Let's go swimming! He Looks Familiar; Most Photogenic; Homeless Numbers Increase; Mosquitos Like Poor Neighborhoods


DEC Lists Best Places To Swim

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation recently posted a list of safe places to swim. The list features several links that include DEC owned campgrounds, Office of Parks and Recreation and the New York State Department of Health. Click on the campground link on DEC owned campgrounds and up pops a list of campgrounds in the Catskill Park and the Adirondack Park. Each listing includes a link to individual campgrounds as well as the county location of the campground and lists the hours when lifeguard availability exists. To find out more about Catskill and Adirondack swimming areas, click on  http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/107577.html. This is a service paid for by your New York State taxes. Enjoy.

4,500-Year-Old Man Receives A Reconstructed Face

The Buxton Museum in Derbyshire, UK recently released a photo of a 4500-year-old man whose remains had been found in the 1930s. An anthropological analysis of the skeleton in the 1980s revealed that the man was about 5′ 7″ and between 25 and 30 years old when he died. The team scanned the head with a 3-D scanner and used the results to estimate the way his face looked. To view a picture of the reconstructed face, surf over to  https://www.livescience.com/59738-face-of-ancient-english-man-revealed.html.   This work proves that Earth dwellers of past eons looked very much like us.

PureWow Website Posts 10 Most Photogenic Places to Visit

For armchair travelers who plan to write a bucket list of places to see,  https://www.purewow.com/travel/the-worlds-most-photogenic-places  provides a photo list of popular places to visit. Included on the list is London with a picture of Big Ben and a London Bridge. Also high on the list is the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. To see the entire list, visit the website. The Parthenon located on the Acropolis is more awe-inspiring in person than the photo suggests. Enjoy. If you click the tab beneath the pictures, the link hooks you up with a travel agent. The travel site lists hotels in Athens and includes the one I stayed in nearly 5 decades ago. Athens is worth seeing, and the hotel has maintained its eminence.

New Zealand Doctors Work To Find Vaccine for STD

Researchers in New Zealand recently published encouraging results in the effort to find a vaccine for gonorrhea. The STD has so far resisted efforts to find a vaccine that provides protection for individuals engaging in casual sex. Doctors have worked for more than 100 years to find a vaccine for the STD. Treatment today consists of antibiotics which now are less effective due to the development of drug resistant strains of the disease. To learn more, visit  https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_167097.html. Untreated gonorrhea presents patients with many long-term medical problems such as infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease. Just so you know. At the website, click on the link that talks about vaccine research.

New Survey Questions Trump's 'America is Great Again' Gains

A recent New York City survey reveals a 40 percent increase in homeless people living on NYC streets. The tally indicates the increase of more than 1,000 people who live on the streets in the five boroughs. According to NY1, this increase is the first homeless person increase since 2014. To learn more about the people Trump's administration leaves behind, click on  http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2017/07/5/number-of-homeless-on-nyc-streets-up-40-percent–survey-finds.html.

Poor Neighborhoods Vulnerable to More Mosquitos Than Suburbs

A study recently published by the Cary Institute located in Millbrook, N.Y. found that residents of poor neighborhoods in Baltimore suffer from exposure to more mosquitos than people living in wealthier neighborhoods. Poor neighborhoods have more abandoned buildings than wealthier ones. Vacant buildings appear to serve as mosquito breeding grounds. Researchers extrapolate that poor neighborhoods in northeastern cities are more likely to harbor mosquitos and other urban pests than earlier thought when conditions in poor neighborhoods are compared to wealthier neighborhoods. Thus, residents of poor neighborhoods who also suffer from high levels of air pollution as well as heightened noise levels also experience lower life expectancies. To learn more about this issue, click on  http://www.caryinstitute.org/newsroom/hidden-inequality-mosquito-bites.   And so it goes