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.