Archive for April 8th, 2012

Sunday Nite Cinema

Things to Come is a British science fiction film written by H. G. Wells and is a loose adaptation of his own 1933 novel “The Shape of Things to Come” and his 1931 non-fiction work, "The Work, Wealth and Happiness of Mankind.” The film stars Raymond Massey, Ralph Richardson, Cedric Hardwicke, Pearl Argyle and Margaretta Scott. — wiki




Beanballs & the Psychology of Revenge

In a new study, baseball fans exhibit a high moral tolerance for a form of revenge not otherwise practiced in most of contemporary society: avenging a teammate who has been hit by a pitch by aiming a pitch at an opposing batter who was not previously involved. The research suggests that such systems of vicarious retribution, found throughout history, may not depend on an underlying assignment of moral responsibility …

"No one should conclude from this that … vicarious punishment is considered acceptable widely in American culture … Quite to the contrary, what makes this striking is that it's an exception. We're trying to explain this exception."


Food Ingredients Most Prone to Fraudulent Economically Motivated Adulteration

Based on a review of records from scholarly journals, the top seven adulterated ingredients … are olive oil, milk, honey, saffron, orange juice, coffee, and apple juice.

Science Daily


We’re Underestimating the Risk of Human Extinction

Unthinkable as it may be, humanity, every last person, could someday be wiped from the face of the Earth. We have learned to worry about asteroids and supervolcanoes, but the more-likely scenario, according to Nick Bostrom, a professor of philosophy at Oxford, is that we humans will destroy ourselves.

The Atlantic


Intoxicating Trends

“Smoking,” wrote Aldous Huxley in 1954, is “hardly less normal and natural than eating.” Not anymore. Smoking can kill you. Before it does, its active ingredients re-program your brain, making you crave it. Hardly natural. Even eating, which western abundance has robbed of its natural historical function as nutritional necessity, has become suspect. Sugar, scientists claim, is as toxic to the liver as alcohol. Both, suggest doctors and politicians, should be subject to increased taxation and restriction.

Conversely, psychedelic drugs are making something of a comeback, at least in the press. Psilocybin mushrooms help combat depression. Ecstasy and LSD relieve post-traumatic stress disorder. Cannabis, too, reduces the pain of cancer and contains tumour-shrinking oils. In February 2012 Sir Richard Branson urged the House of Commons’ Home Affairs Committee to relax drug laws. When asked about the advisability of his own past cannabis use, Branson replied: “If I was smoking cigarettes, I would be very worried.”

Pain relief “cuts heart attack victims’ survival chances”

The intense pain of a heart attack could actually help patients, researchers have discovered. They have found that during an attack – when a blood clot blocks an artery that is serving the heart with oxygen – pain signals from cardiac nerves help to attract stem cells to repair the damage.

The discovery has crucial implications, say the Bristol University scientists who carried out the study. Heart attack patients are routinely treated with morphine to ease the intense pain, but morphine operates by blocking pain-inducing substances, including the one that stimulates stem cell activity in artery walls. Its use could therefore have serious implications for a patient's long-term recovery.
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