Archive for May 27th, 2011

May 27th, 2011 - 10:36 am § in Misc.

Gaddafi Countdown: Russia Joins The Chorus

(Reuters) – Russia believes Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi should quit and could help broker his departure, a senior Russian official said on Friday in an important boost to NATO powers bent on ending his 41-year rule. It was a striking change in tone from Kremlin criticism of Western air strik[...]

May 27th, 2011 - 8:24 am § in Misc.

North Korea: No news may be good news?

No news may be good news.  For the past two years I have read the KCNA news feed.  KCNA is the North Korean News Agency and the typical articel reads that Kim Il Jung has been asked by the Vatican ot asvise the Pope on birth contgrol or how Kim has provided shoes to all […][...]

May 27th, 2011 - 8:20 am § in Misc.

Academic Free Speech, Ranking the Universities

FIRE Names Seven Best Schools for Free Speech on ‘Huffington Post’ May 24, 2011   PHILADELPHIA, May 24, 2011—Today the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) commends the nation’s seven best colleges and universities for freedom of speech in an article by FIRE [...]

May 27th, 2011 - 7:17 am § in Misc.

Scientific Hype

from Elizabeth Armsstrong Moore at CNET Not long after creating a functioning rat lung in her lab, Yale University Professor of Anesthesiology and Biomedical Engineering Laura Nikalson is testing bioengineered human veins that could benefit some 500,000 patients a year who need to undergo vascular s[...]

May 27th, 2011 - 6:34 am § in Misc.

BREAKING NEWS: Brits Propose Revolutionary “Spaceplane” … the “Skylon”

By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC News A revolutionary UK spaceplane concept has been boosted by the conclusions of an important technical review. The proposed Skylon vehicle would do the job of a big rocket but operate like an airliner, taking off and landing at a conventional runway. The[...]

May 27th, 2011 - 6:03 am § in Uncategorized

Is Skype worth eighty times an investment in healthcare?

Bloomberg Two weeks ago  the School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania received a record $225 million gift for its medical school endowment.  The donors, the Perelman family said: “Ruth and I believe the future of medicine depends on the ability to produce world-class clinicians a[...]