The Final Bits of 2020

This Issue Devoted To Science

Cooks Find Giant Pearl in Chowder Clam at Gosman's Fish Market in Montauk

The pearl is approximately 20 millimeters in diameter, about the size of a gumball, and has a gray and purple sheen to it. It most likely came from a batch of clams dug in Mattituck, according to Bryan Gosman, a co-owner of the fish market. He said in an interview that when the kitchen staff told him about it, he thought someone was playing a joke on him.” - The East Hampton Star

Scientists Discover A Link Between Lack Of Deep Sleep And Alzheimer's Disease

This discovery from 2019 recently ran in the headlines so I reckoned I would share the original 2019 report, which I read in 2019. Might I suggest you use this information to combat any naysayers. If you buck sleep you might very well be losing your mind….

”Researchers have uncovered part of the explanation for why poor sleep is linked to Alzheimer's disease. They found that older people who have less slow-wave sleep -- the deep sleep you need to consolidate memories and wake up feeling refreshed -- have higher levels of the brain protein tau. Elevated tau is a sign of Alzheimer's disease and has been linked to brain damage and cognitive decline.“ - Science Daily

Magic Mushroom’s?

How COVID-19 Is Helping Bankroll Magic Mushroom Legalization. Yup. Dr. Bonner’s soap. Don’t believe me? Have a look. - MSN

Saw-Whet Owl

As small as a soda can, a tiny animated face, eyes bursting with nature’s yellow, these conifer lovers have plenty of life in their small bodies…A Grassroots Banding Project Reveals How Amazing Northern Saw-whet Owls Are.

Beavers Without Borders

From Environment Times: “Beavers Without Borders follows science communicator Sophie Pavelle on a journey around Britain's beaver reintroduction sites – hearing from farmers, anglers, scientists and conservationists about the issues, the importance of community support, and how we might learn to live alongside beavers again.

It highlights how beavers are superb ecosystem engineers, with their small dams creating nature-rich wetlands that support wildlife, absorb carbon dioxide, reduce flooding, and improve water quality. But the animals can have localized impacts on agricultural land too.

Now back in Britain after being hunted to extinction over four centuries ago for their meat, fur and oil, beavers remain at risk as a wild species.

Beaver Trust says the Government's national strategy and funding to protect and manage wild beavers should be informed by the lessons learnt by people involved in or affected by reintroductions.”

Watch the short 16 minute documentary here: Beavers Without Borders Film


-Chad Hagan