Amusing: Teaching problem-solving, that easy, eh?

Tracing the Spark of Creative Problem-Solving

“In a just completed study, researchers at Northwestern University found that people were more likely to solve word puzzles with sudden insight when they were amused, having just seen a short comedy routine.” (emphasis added) Hurray for Comedy Central!

Finally, you are not alone, Galileo

Doors’ Morrison pardoned in indecent exposure case

Obscenity is time-dependent, like heliocentricity was in Galileo’s time.

Genes: Not inventions, hence not patentable

U.S. Says Genes Should Not Be Eligible for Patents

Let us hope the US patent office gets this message. For more, read this 40 odd page “brief”.
For the legalese, click here
. By the way, lawyers have missed the meaning of the word “brief”. I am one too, so do not write me nasty comments.

Divided power is better than a divided Congress

G.O.P. Captures House, but Not Senate

Impatient, scared, and angry America has spoken. So, let it be done.

One personal note of relief: I am glad corporations – a.k.a Ebay and HP- did not win in California. Welcome back, Jerry – I have been a long-time fan. All the best.

Those poor rich kids – please don’t TAKE away their IVYies

Elite Colleges, or Colleges for the Elite?

Subliminal messaging?

Cholesterol and ED

Note the stationary ad for ED promotion while this attractive young female doc talks about cholesterol and HD. Is this an infomercial on cholesterol and heart disease (HD), or an attempt to sell ED (erectile dysfunction) drugs to men with HD? You be the judge. Comments?

Plavix: Are pre-schoolers allowed to write precriptions for this drug?

A few minutes ago, I saw a commercial for Plavix (a drug that can prevent future heart attacks, as per the commercial) on the CBS evening news with Katie Couric. After some seemingly “doctor” stuff, which can only impress people with IQs less than room temperature in Centigrade, not Fahrenheit, the actor Doc writes a prescription for Plavix in CAPS (PLAVIX). This made me wonder: Does the law in any state (which licenses physicians) allow kindergarderners to write prescriptions for this drug? I am now seeing the impact of a science-challenged sociey on commercial advertisement. By the way, Centigarde numbers are smaller that Fahrenheit numbers.