Adam Smith, the father of modern-day economics noted in his seminal work The Wealth of Nationsthat Homo economicus was the only species on the planet who engaged in commerce. The ability to “exchange one thing for another,” he declared, “is common to all men, and to be found in no other race of animals.”
As a hotel career executive, I've worked for multinational hospitality firms such as Marriott Hotels & Resorts and others over the years. During that time, I’ve seen a lot of upgrades to amenity packages.
With summer days fast approaching comes the risk (though slight) that your dog or cat could become infested with a parasite known as cuterebra. While it usually infests rodents and members of the rabbit family, dogs and cats with outdoor privileges can also be infected. This parasite is the larval stage of one species of bot fly. It enters the animals' bodies through mucous membranes or open wounds.
In a recent episode of FX’s hit TV drama ’The Americans,' the plot line hinged on what I thought was a fictionalized tale of espionage, utilizing insects as armed soldiers of sorts. It followed the lead characters Elizabeth and Philip Jennings in their attempt to foil an American plot against the Russians. Disease-spreading midges [resembling mosquitoes] were being bred to destroy the Soviet’s wheat supply to escalate that country's hunger crisis. Definitely a unique spy-story premise . . . but could any of it be true?
Spring is here for much of the country. With declining honeybee populations, learn which plants you can get a head start on in your garden for providing nectar-bearing sustenance for Earth's pollinators throughout the growing season.
Nature has an amazing facility for diversity and looking at the Dragonhead Caterpillar it is no wonder that many ancient peoples believed in legendary creatures like dragons and monsters. If one of these little caterpillars found its way to Japan and got a sizeable dose of radiation Tokyo would be destroyed yet again. Godzilla would have to come out of retirement to take it down.
You don't have to be a student at Hogwarts to be interested in studying divination. Many ancient cultures have believed that animals were guides, guardians, and protectors of humans. With the Druid Animal Oracle Deck you can dip into the Celtic tradition of animal beliefs.