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Mon 
08/27/2007 19:19:54
 jim  Perfluorocarbons and You!
Imagine the benefits of being able to breath fluids.
Deep sea diving, being able to tolerate extreme G forces.
You did it when you were a baby. A mouse actually did it in the movie "The Abyss" (great movie btw).
Another useful application for breathing liquid is to cleanse the lungs.
Once inside the lungs, perflubron enables collapsed alveoli (air sacs) to open and permits a more efficient transport of oxygen and carbon dioxide. Test have been done on sheep, where their lungs were damaged, and pumped back to life.
So, maybe someday, you'll be able to spend a few days at the spa, getting Rolfed, mud facials, coffee enemas, and getting a nice warm lung bath.
LOL.
Mon 
08/27/2007 18:51:07
 jim  Hydrogen Sulfide and You
Maybe some year, you'll sleep.
Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) has been found to slow the breathing rates of mice from 120 to 10 breaths a minute.
In other words, it seems to safely induce hibernation. Seems too. hmmm.
More studies are being done.
What if you could spend a two week vacation hibernating, then wake up unaddicted to tobacco.
Or to maybe wake up to a new, slender you?
Or how about waking up in a time where cars actually flew?
Or where artificial eyeballs existed,
Or where comunication appearal was required.
Hibernation would make it possible for us to travel into the future.
Wonder what the record is for human hibernation?
Although it is 20 years since Nasa abandoned work on induced hibernation as a way of helping astronauts to survive long space missions, research began again at the European Space Agency in 2004. Funding has flowed in the United States since October, when Mitsutaka Uchikoshi, 35, strayed from a Japanese office barbecue, fell down a snowy mountain and broke his hip.
He lapsed into a frozen coma, which lasted 24 days until his apparently lifeless body was found and revived in a Kobe hospital. He is now known in Japanese newspapers as the "Bear Man".
"We don't know how he survived so long, but his body was preserved in ice for nearly a month and now he is back to normal," a Kobe doctor said. "If we can understand why, we can save many lives in the future."
Fri 
07/06/2007 21:52:26
 Jim  Sea shells in the desert? Global Warming?
When driving across the country, its obvious that almost all of this country has been under water at some time or other.
After all, we pulled out of the ice age only 18,000 years ago.
We know the ocean level has risen 400 feet since then.
Ever wonder what happened to all of that ice?
I do. We've seen, from a distance, that Las Vegas looks like a glacier slid through it at one time.
What would happen to the continents if all of the ice melted on the polar caps?
Is the Earth's water supply constant? Does it evaporate into outer space then collapse? Is it a gift from passing comets?
Where does the Earth's water come's from?
I can't find an answer. Some say it came from comets, (see a taste of water). Others say its been here since the beginning. At either rate, it seems the Earth is neither losing or gaining water. That would mean, if the continents were under water at some time, both the water and the land masses had to shift. Toss in the polar caps melting, and you might get fossils on mountain tops.

Shows the pattern of temperature and ice volume changes associated with recent glacials and interglacialsShows the pattern of temperature and ice volume changes associated with recent glacials and interglacials
So here's my thoughts on global warming.
It's natural. The chart above is from studies of the polar caps. They have recorded the Earth's global temperatures through out almost all of the Earth's existance. In the chart above, can you see the beat?
El Capitan is a chunk of the limestone reef that rose during the mountain building of the Guadalupe Mountains 10 to 12 million years ago.  Weather has eroded much of the surrounding sandstone.  Because of the limestone's greater resistance to erosion, the towering cliff remains, revealing its trove of seashells. We've found seashells from shore to shore, on mountaintops and places in between.  Chances are, you have seashell fossils in geologic formations in your home state.
What all of this means to me is
Global warming is going to happen. Global cooling is going to happen too.
If we nudge it along with pollution, it will happen sooner. Either way, it will happen.
If we don't adapt, we will become extinct.
And no, we're not going to destroy all life on this planet by our foolishness (like the doom sayer say).
Just like six foot tall Penguins vanished from the equator to the Arctic regions to become the two foot tall ones we see in the movies, life will adapt.
Sun 
08/15/2004 07:11:49
 jim  SKEWED STATISTICS: 1 in 2 people die from smoking
SKEWED STATISTICS: The following statistics are very easy to find.
I just read that 1 IN 2 PEOPLE DIE FROM SMOKING, PREMATURELY.
Um, now, I'm no math wizard, but isn't it true that 1 in 2 of all people die prematurely, depending on how you define prematurely? It seems like the scope of premature deaths varies depending on the statistic being presented.
The average life expectancy is 76 for men and women, black or white. If a premature death is considered to be anything prior to 76 years, half of all people die prematurely, if it's 10 years, all the premature statistics change. This simple technique is called skewing.
I also read that 1 in 4 people die from cancer (25%), 1 in 5 people (20%) of those people die from lung cancer (or 5% of all deaths are from lung cancer). 4 in 5 people(80%) who die from lung cancer smoke. Follow me so far?.
Now again, I'm no math wizard, but doesn't that mean that mean that 25% of 20% of 80% of the people die from smoking...or 4% of people all die from smoking. And if you're like the guru's that blame all deaths on smoking, 5% of the people die from passive smoke and smoking.
They also say radon gas causes 1% of all deaths in the form of lung cancer.
Have you ever even heard that statistic before. You won't, because its not fashionable. I got it from the American Cancer Society stats. The numbers don't add up right for passive smoke. Not at all.
These diversionary tactics are very usefully to those who seem to thrive off of hating smokers, but shouldn't the ordinary person be more concerned about what 95% of the people are dying from? I do know, I have the stats...and you should too?
Heart disease and diabetes are the 2 top killers, and obesity is associated with both of them the in same skewed manner as tobacco (um) abuse. So, now...what's the government going to do, put higher taxes on food...disallow eating in buildings, blame adolescent obesity on children watching adults over-indulge (passive eating). Are fat people going to be eating outside with the smokers in Florida? LOL.
I think societies bigots who 3 decades ago called black people niggers,and 4 decades ago segregated them in buses and schools...have passed on their hatred to the next generations using the same type of labeling techniques they used. That is to say, they hate anybody that's not like them, stupid and ignorant.
I've said my piece...so there...pltpltplt!

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