Snakes are very peculiar in a number of ways, for example they are unique in having single organs - all the dual organs – lung, kidneys, heart – half of each has become vestigial and withered away, so that snakes only have one of each, or two ventricles in the case of the heart there is more - lost legs, development of venoms ........
Pigeons were once one of the best-loved domesticated species – the messages they carried were sometimes vital to the recipients, and they were also highly prized as a food source ! The pigeons we have in our towns are mostly descendants of these domesticated birds. Now they are also widely used in research into animal intelligence ......
In the Amboseli National Park in Kenya, where there are about 1400 elephants in an area of 8000 square km, they live in near to natural and undisturbed conditions. The research began 40 years ago, and the scientists now have long-term information on many of these elephants, which can be recognized by the shape and pattern of their ears.
In general we think of a “typical animal” as being warm-blooded, four-legged and mammalian. There are only 3 main groups that have deviated very far from this typical pattern – humans (standing up and talking), birds (growing feathers and flying) and snakes (losing their legs and elongating). In their different ways, these divergences from “the norm” are very wide.
Not long ago, when archaeologist found an interesting skeleton, they would clean the plaque off the teeth to examine them properly, just like your dentist does, and like we try to do with toothpaste and floss. Now it has been discovered that plaque is the calcified remains of microbes in the mouth, and the DNA can now be extracted from these calcified microbes, and identified, even from very old skeletons.
The main electrical system of the body is the nerves, but, it is more complex than that – nerve cells communicate with cells in the immune system using special chemicals called neurotransmitters (the same method they use to talk to each other).
Many cells form communities, sometimes in unexpected ways – not all bacteria in a community are exactly identical – they take different roles, and they can have a group intelligence, perhaps in a similar way to that shown by ants and bees. The cells are not monoclonal (identical in function), they are multi-clonal. This time the research is into cancer cells, which are often multi-clonal - they have several distinct states or metastases
Among all the advances in science going on at the moment, there are many with implications for health and healing. Many of these are well reported in the press, so I won’t duplicate them, but some provide interesting new perspectives with implications and links to modern and traditional spiritual schools of thought.
Voyager 1 was launched way back in September 1977. Its first and primary task was to fly by Jupiter and then Saturn, gathering information about the planets and their moons. It then set off towards Alpha Centauri on the second part of its mission, to examine the heliosphere, and it still has just enough power in its radioactive generators to last a few more years and send back useful data.
Obviously, the sun provides the warmth and light for life and earth, but, there are also problems with the solar wind, which is formed of very highly charged particles, which flow continuously from the sun. The earth has the magnetosphere which is like a bubble of magnetism, and this generally protects us against the solar wind, but, sometimes the magnetic field lines of the sun and the magnetic field lines of the earth can align with each other, forming cracks in the magnetosphere.