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Remember to Laugh…and Think

ig nobel 1Ingenuity and creativity keeps the world moving. Without them, cialis viagra sale we wouldn’t have the wonderful technology and gadgets we take for granted today. I’ve always enjoyed learning about wacky inventions because it’s quite interesting to see what the mind cooks up. Quite often these inventions make us laugh, viagra usa pharm but when we sit back afterwards, they also cause us to think about their plausible practicality.

The Ig Nobel Award acknowledges researchers and inventors that do just that. Since the 1990s, 10 minds each year accept this prize for their creative, yet applicable, inventions and research. To be considered for this award, nominations only need to fit one criteria: “First make people LAUGH…and then make them THINK”.  My favorite Ig Nobel Award is for the dual bra-face mask. It’s a hilarious concept to think about, but it actually makes sense! There’s so many women out there, and we all basically wear bras everyday; such an efficient safety method in case of an explosion or gas leakage. Gentleman, now you can really feel special when a lady gives you her favorite bra ;)

Dual bra-face mask
Dual bra-face mask
Sample Ig Nobel award in 2014
Sample Ig Nobel award in 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s wonderful to see that ingenuity is still in fashion. Many of us are brought into this world to be movers and shakers. Never stop tinkering and creating, but while you’re out there, remember to have some fun too

Princess Potty-Mouth

fckh8So today I was cruising my usual news and junky websites and I came across this video on FCKH8.com featuring young’s girls dropping the f-bomb in support of feminism.  For those who aren’t familiar with the FCKH8 campaign, viagra sales treat they are a for-profit T-shirt company promoting social change in LGBT equality, mind anti-racism, and anti-sexism.

I’ve written about my views towards feminism previously, but I have mixed feelings about this video.  I understand the central message, but I felt the aspects highlighted were presented too sarcastic and forceful for my taste.

Watch the video below and tell me what you think.  I would love to hear thoughts from my male and female followers.  Happy watching :)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqGBXswsSkU

Nerd Alert: The Future of Early Cancer Detection

cancer 1By now you all have probably figured out that I’m a bit of a nerd; although, sildenafil ampoule a cool nerd ;) .  I love having the chance to learn and experience something new, ampoule especially when science and technology are involved.  Last night I did learn something new and it got my nerdy antennas buzzing: the possibility of early cancer detection.

Cancer is a silent killer.  The cells in our body mutate and multiply at an unhealthy rate, and then BAM-BAM, we experience the symptoms.  Sometimes, unfortunately, the symptoms come when it’s too late.  What would our world be like without cancer?  How can technology help to solve this problem?  Biomedical technology is continually participating in cutting edge research for drugs and procedures to eradicate cancer, but that’s only half the issue, what about early detection?  If we could detect cancer in it’s early stages, then theoretically, more people will be saved, right?

Well, Jorge Soto and his team are on that task!  They’ve developed a prototype that allows early cancer detection by using microRNAs.  MicroRNAs are the intermediate proteins in the conversion of DNA to RNA.  They contain much smaller and similar sequences than DNA, so it’s been difficult in the past to categorize them.
cancer 3Jorge Soto’s theory is that cancer cells use specific microRNA patterns to multiply; therefore, if we discover the specific patterns for certain cancer types then we can detect them earlier!  Even more amazing is the prototype he’s using to scan the microRNA proteins.  His team constructed a cylindrical device that holds the plastic wells containing the microRNAs and uses an iPod as a scanner to detect the proteins.  The device is cost-effective and so far quite reliable.  They’re been able to accurately sequence microRNA protein patterns for pancreatic, lung, breast, and hepatic cancer!  Wow – great minds, ingenuity, and technology at its finest! :)

This technology is still in infancy, but it’s on the right path.  The future is endless for Jorge Soto and his team – they’re on the path of discovering something so great and beneficial for medical science and countless lives.  I look forward to seeing what else they develop.

I would love to hear your thoughts. Happy reading :)

Choosing Acceptance

hate2I was cruising TedTalks last night and came across Zak Ebrahim’s lecture about being the son of a well-known terrorist, discount viagra online El-Sayyid Nosair.  His father shot the leader of the Jewish Defense League on November 5, for sale 1990 and helped plan the World Trade Center bombings in 1993.  From the beginning, search Zak Ebrahim was taught to hate.  He was taught to hate and destroy anyone or anything that was not like him.  After his father’s incarceration and moving multiple times, he frequently became the victim of bullying and felt the “hatred” he was taught to embody.  He began to see that hatred was not the answer.

We may not be able to identify with everyone’s background, culture, or perspectives about the world, but we can all share one aspect: the feeling of being discriminated against at some point in our lives.  hate1Zak Ebrahim shines a light onto the prospect of peace and co-existence, which is something I know I’ve written about before on La Vida Dolce.  Given today’s geopolitical climate it may seem easier said than done, but there’s still hope.  If Zak Ebrahim could change his outlook at a young adolescent age, then so can we.  The question is, do we want to change?

I believe that everything is possible.  We just need to take baby steps to achieve our goals.  I realize the world will never co-exist perfectly, but isn’t it time to stop allowing hatred to dictate our future?

How will you start promoting “peace”?

I would love to hear your thoughts.  Happy reading :)

 

Zak Ebrahim’s TedTalk: 

Nerd Alert: Measuring Brainwaves Could Lead To An Objective Autism Diagnosis

Learning about autism has always been a passion of mine.  There’s been immense debate on its origins and reseachers have found that it’s multifactorial.  For those who do not know what autism is, sildenafil case  I shall describe it briefly: Autism is a neural developmental disorder characterized by repetitive movements (i.e. hand flapping) and impaired social interaction and communication.  The mechanism is still not completely understood but researchers have learned that the neural synapses in the brain fail to connect and organize, which results in regressed development around the age of 2.

Today I read an article in Popular Science about a study that used EEG wave patterns to possibly diagnose autism.  Electroencephalogram recordings (EEGs) measure wave patterns in the brain.  It’s a non-invasive method where a patient wears a skull cap that contains multiple electrodes and wires to measure brain activity.

Example of an EEG
Example of an EEG

Since autism is associated with faulty brain connectivity, this study makes complete sense to use in diagnosing! :) In fact, the researchers of this study found an inverse correlation between electrical brain activity and autism severity – meaning, the more severe the autism symptoms, the patient demonstrates weaker brain activity and slower incoming processing time.  This study is quite important for autism research.  It may not establish it’s origin, but it’ll allow for a more objective, faster diagnosis and the ability to categorize individuals along the autism spectrum.  Isn’t that exciting?! I think so! :)

Synopsis of brain activity in patient with Autism
Synopsis of brain activity in patient with Autism

 

 

 

 

Neural connectivity between autism patient and control.  Notice: the patient with autism shows less connections.
Neural connectivity between autism patient and control. Notice: the patient with autism shows less connections.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Typical electrical brain activity in individuals with autism
Typical electrical brain activity in individuals with autism

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the article: Measuring Brainwaves Could Lead to an Objective Autism Diagnosis

I would love to hear your thoughts. Happy reading :)

To Secede or Not To Secede?

scotland 1Good morning everyone! Today is a bright new day in the United Kingdom as the Scottish people voted “No” on the referendum to secede from the UK.  However, buy viagra healing the margin was quite close with 55% No and 45% Yes.  What do you think about this news?  Should Scotland have seceded and gained their independence?  Was it right to stay under the United Kingdom?  I would love to hear your thoughts. :)

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Nerd Alert: Bizarre Animals From Around the World

Attention, discount viagra malady attention – here is today’s nerd alert! My friend posted this link on his Facebook page and I thought the animals photographed were amazing.  I’ve never seen such diversity before and I learned something new today.  What a wonderful way to start the day! :)

My favorites are the Patagonian Hares, Stoat, and Dugong whale.  Which are your favorites?

Patagonian Hares
Patagonian Hares
Stoat
Stoat
Dugong whale
Dugong whale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://iso.500px.com/bizarre-animals-photos/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bizarre-animals-photos

#WomenAgainstFeminsim…What?!

womenagainstfeminismI would like to think of myself as “pro-woman”.  I believe that we women bring a unique perspective to this world that should be respected, generic viagra online cultivated, cialis usa and listened to.  Some would say that I’m being a “feminist”, and well, yes I am :) I’ve been reading lately about the “#WomenAgainstFeminism” movement and the only thing that comes to my mind is how the word “feminism” is heavily being distorted.

The feminist movement didn’t just begin in the 1960s-70s with Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan, it began centuries before.  Starting as far back with Cleopatra, Queen Victoria/ Elizabeth I, the Bronte sisters, Margaret Sanger, Amelia Earhart, Rosalind Franklin, Rosa Parks, and countless others, have shown how women greatly contribute to this world.  The Feminist Movement in America only cemented “women’s issues” into a political and economic platform, and over the years, their demands were accomplished to varying degrees.  As of now, the newer generation of women are equating “feminism” as a negative, which is not what our predecessors had planned.

When I hear the word “feminism”, this is what I think:

Feminism is not:

– “man bashing” (we may get frustrated with them at times, but we do need them ladies)

– “women bashing”

– advocating women as superior to men

– blaming insecurities on “the system”

– denying women a voice/respect

– condemning chivlary from men

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Feminism is:

– supporting each other

– demonstrating that women, yes have beautiful bodies, but also wonderful minds and souls

– encouraging our young girls to go into math and science professions

– not criticizing a woman’s career choice

– acknowledging our own limitations is not necessarily a bad thing

– showing respect for ourselves and our fellow women (we are our own worst critic ladies)

Just like everything in this world, the word “feminism” is constantly evolving.  What it meant years ago, may not hold the same connotation now.  We are fighting different battles than our predecessors, but their victories should not be held in vain.  We as women should not be battling each other for a single “true” definition, but coming together in solidarity to make the movement stronger and all-encompassing.  I am fortunate to live in America, where most of my rights as a woman/individual are covered, but many women and girls still do not have that basic respect and stability.  They are struggling, as we did, to accomplish their goals – let’s help them to have a fighting chance.

I would love to hear your thoughts.  Happy reading :)

 

The New “Mood” Ice Cream

ice creamIf you’re a child of the ’90s, cialis sale ampoule like I am, viagra usa no rx you probably remember mood rings.  My sisters and I thought they were so awesome at the time.  Somehow they could “predict” our mood just by pressing our tiny fingers against them.  We were youngsters at the time, sovaldi so what would you expect? :)

A Spanish physicist, engineer, and professor, Manuel Linares, developed his own type of “mood” ice cream.  The concoction in the ice cream reacts to your saliva and changes color while you eat! Unfortunately, it doesn’t predict how you’re feeling, but I still think it’s awesome.

And…that’s my nerd alert for the day! Happy reading! :)

Check out the article on Popular ScienceA Lick of the Tongue Changes This Ice Cream’s Color