World Community Grid – What is it?
- Cycling Madness
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- Health and Hygiene
- Home Recording
- Mad Scientists
- Maddening Politics
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- Quality of Life
- Sports Medicine
- Steve Jobs
- Student Loans
- The 60's
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You can do something…while you are not doing anything! :-)
World Community Grid enables anyone with a computer, smartphone or tablet to donate their unused computing power to advance cutting-edge scientific research on topics related to health, poverty and sustainability. Through the contributions of over 650,000 individuals and 460 organizations, World Community Grid has supported 22 research projects to date, including searches for more effective treatments for cancer, HIV/AIDS and neglected tropical diseases. Other projects are looking for low-cost water filtration systems and new materials for capturing solar energy efficiently.
Crazy guy wants to go fast on a bike and just not downhill – on level ground. He is nowhere near the land speed records for a bicycle riding behind a car with a fairing. But he is still going fast!! They build the bike from the ground up. Interesting and short (for those of you with short attention spans!).
Is it avoidable or just a consequence of our nature to get things done in a hurry? It seems many chemicals do not receive enough long-term study or do not address “collateral damage”.
The scientific literature and history itself is replete with many examples of chemicals which have unwanted consequences in spite of the (presumably) good consequences they deliver. Is it just the nature of Man to want to do what they think is best for them (in the short term) rather than consider the long-term benefit or drawback? It seems that most of these issues arise when commerce is involved. Not that commerce is bad or even a necessary evil but in the race to create a positive bottom line manufacturers, suppliers, and ultimately the consumer rush to use products that maybe haven’t been fully tested – although approved.
Science and technology is reported to greatly outpace the social systems yet there seems to be a lag in the response of science and technology to these problems which are later observed. Why aren’t these things considered? Is it just the nature of things that we can’t conceive all the wanted or unwanted consequences of our actions? Does our hunt for the all mighty dollar cloud our judgment?
Maybe some of these outcomes are unavoidable but certainly there are exceptions to every rule as they say. Every day we learn something new about the environment or medicine or science or technology. Most of these “discoveries” are good for us but some are or may not be. Maybe as the saying goes “Time will tell!”.
Does this answer the question: “Which came first? The chicken or the egg?”
I don’t think so. There is certainly a lot of plastic around. Some of it serves a good purpose although I wonder about recycling vs landfills for all the disposable and obsolete junk that manufacturers pump out.
What if the obese girls just eat a lot of calories in foods that are packaged in plastic? Heating foods in plastic containers? Drinking water in plastic bottles? Would that account for the higher BPA levels and obesity? They might be independent – or not since BPA is a hormone disruptor so to speak.
In the meantime be ever vigilant regarding what you eat, how it processed, and where it comes from…you never know!
We still have a long way to go in this department! I believe that generational turnover is so slow that it takes a long time (maybe longer than our lifespan) to see changes in behaviors. And we can’t discount that some offspring are going to learn from their parents so it is difficult to change these beliefs.
This is interesting since tumor cells rely heavily on glucose (sugar or carbohydrate) metabolism. However, a ketogenic diet is a difficult one to maintain over time and we still do not have enough long-term data to say if there are other health benefits or hazards (in humans).
It is interesting to note that at an Aging Research Seminar I attended last week the consensus was a high carbohydrate diet increased the healthspan and lifespan. This was evident in a number of models.
Looks like we have a ways to go before we can cure or prevent cancer while simultaneously improve the healthspan and the lifespan of humans.
I have taken a hiatus lately due to a move and other factors. In the past I have heavily criticized Segway vehicles (or similar) for providing motorized transportation for the average person in light of the obesity problem in the U.S. and other industrialized nations.
Now here is a suitable replacement that requires your movement and on the flats is probably as fast as a motorized Segway. You can still be outside, get much needed physical activity, and travel a reasonable distance.
Now I haven’t test-driven this machine and like everything else in life it has some shortcomings: not aerodynamic, heavy to carry up stairs, too large to keep in an office or small area, a high center of gravity (which could? cause some stability/safety issues), and cost.
But it is certainly worth taking a look at or at least taking a test drive.
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What timing? Was this coincidental or did someone have inside information (and perhaps a vested interest) about this new test Prostate Health Index. You know medicine (pharmaceuticals) is big business!
How much will this test cost the consumer? Will it be more costly than the current PSA test? I guess we will find out soon enough!