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Has Science Today Become Meaningless?

Posted in America, Britain, England, Europe, Health, Modern World, News, Overweight, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 30/05/2014 by floroy1942

As we all know, scientific breakthroughs hit the headlines on a regular basis, but to believe some of them you would have to be stark raving mad. Today I read that, in a nutshell, having too much light in your bedroom is linked to obesity! Can you believe this?

Read And Weep

Read And Weep

The study was made by a team at the Institute of Cancer Research in London and they concluded that women got larger waistlines if there was enough light to see across the bedroom at night. Incredible!

During the study that involved 113,000 women, they were asked to gauge the amount of light they had in the bedroom at night. The subjects were then measured for Body Mass Index, waist measurement, and waist to hip ratio, and the results indicated that women sleeping in lightened rooms had a much higher risk of obesity than those sleeping in fully darkened rooms.

Nah! Too Much Light You'll Be Obese By Morning!

Nah! Too Much Light You’ll Be Obese By Morning!

Prof Anthony Swerdlow, from the Institute of Cancer Research said: “In this very large group of people there is an association between reported light exposure at night and overweight and obesity. But there is not sufficient evidence to know if making your room darker would make any difference to your weight. There might be other explanations for the association, but the findings are intriguing enough to warrant further scientific investigation.” Well, how absolutely profound! The line in italics says it all really.

Prof Derk-Jan Dijk, from the Surrey Sleep Centre is reported as saying: “People in general are not aware of the light present in their bedroom, I think people should assess their bedroom and see how easy it would be to make it darker. Street lights, some alarm clocks and standby lights on electrical equipment such as televisions could light a room. Overall this study points to the importance of darkness.”

This Is ScienceThis ‘important’ study was commissioned by Breakthrough Breast Cancer Charity (BBCC) that looks into the causes of breast cancer among women. It is well known that obesity can cause this illness, but beginning with light levels in the bedroom?

Dr Matthew Lam, from the BBCC commented: “It’s too early to suggest that sleeping in the dark will help prevent obesity, a known risk factor for breast cancer, but the association is certainly interesting. Whilst we are learning more and more each day about the environmental, genetic and lifestyle factors that affect breast cancer risk, it is not yet possible to predict who will get breast cancer, and for women who have been diagnosed with the disease, we can’t yet say what caused it.” So in effect, this is ‘much ado about nothing’ to coin Shakespeare.

Serious Science

Serious Science

I am sure those involved are sincere in their wish to advance the knowledge of people who suffer these problems, but to my mind they could be much better employed in more important work with more concrete results.

It’s almost as bad as the idiot who said about a year ago that obesity was caused by a tummy bug! I really do not understand how these scientists can make such outlandish claims and call themselves scientists. It beggars belief.

Only If It Gets Indisputable Results!

Only If It Gets Indisputable Results!

The one thing that has changed over time is that in the old days scientists proved their theories before making them public i.e. “It IS,” not like today, “Data indicates – It may be – It’s possible” etc etc. Sorry, but to me that is not science as it is meant to be. That is nothing more than useless innuendos!

These days, instead of everyone taking part in serious experiments that can benefit all of mankind, they are doing mediocre work like this full of ‘maybe’s and could be’. More emphasis on a cure for Cancer, Multiple-Sclerosis, Malaria and Ebola, solving the bigger problems facing us at the moment, and coming up with concrete results like in years gone by would be time better spent.

Let's Hope Tomorrow's Scientists Are Better Than Today's.

Let’s Hope Tomorrow’s Scientists Are Better Than Today’s.

I am aware that the aforementioned fields of research are being looked into by a great many scientists today, but wouldn’t it be better if more of them concentrated on these important issues instead of branching off into useless areas like the amount of light in your bedroom?

I believe part of it is the ‘fame game’ and another part the necessary ‘must get a grant at all costs’. Most scientific work today is done on the basis of getting grants from governments, companies and charities etc, but if you cannot get even the indication of results to satisfy your paymasters, and produce a Scientific Paper, you get no money and are out of business.

All I can say is that while we have made great strides in field of science in the past three decades, science ‘ain’t what it used to be’ to coin a phrase.

May your results always be indisputable.

Roy.

Lab Grown Meat? Hmmmm!

Posted in America, Britain, England, Environment, Health, Modern World, Obesity, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 06/08/2013 by floroy1942

Interesting to note that synthetic meat may soon be on the table, and I must admit to a certain amount of curiosity as to whether it will ever become popular. Grown in a petri dish from cow cells to form small strips of muscle, it is anticipated by many that this innovation could lead to a major upheaval in the food market. Myself, I don’t see it.

Synthetic Burger 'Meat'.

Synthetic Burger ‘Meat’.

The research is still in its initial stages, in fact the Maastricht University researchers have shown the first lab-grown beef burger to the world today, and two food critics have eaten it. Austrian food researcher Ms Ruetzler said: “I was expecting the texture to be more soft… there is quite some intense taste; it’s close to meat, but it’s not that juicy. The consistency is perfect, but I miss salt and pepper. This is meat to me. It’s not falling apart.” Food writer Mr Schonwald said: “The mouth feel is like meat. I miss the fat, there’s a leanness to it, but the general bite feels like a hamburger. What was consistently different was flavour.”

The two tasters were told that the raw product was coloured red with beetroot juice and the researchers also added breadcrumbs, caramel and saffron, which were intended to add to the taste. The scientists have stated that it is a work in progress, but it seems to me they have a long way to go before this product will have the taste of a real beef-burger. If this does prove to be even a little successful it will not be long  before they begin growing everything from pork to lamb.

One thing is for sure, all the essential nutrients and vitamins found naturally in beef will not be present in the basic product, and will probably have to be added superficially. I have no idea what American’s will make of this new product, but I do not think it will ‘take over the market’, especially at Macdonald’s and Burger King.

Lab Burger - How It Works

Lab Burger – How It Works

This product is touted as being an answer to the food shortage, especially in meat, and the environmentalists are excited because they ‘estimate‘ it will save 45% on energy, 96% on greenhouse gas emissions and 99% of the land used by cattle farmers to raise the meat placed on our tables. Where these figures come from is anyone’s guess. As you would expect, the animal rights campaigners have jumped on the bandwagon trumpeting about how it will end the humans barbaric practice of killing animals for food. I am sure the animals will be grateful.

The main thing I am concerned about however, is whether or not this product is safe. There are those who will argue that the product is natural because it is grown from real cow cells, but that does not cover all the additives that will eventually be added to give it the right taste and texture. Also of concern is the lack of natural nutrients that are contained in beef.

The beef we eat provides our bodies with protein, plus 14 essential vitamins and 11 essential minerals, all needed by our bodies to stay healthy. I cannot see this artificial beef providing even a quarter of these, which means they would have to be added artificially. After that there will be the necessary additives to provide the right taste in the mouth, for if that is not right people will not buy or eat it.

At Least She Will Be Happy!

At Least She Will Be Happy!

I would place such a product in the same category as GM crops, extremely suspect. Some countries have been producing genetically altered crops for several years, in particular the United States. As yet no-one has any idea of what these crops will do to the environment, and indeed, if they are really safe for consumption. There is the distinct possibility that in maybe ten or twenty years time we will see mysterious sicknesses arise in areas of the world that consume these products.

Naturally the developers, and in particular the manufacturers of these crops, will shout loud and clear that they are safe, because if someone could ever prove to the contrary they would go broke. To be honest, I have the same feeling about this present product. Once it hits the supermarket shelves, if it ever does, I know I will not knowingly eat it, and I suspect many others will feel the same. Sorry scientists, but meat is meat and you will never satisfactorily replicate it to my mind.

Roy.

The Real Meaning Of Dirty Money

Posted in Britain, England, Europe, Health, Modern World, UK with tags , , , , , , on 27/03/2013 by floroy1942

No-one really likes to get their hands dirty, but we do that on a daily basis in more ways than one. I guess I wasn’t too surprised to read yesterday that money, apart from being the root of all evil, is also one of the filthiest things we handle day to day. Oxford University scientists carried out a series of tests on our money to find just how many bacteria the average banknote holds, and the results are surprising.

Dirty Money

Dirty Money

When asked, most people were of the opinion that money was dirty and spread disease, but now the full extent is known. You have no idea how many people have handled that £10 or €10 note you carry in your pocket, it is most likely tens of thousands for an older note. It could have been handled by everyone from a housewife to a sewage worker, and you will never know.

Gives New Meaning To 'Money Laundering!"

Gives New Meaning To ‘Money Laundering!”

The research, carried out across many European nations led to some startling conclusions. For example, Denmark has the dirtiest money in the whole of Europe with 40,266 different bacteria found on notes. The Euro was the cleanest with only 11,066 bacteria strains found. In between came the Swiss franc, the Russian ruble, The Polish zlotys, the UK pound, and the Norwegian krone in that order. On bank notes, bacteria like Klebsiella (which causes respiratory, urinary and wound infections) and Enterobacter species, which can cause disease were found, not that I have ever heard of either.

Money has so far not made me sick, in fact, I would not mind having a great deal more of it, just to test the theory of course! But for all those hypochondriacs out there I have this simple message – wear rubber gloves, or better still,  start paying everything with the card and wipe it clean after each use. That way you will only have your own germs to deal with.

Roy.

First The Horse Meat Scandal, And Now Fish!

Posted in America, Atlantic, Britain, Environment, Europe, Health, Oceans, Pacific, UK, USA with tags , , , on 13/03/2013 by floroy1942
Tuna

Tuna

Many of our favourite dishes have been found to contain a high percentage of horse meat, instead of the labelled beef. In America, there is now a new and bigger scandal that involves fish products. An ocean protection group called Oceana, carried out a series of tests on many of the fish products commonly sold in the U.S.A. like tuna, red snapper, halibut and cod among others, and each was found to contain substitute fish.

Another major consideration is the contaminants in fish.

Escolar

Escolar

When testing was carried out on canned tuna, 59% of the contents were not tuna at all, but a substitute. In red snapper samples, a huge 87% was found to be a substitute, of which 85% was escolar, which can cause severe gastrointestinal problems. In America, this problem has been found in sushi bars, restaurants and grocery stores, and was found in 44% of all premises visited. ‘Mislabeled’ products were found in every sushi bar visited.

Take Your Pick!

Take Your Pick!

At this moment the authorities are calling it ‘mislabeling’, but I have a suspicion that its pretty much the same as the horse meat scandal in Europe, i.e. where someone was hoping to make a lot of money by deliberately substituting cheap horse meat for beef.

Do You Think This Does Not Affect The Fish We Eat?

Do You Think This Does Not Affect The Fish We Eat?

Considering that many people are already put off fish by the incessant oil spills in ocean waters, the ever-growing contamination of our seas, and not forgetting the Fukushima nuclear disaster, its possible this will do even more damage to the industry.

However, these two scandals indicate to me that these days, some people will go to any lengths to ‘make a buck’, and as usual its the consumer that suffers.

Roy.

 

The Science Of Child Spanking

Posted in America, Britain, Child Abuse, Child Discipline, Children, Modern World, Parenting, Teen alcohol abuse, Teen Violence, UK, USA with tags , , on 13/01/2013 by floroy1942

Scientists are losing touch with reality, that’s my opinion of today’s report on research published in the autumn 2012 Journal of Family and Marriage by researchers Andrea Gromoske and Kathryn Maguire-Jack into the psychological effects of spanking recalcitrant children.

Child Temper Tantrum

Child Temper Tantrum

The researchers believe that giving a very young child a smack across the bottom when they are naughty will make them more aggressive around age three, and lead to depression at age five. What a load of hogwash! I have never subscribed to the belief that you should not smack your children when they misbehave and I never will. At the age they are talking about a light smack is all that’s required to get the message home. It should never be necessary to give a small child a walloping on the backside because I believe that is bordering on child abuse.

Naturally Kids Are Against It

Naturally Kids Are Against It

Over the past thirty years, parents have been told they should never smack their children by people who are ‘in the know’, and look what has happened in the world. These ‘do-gooders’ have forced their opinions onto everyone and had laws put in place that actually forbid you giving your child a smack when they misbehave. Instead you are supposed to use psychology on children and tell them what they did is wrong and they should not do it again, but if they ignore you as most do, what then?

No Discipline

No Discipline

When this idea first gained a foothold in the seventies one of my brothers-in -law at the time used this approach with his first born son. He turned out to be a right little B&*T+*D and many of the family told him to leave the child at home if he came to visit. As you would expect, with his second child everything changed and he turned out well!

Binge Drinking Be-gets Violence

Binge Drinking Be-gets Violence

Many of today’s teenagers, are extremely aggressive, have little or no respect for anyone or anything, ‘binge drink’ and more often than not take drugs as a way out because they are unable to handle the normal stresses and strains of life. Many wonder why!

People have forgotten the basic fact that baby’s are like a blank slate and everything they learn comes from us, their parents. It is up to us to teach them the essentials in life like respect for others and the law, honesty, reliability, disappointment, and the basic ability to shoulder the many ups and downs of life in general.

Your Child?

Your Child?

The massive failure of parents over the last thirty years has led us to today where many teenagers turn to drugs as an escape from life’s troubles, get into gangs, steal, and in general look for an excuse to ‘have-a-go’ at the police as is witnessed regularly by rioting teens. In my opinion, any parent who really cares about their children would make the effort to teach them right from wrong at every opportunity. If as a parent you are not ready to do this, you don’t deserve to have children.

The trouble is, it often takes a smack across the backside to enforce the message, and this is what the scientists are saying is making very young children aggressive, and turning 5-7 year-olds into depressives. Poppycock!

Old Style Discipline - And It Worked!

Old Style Discipline – And It Worked!

Parents have been using this form of discipline for centuries and it has worked ninety-nine times out of a hundred without children having the symptoms these researchers describe. When a young child starts to get aggressive this must be got out of them at the first sign in the firmest way. They have to learn from a very early age that aggression is not the way to get what they want. That is why you have to be strict with children from the very beginning, for then they learn quickly and it no longer becomes necessary to repeat a chastisement. Given the opportunity, all children will get aggressive if they think they can gain by it – it’s human nature after all.

Embarrassing?

Embarrassing?

In countless supermarkets I have seen many young children throw a tantrum because they want a bag of crisps or sweets off the shelf and mother doesn’t want to give it to them. More often than not, as the child screams and shouts, she cannot be bothered to stand her ground and gives way. Naturally, the child learns that if they throw a tantrum they can get what they want and the seed is sown. Here a soft smack on the back of the hand or leg makes the point that they cannot have what they want when they want it and they should behave. Shouting at them to behave achieves nothing. But of course now we could get in trouble with the law because if you chastise your child in this way in public, there is always some ‘holier than thou’ arsehole who thinks they know better and calls the police. The answer is to either go outside or find a quiet aisle.

All Grown Up And Ready To Face Life

All Grown Up And Ready To Face Life

When my two children were growing up they both got a few smacks across the buttocks when they wouldn’t listen and in fact I even used a slipper with my son on a couple of occasions. I only needed to chastise them in this way three or four times and after that they took notice when I told them something. I never went in for child abuse or anything even close and I abhor those that do, but I taught my children all the qualities that are required of people and I am happy to say they both turned out to be exemplary adults, honest, hard-working and respectful. You never saw my son hanging around on a street corner wearing a hood and causing trouble for passers-by.

This Approach Will Never Work On Its Own.

Don’t Waste Your Breath Madam!

So I am afraid these scientists have got it dead wrong in my opinion. I have always believed that it is essential to draw a line on what is and is not acceptable behaviour, and make children understand what they need to know to be a success in life. It’s the old saying: “If you give them an inch they will take a mile”. The kind of message that is being sent out by this ‘research’ is extremely misleading and inevitably many parents will consider it ‘The Holy Grail’ of parenting. They will find out in future years when their off-spring go off the rails.

Roy.

Modern Science Has Lost its way

Posted in America, Britain, England, Health, Insanity, Modern World, Obesity, Overweight, UK, USA with tags , , , on 03/01/2013 by floroy1942

I don’t know whether you have noticed over the past year, but scientists are coming out with some ridiculous claims. They are the result of supposedly serious studies consuming a great amount of money and time, but some of them are both nonsensical and unbelievable.

Don't Worry Ma'am, With That Waistline You'll Live To Be 100 - According To Research!

Don’t Worry Ma’am, With That Waistline You’ll Live To Be 100 – According To Research!

The latest claim by a group of scientists that appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association is that obese people can lead a longer life than normal folks. This report has been heavily criticised by medical professionals the world over.

The British Royal College of Physicians slammed the results as being inaccurate and a danger to health. Prof John Wass, who is vice-president of the college is reported as saying: “Have you ever seen a 100-year-old human being who is overweight? The answer is you probably haven’t.” He went on to say: “Huge pieces of evidence go against this, countless other studies point in the other direction.”

The researchers at US National Centre for Health Statistics who carried out the survey looked at 97 studies involving nearly 2.9 million people to compare death rates with Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is the way in which physicians measure the levels of fat in a persons body. The research methods used by the team were heavily criticised by  Dr Walter Willett, from the Harvard School of Public Health who said: “This is an even greater pile of rubbish”, referring to a study conducted by the same group in 2005. Referring to the test subjects, Donald Berry from the University of Texas said: “Some portion of those thin people are actually sick, and sick people tend to die sooner.”

Obesity groups like National Obesity Forum in the UK, said: “It’s a horrific message to put out at this particular time. We shouldn’t take it for granted that we can cancel the gym, that we can eat ourselves to death with black forest gateaux.”

This is just one of many ‘scientific’ experiments that are currently feeding the general public with wagon-loads of horse manure (and I put that politely).

I Hope This Doesn't Mean Woman Will Start Judgeing Men On Their Shoe Size!

I Hope This Doesn’t Mean Woman Will Start Judging Men On Their Shoe Size!

One of the more bizarre experiments carried out by researchers at the The University College, London was a comparison in the length of a male’s foot to his penis. At the  University of Pittsburgh and the University of California, Santa Barbara they carried out an experiment to test the ratio of waist to hip measurement and a woman’s intelligence! The results indicated that women with waists that were about 70 percent of the diameter of their hips scored slightly better on intelligence tests and tended to have a slightly higher level of education than women with a higher waist-to-hip ratio. Now, I really needed to know that, and so do all women!

How Intelligent Will I Be Mr. Scientist?

How Intelligent Will I Be Mr. Scientist?

It seems to me that many scientists and researchers have dropped the ball in recent times. It would appear that their one aim in life is to get a paper published at any cost, no matter how ridiculous the research. I don’t know if you have noticed, but all scientific results these days are clouded in words like “Maybe – Possibly – Could be”. It seems that scientists today are incapable of conducting experiments that get conclusive results and almost everything is conjecture. Many of the research projects are so ‘off-the-wall’ as to have little or no significance to human life.

Herring Communication?

Herring Communication?

A prime example is a study carried out jointly by Canadian and British scientists asking the question: Do Herring Communicate by Passing Gas? The study revealed that Atlantic and Pacific herring pass gas from their anuses which gives off a sound underwater through which they, according to the team, ‘communicate’. How Bizarre! They called it Fast Repetitive Tick, which makes for a rather interesting acronym, FRT. Along with just about every animal on the planet we humans also FRT but I would hesitate to call it a means of communication!!!

There is little doubt in my mind that it is time for the science world to begin concentrating on things that matter in life and stop wasting their education, time and money on stupid research that benefits no-one. Among other much more important issues, how about some intense study into curing sickness and hunger? That should keep them going for decades.

We have today raised a crop of scientists who are steadily losing their way and who are more interested in having their name up in lights in the scientific world than doing any serious research that actually benefits mankind.

Roy.

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