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All posts from: November 2011
Each year I look forward to The Journal’s Christmas Miscellany. This year it will be interesting to see whether any article catches the world’s attention like the 2010 piece about drug use by animals, written by The Journal’s former deputy editor, Andrew Haynes.
Thomas Hood (1799–1845) described this often dark, gloomy month in his poem “November” which begins “No sun, no moon! No morn, no noon! No dawn, no dusk, no proper time of day . . .”. It continues in similar vein with verses that include the lines “No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease. No comfortable feel in any member . . .”.
In my very first contribution to this page (PJ, 23 May, 2009, p627) I wrote about a campaign to stop the deliberate release into the air of helium-filled latex balloons because of the risk that balloon debris poses to wildlife.
Some 2,500 years ago, the Greek physician Hippocrates, who is regarded as the father of western medicine, wrote: “Drugs may be administered to pregnant women from the fourth to the seventh month of gestation.”
Some people simply enjoy doing sums for the sake of it. Like the pair of geeks who have just calculated the value of pi to ten trillion digits, according to a report in New Scientist.
The June issue of Archives of Sexual Behavior reported a recent case of a 28-year-old woman in India presenting with a sudden, persistent state of sexual arousal. She was referred to the local hospital, where she died four days later. At post mortem she was found to be suffering from rabies.
Water and soil polluted by animal waste, for example, on farmland, can act as a reservoir of antibiotic-resistant bacterial genes, according to a paper in the October issue of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, and these genes can be spread across species by bacteriophage viruses.
As now happens annually during the build-up to the Hallowe’en celebrations, our supermarkets recently featured prominent displays of pumpkins at temporarily inflated prices.
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