Monday, June 14, 2010

White newborn babies set to become a minority in the U.S. 'next year'

Whites are on the verge of becoming a minority of newborn babies in the United States.
Official census figures show that non-white births, including Hispanics, constituted 48 per cent of children born in America between July 2008 and 2009, up from 46 per cent two years before.
Experts said the U.S. could become a 'minority majority' as early as next year, with minority births being greater than whites of European ancestry

Multi-ethnic New York: Whites are on the verge of becoming a minority of newborn babies in the U.S., according to census figures
The reason for the change is the higher birth rate among non-white U.S. citizens - even in the recession, where birth rates fell across all racial groups, non-whites saw a lower fall.
But, as in Britain, the changing make-up of the population has led to tensions and particular concern over the strain it puts on schools and social services.
The state of Arizona recently enacted a law which made it an offence to be an illegal immigrant and allowed police to stop and search anybody they thought did not look like they were from the US.
Other laws passed by the state, which were roundly condemned for being discriminatory, required teachers to not have an overly thick accent.
The census data shows that minorities made up 31 per cent of the US population in 2000 but between July 2008 and 2009 that had increased to 35 per cent.
Among Hispanics, there were around nine births for one death, compared to a one-on-one ratio for whites.
In addition, the median age of the white population is older than that of non-whites so a larger share of minority women are in prime child-bearing years.
Kenneth Johnson, senior demographer at the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire, said the tipping point where 'minority' births become a majority could come as early as next year.
'The question is just when,' he said.
In Britain, the pressure of immigration and rising birth rates fuelled by the new arrivals will swell some southern towns by nearly a fifth over the next eight years, official figures show.
In London, the situation is more extreme where four in ten young people are members of ethnic minorities.
A government report found that more than 700,000 children and

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A world without color: life is full of hidden dangers for animals lacking hue.

Last spring, a zebra born in Africa's Nairobi National ParkNairobi National Park

National park, Kenya. Located about 5 mi (8 km) south of Nairobi, it was established in 1946. It has an area of 45 sq mi (117 sq km). It is noted for wildlife, including lions, gazelles, black rhinoceroses, giraffes, antelopes, zebras, numerous
..... Click the link for more information. caused quite a stir. That's because the newborn foal foal

a junior horse from birth to one year. May be filly foal, colt foal.


foal ataxia
see enzootic equine incoordination. was stripeless. Unlike others in its herd, the knobby-kneed newborn had pink eyes and an all-white body--a sure sign it was an albino albino (ălbī`nō) [Port.,=white], animal or plant lacking normal pigmentation. The absence of pigment is observed in the body covering (skin, hair, and feathers) and in the iris of the eye. .

What caused the milky hue? Usually, plants and animalsPlants and Animals are a Canadian indie-rock band from Montreal, comprised of guitarist-vocalists Warren Spicer and Nic Basque, and drummer-vocalist Matthew Woodley.[1] They are signed to Secret City Records.
..... Click the link for more information. get their distinctive coloring from pigments, or colored chemical compounds that absorb light. Before birth, an organism's genes (units of hereditary material) normally direct its cells to produce these pigments. But Nairobi's newest zebra--and most other albino animals, including humans--lacks these color-coding genes. The result? An unusual phenotype (FEE-no-type, physical appearance): Their skin, fur or hair, and eyes are mostly color-free. For wild animalsWILD ANIMALS. Animals in a state of nature; animals ferae naturae. Vide Animals; Ferae naturae.
..... Click the link for more information., this rare trait (characteristic determined by an organism's genes) spells trouble.

Does that mean all albinos are destined des·tine
tr.v. des·tined, des·tin·ing, des·tines
1. To determine beforehand; preordain: a foolish scheme destined to fail; a film destined to become a classic.

2. for a life in the shade? Not if humans can help it. Herpetologists This is a list of herpetologists who have articles, in alphabetical order by surname. A-D

Charles M. Bogert
Archie Carr
Roger Conant
Jeff Corwin

Howard K.
like Brueggen pamper pam·per
tr.v. pam·pered, pam·per·ing, pam·pers
1. To treat with excessive indulgence: pampered their child.

2. captive albino reptiles by placing slabs of heated stones in the animals' sunless habitats. The hot rocks allow the reptiles to heat up without UV exposure.

In the 1980s. researchers invented UV-blocking skin lotions for humans. While sunscreen sunscreen /sun·screen/ (-skren) a substance applied to the skin to protect it from the effects of the sun's rays.

n. can't save wild albino animals, it can help those in captivity: When an albino kangaroo at the San Francisco Zoo The San Francisco Zoo, (previously Fleishhacker Zoo) is a zoo in San Francisco, California housing more than 250 different animal species. It is located in the southwestern corner of the city, between the Great Highway and Lake Merced. was a baby, zookeepers applied regular doses of sunscreen to the roo's pigment-free pink ears and nose until thick, adult fur grew in to provide a more natural shield.


So what's an albino animal without access to sunscreen lotions or warm rock slabs to do? With so many dangers stacked up against wild albinos. it's tempting to try to protect them. But park rangers say, "Hands off."

Charles Ooro, a wildlife-service officer at the Nairobi National Park, is doing just that with the albino zebra born last spring. He says, "[The zebra] seems to be doing fine. So we will allow it to stay in the wild to lead a normal and natural life--at least for the time being."

Nuts & Bolts

A chart called a Punnett square can help you determine the odds that an offspring will have a certain trait. Here's how:

1) Given each parent's genetic makeup, assign a lowercase letter for a recessive allele and an uppercase letter for a dominant allele (one that expresses itself even if the offspring inherits that allele from only one parent).

2) Put one parent's letter pair across the square's top, and the other along the left.

3) Cross, or match the top and left letters, to fill in the inner squares. These show the offspring's possible allele pairs.



* Albinism in plants is lethal. That's because albino plants are missing the pigment called chlorophyll. This chemical helps plants use the sun's energy to grow. Albino plants seldom survive more than a few days.


* If you were a wildlife service officer and you spotted an albino animal in the wild, would you catch it, and care for it in a protected area, or let it live its natural life? Discuss your answer and reasoning with the class.


SOCIAL STUDIES: Read about The Story of the Weeping Camel, a National Geographic film about how a rare white camel calf in Mongolia was rejected by its mother. Then, write a short story about a day in the life of a camel in Mongolia, from the camel's point of view. To read about the film, and Mongolia, visit:

If it applies to plants and animals to have hue/pigment then the laws of nature also applies to HUEmans as well!

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