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So in the past few weeks I have met the Chief RF engineer for HAARP, and then today ran into several of the Scientists on the New Horizons (Pluto) team, and spent most of an hour talking to two of them. I have been pretty lucky recently meeting some interesting people.
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The Clark Telescope at Lowell Observatory, the actual telescope that discovered Pluto.
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Or, as I like to call it, Scopey McTelescopeface.

(Edit for clarification: Yesterday, Bryce put this image up on FB with the message "Name this telescope." After several hours of no responses, I offered up a name.)
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Wasn't this a plot in a science fiction story years ago.
Between your smartphone, your laptop, and your TV, robots have taken over your life. But Europe is looking to classify those devices as something new.
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So if your Tesla gets stolen, is it now an Edison?
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Blood test to personalize depression treatment for the first time

Scientists at King's College London have developed a blood test that accurately and reliably predicts whether depressed patients will respond to common antidepressants, which could herald a new era of personalised treatment for people with depression.
Scientists at King's College London have developed a blood test that accurately and reliably predicts whether depressed patients will respond to common antidepressants, which could herald a new era of personalised treatment for people with depression.
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Glendale AZ, 113.5°F and climbing.
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Like I said, still climbing, it has been steady at 116 for a while, so that may be my peak for the day. Yea.
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May the 4th be with you.
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And also with you.

We give our thanks to the midichlorians.

It is right to give thanks.
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So I met the RF engineer who designed and built HAARP. What an amazing piece of engineering. It has to be the coolest software defined radio (SDR) of all time. Nothing like what the conspiracy theorists think, but the capabilites are astonishing. 
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47.4 degrees C sounds much better than 117 F. Either way it is hot outside. (Glendale, AZ)
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Being that Phoenix is about 310m in elevation, boiling is 99c, so it's only 2 degrees from halfway to boiling.

I think I like the arbitrary, esoteric, difficult to conceptualize unit of measurement that is fahrenheit when dealing with temperatures over 100...
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A team of scientists from the University of South Florida (USF) have been diving in the Antarctic near Palmer Station and have discovered a sponge named Dendrilla membranosa that provides a new natural chemical that they've named darwinolide. It is able to destroy over 98 percent of the cells of a very dangerous and fatal infection named MRSA (methicillin- resistant Staphylococcus aureus). Just to give you an idea of how important this development is, there are two-million hospital acquired infections in the United States alone each year. Those infections are responsible for at least 100,000 deaths each year. In the last few years, MRSA has become resistant to even the strongest intravenous antibiotics we have. This means that there may soon come a time when there are very few if any effective treatments for MRSA infections. What is wonderful about this new discovery is that darwinolide, a natural extract of this sponge may provide a scaffold on which to build a new kind of antibiotic that is effective against infections including MRSA, with a biofilm. About 80 percent of the infections humans suffer from are caused by biofilms that are resistant to treatment. The article from phys.org news here includes many more details and names. It's a good introduction to what is happening here.

You'll also want to read the following two articles. First, there's a very informative report from the University of South Florida (USF) News Channel with more of the details, especially about why this important and how the two labs on campus worked together. http://news.usf.edu/article/templates/?a=7360&z=224 The research has been reported in a number of American Chemical Society Journals. You'll see a link in this news report to ACS's journal named Organic Letters Two scientists are specifically named: Dr. Bill Baker, chemistry, and Dr. Lindsey N. Shaw, Microbiology. Dr. Baker is the Director of the USF Center for Drug Discovery and Innovation (CDDI) He studies the chemical ecology of Antarctica. Based on the writing in this report, I believe he has probably been doing a lot of diving in Antarctica near Palmer Station, one of three U.S. Antarctic research stations there, over several years.

There's also a good report in gizmag.com at: http://www.gizmag.com/sponge-blasts-biolfilm/43400/ You'll pick up some additional understanding of biofilms and MRSA infections as well as a couple of other natural antibacterial lines of investigation.

What finding this very rare and unique sponge living in a very frigid and isolated environment has helped me to appreciate is how important it is to protect our natural environment and use it wisely as stewards of an incredibly rich and scarce resource. Nature has been able to develop an incredible diversity of species with all kinds of unimaginable beneficial biological traits, defense mechanisms, adaptations and genetic diversity. If we preserve a very wide variety of fragile, and unique ecosystems, we will be able to understand and utilize nature's depth and built-in wisdom to help ourselves find ways to survive many of challenging diseases and maladies we face. This is a wonderful example of how an unknown species, in an isolated, wild environment has lessons to teach us that can save millions, even billions of lives. Let us remember that and cherish it.

#MRSAinfections #HospitalacquiredInfections   #MedicalBreakthrough   #biodiversity   #extremeophiles   #pharmaceuticaldiscovery   #medication   #antibiotics  
A serious and sometimes fatal bacterial infection, known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), may soon be beatable thanks to the efforts of University of South Florida scientists who have isolated and tested an extract from a sponge found in Antarctica. The sponge extract, known as Dendrilla membranosa, yields a new, natural product chemical which has shown in laboratory tests that it can eliminate more than 98 percent of MRSA c...
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Seeking the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything.
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Ham operator WX7WX, Live in Glendale AZ, father of 3, grandfather of 9
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Survived the great Phoenix Haboob of July 2011
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    Network Security Architect, 1996 - present
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    SGT Comunitions center specialist., 1977 - 1980
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    1981 - 1986
  • Mercy Healthcare AZ
    Network engineer, 1986 - 1996
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