Residents admit smart phones are smarter than them

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Tonjia Rolan Are you smarter than your smart phone? If humans use only 10 percent of their brains — as urban legend alleges, do they also use only 10 percent of their smartphone apps? As it turns out, the 10 percent brain usage myth has been debunked by neurologists, according to Scientific America. Neurologists now […]

Elections, selective breeding same process

Humans always have taken to heart God’s behest to “have dominion” over all the animals. They practiced artificial selection in their breeding programs in order to produce what they thought would be better animals. They kept rabbits that had long ears and cows that happened to have no horns. Sure enough, sometimes those choices showed […]

PETA losing relevance

I was pondering on the seemingly frivolous tendency of humans to disregard some of the basic accomplishments that brought mankind to our esteemed place on the planet Earth in the 21st Century. For example, in order to move beyond the gathering roots and berries phase, they discovered the life-giving dense protein, meat. In the progression […]

Nuclear energy still one of safest power forms

Freedom New Mexico Americans need electricity. But when a modern source of it threatens humans and wildlife, it is time to reassess how much risk we’ll accept for voltage. Is an abundant and sustainable source of electricity worth the risks? To date, no American has been killed by commercial nuclear power — a fact confirmed […]

Predicting future easy, being right harder

We humans wonder about the future — ours and everyone else’s. The hunger for a glimpse of what might/possibly/probably happen sends people to all kinds of prognosticators. Those eager to attempt answers to questions about the future have been around for a gazillion years. Fortune tellers with crystal balls, palm readers and numerous other “advisers” […]

ENMU research team studying how bacteria relate to humans

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Argen Duncan The workings of bacteria could shed light on how to combat human digestive problems as well as antibiotic-resistant diseases, and an Eastern New Mexico University research team is seeking the beginnings of the answers. Professor of Biology Manuel Varela and his lab team of students and a post-doctoral researcher study two topics: How […]

My turn: Carp can be hostile to humans

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When I have a chance I usually watch a show called, “River Monsters,” which airs on Animal Planet. The show follows biologist Jeremy Wade across the world as he does extreme fishing for unique fish. During a recent show about Snakehead fish, he talked about the Asian carp. The species of fish is invasive and […]

Humans are programmed for riding

Humans like to ride. They climb onto anything that can move and “go for a ride.” Even inveterate “hikers” catch a ride to the trailhead, the faster the better. It begins when we’re little, with tricycles, and really never ends. The milk cow was one of my favorite rides when I was young. While her […]

Cowboys like to ride

Humans like to ride. They climb onto anything that can move and “go for a ride.” Even inveterate “hikers” catch a ride to the trailhead, the faster the better. It begins when we’re little, with tricycles, and really never ends. The milk cow was one of my favorite rides when I was young. While her […]

Eastern New Mexico has its share of poisonous creatures

Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico At least five insects and reptiles in eastern New Mexico that are poisonous to humans, according to a retired Eastern New Mexico University biology professor and wildlife author. They include the brown recluse and black widow spiders and three types of rattlesnake; the prairie, diamondback and Massasauga, Antonio “Tony” Gennaro […]

Movie theaters bring out worst in people

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I learned from an early age that every story worth telling needs a beginning, a conflict and an end. Now, the story of my summers. There’s the beginning, when I’m talking with my dad about all of the movies I want to see. There’s the end, where I’m instead making […]