It’s summer solstice weekend and what better way to celebrate than with a Wiccan high priestess! Here on Dreamland we welcome all searchers, so we’re taking this opportunity to listen to the wisdom of Wiccan author Deborah Blake whose new book, the Little Book of Cat Magic, is an absolute
We’re all familiar with the concept of early spaceflight experiments that sent animals into space, including fruit flies, various rodents, all the way up through the quintessential space-monkey. These high-flying menageries were sent aloft to study the effects of travel into space on biological organisms, as no-one at the time knew what would happen to a human being if they were sent to that high an altitude.
In an earlier story, we reported that your cat may be passing on parasites to you, parasites that affect the way your brain works. Now this story has been confirmed by a new story suggesting that a "clever cat parasite may alter human cultures on a massive scale."
ABC-TV News in Chicago reports that parasite ecologist Kevin Lafferty has published a research paper proving that the parasite Toxoplasma gondii has been transmitted indirectly from cats to half the people on earth, and it affects human personalities. He says that Toxoplasma is "frighteningly amazing."
Scientists have discovered that a parasite normally found in cat faeces could help them to formulate a cancer-fighting vaccine.
Though Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii), a single-celled parasite, is happiest when hanging out in a cat’s intestines, it can live in any warm blooded animal and affects about one-third of the world’s population, including 60 million Americans. Most people have no symptoms, but some experience a flu-like illness, particularly those with suppressed immune systems who can develop a serious infection if they encounter T. gondii. Pregnant women are also advised to take extra care not to come into contact with the bacteria as it can threaten the health of unborn babies and cause miscarriage, still birth or birth defects.