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beery bladders & other oddities

Beery bladders... yes, OK, if you drink enough beer your bladder will fill up, but that's not the focus of a delightful post by Scicurious on Neurotic physiology. It's a tale of how doctors followed their noses to find that several seriously ill patients had yeast infections - and a decidedly beery odour. And no, they hadn't been drinking contraband after lights-out on the wards.

Lose weight by taking public transport? Sounds almost too good to be true  - but Paul Statt reports that a recent study does seem to show that taking the bus or train is good for you, as well as good for the planet.

And for the ecologists: in 'War & Fish' David Malakoff of Conservation Magazine describes the results of a study looking at the impact of World War II on fish stocks in the North Sea. Bombs, mines, torpedos, & the general call-up of fishermen to join the war effort saw an effective cessation of North Sea fishing & a big bounce-back in fish stocks. An argument for marine reseves in that part of the world?

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I remember Bill Ballantine at the Leigh Marine Reserve once saying he'd had a conversation with someone who was accusing the reserve management of gross extravagance for marking the boundary of the reserve with red marker buoys every few metres. His response - "Those aren't marker buoys, they're crayfish pots!"

/And no, they hadn't been drinking contraband after lights-out on the wards./

If this was my grandad, I wouldn't like to bet on that!!

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