Saturday, December 6, 2014

Nose to the Grindstone

***Spent most of yesterday cleaning and cooking for the family dinner we had here last night, so today I will be making up for lost time. It's a good thing I have such great transcriptionists working for me who so willingly pick up the slack when I need them to. We had a wonderful time celebrating three family birthdays. If you want to see some rather - interesting pictures, check out my Facebook page, Jennifer Elsrod Crawford. My husband put on quite a show.  :-)

***This sounds kind of science-fiction-y, but if it works, wow.

Sabine Hauert of Bristol Robotics Laboratory and Sangeeta Bhatia of MIT are working on giving nanoparticles a sort of swarm intelligence they could use to target tumors in the body as a team. A single nanoparticle may not have much power, but a horde of them could hunt down cancer cells and deliver drugs on target.

Since nanoparticles are just a few atoms across, there’s no room to attach a CPU to give them instructions. So the scientists are using magnetic fields to guide the nanoparticles toward a target destination. For now, much of their work is in the simulation stage, measuring the best shapes and tactics to keep the nanoparticles from running into each other and failing their mission.

***10 awesome accidental discoveries. These are really interesting! Here's the first one:


Forever enshrined in scientific legend, the discovery of penicillin—a group of antibiotics used to combat a variety of bacterial infections—is really just a case of dirty dishes. Scottish biologist Alexander Fleming took an August vacation from his day-to-day work in the lab investigating staphylococci, known commonly as staph. Upon his return on Sept. 3, 1928, the perceptive scientist found a strange fungus on a culture he had left in his lab—a fungus that had killed off all surrounding bacteria in the culture. Modern medicine was never the same.

***World's fattest man dies of pneumonia at 44, weighed 980 lbs. Wow.

Keith Martin, the world's fattest man, has died at age 44 of pneumonia.

The British man had spent years battling an eating disorder, and at his heaviest, he weighed more than 980 pounds. said that in a documentary about Martin, the world's fattest man shared that his problems began when his mother died — also of pneumonia — when he was 16. Things got worse in his 20s, when he became severely depressed.
"I’ve always been depressed. I am an agoraphobic — I’m afraid of public places — but it was never treated," he said in the film.

Martin had a gastric sleeve operation to remove three-quarters of his stomach, and had been bedridden for the last eight months.

The Mirror said Martin "would gorge on 20,000 calories a day ... having six-egg fry-ups for breakfast then pizzas, kebabs, Chinese takeaways and Big Macs for lunch and dinner all washed down with six pints of coffee and two litres of fizzy drinks."
I'm sorry - I feel for the guy, but they make it sound like his overeating was a disease. I've never agreed with that.

***Next time you feel like complaining...

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***I've heard this song, but I didn't realize it was from a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem:

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along th'unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head:
'There is no peace on earth, ' I said
'For hate is strong, and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.'

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
'God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men.'

Till, ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

***Terry Redlin is one of my favorite artists: 

***Obama plans to force businesses to pay more overtime. Hello? Anybody else see the overreach here? Has there ever been a liberal who actually understands how the economy works?

President Obama early next year will try to force employers to pay their workers more overtime by limiting which workers can be called managers.
It is not the government's business how employers pay their employees. None.



***I'm not a real movie star. I've still got the same wife I started out with twenty-eight years ago.~~ Will Rogers

***Have a great day!

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