Hubble Snaps Images of a Pinwheel-Shaped Galaxy

Looking like a child’s pinwheel ready to be set a spinning by a gentle breeze, this dramatic spiral galaxy is one of the latest viewed by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Stunning details of the face-on spiral galaxy, cataloged as NGC 1309, are captured in this color image.

Pinwheel Galexy

Stem Cells … Still all sizzle but no steak

Other than as a pro abortion talking point and strawman (“unwanted fetuses could save lives!”), has stem cell therepy actually worked in any way for anything in human studies?

Stem cell boost fails to help heart patients

A study published in 2005 involving 20 heart attack survivors and another one in the same year involving 50 such patients both suggested that boosting stem cell levels could lead to improved heart function.

But the lack of proper randomisation and the small number of patients involved in such trials warranted follow-up studies

Ahhhh in other words they fudged the data to get the results that they wanted. How very “Scientific” of those researchers.

Update: Lest anyone forget, Faked data in Stem Cell Research is not new…

Can stem cell research recover from Woo Suk Hwang?  

In the fledgling world of embryonic stem cells, where Woo Suk Hwang of Seoul National University once took the field by storm, scientists who had faltered behind him are just now realizing why: his data were faked.

Enzyme computer could live inside you

Very cool…

Enzyme computer could live inside you
 
A molecular computer that uses enzymes to perform calculations has been built by researchers in Israel.

Itamar Willner, who constructed the molecular calculator with colleagues at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel, believes enzyme-powered computers could eventually be implanted into the human body and used to, for example, tailor the release of drugs to a specific person’s metabolism.

Senator questions Cyberonics device approval

Senator questions Cyberonics device approval

The Cyberonics product, called the Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) Therapy System, is a stopwatch-sized device that is implanted into the chest and delivers electrical pulses to the brain.

The FDA approved it in July 2005 for treating adults with depression that had not responded to other therapies.

FDA spokeswoman Julie Zawisza said the agency had not seen Grassley’s remarks. She said it was not unusual for an official at Schultz’s level to overrule staff recommendations.The Cyberonics device was approved after the company provided the FDA with additional information showing it could help patients with no other treatment options, she said. 

I have personal experience with this Cybernetics outfit. A close family member was fitted with this implant, but it was a defective unit which caused the patient prolonged suffering of electrical shock. This persistent shock was bad enough to induce infection and within six months of receiving the implant the patients body rejected the device. Right through the skin of her chest.

Like a giant zit!

But the device itself is yet another example of an implanted computer device. And this one is intended to actually change the way the patient’s brain functions.

No … we did NOT sue. The procedure was experimental, and we knew that. But we could have sued, and probably would have made a bundle to boot! But don’t get me started on Medical Malpractice reform…

The senator should just shut up!

Since he was ok with voting to rush HIV/AIDS drugs to approval. Why does he choose to pick on the mentally and psychiatrically challenged?

Ok that’s a trick question … the mentally and psychiatrically challenged won’t show up on the steps of the capital wearing g-strings, carrying protest signs, and throwing condoms to that other crowd that will be there … the crowd of reporters.

The Antique Media Tells us T.V. is GOOD for kids! Really!

The MSM continues to try to slow its rapid decline in credibility and shrinking viewer-ship & reader-ship. 

How?   

By using traditional “Media Spin” of course! 

Study Finds Test Scores Not Lowered by Television 

Does television rot children’s brains? A new study by two economists from the University of Chicago taps into a trove of data from the 1960’s to argue that when it comes to academic test scores, parents can let children watch TV without fear of future harm. 

Elizabeth A. Vandewater, associate professor of human development at the University of Texas and director of the Center for Research on Interactive Technology, Television and Children, praised the new study for adding “more evidence that television is not uniformly evil or bad,” but said that it ignored “a host of evidence that shows that content matters a lot.” 

She said that “there is a huge body of evidence that educational television” can be good for children, as well as strong evidence that “violent content is related to antisocial aggressive behavior.”

But many parents routinely ignore that warning. Average TV viewing among 2- to 5-year-olds — the youngest viewers tracked by Nielsen Media Research — crept up to 3 hours and 40 minutes a day in the 2004-5 TV season. A host of cable channels have are dedicated to the tiniest viewers. [sic] 

Wow look at that grammar! But all that T.V Watching had nothing to do with the inability to actually write … the author is simply suffering from JPD syndrome (Just Plain Dumb!) 

Never mind that the numbers are from a period (1950s to 1960s) before the NEA “modern” “progressive” teaching methods had been introduced. In the 50s and 60s children were required to actually have learned the scholastic material before getting passed to the next grade. 

So while the T.V. influence may not be as bad as we thought when combined with traditional teaching, where is the study that demonstrates the combination of “Modern” teaching methods combined with the puerile nonsense that passes for entertainment programming (and even “Educational” Programming for that matter) on T.V. these days? 

Chicago Sun Times promotes science regression … as usual

The Frankenstein Syndrome: When science goes awry

The result of these ruminations is Technophobia! Science Fiction Visions of Posthuman Technology (University of Texas Press, $24.95), in which Dinello explores the chasm between the rosy daydreams of scientists and the more jaundiced nightmares of sci-fi writers and filmmakers. From “Frankenstein” to “The Matrix,” robots, androids, cyborgs, artificial intelligence, cloning, the wilds of cyberspace, even cell phones and iPods — which, come to think of it, do sound pretty sinister — are all occasions for hair-raising speculation about how technological advances can go terribly wrong.

“But I’m also interested in scientists who promote technology as a panacea, and whose utopian visions are sometimes used, I think, to score grant money, or to develop more weapons, which soak up so much of the national budget. I like the idea of looking at present-day technology and extrapolating it out into the future, imagining its possible consequences.”

Just don’t expect the view to be pretty.

And we wonder why there is a decline in American Math, Science and Technology students.

Robot for Hospitalized Children

We already send our kids off to daycare, from there right to school, Stick iPod headphones in their ears, when they do get home we park them in front of the T.V. or let them spend unsupervised time on the internet.

Why not let a robot spend time with them, teach them, hug them, etc. I mean we’re like BUSY !

This is a giant step in that direction.

Once children accept a construct as a loved one, when those children reach adulthood how short a step will it be to the general acceptance of incorporating such construct technology within their lives … and bodies.

I mean, they’re already chipping the Mexicans!