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- Virus Becomes New Suspect in Bee Die-Off -
- Strange Sights Reported Over East Coast -
- Dirty Secret: Green Cars Automakers Won't Sell You -
- Women of Ghost Hunting -
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Virus Becomes New Suspect in Bee Die-Off

Genetic tests find link between colony collapse and little-known microbe.

Scientists have found a new prime suspect in the deaths of about a quarter of America's honeybees, a mystery that could take a multibillion-dollar toll on the nation's agricultural industry.

Months of genetic testing have fingered a virus that was first reported in Israel just three years ago and may have passed through Australia on its way to the United States. The correlation between Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus and the mysterious bee disease — known as Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD — was reported Thursday on the journal Science's Web site.

Although the scientists behind the research cautioned that they haven't yet cracked the case, their study provides enough curious coincidences to keep even the fictional detective (and beekeeper) Sherlock Holmes buzzing.

The economic effect of the bee disappearances goes far beyond the lost honey: In fact, the bee industry's primary impact is felt through the crops that the insects pollinate — products that are valued at $14 billion to $20 billion annually. Since Colony Collapse Disorder first came to light last year, the malady has affected an estimated 23 percent of the nation’s beekeeping operations, with losses of up to 90 percent. Other countries are reporting mysterious bee losses as well.

The disorder is characterized by the rapid disappearance of a colony's bees, even if there are adequate stores of food in the hive. The bees just seem to fly off into oblivion — hinting that the malady somehow affects the insects’ navigational sense or learning ability.

For months, researchers have been struggling to figure out the causes of CCD. Some even proposed that cell-phone radiation was disrupting bee colonies. Penn State entomologist Diana Cox-Foster, the lead author of the Science report, said the cell-phone theory was on the bottom of the list of suspects. But she said it's likely that several factors are contributing to the bee disappearances — including environmental stresses, pesticides, viruses and parasitic Varroa mites, which all weaken the bees' immune systems.

The latest research moves Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus to the top of the list as a "significant marker" for Colony Collapse Disorder, the researchers reported. And they said the technique they used could be applied to other disease outbreaks as well, even those that afflict humans.

The scientific sleuths began their investigation early this year by sampling bees from four colonies that suffered a collapse, and two healthy colonies. They also took samples from apparently healthy bees imported from Australia and royal jelly from China. Royal jelly is a special food secreted by bees that is also used in cosmetics.

Those samples were run through gene-sequencing machines and meticulously analyzed. The researchers subtracted out the honeybee genome itself, then identified the genetic markers of bacteria, fungi and viruses that were left over. A similar technique was recently used to identify 182 species of bacteria living on human skin.

Penn State's Edward Holmes concentrated on an in-depth analysis of viruses found in the bee samples. "This is breaking new ground in trying to look at how viruses work in this class of animals," he told reporters Wednesday during a pre-publication teleconference.

"We found a remarkably high viral burden in bee populations. ... We characterize in this paper seven different viruses that circulate in bee populations. Only one of them was consistently associated with CCD and royal jelly," he said.

That was Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus, or IAPV — a little-known bug that sets bees' wings shivering and eventually causes paralysis. IAPV-afflicted bees are typically found dead outside their hives. IAPV was also detected in the Australian bees as well as two of the four Chinese royal jelly samples.

These initial clues led the researchers to look for IAPV and other suspected pathogens in more bee samples. They checked the genetic sequences for bees collected over the past three years from 30 colonies that suffered a collapse and 21 healthy colonies. The presence of IAPV was found to be the best indicator for Colony Collapse Disorder, with a 96.1 percent correlation.

"I hope no one goes away with the idea that we've actually solved the problem," Jeff Pettis of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service told reporters. "We still have a great deal of research to do to resolve why bees are dying in the U.S. and elsewhere."

Among the questions yet to be answered:

    * Is IAPV really a cause, or will it turn out that vulnerability to the virus is merely a consequence of the disease?
    * How and when did IAPV get into the United States?
    * Why did the Australian bees (and even a few American bees) seem healthy even though they were carriers of the virus?
    * What roles are played by other bugs that were found in the bee samples, such as the Kashmir bee virus and Nosema fungi?
    * If the cause or causes can be definitively identified, what can be done to stop the collapse?

The first task ahead is to confirm the linkage with the virus and figure out the actual mechanism behind Colony Collapse Disorder. Not everyone is convinced IAPV will turn out to be the culprit. Researchers from the U.S. Army and Montana-based Bee Alert Technology have turned up IAPV and other viruses in sick and healthy bees — but have not found any pattern of correlation.

"For the good of the industry, we wish they had a smoking gun and a quick answer, but we're not convinced they're there," Bee Alert's Jerry Bromenshenk told He said he and his colleagues have turned up more than a dozen suspect viruses, including "a bunch we're still scratching our heads over."

Scientists suspect that some sort of organism will turn out to be the leading cause of the bee collapse, whether it's IAPV, a different virus or a combination of bugs. That's because irradiating beehives appears to make them safe for recolonization, Pettis said.

The Australian connection is another line of investigation: The United States allowed the import of packaged Australian bees in 2004, and reports of bee disappearances began soon afterward, Pettis noted. That may be how IAPV came into the country, though Pettis said it's also possible the virus was here before that time.

Colin Henderson, one of Bromenshenk's colleagues at Bee Alert, said it was still premature to assume that the virus was passed from Australia to America. Pettis said tests of bee samples that were taken in the United States and frozen before 2004 could shed light on whether there's a connection or not.

If Australian bees are carrying the virus, why aren't bee colonies collapsing Down Under? Pettis noted that the Australian bees aren't afflicted by Varroa mites, which have decimated America's wild bee population in recent years. As a result, the Australians may have weathered the stress of IAPV better than their American cousins. "That alone could account for the differences between the two countries," he said.

In the weeks ahead, the researchers behind the Science study will try combining IAPV with other stress factors to see if they can experimentally create the conditions that tip a healthy bee colony into a collapse.

Is there a 100 percent solution?
Pettis said it's still too early to propose putting new restrictions on bee imports. "We're looking at the science behind it and what we feel needs to be done, but no decisions have been made at this time," he said.

Just to be safe, beekeepers should refrain from using imported royal jelly in their hives, he said.

Pettis said Colony Collapse Disorder was almost certainly the result of a "combination of things," and he didn't expect a magic antiviral bullet to appear anytime soon. "We're really right now going to have to rely on beekeepers to continue just to manage nutrition, parasitic mites, Nosema, things like that — and try to keep bees as healthy as possible," Pettis told

There's more hope on the horizon: Recent research in Israel indicates that some bees have become resistant to IAPV by incorporating the virus' genetic code into their own genes. Creating virus-resistant strains of bees, either through genetic modification or old-fashioned breeding, "is a very intriguing idea," Pettis said.

At the same time, the strategy used to track down the genetic correlation between Colony Collapse Disorder and the suspect virus provides a "road map for rigorously and efficiently addressing outbreaks of infectious disease," said W. Ian Lipkin, a molecular biologist at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health who was the corresponding author for the Science study.

"I really do think that these new technologies will revolutionize our approach to epidemiology and the characterizing of outbreaks of infectious disease," he said.

If the strategy were available in 2003, public-health experts might have been able to track down the roots of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, in much less time than the months that were required back then, Lipkin said.

"We would be able to get similar sorts of answers in as short as a week," he said.

Source: MSNBC


Strange Sights Reported Over East Coast

On Saturday night, Sept. 1, the frantic calls started coming in around 8 p.m., from New York City all the way south to South Carolina: fireballs from the sky. Burning boats. Flares. Strobe lights on the water.

As well, a mysterious giant "fireball" was spotted exploding over the ocean off the Jersey Shore, but officials had no idea last night what it was.

The unidentified falling object was first seen at about 8:40 p.m. by people on Normandy Beach in Ocean County, and was also spotted as far away as Fire Island and South Carolina, officials said.

"It was dispatched as a fireball, out over the ocean, going into the ocean," Deputy Chief Tim Cook of the Toms River, N.J., Fire Department told The Post.

At least 15 witnesses on the beach all described the same thing, he said.

"It was a large fireball that came down and sort of dropped down into the ocean."

Coast Guard cutters and helicopters were dispatched, but after several hours, the investigators found no sign of distress, no debris. The Federal Aviation Administration said it was not missing any commercial aircraft. There were no distress beacons or mayday calls, the authorities said. So at 11 p.m., the Coast Guard called off the search.

Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Nyx Cangemi said "It's a real mystery."

The FAA also had no idea what it was.

"We have no planes reported missing," said agency spokesman Jim Peters who said he checked with area airports and nearby McGuire Air Force Base.

Some officials speculated that it may have been a comet or a meteor, but a spokeswoman with the New Jersey Astrological Association said, "It's news to us."

The rare Aurigid meteor shower - which produces blue and green lights - was expected to take place Saturday night, and may have been to blame.

It may have taken the East Coast by surprise, however, because astronomers had predicted that the meteor shower would appear only on the West Coast.

Source: NY Post


Dirty Secret: Green Cars Automakers Won't Sell You

Buying these environmentally friendly cars often depends on where you live.

On a recent run from Boston to Cape Cod, I test drove the 2008 Honda Accord, the latest version of this family favorite. The new Accord boasts an environmental first: a six-cylinder gasoline engine that's cleaner than many hybrid systems.

There's only one catch: You can't actually buy this ultra-green Accord, or the four-cylinder version that also produces near-zero pollution. That is, unless you live in California, New York or six other northeast states that follow California's tougher pollution rules. Only there can you buy this Accord, or the roughly two dozen other models that meet so-called Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle standards, PZEV for short.

Not only can't you buy one, but the government says it's currently illegal for automakers to sell these green cars outside of the special states. Under terms of the Clean Air Act—in the kind of delicious irony only our government can pull off—anyone (dealer, consumer, automaker) involved in an out-of-bounds PZEV sale could be subject to civil fines of up to $27,500. Volvo sent its dealers a memo alerting them to this fact, noting that its greenest S40 and V50 models were only for the special states.

So, just how green is a PZEV machine? Well, if you just cut your lawn with a gas mower, congratulations, you just put out more pollution in one hour than these cars do in 2,000 miles of driving. Grill a single juicy burger, and you've cooked up the same hydrocarbon emissions as a three-hour drive in a Ford Focus PZEV. As the California Air Resources Board has noted, the tailpipe emissions of these cars can be cleaner than the outside air in smoggy cities.

That's amazing stuff. But what's more amazing is how few people have a clue that the gas-powered, internal combustion engine could ever be this clean.

Naturally, no company wants to bring too much attention to a car that most people can't buy, unless it's Ferrari. And there's the catch. PZEV models are already available from Toyota, Ford, Honda, GM, Subaru, Volvo and VW. They're scrubbed-up versions of familiar models, from the VW Jetta to the Subaru Outback. But chances are, you've never heard of them.

These cars aren't the only green leaf that's being dangled over our heads. The sweet-looking, sporty-handling Nissan Altima Hybrid borrows its hybrid system from the Toyota Camry, and sipped fuel at 32 mpg during my week-long test drive here in New York. But once again, if you'd love to buy the Nissan and burn less fuel, you're out of luck—unless you live in California or the Northeast.

It's not all the fault of the car companies. The crazy quilt of environmental regulations is forcing carmakers to design and build two versions of the same cars. And it costs real money to make a car this green. So in states where there are no regulations to force their hand, automakers don't want to have to boost their prices for the green versions — or to simply eat the extra cost and make less profit.

Honda appears to be doing just that. It currently charges Californians and other green-staters about $150 extra for these solid-citizen models. But experts suggest that it costs carmakers closer to $400 a pop to install the gear.

Another issue: The PZEV cars don't get any better mileage than conventional versions. Would most self-interested Americans even pay a lousy 100 bucks for cleaner air that doesn't put fuel savings back in their pocket? "With hybrids, the selling point is fuel economy, so there's a dollar amount on that," said William Walton, Honda's product planning chief for U.S. cars. "We want to give people the cleanest vehicles we can produce, but how much are people willing to pay for clean air?"

Then again, so what if Honda or others lose a few million at first? Toyota clearly went into the red on every Prius it sold in the early years, but shrewdly viewed that cash as an investment to create buzz and build a loyal following. Today, Toyota dealers can barely keep the Prius in stock—and the company has surrounded itself with a green halo that's priceless.

As often as automakers express envy and resentment over Toyota's image, you might think Honda would be filming TV ads, erecting billboards, shouting from rooftops that the Accord is the world's cleanest six-cylinder car. In the green game that Toyota has played like a chess master, it seems like this is a lost opportunity for Honda, Nissan and the rest to siphon off some of Toyota's goodwill.

So give Honda's talented engineers credit for this clean-burning Accord. But give its marketing department a big, smoggy raspberry for keeping it a virtual secret—and keeping it off-limits to buyers in 42 states.

Source: MSN


Women of Ghost Hunting

On a steamy August night, four women dressed in purple shirts with the words "paranormal investigator" on their sleeves stood in a circle in a hotel hallway and debated whether the faint smell of perfume in the air indicated the presence of a ghost. It was hard to tell. Ghost hunting isn't exactly a science. The rumors about ghosts at the Heritage Inn, an old-fashioned boutique hotel at 234 Third Ave. N downtown, have been around for years.

In that time, staffers have complained about odd noises. Guests have reported seeing an apparition of a little girl. Once, a couple were so spooked they checked out at 3 a.m.

Popular science would suggest there are no ghosts at the Heritage Inn, or in fact, anywhere. Ghosts do not exist.

Still, for whatever reason, the hotel staff said yes when they got a call from S.P.I.R.I.T.S. - a group of local ghostbusters - asking whether they could investigate reports of a haunting.

They had no way of knowing the investigation would challenge their beliefs on life and death.

* * *

The ghost hunt began in a hotel restaurant that was closed for renovations. Quiet and empty, it was the perfect locale.

Debra Shapiro set out her laptop on a table and turned on its audio recording device. She crossed her fingers for signs of EVPs, or electronic voice phenomena. EVPs are inaudible to the human ear but can allegedly be captured with the aid of technology.

Standing nearby, Brandy Stark used an infrared thermometer to gauge any changes in the atmosphere. Haunted places allegedly produce thermal anomalies such as cold spots, and Stark soon gleefully announced that the temperature had dropped about 7 degrees.

She set out an electromagnetic field meter on a table.

"If there is anyone here, can you please make the meter spike?" she asked.

The meter spiked. Stark smiled.

Ghost hunters believe paranormal entities emit an electromagnetic field. To Stark, this first spike was practically a greeting, a sort of "How do you do?" in paranormal lingo.

"Can you tell us if you are a male? If you are a male, can you make this meter spike?" she said.

The meter spiked. A hallway light flickered.

"Can you make the lights flash again, please," Stark asked.

The lights flashed.

"You have had the lighting checked out, right?" Stark asked.

Lynda Rucker, manager of the Heritage Inn, initially along for a few good chuckles, nodded incredulously.

"Can you make the lights flash one more time, please?" Stark asked.

The meter did not move.

"Oh, please, it was so much fun," Shapiro pleaded.


Later, a maintenance man walked by and asked about the investigation.

"You would never believe us," Rucker said.

* * *

Ghost hunting is tedious business. It involves a lot of waiting, a lot of reviewing of audio recordings and photographs, a lot of defending your hobby to wisecracking friends and coworkers.

The 15 members of the S.P.I.R.I.T.S. all have different stories of how they got into investigating hauntings.

Mostly, they are a studious group. They have respectable, white-collar jobs. They are strict about not allowing outsiders to attend their investigations, and they encourage members to assume that all potential paranormal activity has some nonparanormal explanation.

An apparent apparition caught in a photo could just be a fleck of light. A light flickering could be faulty wiring.

Except, sometimes, there are no logical explanations. Then, even squeaky floors are potential clues.

* * *

In the hallway, the perfume debate continued. The women took turns smelling each other's wrists and hair. No one was wearing lavender perfume, but the scent lingered softly in the air.

Stark attempted to settle it once and for all.

"If you are here," she began, "can you make that lavender smell come back again?"

A faint whiff of perfume floated by, but the group still could not collectively agree on the evidence.

In the end, they decided the origin of the scent was too ambiguous.

They couldn't reach a consensus on whether it was real or not.

Source: St. Petersburg Times


Telepathy and Community

Yachtsman Chay Blyth once found himself in trouble in the Atlantic. He had overturned and was trapped for hours before rescue. At that very moment, his wife Maureen suddenly felt nauseous and knew he was in trouble.

Parapsychologist Stanley Krippner remembers a similar feeling of knowing. As a boy he once wanted an encyclopedia. Uncle Max would buy it, he thought. But then another thought entered his head. Uncle Max was dead. Seconds later the phone rang. Uncle Max had, indeed, died.


The above are supposed cases of telepathy a word coined by researcher Frederic Myers from the Greek ‘tele,’ or distant, and ‘pathe,’ meaning ‘feeling’. The most common form of paranormal phenomena, poll after poll has confirmed a large percentage of the population claim to have experienced it.

Often called extrasensory perception, or ESP, this term was first used by explorer Sir Richard Burton in 1870. Indeed, ESP is a better term for such knowledge, which is said to come in two forms - telepathy or clairvoyance.

The former is said to be mind to mind contact, whilst the latter suggests the mind can go walkies about the world, visualising things not recordable by the senses. Many researchers have noted the line between these two information talents is so thin that they could simply be subtle manifestations of a single ability to perceive information.


Zoologist Sir Alister Hardy had an interest in ESP after meeting a Mrs Wedgwood during World War One. She spoke of someone looking at engineering plans with red and blue squares. Hardy had been studying such plans that afternoon. On another occasion she saw a large pink square. Hardy had been painting a white card pink earlier.

There are many variations on the ESP trail. On 7 December 1918 Lt David McConnel flew out from Scampton after telling his friend, Lt James Larkin that he’d be home for tea. He never returned, dying in a plane crash. But at that exact moment, Larkin saw him in his doorway. They had a short conversation before McConnel left.

Cases like this are often called crisis apparitions, involving hallucination born from extrasensory knowledge or feeling. At times they have saved lives. Typical is Dr S Weir Mitchell from l9th century Philadelphia. One evening he dozed off to be awoken by a girl at the door saying her mother was ill. He followed her through a blizzard to find her mother with pneumonia. He later found out the girl had been dead some time.

In December 1952 Norfolk midwife Gladys Wright couldn’t get patient Joyce Goodwin out of her mind. Eventually she drove to her house to find her in premature labour. In 1955 Wisconsin housewife Joicey Hurth suddenly felt chilled, believing her daughter had just been in an accident. She rang the cinema she was going to to discover she had just been knocked down.


How do we account for such phenomena? In this essay I will ignore the more exotic possibilities for telepathy, and see if there is anything to be learnt from the mind’s experiences within community.

One possibility is to see the personal mind as simply part of a sociological ‘whole’. Consider the phenomenon of cryptomnesia, where obscure information the person didn’t realize he had can be accessed.

Such a talent offers evidence that we access everything our senses can sense. Those things that are not required pass immediately into the unconscious, only retaining in the conscious that information we require.


This suggests we have a massive amount of information in the unconscious that is not ‘ours’. For instance, if we input information on every conversation we hear while walking down a busy street, we have information not concerning just ourselves.

Indeed, it does not only concern those who were holding the conversation. They could be talking about a third party, who had given information about another party. The combinations of unrelated information in the mind could therefore be phenomenal. The problem with this possibility is that there appears to be no evolutionary requirement for such a talent. Yet if no filters exist to stop this information entering the mind, it must exist in the mind, as cryptomnesia suggests.


If evolution is correct, then this information must be part of the human experience, as evolution does not allow non required talents. Hence, its existence suggests a required purpose we have not, as yet, realized.

Could this purpose be a mind function that analyses mass information in a social sense as well as personal? In effect, could the mind operate at a level that is, for want of a better word, communal?

If so, then we are approaching an understanding of a communal mind within the personal that accesses information at a level that can only be classed as extrasensory in terms of what we consciously realize we have.


We can see a process here analogous to the latest theories of how mind works. Theorists such as Francis Crick have argued for the existence of consciousness neurons that allow thought processes to come into being.

Thought, in this view, is seen as emerging from the combined actions of millions of single cells. At some point in the process, a form of consciousness emerges from the sheer numbers of neurons involved.

If we think in terms of an entire population, could a critical mass of information within the social mind spark a social consciousness in its own right, allowing ‘attention’ to retrieve information based on information concerning social interaction?


In the above we are beginning to see the possibility of a social, communal consciousness sparking in the personal mind, based upon the sum total of information we have accessed from unconscious perception of the world.

As in the idea of existing mind theory, a point comes where connections spark consciousness. If we place this possible mechanism upon society as well as mind, I suggest a similar process can occur.

Such a process could well provide information by deduction that, to all intents and purposes, would appear to be telepathic. And in sparking such a communal consciousness, the person has literally become psychic.

Source: Beyond the Blog


DNA Discoveries Linked to Paranormal?     

As Prince Charles will tell you, talking to plants or playing them soothing music can accelerate their growth. Now comes news that suggests he was right after all. Scientists in South Korea claim to have identified genes that can "hear” and have discovered which sounds enhance the growth of plants.

They monitored gene expression in rice plants – the process by which their DNA code is translated into instructions for biological processes such as growth. Russian scientists experimenting with DNA have also claimed that it plays a vital role in certain paranormal phenomena.

In the South Korean experiments, researchers led by Mi-Jeong Jeong of the National Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology in Suwon, played 14 different classical pieces to rice plants. They found that sounds at specific frequencies – 125Hz and 250Hz – made certain genes more active, and Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata was once of the pieces which had this beneficial effect, whereas waves at 50Hz made them less active.

The genes in question (rbcS and Ald) are known to respond to light, so the scientists repeated their experiments in the dark, with the same results. According to the New Scientist the researchers speculate that the production of chemicals that lead to the genetic changes they observed could be harnessed to activate other specific genes that could trigger the flowering of crops.

But it also quoted sceptical scientists who suggested that other factors, such as the wind, could “drown out” the effects of the sound. It was also suggested that too few samples had been analysed for the results to be trusted.

This report echoes a claim – taken from a book published in 2001 – that is circulating widely on the Internet. It says Russian biophysicist and molecular biologist Pjotr Garjajev and his colleagues have been carrying out cutting-edge research into “the more esoteric nature of DNA”.

Working with linguists and geneticists, they are said to have proved that DNA can be influenced and reprogrammed by words and frequencies, concluding that human DNA is a biological internet that is superior in many respects to the artificial one.

Russian researcher Dr. Vladimir Poponin is said to have put DNA in a tube and beamed a laser through it. When the DNA was removed, the laser light continued spiralling on its own, like it would through a crystal. This phenomenon is called “Phantom DNA Effect”.

The Russian team’s investigation was inspired by the realisation that 90 per cent of our DNA appears to have no relevance – it has even been described as “junk DNA”. It is the other 10 per cent, which is used for building proteins, that western scientists are focusing their attention on. But Garjajev and his colleagues did not believe that the bulk of our DNA is useless, so they began delving deeper.

Verdentzte Intelligentz.jpgIn their book Vernetzte Intelligenz (2001), which means “Networked Intelligence”, Grazyna Fosar and Franz Bludorf describe some of these findings and make their own interpretations. The book is only available in German, but this English summary indicates the scope of their work:

“The latest research explains phenomena such as clairvoyance, intuition, spontaneous and remote acts of healing, self healing, affirmation techniques, unusual light-auras around people (such as spiritual masters), the mind’s influence on weather-patterns and much more.

“The Russian scientists also found out that our DNA can cause disturbing patterns in the vacuum, thus producing magnetised wormholes! Wormholes are the microscopic equivalents of the so-called Einstein-Rosen bridges in the vicinity of black holes (left by burned-out stars).

“These are tunnel connections between entirely different areas in the universe through which information can be transmitted outside of space and time. The DNA attracts these bits of information and passes them on to our consciousness.”

As one commentator puts it: “Their results, findings and conclusions are simply revolutionary!”

If proved to be true, and confirmed by other scientists, then that could be an understatement. But a word of caution is necessary. It is strange that these research results appear to be available only through a book written by authors who specialise in the paranormal.

None of the numerous versions of this story to be found on the Internet tell us at which scientific establishment Pjotr Garjajev and Dr Vladimir Poponin are based and which scientific journals have published their work.

Until that information is available we must reserve judgment.

Source: Paranormal Review


Full Moon Link to Animal Behavior Revealed

According to the latest research, it's not werewolves running amok during full moons—it’s cats and dogs. The new study suggests that pets get into more mischief and are injured more often during certain phases of the lunar cycle, particularly when the moon is fullest.

The study, authored by Raegan Wells, DVM, and her colleagues at Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, revealed a link between an increase in emergency room visits for dogs and cats during days when the moon is at or near its fullest.

Wells said this is the first time the lunar cycle's relationship to emergency veterinary medicine has been studied. The study, titled "Canine and feline emergency room visits and the lunar cycle,” appears in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

The data, compiled from case histories of 11,940 dogs and cats treated at the university's Veterinary Medical Center, indicates that the risk of emergencies on fuller moon days was 23 percent greater in cats and 28 percent greater in dogs when compared with other days. The types of emergencies ranged from cardiac arrest to epileptic seizures and trauma, and the increase was most pronounced during the moon's three fullest stages—waxing gibbous, full and waning gibbous.

"If you talk to any person, from kennel help, nurse, front-desk person to doctor, you frequently hear the comment on a busy night, 'Gee is it a full moon?'" said Wells. "There is the belief that things are busier on full-moon nights."

Of course, superstition alone does not make for good science, but this research indicates that long held belief may be based in fact. But despite the baffling results, Wells doesn't know what sort of connection is at play here.

Modern studies have associated the full Moon with insanity, traffic accidents, increased aggression, unintentional poisonings and absenteeism, and the female menstrual cycle, but many of the connections are thin and vary widely from study to study.

"While the results of our retrospective study indicate that there is an increased likelihood of emergency room visits on the days surrounding a full moon, it is difficult to interpret the clinical significance of these findings," Wells writes.

Historically there has been a widespread belief that a full moon can effect people and animals causing them to act strangely. In fact, the word ‘Lunatic’ came about due to the belief that the Moon can make one mad.

But just what is behind the pet emergency and full moon correlation, however, is not at all clear. One theory is that since there’s more light out, people and their pets may be more likely to be out getting into mischief. So, what does all this mean for pet owners?

"It serves as a good reminder to remain cognizant of your pet's environment and overall health status, and to avoid situations that would put them in harm's way," Wells said.

This advice includes keeping a closer eye on them near the full moon, when their likelihood of injury explicable peaks.

Source: The Daily Galaxy


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