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Parabiosis Shows the Path

To a younger body perhaps?

People spend millions if not billions worldwide to look younger, to feel younger, to be rejuvenated. Maybe I was different, because I always wanted to look older and for that reason stopped shaving when I was 21. But fact is that the business based on people wanting be younger is huge. Yet, very few want to look like children again or possess child-like features and almost nobody wants to be a baby once more; it’s young but not too young. —>

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Invertebrates in the White Winter Wilderness

Here isn’t much competition in the cold winter for inverterbrates

As a child I have never been one of those kids frolicking around in the snow and enjoying winter sports. I’ve always been a lousy skier and never took to ice-skating. But as an adult I found nothing more enchanting than the serene atmosphere and ice-cold beauty of a northern Finland forest in winter. It clears your mind; it makes you appreciate you are alive and exist. I love the Finnish winter, which is perhaps surprising, because I also like insects, but they and other invertebrates are not at all common in, on, or under the snow – and that, of course, is not surprising since they largely depend on the warming rays of the sun to activate their metabolism, muscles, and senses. There are a few species, however, that have become adapted to the snowy habitat and cannot be found anywhere else.

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Horny Fly Eyes

“Fly eyes are the better to see you with”

When Little Red Riding Hood in the Brother Grimm’s fairy tale of the same name asked the big bad wolf: “But Grandmother, what big eyes you have,” the wolf replied: “The better to see you with, my dear”. But there was no suggestion that the wolf had horny eyes. And wolves in Malaysia (if there ever had been any) also would not have them. However amongst the many truly weird looking insects that occur in Malaysia there are the “Stalk-eyed Flies” and these flies, as their name suggests, do possess eyes at the end of surprisingly long stalks which project laterally from their heads like the horns of a Watusi cow. —>