Humans use vowels to break language down into syllables

Language, and how we understand it, always intrigues me. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/11/20/780988618/the-loudness-of-vowels-helps-the-brain-break-down-speech-into-syl-la-bles -- video and audio omitted The Loudness Of Vowels Helps The Brain Break Down Speech Into Syl-La-Bles November 20, 20194:09 PM ET Heard on All Things Considered The brain analyzes changes in sound volume to detect syllables and make sense of speech. filo/Getty Images When … Continue reading Humans use vowels to break language down into syllables

Reading and listening to books may produce the same input into the brain

Altho the sample from which the conclusions are drawn is laughably small, I won't be at all surprised if the eventual conclusion is consistent with this article. Some people learn best from auditory input, others from visual. Why should it be different with books? https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2019/08/19/end-audiobook-snobbery-scientists-find-hearing-listening-activates/ End of audiobook snobbery as scientists find reading and listening … Continue reading Reading and listening to books may produce the same input into the brain

Testing the President’s cognitive decline

Altho this article is obviously written in the context of all of our older politicians, it's also highly relevant for anyone who's getting older. Some are more paranoid than others about their minds turning to mush, depending on family history and observable symptoms. But anyone with even a touch of introspection is well aware that … Continue reading Testing the President’s cognitive decline

We need insects to survive — and we’re killing them all

In pursuit of a perfect world with no crop damage, itchy bites, headlight dirt, and more humans have worked hard to eradicate virtually all insect life. Turns out perfection is not only an elusive goal but a goal with huge costs. One of those may well be that killing all insects means wiping out all … Continue reading We need insects to survive — and we’re killing them all

Air pollution clearly linked to fossil fuels and to brain cancer

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/13/air-pollution-particles-linked-to-brain-cancer-in-new-research Air pollution nanoparticles linked to brain cancer for first time Exclusive: tiny particles produced by motor traffic can invade the brain and carry carcinogens Damian Carrington Environment editor @dpcarrington Wed 13 Nov 2019 05.57 EST New research has linked air pollution nanoparticles to brain cancer for the first time. The ultra-fine particles (UFPs) are produced … Continue reading Air pollution clearly linked to fossil fuels and to brain cancer

Want to clear out your sinuses? Use a neti pot

The neti pots pictured in this article are one method of flushing your sinuses. Personally, I found it easier to use a bottle that pushes the water thru one nostril without my having to figure out how to lay my head sideways. The Neil-Med that I use is pictured at the end of the article. … Continue reading Want to clear out your sinuses? Use a neti pot

Setting up fall detection on your Apple Watch

Fall detection on the Apple Watch is a major safety feature for older people whose very life can depend on not falling. Often the inactivity required as part of the recovery from a fall can bring on respiratory ailments and more. Trick is to avoid falling in the first place. But, if you can't do … Continue reading Setting up fall detection on your Apple Watch