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October 31, 2004

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October'04 BlogThoughts

Every calendar's days are numbered.

  • The living need charity more than the dead. - George Arnold The Jolly Old Pedagogue - 1866)

  • I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam: I looked into the soul of another boy. - Woody Allen (Clown Prince of American Humor, 1975)

  • It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and THEN do your best. - W. Edwards Deming

  • Anyone who believes you can't change history has never tried to write his memoirs. - David Ben Gurion

  • Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams. - Somerset Maugham

  • I envy people who drink -- at least they know what to blame everything on. - Oscar Levant

  • Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. - John Lennon (from Beautiful Boy - 1980)

  • All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind. - Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)

  • We need a President who's fluent in at least one language. - Buck Henry (circa 1992)

  • Chopsticks are one of the reasons the Chinese never invented custard. - Spike Milligan

  • The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working when you get up in the morning, and doesn't stop until you get to the office. - Robert Frost (1874 - 1963) - American poet. Winner of 4 Pulitzer prizes.

  • The gist of Bush's argument seems to be, John Kerry will raise your taxes; I'll just keep ballooning the deficit....

  • Life is nothing but change
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    October 30, 2004

    Discovery Health: Organ Donation

    Whether you're an organ donor or not, be aware that there's a need out there -- a big one. Today more than 86,000 men, women, and children are on the organ transplant waiting list. That's the facts. Some have made it their mission to match donors with recipients in this noble and ennobling cause. If you think you can't give, first dispel the myths about organ and tissue donation. Still have questions? Read up and then see your state's requirements for becoming a donor. Signing a single card could be the most selfless act you'll ever perform.

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    October 29, 2004

    You tell me!!!

    A college student needed a small two-hour course to fill his schedule and the only one available was wildlife Zoology.

    After one week, a test was held. The professor passed out a sheet of paper divided into four squares. In each square was a carefully drawn picture of a bird's legs. No bodies, no feet, just legs.

    The test asked each student to identify the birds from their legs. The student sat and stared at the test getting angrier every minute.

    Finally he stomped up to the front of the classroom and threw the test on the teacher's desk.

    "This is the worst test I have ever given."

    The teacher looked up and said: "Young man, you have flunked the test. What's your name?

    The student pulled up his pant showing his legs and said: "You tell me!!!"

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    Tie Goes to the...

    Interested in becoming president this year? If so, hope for an electoral college tie. With an unlikely, but plausible, perfect tie -- 269 electoral votes for both George W. Bush and John Kerry -- anyone meeting the Constitutional qualifications for president could end up president. Here's how.

    Most people know the electoral college, and not popular vote, decides presidential elections. Many people also know that if no one gets a majority of electoral college votes the Constitution directs the House of Representatives to choose the President. This has happened twice (not counting 1876, a technically different situation) -- in the strange tie of 1800 and the 4-way election of 1824. The contemporary prospects for a House election are slim. Only an electoral tie -- or a third party winning electors -- could produce it. However, a tie is plausible this year: if all states vote the same as 2000 except New Hampshire and Nevada, the electoral vote would be 269 to 269.

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    October 28, 2004

    When medicine meets moral philosophy

    Stem-Cell Science
    by Jonathan Shaw

    The next time you look in a mirror, reflect on this: the face staring back at you is literally not the same one you saw two months ago. Your skin is constantly renewing itself. Like most specialized cells in your body, skin cells are post-mitotic — they cannot replace themselves by dividing. Yet there is always new skin to replace the cells that die and slough off in the shower every day. The source of the new you? Stem cells.

    Doctors believe that if they can understand and harness the power of these cells, they will usher in a new era of regenerative medicine in which the body's own capacities for development and repair can be directed to cure such maladies as Parkinson's, diabetes, Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS), and heart disease. With clinical applications in mind — between 100 million and 150 million people in the United States suffer from diseases potentially treatable with stem-cell-derived therapies — the University announced this spring the creation of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI), which will coordinate the teaching, training, and research of 100 scientists across 14 Harvard schools and affiliated hospitals (see "Stem-cell Science," May-June 2004, page 59). The HSCI has the full and enthusiastic support of President Lawrence H. Summers.

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    October 27, 2004

    Petri Dish Autopilot

    'Brain' In A Dish Acts As Autopilot, Living Computer

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- A University of Florida scientist has grown a living “brain” that can fly a simulated plane, giving scientists a novel way to observe how brain cells function as a network.

    The “brain” -- a collection of 25,000 living neurons, or nerve cells, taken from a rat’s brain and cultured inside a glass dish -- gives scientists a unique real-time window into the brain at the cellular level. By watching the brain cells interact, scientists hope to understand what causes neural disorders such as epilepsy and to determine noninvasive ways to intervene.

    As living computers, they may someday be used to fly small unmanned airplanes or handle tasks that are dangerous for humans, such as search-and-rescue missions or bomb damage assessments.

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    Voter... for the mathematician in you!

    Game Theory for Swingers

    What states should the candidates visit before Election Day?

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    Why Study RPS?

    Why should I study RPS? What will RPS do for me? As with any sport, the answer to these questions is “That depends on what you put into it.”

    RPS is gaming at its most basic, its most fundamental. Take anything away, and it ceases to be a game at all. Every other game, at some level, contains RPS. Like chess or fencing, the rules are simple, but the game itself is as complex as the mind of your opponent.

    Playing RPS probably won’t make you rich and famous. Chances are good you won’t win an Olympic gold medal. And it’s not likely to improve your physique, maximize your sex appeal, jump-start your career or expand your memory. Many players have found, however, that studying RPS gives them a greater understanding of how gaming relates to human behavior. In that sense, RPS can help you find success in other areas, but only if you have the determination to work hard and think hard – not just in RPS, but in every area of your life.

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    October 26, 2004

    Tea has same effects as drugs against Alzheimers!

    Drinking regular cups of tea could help improve your memory, research suggests.

    A team from Newcastle University found green and black tea inhibited the activity of key enzymes in the brain associated with memory.

    The researchers hope their findings, published in Phytotherapy Research, may lead to the development of a new treatment for Alzheimer's Disease.

    They say tea appears to have the same effect as drugs specifically designed to combat the condition.

    Alzheimer's disease is associated with a reduced level of a chemical called acetylcholine in the brain.

    In lab tests, the Newcastle team found that both green and black tea inhibited the activity of the enzyme acetylcholinesterase (AChE), which breaks down this key chemical.

    They also found both teas inhibited the activity of a second enzyme butyrylcholinesterase (BuChE), which has been discovered in protein deposits found in the brain of patients with Alzheimer's.

    Green tea went one step further in that it obstructed the activity of beta-secretase, which plays a role in the production of protein deposits in the brain which are associated with Alzheimer's disease.

    The scientists also found that it continued to have its inhibitive effect for a week, whereas black tea's enzyme-inhibiting properties lasted for only one day.

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