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Re: Non-routine News
« Reply #60 on: May 31, 2015, 12:27:00 am »
Invisible Impact: The Risk of Ionizing Radiation on Cath Lab Staff
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXgt0bF3GJM&feature=player_embedded
Surgeons that routinely use fluoroscopy in vascular procedures and cardiac device implantation are suffering the effects of too much exposure to ionizing radiation.  :(

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Europace. 2014 Jul;16(7):946-64. doi: 10.1093/europace/eut409. Epub 2014 May 2.

Practical ways to reduce radiation dose for patients and staff during device implantations and electrophysiological procedures.


Heidbuchel H1, Wittkampf FH2, Vano E3, Ernst S4, Schilling R5, Picano E6, Mont L7; Reviewers:, Jais P8, de Bono J9, Piorkowski C10, Saad E11, Femenia F5; European Heart Rhythm Association.

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Despite the advent of non-fluoroscopic technology, fluoroscopy remains the cornerstone of imaging in most interventional electrophysiological procedures, from diagnostic studies over ablation interventions to device implantation. Moreover, many patients receive additional X-ray imaging, such as cardiac computed tomography and others.

More and more complex procedures have the risk to increase the radiation exposure, both for the patients and the operators. The professional lifetime attributable excess cancer risk may be around 1 in 100 for the operators, the same as for a patient undergoing repetitive complex procedures. Moreover, recent reports have also hinted at an excess risk of brain tumours among interventional cardiologists.

Apart from evaluating the need for and justifying the use of radiation to assist their procedures, physicians have to continuously explore ways to reduce the radiation exposure. After an introduction on how to quantify the radiation exposure and defining its current magnitude in electrophysiology compared with the other sources of radiation, this position paper wants to offer some very practical advice on how to reduce exposure to patients and staff. The text describes how customization of the X-ray system, workflow adaptations, and shielding measures can be implemented in the cath lab. The potential and the pitfalls of different non-fluoroscopic guiding technologies are discussed.

Finally, we suggest further improvements that can be implemented by both the physicians and the industry in the future. We are confident that these suggestions are able to reduce patient and operator exposure by more than an order of magnitude, and therefore think that these recommendations are worth reading and implementing by any electrophysiological operator in the field.   

Published on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved. © The Author 2014. For permissions please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.


KEYWORDS:

Exposure; Interventional electrophysiology; Radiation; Radioprotection; Risk

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24792380
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Re: Non-routine News
« Reply #62 on: June 04, 2015, 10:24:01 pm »
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News 6/2/15: Pope to Disclose Existence of ETs?  :o  ???
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Pope Francis is reportedly about to disclose the existence of extraterrestrial life. Whether or not this claim is true, two things are sure: We're supposed to believe that ETs exist, and this pope is committed to transforming the way all of us live.


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Re: Non-routine News
« Reply #63 on: June 25, 2015, 10:24:26 pm »
Big Ben used to be the largest clock tower in the world. As of 2012, the largest clock tower in the world is  "Abraj Al-Bait," Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower.

Does Big Ben Keep Perfect Time?

Big Ben is the clock tower of the Palace of Westminster in London which houses the United Kingdom's parliament. The tower was built between 1843 and 1858. Since then it has become an iconic landmark of London, and one of the most popular destinations for tourists.

"Big Ben" actually refers to the largest bell inside the clock tower. Although various different names have been given to the structure over the years, Big Ben remains the most popular and recognized. Big Ben is known for being a very accurate and reliable clock.

In fact, the clock even survived World War II and did not pause when the nearby Commons chamber was bombed.
This doesn't mean that Big Ben has never had mishaps however. In 1949, so many starlings roosted on the minute hand of the clock that it stopped. Starlings are short-tailed, dark-colored European birds that flock and fly together in sometimes huge numbers.


Starlings on the move!  :o

Weather also proved to be a culprit on two accounts, once in 1962 when snow caused Big Ben to delay, and again in 2005 when temperatures hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius).

Aside from these incidents and rare repairs or refurbishments, Big Ben has been chiming continuously since it first rang in 1859. If the clock happens to be too slow or too fast, it is adjusted with old British pennies in the pendulum. Pennies are added if it is too fast, and pennies removed if too slow.[/size][/quote]


More about Big Ben:

•“O Lord, keep safe our Queen Victoria the First” in Latin is inscribed at the base of each clock dial of Big Ben.

•Big Ben's tower is 315.9 feet (96.3 meters) high. Its bell weighs 13.8 tons and the minute hands weigh close to 220 pounds (100 kilograms).

•Big Ben used to be the largest clock tower in the world. As of 2012, the largest clock tower in the world is "Abraj Al-Bait," Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower.


http://www.wisegeek.com/does-big-ben-keep-perfect-time.htm


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Denver’s Energy Use Is Surging, and It’s Because of Weed

Kate Knibbs

7/07/15 3:20pm

The bud may be green, but growing it really isn’t: Weed growers in Denver are straining the city’s electrical grid.

Denver is experiencing spiking electricity consumption, with nearly half of that growth coming from its burgeoning pot industry, as the Denver Post reports:


Citywide electricity use has been rising at the rate of 1.2 percent a year, and 45 percent of that increase comes from marijuana-growing facilities, Denver officials said Wednesday.

Now, even though the increase in electricity use is related to the increase is dank bud cultivation, the weed growing industry still uses less than two percent of Denver’s electricity altogether. But it’s increasing at such a high rate that the number will swell unless the city’s weed purveyors figure out more eco-friendly growing methods.

The reason why weed is such an energy-suck? Lighting. For indoor grow ops, plants need lots of artificial light. That on its own sucks up energy, but then those lights also heat up the growing facilities, which means they need more air conditioning. They also need ventilation fans and humidity regulators.

Boulder Weekly has more depressing stats on the problem with indoor weed growth:


According to data from Xcel Energy and estimates from those familiar with indoor growing, a single light used to grow 16 square feet of pot consumes about half as much energy as the average Colorado house in a one-month time frame.

This isn’t just a Denver problem. Growing weed requires a lot of energy all over. As City Lab pointed out, a Columbia Environmental Law Journal report recently highlighted how draining the pot industry is on energy all over the US:



It consumes six-times as much energy as the pharmaceuticals industry and requires eight-times as much energy per square foot as the average U.S. commercial building. It is estimated that marijuana currently consumes at least one percent of all of the nation’s electricity. And in California, which reportedly has the largest marijuana growing industry in the United States, consumption totals three percent of California’s total electricity consumption.

So, what to do about weed’s energy suck? Lighting companies are working with pot companies on more energy-efficient LED lighting options. Tesla has a powerful new battery that could come in handy for keeping energy costs down for weed growers in emergency power outages, or help store home-generated solar energy, but there’s clearly a need for more comprehensive solutions.

In addition to finding better lighting options, there’s a simpler solution for minimizing the energy impact of the weed industry: Growing outdoors is more energy-efficient, but it’s not legal in Colorado. When other states legalize marijuana cultivation, allowing for outdoor growth could help lower the drain, though growers often prefer indoors for higher-volume crop yields and year-round growth. While deregulating where you can grow weed could encourage some growers to take crops outside and save energy, regulating licensing to incentivize growers to use renewable energy sources will also help offset some of the drain. 

http://gizmodo.com/denver-s-energy-use-is-surging-and-it-s-all-because-of-1716253262
Now THAT's a nice replacement for FIAT dollars!
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Ladies and Gentlemen, It's Time to Panic 

Hamilton Nolan    7/08/15 12:23pm

Have you noticed anything odd going on this morning? Oh yes. Let us be the first to tell you that the time to panic is upon us.

ITEM: The New York City subway system suffered an atrocious commute today, with some trains being inexplicably stranded in stations for long periods of time.

ITEM: The website “The Dissolve” folded today.

ITEM: United Airlines was forced to ground all of its flights after its computer system mysteriously stopped working.

ITEM: The New York Stock Exchange suspended trading today after its computerized trading system mysteriously stopped working.

ITEM: Immediately after, the Wall Street Journal’s website mysteriously stopped working.

ITEM: More than 2,500 people in Washington, DC mysteriously lost power.

It seems our nation’s centers of powers are facing a mysterious and spreading collapse.

I choose to panic. If you choose to remain calm, good—I’ll get away ahead of you.  ;D


http://gawker.com/ladies-and-gentlemen-its-time-to-panic-1716514222
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Re: Non-routine News
« Reply #66 on: August 20, 2015, 03:40:24 pm »

When Was Ketchup First Made Available?   ???

America's most favorite condiment, ketchup, was first made available as pill medication and was said to cure all kinds of diseases.   


Named, "Dr. Miles' Compound Extract of Tomato,"  ;D Archibald Miles marketed what he claimed to be a tomato extract with medicinal properties in the United States. The extract was sold in the 1830s in the form of pills with recommended dosages for a variety of illnesses and ailments. Many Americans purchased the pills in the hopes the medication would rid them of their ailments by "purifying their blood."   


Although no one is certain of what exactly they were made of, the tomato extract pills probably contained vitamin C and laxatives. Regardless of whether they were actually beneficial or not, they made a lot of money for Miles and other sellers who followed in his footsteps in the lucrative tomato medicine business.


More about ketchup:

•Ketchup is originally Asian, but the original condiment had nothing to do with tomatoes. The Chinese condiment "ke-tchup" was a fish condiment eaten by Asians as far back as 544 A.D.


•As of 2014, Americans on average consume three bottles of ketchup per year.  :o  :P




Ketchup exits a Heinz bottle at the speed of 1.3 centimeters (0.5 inches) per second::)



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Re: Non-routine News
« Reply #67 on: September 07, 2015, 07:33:54 pm »
How Often Do Planes Disappear?     

Do planes disappear suddenly without a trace?  :P
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For many of us, missing planes bring to mind the myth of the Bermuda Triangle, the 500,000 square mile area in the Atlantic Ocean where planes and ships are believed to just disappear. However, missing planes are not as rare as we think and they are definitely not exclusive to the area of ocean called the Bermuda Triangle. According to Aviation Safety Network Records, at least 85 passenger, cargo and military transport planes have vanished without a trace since 1948. These incidents have taken place all over the world and no aircraft debris or passenger bodies have been discovered for them as of 2014.

The record of missing planes includes the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. The commercial flight which had 239 people on board went missing on 8 March 2014 in the Southern Indian Ocean. As of 2015, no debris belonging to the plane has been discovered.

Sometimes it can take a very long time for debris from missing aircraft to show up. For example, the debris from the Indian Air Force An-12 transport aircraft that went missing in 1968 was found only in 2013.

More about plane accidents and missing planes:


•Air France 447 crashed while flying over the Atlantic in 2009. It took two years to find all of the bodies of the 288 passengers on board.

•In 1945, a rescue plane looking for the five lost US Navy bombers disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle.

•Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Electra disappeared in the mid-Pacific in 1937 while attempting to fly around the world.

http://www.wisegeek.com/how-often-do-planes-disappear.htm

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http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/5503117/Six-planes-that-were-lost-and-never-found.html
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The Poodwaddle clocks: The big picture on what is going on out there

Readers might have a little fun at Poodwaddle. They have all the serious stuff.      The clock on population growth must certainly give overpopulation fearing weenies heartburn.  ;D

The one on religions drives the nominally "Christian" Republicans to distraction!   

Are there really that many atheists out there?  :icon_scratch: If so, that just might explain the egocentric attitude the world is gripped in. After all, if this is IT, then you have to "go for it now", so to speak.  :evil4: Don't expect anyone here to believe that stat is evidence of a FUBAR society. I'm certain a breakdown of where EXACTLY, all those atheists are will show a massive correlation with the 20% of the planet's population doing 80% of the damage. But we all know that correlation ain't causation, don't we?   

But there is a fun stats section you will find interesting, as well.   
FUN STATS: (I have the clock set to events year to date. If you set the clock to "NOW", you get a quick idea of what is happening more often. :o  ;D). Look at all those First Kisses! The incrementing count of US Divorces. Marriages, US Cheaters, Wine and more for all eyes to feast on!

http://www.poodwaddle.com/worldclock/soc5/

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Re: Non-routine News
« Reply #69 on: September 27, 2015, 09:35:37 pm »
Are Vegetables Dead When You Buy Them at a Grocery Store?   ???

Some of us have been told in the past that fruits and vegetables are actually dead when you buy them at a grocery store. It turns out, however, this is not true. Research shows that some picked vegetables, such as carrots and broccoli, die only when they are eaten.

This research was carried out by Rice University and published in Current Biology in 2013. The study discovered that about a week after some fruit and vegetables were picked, they continued to respond to light. This means that fruits and vegetables in the produce aisle of grocery stores are still very much alive. In fact, they even continue to produce compounds that protect them from pests thanks to their circadian clock.

Experts believe that this knowledge can be used for benefit, such as to maximize the natural pest defense qualities of plants and reduce the use of chemical pesticides. The knowledge of circadian rhythms may also be utilized to maximize the nutrients of plants for consumption.

More about food:

•Up to 33% of all food for human consumption is wasted. Food is wasted more in developed countries than in developing countries.

•As of 2013, 65% of those who eat gluten-free foods do so because they believe it is healthier, rather than due to gluten intolerance or sensitivity.

•The typical lunch at American schools has 1,400 calories and includes one bread item, about 1.5 ounces of meat, one starch, a half cup of vegetables or fruit and 8 ounces of milk.

http://www.wisegeek.com/are-vegetables-dead-when-you-buy-them-at-a-grocery-store.htm
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Re: Non-routine News
« Reply #70 on: October 12, 2015, 03:29:39 pm »
5 of the Biggest Myths About Creative People
Elise Moreau
October 11, 2015

Creativity is generally defined as the ability to come up with imaginative or unique ideas that haven’t been thought up by anyone else before. But because the word tends to be overused in describing everything from team effort in a workplace setting to throwing a themed dinner party at home, its true meaning can often seem vague and unclear even when used in certain contexts.

People who are labeled as “creatives” even sometimes get a bad rap for all the misconceptions about what they do and how they work. If that’s you, or even someone you know, it may be worth reviewing some of the following points that totally debunk some of the most common stereotypical assumptions about creative people.

Myth #1: Creative people are right-brained.

You’ve probably heard it before: The right side of the brain is responsible for creativity, while the left side is all about analytical thinking. You can stop believing this is true, because modern science has determined that the creative process involves many regions across the brain that isn’t limited to just one side. Many regions even interact and work together, depending on the stage in the creative process and what the task may be.

Myth #2: Creative people pull their inspiration out of thin air.


Otherwise known as the “eureka!” myth, it’s popular to assume that creatives spend hours and hours of their time thinking until suddenly the big idea they’ve been waiting for just arises out of nowhere when they least expect it. It may seem like that’s what’s happening, but you can chalk it all up to something we all do, called divergent thinking—the type of relaxed and aimless thinking that happens when you take a break from focusing on the problem at hand and allow your mind to wander.

Myth #3: Creative people specialize in the arts.

Musicians, writers, painters, sculptors, dancers and actors—they’re the real creatives, aren’t they? We all have to be careful with thinking that creativity applies mostly or only to some of these very specific forms of art. A scientist may need to look for new clues in his research, a team of engineers may need to come up with an innovative product to stand out from the competition or an accountant may need to figure out a different approach to audit financial statements. All these seemingly unimaginative jobs involve much more creativity than you might assume.

Myth #4: Creative people are simply born with it.


Many people look at very successful creative individuals and assume that their talent simply comes naturally to them. What they don’t see are the days, weeks, months and years these people have put into their work, the knowledge and experience they acquired and the many failures they endured before finding success. Creativity can be a learned skill, as long as you’re willing to work for it.

Myth #5: Creative people are loners.


It’s obvious that some of the most famous artists, scientists and inventors that have made their mark on the world are known to have been lone geniuses who thrived on carrying out their artwork and experiments for hours in seclusion. That may be the case for some, but in other cases, sometimes one person ends up receiving all the credit when in fact the creative process depended on the collaborative efforts of an entire team. After all, when you think about it, it would seem pretty impossible for one person to be solely responsible for all the creativity behind an Oscar-worthy Hollywood movie, a band’s chart-topping album or even a massive breakthrough in scientific research.

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-of-the-biggest-myths-about-creative-people.html#ixzz3oNpPO0DL
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Re: Non-routine News
« Reply #71 on: October 15, 2015, 12:44:55 am »
Do All People Have Bacteria in Their Stomachs?  ???

It was a dirty job:  ;D A study done by Stanford scientists, Dr. Patrick Brown and Dr. David Relman, sampled a year's worth of diapers in 14 different babies to confirm that babies are born with no bacteria in their digestive systems. Adults, however, have about 100 trillion bacteria in their digestive systems. While babies are born with no bacteria in their digestive system at the time of birth, it only takes a few days post-birth for bacteria to begin to grow.

The study also found that even over the first year the bacteria found in the stool samples varied widely from baby to baby. Scientists were intrigued by this finding since adults typically have the same bacterial families colonizing in their digestive system with little variance over time. However, at the end of the first year, the scientists found the bacteria in a baby's digestive system does begin to resemble that of an adult.

More interesting facts about babies:

•Babies are not born with kneecaps. 
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•Babies born in May are usually the heaviest; weighing on average about 200 grams more than babies born in any other month.

•A baby recognizes the smell and voice of their mother from birth, and can visually distinguish their mother from other adults in just a few weeks.

http://www.wisegeek.com/do-all-people-have-bacteria-in-their-stomachs.htm
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Re: Non-routine News
« Reply #72 on: October 17, 2015, 03:58:50 pm »
These observed phenomena are all REAL.
But Science CANNOT explain them. Particularly unsettling to those who worship science and it's view that the physical universe is the limit of reality, is the placebo effect. It even works better than nothing when you KNOW it is a placebo!

Learn about a careful, meticulous science experiment done involving patients that required knee surgery divided into three groups.

Only ONE group of the three was actually given knee surgery. The other two groups given two variations of placebo surgery (incision with saline solution or just an incision) had equal or better rates of healing.  ;D

But there is a terrible downside to the placebo effect. Propagandists and Con artists everywhere have noticed how effective it is at fooling people. The Fossil Fuel Industry  learned it from the Tobacco Industry (see: Birds of a feather). 

If a polluting industry that is trashing the planet for short term gain can convince enough people that their pollution is "beneficial" to the biosphere, the minds of those propagandized would work to prevent that pollution from being accepted as real.

Perhaps the greatest hidden tool of the fossil fuel industry to fight global warming (in order to preserve their profits, not to stop the pollution) is the propaganda effort to convince people we are entering an ice age! If enough people believe that, reason the Empathy Deficit Disordered ASS HOLES that cheerlead fossil fuels, the placebo effect might even slow global warming down!

But there is a GIANT problem with that logic. And it is not about whether the placebo effect is real or not. That much has been proven. It's the DENIAL of the FACT that something is INJURING the biosphere that undermines any hope of using a mass placebo effect to reduce or prevent global warming.
 
Whether that would work to prevent the biosphere from being polluted is not the question. WHY? Because the placebo effect ONLY works when you think you need to be HEALED of a disease or injury. The Fossil Fuel Industry has PREVENTED public awareness of the problem (i.e. injury/disease to the biosphere).


The placebo effect may work quite well inside our bodies but I suspect the faith to move mountains is at odds with fooling  people in using faith to prevent global warming. The predators 'R' US crowd running the polluting industries are not known for their faith or good works. They are known for there 24/7 lie that they are our "loyal servants concerned only with our welfare".
 



They claim they are merely "supplying our demand" when, in actuality, they are gaming us to supply THEIR demand. Clever, aren't they?





Now you know why the propagandists for the fossil fuel industry lie, distort and double talk about "no warming for a decade, "warming has ceased", "we are entering an ice age" and, last but not least in the hit parade of Push the Placebo to Preserve Profits efforts, "it's the sunspots, not Carbon Dioxide", that control Earth's temperature" baloney. 

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« Reply #73 on: December 23, 2015, 07:11:37 pm »
Who is the oldest known person in the history of mankind with a valid proof of their age? 

Carlos Matias La Borde, Bachelor's Degree in Computer & Information Science



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Charles Faraone, History is written by the victors

Jeanne Calment. She lived to 122, from 1875 to 1997.

She said that she met Vincent Van Gogh as a child, and that he was dirty, poorly dressed, and disagreeable.

She smoked until she was 117.

One of the funnier things about her life is that when she was 90, a 47 year old lawyer got her to sign a contract so that if she died, he'd get her apartment. In return, he'd give her a monthly stipend.

He assumed she'd be dead within a couple years at most, so he was hoping to get her apartment on the cheap.

But she just kept living. Eventually he died at 77, never having received the apartment. His widow kept paying Calment after his death per the contract.

By the time she died, she'd been paid $180,000... over twice the apartment's worth.


Jeanne Calment. She lived to 122, from 1875 to 1997.

https://www.quora.com/Who-is-the-oldest-known-person-in-the-history-of-mankind-with-a-valid-proof-of-their-age
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