Monday, December 23, 2019

Can We Have Experience to Live in Snow Igloo? - Nature and Wildlife 8

A snow igloo

When I met a woman from Greenland about several years ago, first question I asked: ”did you live in an igloo? How did you feel?”

She laughed a lot. “No body live in an igloo in Greenland,” she replied my question.

Greenland is part of Denmark, hence, Greenland people have modern life as Denmark. They live in houses in a village or apartments in a city, off course with heaters.

Actually, igloos are temporary shelter when Eskimoes are hunting, especially during winter hunting. In normal condition, they live in houses.

Now, an igloo can be rent. Many countries provided igloos for tourist purposes. The cost from as cheap as U$ 10 per night to more than US$ 200 per night. 


A snow igloo at the night


Not only in Europe, we may found igloos in America as well. Some countries that provide igloos to serve tourists are following (Alexa Noel, 2018:”9 Beautiful Igloo Hotels to Check Into This Winter):

- Lapland, Finland
- Grandvalira, Andorra
- JukkasjÀrvi, Sweden
- Alta, Norway
- Kittila, Finland
- Thale, Austria
- Quebec City, Canada
- Kirkenes, Norway
- Southern Carpathians, Romania


Have you tried to live in an igloo? Where and when? 

Friday, December 13, 2019

A Little Mermaid Statue in the America and the World

The little mermaid in the California

We may know that statue of Little Mermaid was sculptured based on a fairy tale of Danish writer, Christian Andersen.

Commissioned by Carl Jacobsen (a beer company owner), then bronze statue was initiated by sculptor, Edvard Eriksen in 1909 .

The statue of 1.25 m (4.1 feet) tall and 175 kg (386 lbs) weight sizes was completed in 1913.

Copenhagen city counsel displayed the statue close to to Tivoli Garden, nearby water side of Langelinie.

Since then, copies of statues have been spread around the globe either the same or varies in terms of:
- size (tall and eight).
- materials (bronze, granite or stone)
- poses (sitting, standing or swimming)



Little Mermaid in Songkhla beach, Thailand.

We may find a little mermaid in many countries across the world, include:
- Europe (Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, Monaco, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and Switzerland).
- North America (USA, Canada)
- South America (Brazil, Argentina, Columbia etc)
- Asia (China, India, Indonesia, Thailand etc)
- Oceania (Australia and New Zealand)

In the USA, we could see the statues in the places of:
- Glendale, California
- Solvang, California
- Greenwich, Connecticut
- Kimballton, Iowa
- Greenville, Michigan
- Salt Lake City, Utah


Have you seen “little mermaid” statue? Where? In what countries?

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Could Drink Coffee reduce risk of Parkinson’s diseases? – Parkinson’s Diseases 4

Nondrinker coffee have higher incidence rate of Parkinson’s diseases
(credit to faculty. washington)

Researchers from Hawaii observed who drinks a lot of coffee had lower incidence rate of Parkinson's diseases.

The observations on more than 8 thousand people for 30 years was divided in five categories as shown at above graph:
- Non drinkers
- drink 4 to 8 oz of coffee per day
- drink 12 to 16 oz of coffee per day
- drink 20 to 24 oz of coffee per day
- drink 28 oz or more of coffee per day

The finding showed also that other drinks did not likely to contribute to Parkinson’s diseases. The drinks which contain caffeine are:
- Chocolate
- Black tea
- Green tea
- Cola drinks
- Mountain Dew
- Dr. Pepper


A cup of black coffee (without sugar)

The question then: How drink coffee could reduce risk of Parkinson’s diseases?

Coffee contains caffeine which include in chemical members called as Xanthine. In the brain, Xanthine is equal to Adenosine.

General speaking, If Adenosine increase in the brain, then, arousal or wakefulness will be promoted.

On the opposite, if Adenosine binds to its receptor, we will feel sleepiness. It is because:
- nerve cell activities are slowing down
- oxygen are dilated (more oxygen during we are sleeping)

In respect to Parkinson’s diseases, if Adenosine block its receptor, the dopamine of neurotransmitter will increase.

Increasing of dopamine level is believed to lower risk to get Parkinson’s diseases.

Relation of dopamine and Parkinson’s diseases may be read in my previous post (How Neuron Cells Affect on Parkinson’s Diseases?

Homemade Local Pecan Candy Sold by a Neighbor

Pecan candies on the plate I bought pecan candy from small vendor long time ago. He said the candies are made by himself. It was ...