June and July 2016 High Sierra Backpacker's News

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 01 August 2016

News of Man and Nature
June and July of 2016


July 31


Apollo astronauts experiencing higher rates of cardiovascular-related deaths.
Study suggests exposure to deep space radiation likely the cause
Florida State University, July 28, 2016.

The Lancet: One hour of physical activity per day could offset health risk of 8 hours of sitting,
The Lancet, July 27, 2016.

Health and Fitness Forum

Could the deadly mosquito-borne yellow fever virus cause a Zika-like epidemic in the Americas?
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News, July 26, 2016.

Mosquitoe Forum


Mosquito Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, West Nile Virus disease

Mosquitoes and Seasonal Temperature Shifts: Backpacking the High Sierra

Ticks are not a huge problem for backpackers and hikers in the High Sierra. I have infrequently seen them in high altitude zones, and only during Spring. I figured my infrequent Tick sightings (twice in twenty years) can be explained by being carried up there by deer. These are rare encounters. Ticks are not common along the High Sierra trails.  Mosquitoes are.

Mosquitoes populations are huge from the moment the climbing sun of Spring melts the snow off the mountains until the soils dry in mid-Summer.

Being informed and be prepared makes torture tolerable.

You will be tortured If you are not prepared.

The mysterious farting.
Scientists have figured out how gaseous substances in the human body affects psyche and behavior, Lomonosov Moscow State University, July 26, 2016.

Mental, physical exercises produce distinct brain benefits,
 Center for BrainHealth, July 18, 2016.

Health and Fitness Forum


Los Angeles mountain lions hunt closer to human settlements than expected,
PLOS, July 27, 2016.

International efforts needed to save world's largest mammals, scientists say,
Wildlife Conservation Society, July 27, 2016.

Princeton-UCLA study finds gray wolves should remain protected,
Princeton University, July 27, 2016.

For ancient deep-sea plankton, a long decline before extinction,
The struggle to adapt to prehistoric climate change may hold lessons for today's world
. University at Buffalo, July 19, 2016.


How humans and wild birds collaborate to get precious resources of honey and wax, University of Cambridge, July 21, 2016.

Some bacteria have lived in the human gut since before we were human,
University of Texas at Austin, July 21, 2016.


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August and Sept of 2016 

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April and May of 2016

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