Joe Biden – What’s He Up To?
Once a president takes the oath of office, hundreds of things are prioritized for an incoming administration. A cabinet needs to be set and confirmed. Staffers need to be hired. Advisers must be selected, and the new president needs to hit the ground running on day one. In Joe Biden’s case, once sworn in, he tackled a bunch of matters – both seemingly trivial and of the utmost importance.
Many Executive Orders, directives, and administrative actions have already been implemented, including rejoining the Paris Climate Accord and canceling the Keystone XL pipeline, which had an immediate effect on many American workers who lost their jobs. So far, Mr. Biden has used his power to govern with Executive Orders nearly forty times – more than his two immediate predecessors by this point in their presidencies.
His intentions moving forward are in supporting communities of color, criminal justice reform, reinvigorating Obama Care, and relaxing deportations of illegal immigrants crossing the southern border from Mexico.
Mr. Biden has an aggressive list to complete in the first few months of his presidency. Perhaps having his trusty best and loyal pals – his two German Shepherd dogs – will help him accomplish his goals.
A New Whale? Wow
Researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration believe they have identified a new whale species in the Gulf of Mexico after a dead whale washed up in Florida. They call them Rice’s whales, named for the marine mammal biologist Dale Rice, who first identified this new whale species. And scientists are elated.
When the whale washed up in Florida, Rosel and other researchers knew they had the opportunity to conduct the much-needed morphological data — and that came in discovering the differences of the skulls in whales from the Gulf. According to a published study in Marine Mammal Science, “the group of bones at the top of the skull” are what classifies Rice’s whales from other species.
The new whale has already been registered as an endangered species. Things like oil spills and other pollutants, and marine traffic threaten the existence of such a small population of whales.
The Full Moon Keeps Us Awake
The study was conducted by the University of Washington In Seattle, and researchers say folks go to bed later than usual and do not rest soundly when the moon is full. Professor Horacio de la Iglesia studied the sleep patterns from people in large cities to very rural areas and reported the following study results:
“We see a clear lunar modulation of sleep, with sleep decreasing and later onset of sleep in the days preceding a full moon. And although the effect is more robust in communities without access to electricity, the effect is present in communities with electricity, including undergraduates at the University of Washington.”
Additionally, Iglesia found sleep varied throughout the lunar cycle. For those study folks with access to electricity, their sleep was more disturbed by the moon. Iglesia says that’s because a persons’ innate circadian clock is off kilter under electric light. “It makes us go to sleep later in the evening; it makes us sleep less. Generally, we don’t use artificial light to ‘advance’ the morning, at least not willingly. Those are the same patterns we observed here with the phases of the moon.”
Perhaps that is why people who enjoy camping in the great outdoors say they sleep more soundly. That is, until the wolves begin to howl.