DiscoverMag: Most Autistic People Have Normal Brain Anatomy.
Reuters: Some U.S. hospitals weigh withholding care to Ebola patients.
“This is another example of how this 21st century viral threat has pulled us back into the 19th century.” During the European cholera epidemics, they’ll haul sick folks out to the pyres before they’d expired. Frightened humans do some pretty horrific things.
Aeon: The shame of poor teeth in a rich world.
Hmmm. Isn’t the European joke, “You must be from America. That’s the only place they manufacture such perfect teeth.”?
NHTSA: Vehicle Owners with Defective Airbags Urged to Take Immediate Action.
Mine’s not on the list, thank goodness. Is yours?
Time: Soda May Age You as Much as Smoking, Study Says.
Past Horizons: European farmers were still lactose intolerant after 5,000 years.
Must’ve had a lot of incontinent Neolithic folk.
An electric car for wheelchair-bound folks. Pretty neat.
Motherboard: Scientifically, What Is the Worst Way to Die?
“So the bad news is that, if you’re alive today, your death will probably be drawn out and pretty scary. The good news is that we’re a lot better at managing pain than they were in the Middle Ages.” Mental note: move to a right-to-die state, if necessary, when the time draws near.
Guardian.UK: Tropical spider burrows under man’s skin through scar - video.
Will be featured in one of Hollywood’s next horror films, methinks.
Youtube: Glen Campbell - I’m Not Gonna Miss You.
The famed singer is in the final stages of cognitive decline, and it seems his record company saved this for us.
WSJ: Where Germs Lurk on Planes. [Pre-Ebola link.]
The media seem intent on convincing everyone that airline travel is safe as can be. It’s not. H1N1 and SARS have exposed some of the weaknesses of airline travel. This article is from 2011, before the current spate of ‘safety’ bullsh-t you’re being fed by the 24/7 news cycle. Forewarned is forearmed.
Later: I do not wish to fan the flames of panic and irrationality. I would like the media to be straight with people about risks on board a flight. Shep Smith of Fox News [quelle surprise] has a message I agree with. There is zero risk for anyone in the general population at this time.
Ebola Deeply, Covering the Crisis.
EbolaDeeply.org, a curated list of articles on the crisis. I need to watch ‘em for a few days before I recommend ‘em. The article “Ebola Threatens Chocolate” rings a bit off (in the changing ‘Around The Web’ sidebar).
NY Times: Forecast for Ebola Worsens as Mortality Rate Rises.
Mortality rate seems to have jumped from 50% to 70%. Caveat: the particular type of Ebola in the current outbreak has been, from my previous reading during the early press, always been pegged at 70%.
Amazon: Vapur Element Bottle.
Pretty cool idea. The included carabiner is a nice touch. I’m always trying to figure out better ways of carrying water while shooting.
CBD: Billions of Gallons of Oil Industry Wastewater Illegally Injected Into California Aquifers.
“Almost 3 billion gallons of oil industry wastewater have been illegally dumped into central California aquifers that supply drinking water and farming irrigation, according to state documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity. The wastewater entered the aquifers through at least nine injection disposal wells used by the oil industry to dispose of waste contaminated with fracking fluids and other pollutants.” Woof. What a bunch of maroons.
NY Times: Highway Guardrail May Be Deadly, States Say.
If the ends aren’t properly installed and maintained, they become spears. It is truly amazing how many people manage to skewer themselves on the ends of guardrails. There’s been an uptick with smartphones and texting, in my observations.
Kickstarter: StandStand, the portable standing desk.
Planet Princeton: Princeton Police and Health Department Enforcing Quarantine of NBC Crew.
“Snyderman and two crew members were quarantined Friday night after the New Jersey Health Department has issued a mandatory quarantine order. The mandatory order was issued after a voluntary 21-day isolation agreement was violated.” Journalists being stupid.
NY Times: Can Celiac Disease Affect the Brain?
Neomatica: Molecular Origins Of Eating Disorders Found In Gut Microbe.
“... researchers at the French Institute of Health and Medical Research and the University of Rouen in France have found strong evidence that a protein made by intestinal bacteria are a causative agent for the disorders. Specifically, antibodies made by the host against this protein cross-react with a mammalian satiety hormone. The severity of symptoms in ED patients was also found to correlate with levels of the neutralizing antibodies. The researchers believe that this understanding will ultimately lead to a chemical therapeutic strategies to correct eating disorders.” Gut bugs. I’m tellin’ ya, if I had a second chance at life, I’d be a microbe researcher.
Discover Magazine: Stem Cell Breakthrough Puts Type 1 Diabetes Cure In Reach.
“The researchers developed a 30-day, six-step process that transforms embryonic stem cells into pancreatic beta cells, the same sugar-regulating cells that are destroyed by the immune system of people with type 1 diabetes. The new cells can read the levels of sugars that enter the body after, say, a meal, and secrete the perfect dose of insulin to balance sugar levels.”
Slate: Annie Baker’s The Flick and the joy of reading plays.
One of the things I still do to stay fluent (in case my stutter ever comes back) is to read plays aloud. It’s fun. We used to have a small group of literati in college who’d get together every so often and just read (and act, of course) something off-the-cuff. Beats Trivial Pursuit. I was once told I sound like a mix between Robert Goulet and Yogi Bear when reading “Hamlet.”
Aging Journal: Reversal of cognitive decline - A novel therapeutic program.
Of interest. They are not proposing diet-and-exercise changes alone will cure Alzheimer’s, but that it may go a long way to making existing drugs more effective by maintaining ‘plasticity.’ Of course this is an anecdotal study - a larger clinical trial is needed.
NPR: Firestone Did What Governments Have Not: Stopped Ebola In Its Tracks.
“Dr. Flannery of the CDC says a key reason for Firestone’s success is the close monitoring of people who have potentially been exposed to the virus — and the moving of anyone who has had contact with an Ebola patient into voluntary quarantine.” Money and procedure.
Salon: Fracking company teams with Susan G. Komen, introduces pink drill bits “for the cure&rd
Truly bizarre. Ammonia, benzine, toluene, diesel are all so very beneficial for cancer sufferers. I remind those who say fracking fluids will not surface in our lifetimes because they’re deposited under ‘impermeable rock layers’, that Los Alamos National Labs is experiencing this exact scenario - chemicals injected that were not supposed to surface for hundreds of years are appearing in ever-greater concentrations in local wells.