Fragments LinkOrama 8Jan08

Magnetic Field Can Reduce Swelling: I’ve confessed to using them, I’ve imagined they helped, and I never thought it was just placebo. Recent research substantiates the possible efficacy of magnets in pain management.

Entomological Eye Candy: Glamorous Insects. Prepare to be dazzled. Could you take a rolled up newspaper to any of these strikingly beautiful “bugs”?

Speaking of Which: A full length movie about the disappearing bees, a six minute excerpt is here.

Mom’s Obesity at Conception May Set Stage for Offspring’s Obesity Risk. Note: that’s  before you’d know you were preggers.

The mythical midrange Mac minitower: this makes the sound “Mmmmmmmm!” I’d like one. Not likely in my lifetime, so MacPro (ouch!) if the book and notecards booste The Fund sufficiently.

We All Live Downstream. Youth Writing Competition: Topic: Mountaintop Coal Removal. Click for details.

Fire in the Hole: deep-earth coal fires smoulder all over the world. Can they be extinguished?

DIY Toxin-Free Cleaning Guide  Especially a good idea if you or your kids are asthma-or-allergy-prone.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. I have used magnets on my back and they do help. I think they concentrate heat in the area they are placed and I know that helps.

    Those bugs are magnificent!