Monthly Archives: June 2013

Catnip Repels Mosquitoes More Effectively Than DEET

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But There Is Just One Bad Side Effect

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Researchers report that nepetalactone, the essential oil in catnip that gives the plant its characteristic odor, is about ten times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET — the compound used in most commercial insect repellents.

The finding was reported at the 222nd national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, by the same Iowa State University research group that two years ago discovered that catnip also repels cockroaches.

Entomologist Chris Peterson, Ph.D., with Joel Coats, Ph.D., chair of the university’s entomology department, led the effort to test catnip’s ability to repel mosquitoes. Peterson, a former post-doctoral research associate at the school, is now with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Wood Products Insects Research Unit, in Starkville, Miss.

While they used so-called yellow fever mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti) — one of several species of mosquitoes found in the United States — Peterson says catnip should work against all types of mosquitoes.

The Pleasure Principle, Spiritual Fulfillment and Dreams

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Eternity is in love with the productions of time. William Blake

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Psychologists often speak of the needs of man. Here I would like to speak of the pleasures of man, for one of the distinguishing characteristics of spiritual fulfillment is its pleasurable effect. It is not so much that man or nature seeks to satisfy needs, but to exuberantly, rambunctiously seek pleasure—and through following its pleasure each organism finds and satisfies its needs as well. Far more is involved in the experience of life, however, than the satisfaction of bare needs, for life is everywhere possessed with a desire toward quality— a quality  that acknowledges the affirming characteristics of pleasure itself. There is a great pleasure to found in both work and play combined, in excitement and calm, in exertion and rest , yet the word “pleasure” itself has fallen into disrepute, and is frowned at by the virtuous. Pleasure, none  the less, is the prime creative inspiration of our everyday waking experience and is one of the main purposes of dreaming, Dreams are mental work and play combined, psychic and emotional rich creative dramas. They also involve you in the most productive of enterprises as you begin to play with versions of events that are being considered for physical actualization, as on a personal level you “view” the probable events which your family, tribe, organization, community and country will actualize.