Archive for June, 2006



New research shows that adults are now more immature than ever. Now that explains a lot, doesn’t it? However, the scientist studying this phenomenon dubbed psychological neoteny doesn’t think it’s a bad thing. He actually calls it “characteristic of highly educated and, on the whole, effective and socially valuable people.” Say […]

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quote of the day

There really is no patch for human stupidity.

~ Microsoft security official on why phishing is such a problem

*sigh* true, so true…

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spin (season 2, episode 6)

STACY: We need to talk.
HOUSE: Oh god. Are you pregnant? Because I really want to finish high school.
You know me. Hostility makes me shrink up like a…I can’t think of a non-sexual metaphor.
MANAGER: We’ve got confidentiality, right?
HOUSE: Assuming I’m more ethical than your client.
Respiratory distress. And insanity doesn’t cause it. […]

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So my cousin-in-law is coming from the other side of the country to stay with us next week—all the way until mid-August. We’re going to have quite a full house here. Now, I don’t have any problem with him or his parents because I’ve never met them, so they couldn’t have possibly done […]

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who needs friends?

Apparently we do.  In 2004, Americans had 2.08 close friends whereas in 1985, we had 2.94 close friends.  Alarmingly (to me at least), 80% of us now only talk to family members about important matters compared to only 57% two decades ago.  I almost never talk to my family about important stuff and I definitely […]

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So we’re finally onto our second edition of inspirational music for the medical student. This week’s song selection is by my favorite band ever (though my enthusiasm is a bit dimmed by the fact that he went from solo acoustic to a band and became more mainstream, but I guess you do what you […]

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» The 10 dirtiest jobs in science.  Hey, they forgot to include being your major professor’s bitch.  Okay, I guess that isn’t quite as literally dirty as those on the list, but it sure feels like it is. # 0

» Yum!  Now that’s something I can live with: eating curry to stave off cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.  Researchers in Singapore found that people (aged 60-93) who ate curry even only occasionally scored higher on the Mini Mental Status Exam (MMSE) than those who never ate curry.  The curry spice, turmeric, contains curcumin, which has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.  And the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease in the elderly in India is fourfold less than that in the United States. # 0

» There’s a great article today about how the MIT Dean of Admissions wants to reduce admissions anxiety in teenagers.  How about parents getting off of their kids’ backs?  That would help.  But I do admire her for trying to create a friendlier system that might just ease the pressure enough to not give parents such reason to push their kids so hard.  Too bad it probably won’t happen any time soon.  And go ahead and try to tell Asian parents to stop pushing their kids to the point of insanity.  I dare you. # 0

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