seems like all my friends got COVID this summer and many think they got it on a plane. But this is as anecdotal as the data. What does it do, you know science I must say? I spoke with Arnold Barnett, a statistics professor at MIT who … Read more

Does COVID spread on airplanes? Hello science? Anyone?

This article reprinted with permission from NerdWallet. It seems like all my friends got COVID this summer and many think they got it on a plane. But this is as anecdotal as the data. What does it do, you know science I must say? I spoke with Arnold Barnett, a statistics professor at MIT who … Read more

When to buy travel insurance and when to skip it

Lori Park, a resident of the Chicago area, and her 80-year-old mother, Nancy Park, were on a cruise to Hawaii when Nancy became ill. She spent five days in the ship’s hospital before being evacuated to Mexico and then flown back to the United States. All that medical care and transportation added up to thousands … Read more