An Amazingly Quiet Two Days!

But yesterday was Tuesday and that means the NY Times Science Section.

The World

Health disparities continue at an alarming rate across the globe.  This is definitely not news.  But it does and will continue to affect us is some subtle and not so subtle ways.  For projected worldwide cancer statistics see http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/23/health/23stat.html?emc=tnt&tntemail1=y.  But for a look at disparity fueling anger, see http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/24/world/middleeast/24jordan.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper

See my blog from December 22.

The Body and The Mind

In the “There’s lots we don’t know” category – a blind doctor “sees” not only obstacles in his path but also fearful facial expressions.  http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/23/health/23blin.html?emc=tnt&tntemail1=y   

In the “What makes us human” category –  You thought that deception was only a human trait?  Think again!  Maybe all those studies using animal subjects  are very, very flawed.  http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/23/science/23angi.html?scp=1&sq=deceit&st=cse

Safety

In the “Hurry up and market this” category – a device that DISABLES a cellphone if the user is driving.  http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/23/health/23safe.html?emc=tnt&tntemail1=y 

And, now, A Christmas Eve poem

T’was the night before Christmas and all through the house, just one creature was stirring with the click of a mouse.

The font was all wrong, the size was the matter.  It should be bolder.  It should be fatter.

That’s not what I wanted!  Everything clashes!  And to top it all off, the computer crashes!

I couldn’t believe it.  This must be a dream.  Note to self: Cut back on caffeine.

But I heard myself exclaim, ere the screen vanished from sight  – “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

Thanks to Freelance Switch, Holiday Freelance Comic #84

Have a wonderful holiday!

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Mary Lou Bernardo, PhD, MSN

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