That’s the impression one gets from reading recent research about the potential effects of a much smaller nuclear exchange than usually envisioned during the Cold War between the U.S. and the USSR … together with the continuing emphasis the Doomsday Clock guys put on nukes vs. GW.
(I have to note the irony that the scientists who GAVE us nukes and dangerous technology are the ones who now demand that THE REST OF US DO SOMETHING to save them, er, the world, from catastrophe! ‘Stop us before we kill again….’ They could stand more self-restraint, less hubris, better ethical training, themselves. But like Republicans with Reaganite financial deregulation, many of these folks seem to think the solution to the problems of technology is MORE TECHNOLOGY. Another funny thing: For most of my life, I thought the expression “mad scientist” indicated anger. It’s only recently that I realized it means they’re crazy, just like in Mad Cow Disease! [No, I didn’t just learn that mad can still sometimes mean crazy; just that it did in those two particular uses.])
Sort of. In February I discovered what appears to have been initial published research from Egypt regarding bringing Irritable Bowel Syndrome under control with the help of a temporarily-implanted electrical stimulation device – in your abdomen, not up your butt! – similar to traditional heart pacemakers, more recently also being applied to the brain. That article was published in January 2003.
Today I located what appears to be the follow-up research they indicated, published at the end of ’04, sharpening and confirming their technique, and now recommending it for treatment “when other measures have failed to cure the condition.” (Why wait?!!! I’ve had this going on 20 years!!!)
This is the latest which leading IBS patient-expert Heather Van Vorous has on it there, so again one wonders, did something derail this, or is it making its way through regulatory approvals in Europe or something? I don’t have access to their full article, so if there’s info there, I don’t have it.
So complex I can barely follow this 16-minute talk (blog post linking to video with pictures; maximize video if possible to see the pictures), maybe since I only got to Algebra II, junior year of high school! But fascinating! Even roots of computer science.
The guy says informing young minorities in the U.S. of this fact improves their performance in math and science. Very cool!
(I just hope he got that African Native priest’s permission to share with the whole world what he was reluctant to share with him at first on account of its cultural / religious sacredness….)
It seems we’re unable to get rid of enough of them – or their ‘leavings’ – to make a difference for allergies, allergic asthma, etc.
…the happier we get? Or more content, at least. Though with Boomers it seems questionable. Sad.
When your heart acts up, sometimes implanting a device that delivers occasional electrical shocks to it gets it to “straighten up and fly right.” More recently they’ve been putting them in people’s brains for things like epilepsy. What about what we used to call “spastic colon”?
Turns out they’re working on it (PDF)! Muscles do what they do in response to electrical impulses from the nervous system. Some researchers believe that in Irritable Bowel Syndrome, haywire impulses cause the muscles of the colon to act up, messing with how quickly or smoothly your fecal matter moves through, bringing on constipation and/or diarrhea, and the other symptoms. They also believe they’ve helped IBS patients to manually administer helpful shocks to the end of their colons – the sigmoid colon – that restored normal function!
Since this report was published a few years ago, I’m surprised I haven’t come across it before now. Maybe that means it didn’t pan out, or that it’s still in the pipeline, so to speak. Contrary to what we’ve heard sometimes more recently, it can still take years for research to result in “approved” treatments … especially for IBS in the U.S., which isn’t taken as seriously here as in Canada or Europe. 😦
Do you have to be Gay, or a man who has sex with men, to get or spread MRSA, as alleged by “scientists” this week? Or merely have skin-to-skin contact with someone infected, within or outside sexual intercourse, as de-emphasized even in this San Francisco version of the story?
This recent British newspaper piece* is somewhat opinionated, but includes facts about German concerns about health risks. This Wikipedia link currently provides allegedly-scientific counterpoint. [“Jane you ignorant slut!”]
One thing possibly hinted at in the German report is the cumulative effect of ALL the electromagnetic radiation we now live amid (“electrosmog”?). We’re usually told about their “safety” one at a time, but what about altogether?!! One smokestack or factory-farm, car or burnt forest or clearcut, doesn’t cause Global Warming, but millions do, after all!
(*–Don’t worry about the .ece suffix on this link, it seems to just be a normal webpage.)
What if they put in an appropriate permanent orbit around Mars a radio relay satellite, for when probes get behind the planet? At least we might find out what happens to them when they ‘disappear’….
(If they don’t already know, that is! Bwahahahaha!)
Speaking of Diabetes, this article reports an interesting-sounding theory about how people with diabetes sometimes lose vision, how this might be stopped, maybe prevented, maybe even reversed?
Maybe I should get my blood sugar checked, as my GP recommended a few years ago(!), ’cause needles in the eyes sure don’t sound pleasant! I’m really weird about my eyes as it is, and always have been.
I wonder if this treatment could even be delivered orally? After all, some meds go just where they’re needed on the basis of distribution throughout the blood, and so get concentrated somewhere because there’s lots of extra blood where needed, eg, anti-inflammatories. One would have to work on the underlying cause(s) of the retinopathy too, I guess, including the diabetes…. Hmm….
I’m definitely not a doctor.
What about eyepatches delivering the treatment through the skin, one at a time even if necessary, to localize the effect more, versus body-wide via a pill?
But if they slow/stop new vessel formation, they don’t solve the “leakyness” problem…. I guess like that last quote said, this tackles just one aspect of the diabetic retinopathy problem.
Maybe I’m out-of-touch, but I’ve just noticed this neologism on the Web, being used for what are more commonly called “frozen embryos” or “pre-implanted embryos,” in the context of in vitro fertilization. Are the users of the new term trying to persuade us these aren’t actually embryos anymore?
I thought “pre-embryos” were sperm and ova! Even actual science still calls “fertilized ova” or “zygotes” embryos, and their science embryology.
Maybe I’m out-of-touch again, but I’m starting to seriously wonder about the reliability of these people, some of them alleged scientists! First there was the Korean guy who deliberately falsified research data, then the Boston guy with the for-profit corporation and misleading news releases and statements; now this.
And some people complain about religion?!!!
I’m not certain an o/Orthodox approach to these things needs to rely on scientists anyway. Science is always changing, and is supposed to be always uncertain, “open-minded.” But the ‘temptation’ to see if maybe they’ve got something ‘this time’ is hard to resist. ‘Benefit of the doubt,’ you know….
But who “was always the Father of Lies”?!?!?!
Can his “conversion” on “sodomy” and HIV be trusted? *I* wouldn’t!
I’m as big a fan as the Hubble Space Telescope has, but what I don’t get is, if the Hubble can see a galaxy 13.7 billion light-years away, why can’t it read a fricken license plate on Pluto, nevermind these washed-out images?!!!
And Pluto’s satellite – Can something that isn’t a planet have a “moon”?? – Nix, in keeping with astronomical tradition, is of course named after the ancient deity Nixon!!!
Here’s a question: They say we can’t see the core of our galaxy, at the end of the Milky Way star formation, because of space dust. Does that mean that if it weren’t for space dust, considering that there are “billions and billions” of stars and galaxies in every direction, night would be nearly as bright as day, only a different, softer color, and without shadows??? So arguably, universal space dust has played a key role in the development of life on Earth with its day/night cycles (for most of us… present company excluded!!) (in the Will of God of course)!
“Dark spots on Mars”??? If they’re not optical illusions, they’re too perfect for nature, I think. Paging Richard C. Hoagland!
This AOL article claims human (male – with sperm counts – but also I presume female, as she points out) testosterone, linked to sexual desire, peaks in November and early December, suggesting Fall is our traditional mating season, if Homo sapiens sapiens ever had one.*
But I have to wonder also if Holiday Blues then, or post-Holiday Blues, aren’t related to a decrease in T, and not just to Christmas/ Hanukkah/ solstice-related disappointments, shorter days (in the Northern Hemisphere at least), bad diets, etc. Even “Seasonal” Affective Disorder!
For that matter, do people in the Southern Hemisphere even get this? Yes, they say they get S.A.D., but in June-July. So we Northerners get it on top of the Holidays, mate! But do they get the lowered T then too?
(*–Certainly a number of old calendars started in Fall – Celtic Samhain, Jewish Rosh haShanah, Orthodox Ecclesiastical New Year. Some Orthodox Christians say Creation was created in September; as some Russians say, apples ripen then – as in the Garden of Eden’s traditional forbidden fruit!! – at least in the Northern Hemisphere. [Actually, the Scriptures don’t say “apple,” just “fruit”!])
Here’s what happened to it: it’s not a planet anymore, and it’s not named Xena. 😦
We still love you, Lucy and Renee!
If Global Warming shuts down the Gulf Stream – not currently expected this century, but very possibly in the 22nd – will we have mile-high glaciers as far south as the Mid-Atlantic United States, the Upper Midwest, etc.? Ocean waves freezing in mid-surge in New York Harbor?
I’m no scientist, but from what I’m reading, they’re talking in terms of a “Little Ice Age,” maybe not even this bad, but similar to just one “year without a summer,” and apparently ‘only’ restricted to Western Europe – though I have to think Eastern North America as well, since the Gulf Stream influences weather there also.
IOW, perhaps liveable climatically, but damned unpleasant even for the hardiest hockey fan!
But combine reduced agricultural output there with that coming from Peak Oil and the end of petro-fertilizer, and that could be more than unpleasant!
in the next 100-150 years, to swamp many coastlines.
This is the latest Science Daily news release (despite that label, it seems pretty factual) regarding possible hydrogen-peroxide-based microbes,* but this preview from January actually offers more information. This piece from a year ago seems to present another, non-organic, explanation, but the two theories – Antarctic-style biomass or dust-storm chemical reactions – for the unexpected peroxide, don’t seem mutually exclusive. However, research reported six years ago favors the organic – life-based – explanation over the non-organic: basically the microbes ate the nutrients over nine weeks, at varying but regular rates of speed, instead of mere chemicals interacting with all of it more-or-less instantaneously. (The controversial Richard C. Hoagland discussed all this with George Norry on Coast-to-Coast AM Thursday night/Friday morning: scroll down to “Life in Martian Soil” sidebar; audio also available on that page.)
And as a reminder, this is the International Committee Against Mars Sample Return! I’m Native American, and we’ve been through this once already, OK?!
(*–Does that mean they’re not natural blondes?!!)
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Maybe I don’t get out enough, but I just saw in a drugstore (Do we even call them drugstores anymore?!!!) a home kit for determining if you produce at least 20 million sperm per milliliter (That’s cubic centimeter or “cc,” for those of us who grew up before the metric system!) of semen, considered by someone the “minimum fertility standard.” (I am not making this up.) It also includes two non-spermicidal condoms, I guess for guys who consider masturbation wrong or undesirable, so they can catch a semen sample during intercourse.
Honestly, I didn’t know we could count ’em without a microscope! “One… two… three… 20,000,000….” Just might’ve cured my insomnia!
Actually, what constructive purpose could be served by knowing? OK, maybe then you’d know you should adopt. There’s nothing I know of that can boost sperm count, is there? (Maybe Mountain Dew! “Obey your thirst!” Actually, this is the exact opposite of the Urban Legend… or maybe we can start a new one! You guys OWE ME!!!) Or get a sperm donor?: ooh, that’s pretty personal for a would-be father.
Or become a monk… it’s a great way to be saved, I hear, honestly – why not focus on it, eh?
I guess it’s only fair, what with home-based pregnancy kits and all. Take some of the pressure off the woman: after all, it may not be her fault. Although as one writer in the NY Times Magazine recently shared with us (link may require free registration), it’s possible to put sperm and ovum right next to each other in a petri dish, and still have nothing happen. (Like many dates! Whatever that means….) Apparently Desmond Morris was right: some sperm are dumb and some are dumber… or at least have different jobs. OR maybe the writer’s husband’s sperm didn’t want to cheat on her. OR maybe it was God’s Will (I say this in all seriousness). It’s OK: apparently they eventually managed to conceive the traditional way, ie, with alcoholic lubrication! (It’s in her book title. OK, actually, it’s not. I imagined it. Though I haven’t read the book, so who knows?)
(NB: By “alcoholic lubrication,” I definitely was NOT recommending using any form of alcohol on one’s genitals, or those of one’s partner. As Frank McCourt’s first love would tell us had she lived, it’s quite painful. I was merely humourously referring to the oft-joked-about tendency of intoxication to lead to risky behaviour: “HIGH = HIGH RISK”: risk of AIDS, risk of other sexually-transmitted diseases with or without symptoms, risk of pregnancy, risk of ending-up with someone you don’t want to end up with, etc etc etc. Remember this.)
A while ago I tried to clarify why GW scientists probably have a better grip on the next 2,000 years than the dude with your “backyard forecast.” But the other day I heard two once-venerable CBS Radio affiliates, once news leaders in their local markets, now pumping out Faux News and the usual theocon “new-stalk,” making like how un-warm it’s been there this summer. I can’t say where because it wouldn’t be safe to give The Man any idea of my whereabouts, but let’s just say with Col. Sherman T. Potter, USA, HORSEHOCKEY!
Be that as it may, would one less-warm summer mean GW is a hoax? [George Norry, I used to respect you!] No, because GW isn’t your “hometown doppler 12 million,” it’s the whole planet’s doppler 6.6 billion (or whatever). Just like one 45-degree (F) winter day doesn’t take the sting out of the rest of that God-forsaken season, one cool summer in Podunk doesn’t take the sting out of GW for the rest of the world for the rest of now and unto ages of ages if we don’t try and do something about it. In fact, the North and South Poles are gonna warm a hell of a lot more than the rest of the planet, because of the Earth’s rotation and air and sea currents and such… but we’re still all screwed. The effects will vary from continent to continent, as already featured on this blog… but they’re trending hotter and drier everywhere ultimately.
What kind of observations would scientifically call GW into valid question? I’m not a scientist, but how about half a century worldwide not living up to the warnings?
Of course, that doesn’t make for interesting “new stalk radio,” because most of their listeners won’t be here 50 years from now (nor will I, unless the Lord allows my sinning to go on in hopes I’ll repent)! So they peddle their own fake hype to counter what they like to claim is our hype. And The Assault on Reason continues….
Lemme get this straight: Last week “pro-choice” U.S. House Democrats voted to “ban reproductive cloning,” and “pro-life” Republicans voted against “banning reproductive cloning”?
It’s taken me this long to realize what the “National Right to Life Committee” meant when it said the bill – which may be resurrected (no pun intended) – didn’t actually ban “cloning.” It banned implanting a cloned embryo in someone’s uterus. But ISTM it also attempted to ban cloning with the intent of implantation. It failed to ban other types or intents of cloning. But wouldn’t this have been a step in the correct direction?
What *I* don’t get is why the “reproductive freedom” Democrats proposed this. Go figure.
Read the WHOLE story – it’s short – not the MSM story and the unquestioning “spin.”
What seems problematic to me is this: They reprogrammed skin cells into what? “Stem cells”? or EMBRYOS!!! They produced MICE, not just “cells.” They seem to be trying to cloak that reality, or hide it through misdirection, like the sleight-of-hand magician. A “stem cell” that produces a whole individual is more commonly called AN EMBRYO.
The only ethical stem cells would be those that can produce “tissues,” NOT PEOPLE!!! And not through disabling the embryos either, like that bizarre, morally-bankrupt Rick Santorum proposal from last year. They have to produce pluripotent stem cells that never had the ability to grow into/BE a person. What we seem to have here – though I could be corrected – is merely a NEW METHOD OF CLONING, nothing more, nothing less, nothing other.
Where they’d probably have to go ultimately is to be able to reprogram cells into, NOT pluripotent stem cells, but the specific type of tissue-stem-cell needed for the patient involved; ie, take skin cells or cheek cells or whatever, and turn them directly into whatever tissue the patient needs at that time – nerve stem cells, bone stem cells, muscle stem cells, etc. – without passing through a stage that could (have) or did result(ed) in producing a clone. ISTM this research suggests that may be doable, we’d just have to find the right genes to turn on, and limit the damage from the retroviruses, tissue cancers, accelerated tissue aging (Dolly, etc.), etc. And find them without creating clones by accident along the way… or if we do, letting them live.
There’s my positive, constructive challenge to the scientific community. OK?
will have to wait.
Why do so few of the Democratic candidates have sufficient experience to be president of the executive branch? Rodham Clinton?: four more years in the Senate (hopefully eight, of course!). Obama?: eight more years in the Senate.
The only ones I think have sufficient experience are Biden and Dodd, but neither of them really embodies the party or America. I want to back Kucinich, but he’s so loopy. Plus, I love Elizabeth and all, but engaged after 6 weeks, and half his age? Makes me wonder about other decisions he might make in office.
President Gore and President Kerry have ruled out ’08. I wasn’t real thrilled about Kerry in ’04, but for justice, I’d back him. Gore has gotten much better since the ’90s. I think he had to get out from under the Clinton/DLC thumb, have the 2000 election stolen from him, see how life is for the other 99 pct., get out in front on Global Warming, experience “the assault on reason,” etc. I wanna say he’s done more for the world than he would’ve/could’ve as President… but please, Iraq? “the assault on reason”? the fascism? the Constitution, “just a damned piece of paper”?
Of course, so much shouldn’t depend on one election or one (elective) office. But that’s what we’re stuck with in this country.
Seen in someone’s sig:
A simple test of the relative merits of science and religion is to compare lighting your house at night by prayer or electricity.
Two problems with this: