Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 7:34 pm

Paging Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, or at least her brain lining cells

Filed under: Cool! — Lex @ 7:34 pm
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And just in time for Halloween, too! From LiveScience:

Death will come for us all one day, but life will not fade from our bodies all at once. After our lungs stop breathing, our hearts stop beating, our minds stop racing, our bodies cool, and long after our vital signs cease, little pockets of cells can live for days, even weeks. Now scientists have harvested such cells from the scalps and brain linings of human corpses and reprogrammed them into stem cells.

In other words, dead people can yield living cells that can be converted into any cell or tissue in the body.

Now, here in real life, as I’ve mentioned before, I’ve got some skin in the stem-cell game, so to speak. But there is still a part of me saying, quietly but insistently, that we’ve seen this movie before and it didn’t end well.

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Monday, April 26, 2010 8:39 pm

Going boldly

Filed under: More fact-based arguing, please — Lex @ 8:39 pm
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Thomas Joiner, on his new book, Myths About Suicide, and its theory on what he believes are the three keys to understanding how and why people kill themselves: “I invite clinicians and scientists to try to refute it, because either they won’t, or they will, and we’ll learn something from how they do it.”

That, kids, is how you do science. And the approach frequently is applicable elsewhere.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 8:21 pm

One OTHER problem with leaving the light on 24/7 in Guantanamo detainees’ cells …

Filed under: I want my country back.,Weird — Lex @ 8:21 pm
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… it might make them smarter.

Thursday, April 15, 2010 8:06 pm

Drinking to forget …

Filed under: Reality: It works — Lex @ 8:06 pm
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… may help you forget, but forgetting won’t make you feel any better.

Good news/bad news

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 7:59 pm
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The good news: Men with beards are more trustworthy.

The bad news: in Italy.

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