After a ten-hour surgery on Monday, Jeff Kepner, became the first person in the US to receive a double hand transplant.  After loosing both his hands to a bacterial infection, Kepner is in for intense physical therapy and a special anti-rejection protocol which includes a bone marrow transplant.
      - Coco Ballantyne, Scientific American


   I want to prompt this by saying, I never have to worry about being an alcoholic because after the coke, there is only so much liquid a person can drink.  I an addicted, I actually get grumpy if I have not had a hit in a couple days.  So, this is what it is doing to me...

    ..."In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down.
   20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment)
   40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.
   45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.
   >60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.
   >60 Minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.
>60 minutes: As the rave inside of you dies down you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, pissed away all the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like even having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth."...

There is supposed to be a caffeine crash afterward but I think I have become sensitized to it.  So for the rest of you, shoot another one in less that two hours.  Do that all day and you will be riding high and happy.  Until you need a liver / kidney / heart transplant and dentures anyway.

     -From Liz Lewis at


Attacks by the largest lizard still living have been increasing in the past few years.  Recently two Komodo dragons mauled a man to death when he fell out of a tree in an orchard in eastern Indonesia.
Muhamad Anwar, 31, was found bleeding within minutes of falling out of a sugar-apple tree on the island of Komodo and died later at a clinic. The 10ft and 200lbs. lizards rarely attack humans but after an eight-year-old boy died after being mauled in 2007, attacks are said to be increasing as their habitat becomes restricted.  Komodo dragons,  are carnivorous and can move at up to 12mph in pursuit of prey. Although they can climb trees, they mainly wait and pounce on passing potential victims, and have been known to eat up to 80% of their own body weight in a single meal.  They have serrated teeth, similar to sharks, to tear meat and although they are not poisonous, their saliva contains several strains of bacteria.  Even is one is to survive the attack, the dragons will follow the scent of the infection caused by the bites.

     -The Gaurdian


Radiologists predict oxygen-ozone therapy will soon become a replacement for back surgery in the United States for the treatment of herniated disks.  The procedure would consist an injection of the oxygen-ozone gas mixture into the disk.  The effect is comparable to back surgery, limiting pain and inflammation; all with out surgical recovery times.

     -Society of Interventional Radiology online, March 2009


"White-nose syndrome," first discovered in 2007, has scientists puzzled over the cause of large populations of bats dyeing out across the northeast.  White-nose syndrome is a fungal infection that white growths on the noses, wings and tail of bats  The infection is also associated with abnormal behavior are infected;
• bats flying outside during the day in temperatures at or below freezing;
• bats clustered near the entrance of caves or mines or in areas not normally identified as winter roost sites; and/or
• dead or dying bats on the ground or on buildings, trees or other structures.
          -Brian Man, North Country Radio
Scientists are as of yet unsure of the risk to human so avoidance in the best practice.


Doodling while listing to something boring may help you retain what you heard.  Research of people who listened to a phone conversation about  a party recalled an average of 7.5 names and places while people who did not doodle remembered only 5.8.  So that next meeting you go to, grab a pad and paper.

Applied Cognitive Psychology, published online February 26, 2009


President Obama overturned President Bush's band on stem cell research funding this week. - CNN

Hopefully this mark a return to our nation being one of science not political centrism.