Oldster's View

Fight Against Maturity

Never too old–paraglider, 91, takes to the skies

Ananova –
A 91-year-old man has become Britain’s oldest paraglider. Reg Rose-Innes flew 800ft above Devil’s Dyke, West Sussex, for a 20-minute tandem flight.

Reg, a retired ecologist, of Beddingham, East Sussex, told the Mirror: “It was marvelous being in the air.” Son Crispin, 57, said: “I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity for my father to have a go before he bites the bullet.”

Advertisements

December 19, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Never too old–paraglider, 91, takes to the skies

Trip across Oz on skateboard

Ananova
A British man has set a new world record by travelling 3,000 miles across Australia on a skateboard.

Dave Cornthwaite, from Swansea, took 90 days to make his way from Perth to Sydney, reports the Sun. He has become a minor celebrity in Oz where he is nicknamed Crazy Pom.

Graphic designer Dave hopes to raise £50,000 for charity.

December 19, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Trip across Oz on skateboard

Your research tax dollars at work

LiveScience – MSNBC.com
When rats snuggle up for a nap, they replay “movies” of their daily activities in what scientists suggest is the animal equivalent of dreaming, a new study suggests.

The research supports the idea that memories are cemented into the brain during sleep.

“This work brings us closer to an understanding of the nature of animal dreams and gives us important clues as to the role of sleep in processing memories of our past experiences,” said co-researcher Matthew Wilson at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

December 19, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Your research tax dollars at work

One lump or two?

Space.com – MSNBC.com
Malaysia has dropped plans for its first astronaut to make a cup of tea in space, a local daily said on Monday, after its space program was ridiculed.

Malaysia announced in September it would send its first astronaut into the heavens aboard a Russian rocket next year with a mission to make the nations favorite hot drink, teh tarik, while orbiting Earth in the International Space Station.

But the Star newspaper, under a front-page headline “No space for teh tarik”, said the voyage next October would be no tea party after all.

……………..

Microgravity experiments have been substituted. (Yawn.) 

December 19, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on One lump or two?