Forget flying cars (so passé!) – how about some flying robot birds?
Scientific American: It’s Time to End the War on Salt
This week a meta-analysis of seven studies involving a total of 6,250 subjects in the American Journal of Hypertension found no strong evidence that cutting salt intake reduces the risk for heart attacks, strokes or death in people with normal or high blood pressure. In May European researchers publishing in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that the less sodium that study subjects excreted in their urine—an excellent measure of prior consumption—the greater their risk was of dying from heart disease. These findings call into question the common wisdom that excess salt is bad for you, but the evidence linking salt to heart disease has always been tenuous.
New and notable just updated on Project Gutenberg, this week featuring:
- Japan and the California Problem (1921) by Toyokichi Iyenaga and Kenoske Sato
- La vampire (1865) by Paul Féval (French)
- Astronomy with an Opera-glass (1890) by Garrett Putman Serviss
- The League of the Leopard (1914) by Harold Bindloss
- Spanish Tales for Beginners (1909) by E. C. Hills and Various (English and Spanish)
- Maxims and Hints on Angling, Chess, Shooting, and Other Matters (1842) by Richard Penn
“Clint, I’ve heard a lot of fantastic yarns, but this tops them all. If anyone else told me that story, I’d throw him out on his pratt.”
As deducible from the quote, pratt (or prat) is an old slang term for the buttocks and is still used nowadays in England as a pejorative noun for someone, akin to “ass” or “dumbass” — “What a prat!”
And yes, the comedy/slapstick term “pratfall” derives from the same meaning. :)