Saturday, October 24, 2009

Human Evolution

My inner science geek found this interesting article. Scientists are studying continued human evolution.
But not all evolutionary changes make inherent sense. Since the Industrial Revolution, modern humans have grown taller and stronger, so it's easy to assume that evolution is making humans fitter. But according to anthropologist Peter McAllister, author of Manthropology: the Science of Inadequate Modern Man, the contemporary male has evolved, at least physically, into "the sorriest cohort of masculine Homo sapiens to ever walk the planet." Thanks to genetic differences, an average Neanderthal woman, McAllister notes, could have whupped Arnold Schwarzenegger at his muscular peak in an arm-wrestling match. And prehistoric Australian Aborigines, who typically built up great strength in their joints and muscles through childhood and adolescence, could have easily beat Usain Bolt in a 100-m dash.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Online Games for Under 5

I'm putting together a list of games for kids 5 years old and under.
I also made an earlier list of counting games for kids around 2 to 3 years old.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Progress Energy's EnergyWise Program

I came across this program recently and thought it was interesting. Details can be found at Progress's website.
At no cost to you, Progress Energy installs a small device, usually in the garage, that is connected to selected electric equipment such as your water heater and your central heating and cooling system.

This device makes it possible for Progress Energy to temporarily reduce the energy consumption if our community experiences an unusually high power demand. If that happens, Progress Energy can send a signal to selected appliances of any of the more than 400,000 EnergyWise participants to cycle power off and on to reduce the overall energy demand.