Sunday, September 25, 2011
From News Daily:
"Faster than light" particles threaten Einstein
By Robert EvansPosted 2011/09/23 at 6:16 pm EDT
GENEVA, Sep. 23, 2011 (Reuters) — Sub-atomic particles apparently traveling faster than light could force a major rethink of theories about how the cosmos works and even allow dreams of time travel and extra dimensions, scientists said on Friday.
Jeff Forshaw, a professor of particle physics at Britain's Manchester University, said the results, if confirmed, would mean it would be possible in theory "to send information into the past."
"In other words, time travel into the past would become possible ... (though) that does not mean we'll be building time machines any time soon," he told Reuters
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Posted by Muzzy at 8:47 PM
Designing a Smarter Patient
The hidden influences that sway our medical decisions.
By JEROME GROOPMAN and PAMELA HARTZBAND
When given clearer information, patients weigh risks and benefits differently from their doctors.
"I'm comfortable with that," or "No, it wouldn't be comfortable for me."
That's what our patients often tell us when faced with a choice about taking a medication or undergoing a procedure. And the discussion usually stops there.
But what makes someone comfortable or uncomfortable with one treatment or another, or with no treatment at all? Where do these views come from? And how can patients make better decisions?
For answers, we spent four years interviewing scores of patients of different ages. We found that a host of powerful and often hidden influences, inside and outside the patient's mind, can sway thinking and distort judgment. We also discovered that, by unmasking those influences, it is possible for patients to gain greater confidence and control over their medical decisions.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
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Friday, September 09, 2011
"Some birds are not meant to be caged, that's all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure."
- Stephen King
Posted by Muzzy at 9:13 PM
"To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering, one must not love. But, then one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer, not to love is to suffer, to suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love, to be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy, therefore, to be unhappy one must love, or love to suffer, or suffer from too much happiness — I hope you're getting this down."
- Woody Allen
Posted by Muzzy at 6:25 PM
"The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them - words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they're brought out. But it's more than that, isn't it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you've said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That's the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller, but for want of an understanding ear."
- Stephen King
Posted by Muzzy at 5:50 PM