The Corpus Callosum

Archives for January, 2007

New Bulletin: The Clock Moves

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists site is back to normal, only now they have a new, secondary theme. They are considering both climate change AND the risk of nuclear catastrophe. Based upon their deliberations, they have moved the clock two minutes closer to midnight. The announcement was made at a conference at the Royal Society…

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is one of those trite sayings that we’ve all heard “a million times.”  Certainly, is is commonplace for persons to have differing opinions on matters such as the attractiveness of others.  Sometimes, though, I’ve noted a tendency for peer groups to work toward a consensus about what…

Infant Deaths From OTC Meds

The January 12, 2007 issue of MMWR reports on cases of infant deaths due to (presumably) unintentional overdoses on cough and cold preparations. With this being the season that such products are most likely to be used, I thought I’d call attention to this. Many people do not realize that there are very few different…

Doomsday Clock

This thing has fascinated me since I was a teenager, when my father had a subscription to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.  I read it every time.  They are the ones who keep the famous Doomsday Clock. Now, we hear that the Clock is being changed: Also the website for the Bulletin is being…

HIV/AIDS in Prisons

Everyone knows that HIV is American prisons is a huge problem, but we don’t hear much about it. There are several reasons for that. For one, prisons are unpleasant places, and for the most part, we don’t want to think about what goes on there. For another, many people figure that whatever happens to prisoners…

Baby Alligator

This was one of Reuters top photos for the day, yesterday. It shows a baby albino alligator.  Not only is it an unusual subject, but it is a pretty good picture. A baby albino alligator swims at Sao Paulo’s Aquarium January 10, 2007. Sao Paulo’s Aquarium, South America’s biggest thematic aquarium, holds two rare albino…

Notice the prominent use of the word “potential.”  That is potential as in may or may not ever come to anything.  As word of these potential treatments gets out, we can expect that unscrupulous persons will try to market things that sound like the potential treatments I am about to discuss, but which are completely…

Horse Thinks He’s A Hound

From Reuters: Horse thinks he’s a hound Jan 8 – A foal who was raised with dogs has become so attached he thinks his mother and father are labradors. Rather than cantering about meadows with the other horses, Shetland pony foal Rory now spends most of his time chasing sticks and licking bones. Andrew Potter…

You might think that developing a system for EMR would be fairly straightforward.  After all, some of the things that computers are really good for, are the storing, retrieval, and display of information.  But somehow, developing a system that actually works AND is easy to use in a hospital environment, has proven to be rather…

Perhaps it is a mere coincidence, but I could not help but notice this. As soon as Democrats take control of the House and Senate, we see these headlines: Return trip for electric vehicles: automakers unveil plans for electric cars; no need to put pressure on the auto industry! Medicare Drug Program Costing Less Than…