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A Calif. woman’s size-D cup breast implant saved her life, after it deflected a bullet shot to her chest.
According to reports, Lydia Carranza was working at the front desk of a Simi Valley dental office on July 1 when her co-worker’s husband stormed the office and he shot his wife dead. He was furious that she asked him for a divorce. Next, he pointed his semiautomatic assault rifle at Carranza–who was a few feet away–and shot her in the arm. Unsatisfied, he aimed again and shot her a second time point blank at her heart. Her plastic surgeon says the bullet was stopped by her saline implant.
Carranza told the LA Times it was “worse than a scary movie.” She survived the harrowing ordeal, but the bullet left a scar and deflated the implant. And now she plants to undergo reconstructive surgery.
“She’s just one lucky woman,” Dr. Ashkan Ghavami said. “I saw the CT scan. The bullet fragments were millimeters from her heart and her vital organs. Had she not had the implant, she might not be alive today.” Dr. Ghavami plans to perform the surgery at a reduced cost and wants implant companies to donate supplies.
The gunman awaits trial and is being held without bail on numerous counts including murder and premeditated attempted murder.
http://www.tabloidprodigy.com/?p=10941A Calif. woman’s size-D cup breast implant saved her life, after it deflected a... more
Thats right, eat something that is sour and these tablets will turn it into a sweet taste.
"These Miracle Fruit Tablets from ThinkGeek turns any sour foods into their sweet counterpart, due to "the protein miraculin that bonds to your taste buds" -- each tablet provides 1-hour of "flavor bending effects.
Limes suddenly tasted like the sweetest, most perfect limeade ever. Oranges tasted like they were imported from an Alien world."
http://www.techeblog.com/index.php/tech-gadget/miracle-fruit-tablets-turns-sour-into-sweetThats right, eat something that is sour and these tablets will turn it into a sweet... more
Scientists have discovered that birds like the European robin are able to navigate using the Earth's magnetic field via their eyes. It's not that the birds are able to see anything we can't but rather that they host a sensory compass in their eyes.
Via a visual centre in the brain and light-sensing cells in the eye - not magnetic sensing cells in the beak - European robins are able to figure out which direction north is in and navigate accordingly.
The discovery obviously raises important scientific questions. Being neither a scientist nor a pragmatic man, I'm just curious to know what happens when you poke a magnet in a European robin's face.
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20427324.200-magnetic-eyesight-helps-birds-find-their-way.htmlScientists have discovered that birds like the European robin are able to navigate... more
Trolling down the street in Manhattan, I suddenly hear a woman's voice.
"Who's there? Who's there?" she whispers. I look around but can't figure out where it's coming from. It seems to emanate from inside my skull.
Was I going nuts? Nope. I had simply encountered a new advertising medium: hypersonic sound. It broadcasts audio in a focused beam, so that only a person standing directly in its path hears the message. In this case, the cable channel A&E was using the technology to promote a show about, naturally, the paranormal.
I'm a geek, so my first reaction was, "Cool!" But it also felt creepy.
We think of our brains as the ultimate private sanctuary, a zone where other people can't intrude without our knowledge or permission. But its boundaries are gradually eroding. Hypersonic sound is just a portent of what's coming, one of a host of emerging technologies aimed at tapping into our heads. These tools raise a fascinating, and queasy, new ethical question: Do we have a right to "mental privacy"?
I'd love to give you answers. But the truth is no one knows. Privacy rights vary from state to state, and it's unclear how, or even if, the protections would apply to mental sanctity. "We really need to articulate a moral code that governs all this," warns Arthur Caplan, a University of Pennsylvania bioethicist.
The good news is that scholars are holding conferences to hash out legal positions. But we'll need a broad public debate about it, too. Civil liberties thrive only when the public demands them — and understands they're at risk. That means we need to stop seeing this stuff as science fiction and start thinking about how we'll react to it. Otherwise, we could all lose our minds.Trolling down the street in Manhattan, I suddenly hear a woman's voice.... more
If your best friend is a guy from "The Office" or a young doctor on "Grey's Anatomy," you may be relying too much on TV shows to fill a social void in your life.
A new study from the University of Michigan says lonely people may use television characters to cope with solitude and to feel a sense of belonging.
The study examines how social and emotional tendencies—social inclusion needs and solitude experiences—are related to people's imagined intimacy with media characters and emotional connection with television programs.
"Media programs are, after all, inherently social and may offer individuals a soothing if temporary replacement for genuine social interaction," said Dara Greenwood, assistant professor of communications studies who co-authored the study with Christopher Long, an assistant professor of psychology at Ouachita Baptist University.
More than 300 participants completed a questionnaire that looked at how the need to belong and different experiences of solitude (such as inspiring self-discovery, diversionary activities, or loneliness) contributed to increased emotional connection to TV characters and programs.
Solitude was defined for participants as time spent alone—or, if in the presence of others, without any social interaction. Participants rated the frequency with which they experienced different types of solitude as well as the importance they placed on these experiences.
After participants identified a favorite character or personality and the show they are featured on, they responded to 15 items to determine what imagined friendship and affinity for a media persona. Items include "My favorite TV personality seems to understand the things I know," and "My favorite TV personality keeps me company when his or her program is on television."
Results showed that increased affiliation needs (e.g., "I try hard not to do things that will make other people avoid or reject me") and lonely solitude experiences predicted increased emotional involvement with media characters. Engaging more intensely with media may be one way that individuals with unmet intimacy goals cope with loneliness, the research indicated.
Solitude experienced as self-discovery also predicted increased involvement with TV characters and programs.
"This underscores the emotional versatility of entertainment media and suggests that the alternative realities of movies or television programs may provide opportunities for imaginative and emotional processing that facilitate personal growth," she said.
This study found that, not surprisingly, the most popular characters were drawn from successful TV programs like "Grey's Anatomy" and "The Office." Most participants (218 people) selected fictional characters; the next most frequently chosen characters were real people, such as Oprah, reality show participants, and Jon Stewart (53 people); followed by cartoon characters (20 people).
"However, there may be a downside to this kind of attachment if the viewer in question idealizes the character and consequently holds her or himself up to unrealistic standards of physical attractiveness, romantic, or professional success," said Greenwood, whose research focuses on emotional well-being and media involvement and on young women's media affinities and self/body image.
Future research will continue investigating the conditions under which media involvement may be more or less beneficial to emotional well-being over the short and long term.
http://www.physorg.com/news175970817.htmlIf your best friend is a guy from "The Office" or a young doctor on... more
Science has, and still does, conduct some of the most extreme experiments -- some challenging the way we see the world and evolution.
Science Fiction website i09.com have compiled an indepth look at 25 of the most insane science experiments, from various mind control research projects, to the Large Hadron Collinder, to pig powder used to regrow human limbs, and the Multiple Kill Vehicle (as seen in the video)....Science has, and still does, conduct some of the most extreme experiments -- some... more
This is my kind of science experiment. Researchers who wanted to explore the observational powers of people have discovered three out of four men and women using mobile phones failed to spot a clown on a unicycle as he darted past them.
Presuming this applies to phones in general and not just mobile phones, in other news - call centres are probably the best place to commit a crime when dressed as a clown.This is my kind of science experiment. Researchers who wanted to explore the... more
With extreme weather conditions affecting the city of Houston, TX, scientists are looking to protect the region by using a superdome.
Made from polymer, 1% the weight of glass and manufactured in Germany, the 2 million-square-meter dome would only protect 33% of Houston from hurricanes.
Check out the dome here: http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/mega-engineering/explore/houston-dome.htmlWith extreme weather conditions affecting the city of Houston, TX, scientists are... more
The thumbnail isn't much but click the link and you'll see this photograph of Earth and its moon and Jupiter and its moons in the same frame, taken from Mars. Very cool image indeed.
What do you think? Does this pic amaze you or are you unfazed by two small dots on a bit black space?The thumbnail isn't much but click the link and you'll see this photograph... more
French-British anthropologist, Maurice Bloch, of the London School of Economics believes that humans alone practice religion because they're the only creatures to have evolved imagination. The development of imagination occurred at the time of the Upper Palaeolithic 'revolution' 40-50,000 years ago. Bloch challenges the popular notion that religion evolved and spread because it promoted social bonding, as has been argued by some anthropologists (Image is prehistoric rock painting from south of Spain).
According to Bloch's theory, initially humans had to develop the essential brain architecture to imagine things and beings that don't exist physically, and the possibility that people somehow survive on after their death.
Once this was acquired, we had access to a form of social interaction unavailable to any other creatures on the planet. Exclusively, humans could use what Bloch calls the "transcendental social" to unite with groups, such as nations and clans, or even with imaginary groups such as the dead. He explained that the transcendental social also permits humans to follow the idealized codes of conduct linked with religion.
"What the transcendental social requires is the ability to live very largely in the imagination," New Scientist magazine quoted him, as saying.
"One can be a member of a transcendental group, or a nation, even though one never comes in contact with the other members of it. Moreover, the composition of such groups, whether they are clans or nations, may equally include the living and the dead," he added.
He argues that no animals, not even our nearest relatives the chimpanzees, can do this. Instead, he says, they're restricted to the routine and Machiavellian social interactions of everyday life.
The reason for this, he says, is that they can't imagine beyond this immediate social circle, or backwards and forwards in time, in the same way that humans can.
Bloch believes our ancestors evolved the essential neural architecture to imagine before or around a time called the Upper Palaeological Revolution, the final sub-division of the Stone Age.
"The transcendental network can, with no problem, include the dead, ancestors and gods, as well as living role holders and members of essentialised groups," he said.
"Ancestors and gods are compatible with living elders or members of nations because all are equally mysterious invisible, in other words transcendental," he added.But Bloch argues that religion is only one expression of this exceptional ability to form bonds with non-existent or distant people or value-systems.
"Religious-like phenomena in general are an inseparable part of a key adaptation unique to modern humans, and this is the capacity to imagine other worlds, an adaptation that I argue is the very foundation of the sociality of modern human society," he said.
"Once we realize this omnipresence of the imaginary in the everyday, nothing special is left to explain concerning religion," he added.French-British anthropologist, Maurice Bloch, of the London School of Economics... more
This is, quite frankly, nuts. We truly are living in the 21st Century now, are we not? Shame that here in England we've got reaaaaally slow broadband, but hey, my brain's pretty slow too - so it's all good!This is, quite frankly, nuts. We truly are living in the 21st Century now, are we... more
Introducing 'Virtual Autopsy' - the world's first er, virtual autospy table/application. Well, at least I think it is!
Watch the video for to see an, ahem, *hands on* of this unique multitouch table for yourself.Introducing 'Virtual Autopsy' - the world's first er, virtual autospy... more
A massive new dust ring has been discovered around Saturn by the Spitzer Space Telescope.
Scientists reckon it's probably made up of debris formed by collisions between Saturn's moon Phoebe and space material.
An infrared telescope was needed to detect it, since the ring is so diffuse that light doesn't really reflect off it.
The facts surrounding the size of the ring are mind-blowing. The bulk of the ring material starts about 3.7 million miles from the planet and extends outward about another 7.4 million miles.
Apparently it would take 1 billion Earths to fill it. That's a lot of you and me.A massive new dust ring has been discovered around Saturn by the Spitzer Space... more
Researchers at the University of Utah are using Wi-Fi to see through walls. Since X-ray vision is yet some years away, this unusual use of Wi-Fi involves identifying interuptions between signals within a room, using recievers placed in various locations.
For a more detailed explanation check out Technology Review: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/24193/
Researchers believe that the technology will help aid police and military forces.Researchers at the University of Utah are using Wi-Fi to see through walls. Since... more
More than 50% of babies born in rich countries today will live to be 100 years old, based on current life expectancy trends continuing, according to researchers in Denmark.
All those old people will put a strain on health systems and could cause over-crowding however. On the plus side, more people staying healthier in their old age will help the situation.
This seems a pretty amazing figure to me. How on earth are Florida and Bournemouth going to cope?More than 50% of babies born in rich countries today will live to be 100 years old,... more
Things seem to be getting more and more serious when it comes to robot and human interaction. This time it involves a human controlling a robot, using the mind.
Taku Ichikawa, from the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo, has built a communicative system in which his robot's actions are carried-out simply by him thinking of them.
Upon first look, the set-up is far from Hollywood Sci-Fi material -- a series of wires are attached to Ichikawa's head and the robot is not exactly C3PO but it's obviously not about the glamour -- infact Ichikawa designed the human-robot interface, as a means of successfully competing in the Robo-One robot battle in Toyama, Japan.Things seem to be getting more and more serious when it comes to robot and human... more
Technology involving an eyeball and computer chip is being formed to provide blind people with sight.
The project conducted by research specialists at MIT, involves the use of a retinal implant that bypasses damaged cells and transfers visual images to the brain. This is achieved by the patient wearing glasses, which capture images using a camera feature. These images are then transfered to the microchip that is implanted in the eyeball, allowing the images to be sent to the brain.
Although this is a major step in health technology, the design still has some way to go. Researchers say that the microchip-eyeball will be enough to help blind people find their way around a room.Technology involving an eyeball and computer chip is being formed to provide blind... more
Boffins at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology think they've discovered a way to tell if somebody is gay via their Facebook friends, even if that person hasn't revealed their sexuality online, by looking at the number of gay or bisexual friends that person is friends with.
Essentially the researchers is "the more gay friends you have, the more likely you are to be homosexual".
The study has raised concerns about privacy in the online networking world and raised concerns that some employers or silly narrow-minded idiots could use the theory to out people who don't want to share their sexuality publicly.Boffins at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology think they've discovered a... more
If your finding it hard to sleep, then it's because your not brushing your teeth every night...with Pearly Dreams toothpaste that is.
Claiming to put you straight to sleep (and endorsed by Aerosmith's Brad Whitford), this toothpaste is a concoction of ingredients Melatonin, Balm Mint, Valerian and Passionaflower. This is a strong combination of ingredients but how affective it is, is unknown -- just dont use it when freshening up before a night out.If your finding it hard to sleep, then it's because your not brushing your teeth... more