What’s your poison?

Drinking Alcohol, often to dangerous excess, is an accepted part of many people’s lives.  The pressure on those that do not drink, particularly the young, to “join in with the crowd” is immense.  Recent research shows that drinking by 12-20 year olds (particularly girls) is increasing, despite the efforts that are now being made to emphasise the hazards that young drinkers face: significantly higher chances of developing clinical depression, greater chance of causing permanent physical damage to their internal organs and increased likelihood of unwise, unprotected sexual activity (with the obvious consequences). Continue reading

So you think your feet are cold?

The next time you poke your one of your feet outside your nice warm bed in the morning and think it’s too cold to get up, just imagine being a reindeer, stuck outside, in the snow and ice, desperately looking for food in temperatures as low as -30°C.  There are a lot of people that don’t believe reindeer can fly, but to be honest, I find it pretty amazing they survive at all. Continue reading

Hide and Seek?

It’s no game.  Hiding successfully is an effective way to avoid predators.  It’s also pretty useful for predators as it allows them to surprise their prey.  The cheetah is the fastest animal on land with a maximum speed of around 60mph over level ground.  However, it can only run at top speed in straight lines and is exhausted after just 400 metres.  Without the element of surprise, its prey can usually outmanoeuvre the most determined cheetah long enough to munch grass for another day. Continue reading