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  • British physics professor perfects "tunable eyeglasses" -- no eye doctor required

    12/23/2008 6:13:28 PM PST · by newbie2008 · 16 replies · 1,472+ views
    We've seen small scale liquid lenses progress from concepts to commerical applications, and now Joshua Silver, a retired physics professor at Oxford University, has perfected what he calls "adaptive glasses," applying similar tech in a singular and ingenious way. Aimed at helping developing nations where glasses are expensive and doctors are often in short supply, Silver's spectacles are made of tough plastic with with silicone liquid in the lenses. When purchased, each lense will have a syringe attached to it, and the wearer will be able to adjust the amount of liquid in the lenses -- which essentially changes the...
  • George Washington's Visions / Prophecies

    12/06/2008 6:31:18 PM PST · by this is my country · 18 replies · 1,357+ views
    George Washington's vision is recorded at the Library of Congress "This afternoon, as I was sitting at this table engaged in preparing a dispatch, something seemed to disturb me. Looking up, I beheld standing opposite me a singularly beautiful female. So astonished was I, for I had given strict orders not to be disturbed, that it was some moments before I found language to inquire the cause of her presence. A second, a third and even a fourth time did I repeat my question, but received no answer from my mysterious visitor except a slight raising of her eyes. "By...
  • Florida tourism agency now backs drilling

    12/02/2008 4:09:02 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 19 replies · 773+ views
    Washington Times ^ | November 28th | sean lengell
    A Florida tourism group has dropped its long-standing opposition to offshore oil and gas drilling, saying that a cheap national fuel supply would trigger a boom for the Sunshine State's No. 1 industry. When gasoline prices skyrocketed to more than $4 per gallon this summer tourist spots such as Florida suffered, as would-be vacationers stayed home. So in response, the Florida Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (FACVB) has adopted a new policy that encourages a "comprehensive, long-term energy policy" that includes increased oil and natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico along Florida's coast.
  • How Far Can You See at Sea?( offshore oil drilling )

    11/26/2008 4:23:55 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 25 replies · 2,580+ views
    Where our line of sight hits the horizon is the distance from our boat to the horizon. A small boat first coming into view is assumed to be at that distance. In the picture above, the sailor cannot see the island's palm trees. If an object, such as a large ship or a palm tree on an island, sticks up well above the water, we can see it from a further distance. Here is how we can calculate how far we can see from a boat on the sea. First let's assume that we are sitting in the cockpit of...
  • Outdoor Activity And Nearsightedness In Children

    08/05/2008 6:31:11 AM PDT · by fightinJAG · 29 replies · 198+ views
    Science Daily ^ | August 5, 2008 | Staff
    ScienceDaily (Aug. 5, 2008) — A growing number of the world's children are mildly to severely nearsighted (myopic), with rates especially high among urbanized East Asians. In addition to coping with poor distance vision, children with severe myopia are more prone to visual impairment and blindness later in life. Although genetic inheritance plays a role, the rapid rise of myopia suggests that environmental factors are driving the trend. Myopia usually begins and progresses during children's school years, but research on the role of intensive reading or other "near work" has determined that this is a minor factor. A new study...
  • What would you do if you were President?

    07/20/2008 1:17:03 PM PDT · by pieceofthepuzzle · 49 replies · 328+ views
    07/20/08 | pieceofthepuzzle
    What would you do if you had the bully pulpit? What policies would you promote. What are the best ways to preserve the US and make the world a better place for our children? This is obviously a vanity, but there is a wide range of opinion represented here and clearly not enough vision is coming out of our elected government. What would you do?
  • Therapy in China gives blind Ark. girl some sight

    06/14/2008 7:46:06 AM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 34 replies · 175+ views
    The Cabin ^ | JOANNE BRATTON
    MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. — When 9-year-old Kacie Sallee saw her father's face more clearly for the first time in her life, she had a question. "She said, 'Is that what he looks like?'" said her mother, Marinda Sallee. Kacie, who is blind, returned last week from China, where she received umbilical-cord stem cell treatment in hopes of improving her eyesight. The nearly four-week trip and medical treatment was paid through $60,000 in local donations. Kacie was born with septo-optic dysplasia, an underdevelopment of the optic nerve and pituitary gland. She could see bright colors out of her right eye but...
  • Diabetes Discovery: Computer Scientists Make Laser Eye Operation Simpler

    06/12/2008 6:10:04 AM PDT · by fightinJAG · 7 replies · 98+ views
    Science Daily ^ | May 1, 2008 | Staff
    May 1, 2007 — A new technique called Patterned Scanning Laser uses a computer instead of a human to apply laser pulses to burn away abnormal blood vessels. Instead of manually operating the laser, the pattern of one or two thousand laser pulses is automatically applied. Diabetes affects over 20 million Americans. It can cause many serious health problems, including blindness. Treatment for eye problems is possible, but can be extremely painful. Now, thanks to chemical physics, there is a new laser technology, called PASCAL, can treat patients in just five minutes, and virtually pain-free.
  • New Artificial Cornea Could Restore Vision For Millions Worldwide

    05/19/2008 4:44:16 PM PDT · by Flavius · 6 replies · 84+ views
    science daily ^ | 5/19/08 | science daily
    ScienceDaily (May 19, 2008) — An improved artificial cornea, which could restore the vision of more than 10 million people worldwide who are blind due to diseased corneas, finally is moving toward reality, scientists in California conclude in a new analysis of research on the topic. Curtis Frank, Christopher Ta, David Myung, and Jennifer Cochran point out that disease or injury to the cornea -- the clear tissue covering the front of the eye -- is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide. Although treated in developed countries with transplants from donors, cornea transplants are unavailable in many parts of...
  • Give the Gift of Sight

    05/16/2008 9:54:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies · 102+ views
    Fit Sugar ^ | February 14, 2008
    Being able to see properly is an important part of health. Unfortunately not everyone can afford to buy themselves proper glasses. Just like used clothes or sneakers, you can donate your used glasses. LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, Sears, Target, Sunglass Hut, and BJ's Optical all donate used glasses to Give the Gift of Sight, a program that gives glasses to underprivileged people in North America and developing countries. All you have to do is drop your old glasses off at one of the locations and the program collects, cleans, repairs, and catalogs them into a computer system so they'll be properly...
  • McCain outlines vision of Iraq victory, reduced partisanship

    05/14/2008 9:20:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 104+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/14/08 | Glen Johnson - ap
    COLUMBUS, Ohio - John McCain, looking through a crystal ball to 2013 and the end of a prospective first term, sees "spasmodic" but reduced violence in Iraq and Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden dead or captured and government spending curbed by his ready veto pen. The Republican presidential contender also envisions April's annual angst replaced by a simpler flat tax, illegal immigrants living humanely under a temporary worker program, and political partisanship stemmed by weekly news conferences and British-style question periods with joint meetings of Congress. In a speech being delivered Thursday, McCain concedes he cannot make the changes alone, but...
  • NASA vision not getting funded, experts find

    04/03/2008 6:37:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 111+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 4/3/08 | Maggie Fox
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An ambitious vision to take people to the moon and Mars may fall apart before it even gets off the ground because of uncertain planning and inadequate funding, several experts said on Thursday. A congressional report said NASA's replacement for the space shuttle, the Constellation Program, is in jeopardy, and members of Congress as well as at least one former astronaut agreed at a hearing on the issue. The U.S. Government Accountability Office said the Constellation program, scheduled to begin by 2015, is troubled by engineering, funding and mechanical issues. For instance, the program was meant to...
  • Hurler regains sight after 'miracle' diet supplement (macular degeneration)

    02/13/2008 10:59:53 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 64 replies · 1,055+ views
    Former Cork club hurler Jimmy Aherne wept when he was told he would be blind within three years. The father-of-four -- who is a second cousin to hurling legend Christy Ring -- was diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The condition is cruel, as it has traditionally been untreatable. For decades, thousands of pensioners who lost their sight were simply told they had "old people's blindness" and that nothing could be done for them. But today, almost 12 months after that shocking diagnosis, the deterioration in Jimmy's eyesight has been halted and his good eye has improved to the point...
  • Coming soon, an X-ray vision gun

    01/17/2008 10:06:01 AM PST · by BGHater · 15 replies · 173+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 17 Jan 2008 | Ben Farmer
    The superhero power to see through walls will soon be within the grasp of ordinary mortals, thanks to a new hand-held X-ray scanner. Inventors hope the gadget could revolutionise police work and Customs searches by allowing officers to seek out contraband, weapons, bombs or hidden people. The LEXID device sends out low-level X-rays which are collected in a lens based on the design of a lobster's eye. Rick Shie, senior vice-president of its American inventors, Physical Optics Corporation, said that lobsters' eyes, which are able to see in deep, murky water, use thousands of tiny squares to focus by reflection...
  • Origin of Vision Discovered

    10/22/2007 9:07:09 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 288 replies · 675+ views
    LiveScience ^ | 10/18/07 | Andrea Thompson
    You are reading these words right now because 600 million years ago, an aquatic animal called a Hydra developed light-receptive genes—the origin of animal vision. It wasn't exactly 20-20 vision back then though. Hydras, a genus of freshwater animals that are kin to corals and jellyfish, measure only a few millimeters in diameter and have been around for hundreds of millions of years. Scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara studied the genes associated with vision (called opsins) in these tiny creatures and found opsin proteins all over their bodies.
  • Sixty-beer binge leads to four-week hangover

    09/29/2007 11:13:06 AM PDT · by em2vn · 21 replies · 112+ views
    Agence France-Presse ^ | 09-28-07 | staff
    When a 37-year old man walked into a hospital emergency room in Glasgow, Scotland last October complaining of "wavy" vision and a non-stop headache that had lasted four weeks, doctors were at first stumped, the British journal The Lancet reported today. The unnamed patient "had no history of head injury or loss of consciousness; his past medical record was unremarkable, and he was taking no medications . . . ." Body temperature and blood pressure were both normal, and a neurological exam scanned negative. But when an eye specialist was called in, the fog began to clear, at least for...
  • CA: 'A 75-year vision' to save Salton Sea ($8.9 billion over the next 75 years)

    08/06/2007 6:42:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 1,039+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 8/6/07 | Michael Gardner - Cns
    Nearly 50 years ago, a young Greg Smith celebrated July Fourth fishing, learning to water-ski and getting sunburned on a favorite beach at the Salton Sea. Today, Smith is an Imperial County businessman working to help resuscitate the dying desert sea that few dare to enter and on bad days can drive visitors far from shore with its smell. “We've gone through the hand-wringing,” Smith said. “Now is the time to do something.” That something could cost $8.9 billion over the next 75 years. Legislation to launch a comprehensive revitalization plan – one of the most ambitious in the nation's...
  • HUMINT: Political Illusion

    05/12/2007 7:45:36 AM PDT · by humint · 9 replies · 1,644+ views
    humint ^ | 12 May 2007 | humint
    POLITICAL ILLUSION: When the supportive architecture of a democratic society is misinterpreted and subsequently portrayed to be tyrannically suppressive. POLITICAL VISION: The empowerment of officers in society to protect and serve all citizens’ liberties without infringing on existing democratic architecture. ESSAY: Optical illusions are visually perceived Images that trick our senses into seeing what may or may not exist. For example, Rubin’s Vase is a popular, two dimensional illusion. Indeed, it’s a perfect specimen to illustrate the major premise of this essay. For the uninitiated, the curves of Rubin’s Vase double as a silhouette of two opposing human faces. If...
  • Walter Reed Breaks New Ground With 3-D Vision System

    04/03/2007 6:01:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 177+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 3, 2007 – Virtual reality made its way into the operating room last week when an Army doctor performed the military’s first three-dimensional minimally invasive surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here. Armed with a state-of-the-art helmet, Col. (Dr.) Ernest Lockrow, director of the Telerobotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, used the 3-D capabilities to perform a hysterectomy. Minimally invasive surgery, also known as laparoscopy, uses tiny incisions to operate and typically involves a telescopic lens that is connected to a video camera. The operation last week was the first time the military has used the...
  • Analysis: 'Post-partisan' vision of state taken to task (Ka-leee-for-nee-jaaaa)

    03/03/2007 2:12:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 227+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 3/3/07 | Clea Benson
    In the script Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recited this week during his trip to Washington, D.C., California is a nirvana where political parties have put aside their differences for the good of the people. "We reformed prescription drug costs, passed the world's most comprehensive plan to reduce greenhouse gases and began rebuilding the state's infrastructure," the Republican governor told a rapt audience of jaded political reporters at the National Press Club while he was in town for the National Governors Association Conference. "We did this working together." By following California's "post-partisan" model, Schwarzenegger said, President Bush and Congress could stop bickering...
  • 'Bionic' eye implants look ahead

    02/16/2007 3:23:11 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 48 replies · 2,913+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, February 16, 2007 | Jonathan Fildes
    A bionic eye implant that could help restore the sight of millions of blind people could be available to patients within two years. US researchers have been given the go-ahead to implant the prototype device in 50 to 75 patients. The Argus II system uses a spectacle-mounted camera to feed visual information to electrodes in the eye. Patients who tested less-advanced versions of the retinal implant were able to see light, shapes and movement. "What we are trying to do is take real-time images from a camera and convert them into tiny electrical pulses that would jump-start the otherwise...
  • The Democratic "Vision"

    01/17/2007 5:21:59 AM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 10 replies · 577+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 18 January 2007 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    I'll be the first conservative to admit it's a depressing time to be one. November hurt. To add insult to injury, San Fran Nan's coronation this month made me a bit woozy. Even so, listening to the liberal Iraq non-strategies, I'd be more depressed if I were a Democrat. As President Bush necessarily stuck by an unpopular war in Iraq, Democrats were quick to condemn him. The afternoon before his prime-time Jan. 10 address to the nation announcing a troop surge, an ultimatum to Iraq, and a warning to Iran and Syria, Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy brought up that "v"...
  • Miracle of 'blind' man who can see

    12/22/2006 10:34:25 AM PST · by NYer · 11 replies · 1,946+ views
    CNN ^ | December 21, 2006
    Is it a miracle that a legally blind man now has perfect vision? CNN's Jason Carroll reports. (December 21) VIDEO LINK
  • Now, vision possible with ADULT stem cells

    11/13/2006 9:28:13 PM PST · by Coleus · 18 replies · 590+ views
    Indian Express Newspapers ^ | 11.12.06 | Khushboo Sandhu
    “After every Diwali, a large number people are blinded while bursting fire crackers. There are others who suffer from blindness due to chemical burns. But there is a ray of hope for such patients,” said Dr Radhika Tandon, Additional Professor, Ophthalmology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at the national symposium on stem cells being held at Panjab University. “Standard corneal transplant does not work in cases where blindness is due to chemical burning. But stem cell transplant can prove to be effective,” she said, adding that stem cell transplants do not ensure a perfect vision, but the patient...
  • ADULT Cell Transplants Restore Vision in Mice

    11/09/2006 6:51:31 PM PST · by Coleus · 63 replies · 614+ views
    WLEX-TV ^ | 11.08.06 | E.J. Mundell
    Scientists say they've restored the vision of blind mice by introducing light-sensitive cells into the rodents' retinas.       These "photoreceptor precursor cells" are not undifferentiated stem cells but come from a later stage of cell development when stem cells have already "committed" to being a particular cell type -- in this case the rod-and-cone photoreceptors the eye uses to sense light.The study invigorates the search for cell transplants that might someday restore the vision of millions of people who suffer from a loss of these photoreceptors.  "We think this is a major breakthrough because it shows what can be achieved," said...
  • Vision-body link tested in robot experiments

    10/30/2006 7:22:02 PM PST · by annie laurie · 2 replies · 329+ views
    NewScientistTech ^ | 27 October 2006 | Tom Simonite
    Experiments involving real and simulated robots suggest that the relationship between physical movement and sensory input could be crucial to developing more intelligent machines. Tests involving two real and one simulated robot show that feedback between sensory input and body movement is crucial to navigating the surrounding world. Understanding this relationship better could help scientists build more life-like machines, say the researchers involved. Scientists studying artificial intelligence have traditionally separated physical behaviour and sensory input. "But the brain's inputs are not independent," says Olaf Sporns, a neuroscientist at Indiana University, US. "For example, motor behaviour has a role to play...
  • Silicon retina mimics biology for a clearer view

    10/23/2006 5:51:25 PM PDT · by annie laurie · 12 replies · 572+ views
    NewScientistTech ^ | 20 October 2006 | Tom Simonite
    A silicon chip that faithfully mimics the neural circuitry of a real retina could lead to better bionic eyes for those with vision loss, researchers claim. About 700,000 people in the developed world are diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration each year, and 1.5 million people worldwide suffer from a disease called retinitis pigmentosa. In both of these diseases, retinal cells, which convert light into nerve impulses at the back of the eye, gradually die. Most artificial retinas connect an external camera to an implant behind the eye via a computer (see 'Bionic' eye may help reverse blindness). The new silicon...
  • Mubarak Son Offers 'Arab Vision' (Nukes)

    09/19/2006 1:19:44 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 651+ views
    BBC ^ | 9-19-2006
    Mubarak son offers 'Arab vision' Mr Mubarak serves as a senior member of the ruling party President Hosni Mubarak's son has said Egypt must offer a new political vision for the Middle East - one not imposed from outside, but based on Arab values. Gamal Mubarak, a senior figure in the governing National Democratic Party, urged the rejection of "foreign ambitions" trying to shape the region. The remarks were seen as a reference to efforts by Egypt's US ally to introduce Western-style democracy in the region. Mr Mubarak was speaking at the start of NDP's annual conference in Cairo. "We...
  • DRUG HELPS RESTORE SIGHT: Relief for wet macular degeneration (miracle alert!)

    08/06/2006 7:07:14 AM PDT · by Dark Skies · 53 replies · 6,018+ views
    Marion Kleinfeld got up one Sunday morning, picked up the newspaper, settled down to read it, and couldn't see the words. Kleinfeld, 79, of Delray Beach, Fla., already blind in her right eye, lost sight in her other eye because of a condition called wet age-related macular degeneration, AMD, the leading cause of blindness in people over 55. Leaking blood vessels in the back of the eye cause a large black spot in the center of vision. "I could not see at all. It was very frightening," she said. After years of having to tell patients losing their eyesight to...
  • Wake up, Democrats: Ideas and vision do matter

    07/10/2006 4:34:27 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 29 replies · 830+ views
    LA Times ^ | 7/10/06 | Kenneth S. Baer and Andrei Cherny
    SOMETHING HAPPENS to a political party when it is not just out of power but has had to play on the home field of its opponents for a generation: It loses faith in itself and becomes scared. Like the 98-pound weakling who lives in fear of the school bully, it will say anything to avoid being stuffed into a gym locker: I don't really believe in anything! I don't stand for anything! Please just leave me alone! That this has become true in the Democratic Party is clear in listening to the worried words of pundits and political professionals who...
  • Spiritual Optometry

    05/24/2006 7:47:04 AM PDT · by gobucks · 3 replies · 105+ views
    Eye Spy ^ | 15 May 2005 | Blogging Ben
    I'm short-sighted, or far-sighted. I can never remember which one. Whatever causes you to see someone from 6 feet away as an amorphous ectoplasmic blob -- that's what I have. But what a great day and age in which to have such an affliction! I have several different sizes and styles of eyeglasses (in several different states of disrepair). I can go to any one of a dozen local one-hour optometrists and get a prescription for contact lenses (soft or hard? colored or transparent? extended wear or throw away?). I can even choose any one of 31 flavors of laser...
  • God warns of coastal storms, possible tsunami, Robertson says

    05/17/2006 4:05:08 PM PDT · by WestVirginiaRebel · 263 replies · 4,566+ views
    PilotOnline.com ^ | 05-17-06 | WestVirginiaRebel
    VIRGINIA BEACH-Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson is warning that, according to God, storms and possibly a tidal wave will pound America's coastline this year.
  • Tracking the troops

    04/25/2006 2:04:45 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 8 replies · 353+ views
    4/24/06
    A vision system that helps soldiers plan a route through the chaos of the battlefield will undergo tests on both sides of the Atlantic. The system, called Primordial Soldier, will provide soldiers with a real-time picture of where troops are in relation to each other and a digital rendering of the route they should follow. It is about to undergo trials with US special forces and has been bought by the UK arm of MBDA Missiles. MBDA plans to carry out conceptual research on the system to learn how using such technology affects a soldier's decision-making capability in the field....
  • Report Provides Strategic Vision for Countering WMD

    03/24/2006 4:32:05 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 199+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 24, 2006 – A document released today outlines the Defense Department's strategy for combating weapons of mass destruction and will serve as the foundation for assigning specific responsibilities throughout DoD toward that goal, a senior military official said. The "National Military Strategy for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction" deals with "the greatest risk" confronting the United States and other free societies, Army Brig. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr., the Joint Staff's deputy director for the war on terror, said. "And that's weapons of mass destruction in the hands of terrorists," he said. Caslen said there's no doubt that...
  • Orlando Surgeon Restores Wounded Iraqi Girl's Sight

    02/19/2006 1:00:28 PM PST · by Stoat · 12 replies · 1,320+ views
    Local 6 (Florida) / AP ^ | February 19, 2006
    Orlando Surgeon Restores Wounded Iraqi Girl's Sight   POSTED: 9:59 am EST February 19, 2006  ORLANDO, Fla. -- Peering through a high-powered microscope into the blinded eyes of the little Iraqi girl, Dr. Saad Shaikh was astounded at the damage. The retinas -- the film that lines the back of the eyes -- looked like old, peeling wallpaper. Each was riddled with dozens of gray metal fragments that had shot into 3-year-old Alaa Abd's eyes when an American tank shell hit her home in May in western Iraq's Al Anbar province. Alaa, who was at a tea party with...
  • Spreading Democracy Requires Vision, Optimism, Rice Says

    02/15/2006 3:36:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 194+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb 15, 2006 | George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
    GARMISCH, Germany, Feb. 15, 2006 – The key to spreading and sustaining democracy is for leaders to remain visionary and optimistic, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told more than 200 students from 49 countries here Feb. 10. Rice addressed the students, faculty and staff of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in a late-afternoon teleconference from the State Department in Washington, D.C. The students were participants in the center's 12-week Program in Advanced Security Studies and its five-week Program in Terrorism and Security Studies. "It really was an extraordinary event for our participants to not only interact...
  • Antioxidant-Rich Foods Preserve Vision (prevent macular degeneration)

    12/27/2005 9:07:56 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 31 replies · 2,384+ views
    Forbes ^ | Dec. 27, 2005 | HealthDay News
    Eating carrots, which are rich in the nutrient beta carotene, as well as foods containing the antioxidant vitamins C and E and zinc, results in a significantly reduced risk of age-related macular degeneration in elderly people, a new Dutch study has found. Currently, age-related macular degeneration affects 11.5 percent of white people over the age of 80. The number of people severely disabled by late-stage AMD in the United States is expected to increase by more than 50 percent, to 3 million, in the next 20 years. Previous studies evaluating antioxidants had shown conflicting results, with one major study showing...
  • America as a Prizefighter

    09/15/2005 1:30:26 AM PDT · by HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath · 18 replies · 383+ views
    Bible Prophecy Revealed ^ | 09/2005 | Misc
    [In a vision] I see America as a prizefighter. I see her in a boxing ring fighting a boxing match.She has been egging the opponent on. In reality, the opponent is God. She is egging God on, saying, "I dare ya, I dare ya" She took her first major punches on 9-11, 2001. She was hit hard, but she did not go down. She continued to challenge her opponent. Her greatest sin is PRIDE. Her pride enabled her to "take" the punch, but it did not "do her in". She kept on asking for more. She still wanted to fight....
  • Boomers' Aging Anxiety

    09/08/2005 8:53:36 AM PDT · by manny613 · 16 replies · 614+ views
    Publishers are coming to the rescue of baby boomers who are having trouble reading the small print of mass market paperbacks. Simon & Schuster's Jack Romanos says, "We've been losing the foundation of our customer base because their eyesight is getting worse, and the books are getting harder and harder to read." So they are printing new paperbacks in a bigger size with larger type and more space between lines. These aren't to be confused with the "large print" version of books. These new books will still fit on the same shelf at the airport store, so boomers will be...
  • Great Britain: 17,000 blinded by fags (Smoking, that is)

    09/07/2005 1:37:21 AM PDT · by Stoat · 51 replies · 1,041+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | September 7 ,2005 | EMMA MORTON
    17,000 blinded by fags By EMMA MORTON MORE than 17,000 Britons have gone blind because they SMOKE, it was revealed yesterday.  The shock statistic shows the link between fags and sight loss is as strong as that between cigs and lung cancer.The cigarettes cause a form of blindness called Age-Related Macular Degeneration, known as AMD.Smoke destroys cells in an area at the back of the eye named the macular. And smokers do not absorb nutrients from food essential for good eyesight.Cigarette puffers are four times more likely to develop AMD or lung cancer than those who shun the weed. And...
  • Chief Shares Vision of Future National Guard

    09/02/2005 5:03:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 332+ views
    TransFormation DoD ^ | Sep 2, 2005 | Spc. Benjamin Cossel
    ORLANDO, FL, Sept. 2, 2005 – A relevant, reliable, ready, and accessible National Guard. It’s the mantra Chief of the National Guard Bureau, Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum, has taken on the road with him every where he goes. On Aug. 21 Blum brought his message to the Rosen Centre Hotel, location of the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States’ 2005 National Conference. Prior to Blum taking the podium, conference attendees were shown a short video where Blum outlined his vision of the future for the National Guard. The key point in the presentation was the...
  • Practide, Man, Practice

    08/10/2005 8:42:32 AM PDT · by TBP · 1 replies · 338+ views
    I AM Spirit ^ | Recently | Tim Phares, RScP
    When I was a boy, my parents used to enjoy a comedian named Ronnie Graham. One of his jokes was, "The other day a cat came up to me and said, 'How do I get to Carnegie Hall?' and I said 'Practice, man, practice.' This other cat came up to me and said, 'Meow.' He was a real cat." We talk a lot in our movement about spiritual practices. I am a Religious Science Practitioner; the root word of Practitioner is practice. But why do we practice? Ernest Holmes said that a central concept of our movement is "Perfect God,...
  • The Claim: Sitting Too Close to the TV Is Bad for Your Eyes

    06/07/2005 8:01:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies · 1,963+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 7, 2005 | ANAHAD O'CONNOR
    THE FACTS It was more than 70 years ago that television sets first went on sale in the United States, and perhaps it was just as long ago that a cautious mother, noticing a son or daughter propped in front of that mesmerizing new invention, snapped and barked the words that generations of children would grow up hearing: "Don't sit so close; you'll ruin your eyesight!" Now, scientists can say with certainty that the age-old warning is outdated. Before the 1950's, television sets emitted levels of radiation that after repeated and extended exposure could have heightened the risk of eye...
  • F.D.A. Asks Pfizer to Add Viagra Warning on Vision Loss

    05/27/2005 5:07:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies · 782+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 27, 2005 | JENNIFER BAYOT
    The Food and Drug Administration said today that it had asked Pfizer Inc., the world's largest drug maker, to amend its warnings on Viagra in response to scattered reports of vision loss by people taking the drug. Some blindness was reported by 38 men taking Viagra - a tiny fraction of the 23 million people who have used the drug - and among four men taking Cialis, a newer competitor. None of the 100 or so clinical trials on Viagra have suggested that the drug causes vision loss, but the F.D.A. said it had suggested updating the drug's warning label...
  • Ayn Rand, Doctors, and a Good Book

    05/05/2005 12:08:19 PM PDT · by Hank Kerchief · 42 replies · 1,542+ views
    The Autonomist ^ | 05/04/05 | Reginald Firehammer
    Ayn Rand, Doctors, and a Good Book by Reginald Firehammer Students of Objectivism frequently note the number of things Ayn Rand predicted about society, culture, and the world which have actually happened just as she predicted. It is not what she wanted. She hoped her predictions would not come true, that her writing would serve as a warning that would stop the growth of the anti-intellectualism, altruism, and collectivism that is slowly eating away at western culture and civilization, creating the very horrors she predicted. Then DoctorsIn Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, in the chapter, "Is Atlas Shrugging?" Ayn Rand identified...
  • Stem cells used to restore vision

    05/02/2005 9:45:13 PM PDT · by Founding Father · 51 replies · 1,216+ views
    BBC News ^ | April 28, 2005
    Stem cells used to restore vision A hospital in West Sussex is pioneering the use of stem cells to restore the eyesight of patients. The trial, being carried out at the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, has already helped 40 people see again. The surgery at the hospital has been developed over the past five years. Stem cells from the patient or a donor are used to redevelop the cornea, the transparent film at the front of the eye which lets in light. Opthalmic surgeon Sheraz Daya said: "Many people who've had injuries to their eyes, or even people born...
  • Putin starts Israel trip

    04/27/2005 3:12:11 PM PDT · by Red Sea Swimmer · 6 replies · 335+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | April 28, 2005 | Correspondents in Jerusalem
    RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin became today the first Kremlin leader in history to visit Israel, but there was a cool reaction to his idea for a major regional peace conference. The proposal for a Middle East peace conference, Israeli concern over Russian nuclear cooperation with Iran, and bitter opposition to Moscow's planned sale of anti-aircraft weapons to Syria were expected to top the agenda. Flying to Israel from a two-day visit to Egypt, Mr Putin travelled to holy sites in Jerusalem, where he was meeting tomorrow with Israeli President Moshe Katsav and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. On Friday, Mr Putin...
  • The Nation, DeLay, and space policy

    04/22/2005 12:20:55 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies · 393+ views
    Space Politics ^ | April 22, 2005 | Jeff
    The Nation, a left-leaning magazine, published an article about House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's influence over NASA and its budget. The article largely rehashes the issues most regular readers of this blog are familiar with: DeLay's addition of JSC into his Congressional district, his last-minute move to top off NASA’s FY05 budget request, and the recent reorganization of the House Appropriation Committee's subcommittee structure. Like many such articles, it includes an arguably questionable comment from John Pike: "With NASA changing its spending priorities to support President Bush's vision for space exploration that will return humans to the moon and take...
  • Is the Vision for Space Exploration Ten Years Too Late?

    04/18/2005 8:03:21 PM PDT · by anymouse · 39 replies · 1,526+ views
    The Space Review ^ | April 18, 2005 | Eric R. Hedman
    I was intending to write an article about how the ISS needs to be a key part of the Vision for Space Exploration. What I have learned recently, though, made me realize there is something much more important to talk about. There have been several discussions in the mass media of late about “tipping points” in history. Some say that the recent elections in Iraq are a major tipping point that will reshape the Middle East and the West’s relationship with it. While the elections in Iraq and the courage of the people braving threats to vote are by no...
  • Friends and Foes alike

    04/08/2005 9:37:43 PM PDT · by Red Sea Swimmer · 1 replies · 316+ views
    The Herald Sun ^ | 9th April,2 005 | Staff
    LIKE many funerals, the service for Pope John Paul II brought friends and foes together. Alphabetical seating forced sworn enemies to sit side by side, with Iranian President Mohammad Khatami placed next to Israeli President Moshe Katsav. "Maybe today will make us hope of a future of peace, not of conflict and hatred," Iranian President Mohammad Khatami said before the funeral. State leaders and dignitaries from more than half the world's nations attended the funeral. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan chatted with several leaders beforehand. US President George W. Bush was accompanied by his wife Laura. Former US president Bill Clinton,...