Famous Birthdays and Events of Interest on February 15 and 16

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FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS ON FEBRUARY 15

 

GALILEO GALILEI BORN IN 1564, PISA, ITALY

 

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GLORIA TREVI, MEXICAN COMPOSER AND SINGER

BORN IN 1970 (I love her music)

 

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GEORDI LA FORGE …. (character on Star Trek Next Generation)

WILL BE BORN IN 2335 !!!  😮

 

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EVENT OF INTEREST:

In 2013 Angelina Jolie undergoes a preventive double mastectomy after learning she had an 87% risk of developing breast cancer due to a defective BRCA1 gene.

 

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Cruel Insult – Are Some People Cruel or Just Ignorant? A 352

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ARE SOME PEOPLE CRUEL OR IGNORANT?

 

I watched a YouTube video about healthcare, medical practice and pharmaceuticals. This video was filmed by somebody who lost her aunt to  uncaring medical “professionals” and greedy pharmaceutical companies, she expressed on her video.

 

I was moved by her opinion and her pain of losing somebody in her family she really loved very much. So, as a medical doctor I do agree with several points she makes. She is of course referring to medical doctors in her country (US). I practice in Mexico and she actually praised some medical-biological scientists  in Mexico City who, recently, discovered and developed a vaccine to cure the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

 

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So, I left this comment

 

cruel comment

 

And I got a lot of people liking my opinion, for which I am sincerely pleased and grateful.

 

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But still, there are some comments directed to me that I find totally cruel, inappropriate and ignorant. Like this one

                                                         

 

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People Born on February 9, Famous and Interesting – Have fun!

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PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY:

 

Wilhelm Maybach, 1846 (Auto Pioneer)

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Among interesting people born on this day, I have to mention:

German engineer and engine designer, who invented the spray carburettor and was the chief designer of the first Mercedes automobiles (1900-01).

 

At age 26, he began designing cars with Gottlieb Daimler and Nikolaus Otto, with whom he developed the four-stroke engine cycle.

In April 1882, Maybach joined Gottlieb Daimler in a partnership to produce a light-weight, high-speed petrol engine suitable for vehicles.

Maybach invented the float-feed carburettor (1893) in which fuel was vaporized by passing it through a jet as a fine spray and mixed with air to produce a combustible mixture for the engine.

Maybach designed the first Mercedes car for Daimler in 1901, but retired in 1907 to design and manufacture engines for Zeppelin airships. His son, Karl Maybach, followed him in producing luxury automobiles.

 

MIA FARROW, American actriz, 1945

 

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William H. Harrison, 1773, 9th President of US

 

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IMPORTANT NOTE from Dr. Castro:

Please don’t assume that I am a Democrat or Republican just because I write or mention my admiration about certain people who are registered as such. I am neither. I hold no rigid political affiliation.

I admire the human being, no matter his/her political affiliation, religion or lack thereof.

I am a true freedom thinker who do not like labels. I don’t follow hypocrites. I admire what I think it’s admirable to me, and criticise what I sincerely think has to be denounced as a bad policy, error or a crime.

Dr. Martha A. Castro Noriega, MD






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My View on Neil deGrasse Tyson Exposed and His Show Canceled – Article 329

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Exposed

 

Astrophysicist Tyson under criminal investigation

 

I don’t know if Neil deGrasse Tyson is a sexual harasser and a rapist or not. But there are serious accusations against him since the 1980’s by a woman named Tchiya Amet who says Tyson raped her and no one believed her.

 

Tchiya Amet

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Now there are three additional women, one for the first time, who say that Neil sexually harassed them. This isn’t looking good for the popular science entertainment personality.

 

MY VIEW ON THESE ACCUSATIONS AND THE ACCUSED:

 

What is upsetting and idiotic is that a lot of people in superfluous Facebook support deGrasse  “On Being Accused” statement.

 

He is under criminal investigation and I am not going to support him. No one with a little bit of gray matter would. But I understand that Facebookers are losing their capacity to think. Being in that short memory lack of respect social media platform damages people’s capacity to think logically. I pity the fool.

 

I don’t support the well-known astrophysicist, but I don’t accuse him either. I rather wait for the results of the investigation and then analyze how professional and truthful it was conducted by the detectives. I would, then, and only then, make an opinion.

 

After all, this famous (soon to be infamous?!) astrophysicist has become a very popular Hollywood figure and a sort of media cheerleader for science, instead of an actual scientist. He has forgotten to continue to study science and how to evolve as a real scientist, not a “tv scientist”.

 

Also he is stupid when talking about neuroscience, neurobiology and medical science.

This is how dumb Tyson is in his tweets. Come on, for an astrophysicist who praises himself as being “smart”, this kind of horrific mistake is just, well, pitiful.

Final Note in my View:

Right now I would not jump into conclusions that he is innocent, but I would not jump into a ranting hate speech against him either…yet.

 

ALLEGATIONS:

 

Ashley Watson, a former assistant to Tyson who says she was forced to quit her job due to his inappropriate sexual advances.

Watson says she had been working directly under Neil deGrasse, who called out Trump in 2016 by saying “he would grab him by the crotch when they met”, and that they got along well.

That all changed, however, when he invited his underling to his apartment at around 10:30 P.M. to “share a bottle of wine” and “unwind for a couple of hours”, says Watson, quoting Tyson.

 

“I was about to work for this guy, and everyone else was telling me what an amazing person he was,” Watson told BuzzFeed News on Saturday from her home in Los Angeles.

The comments on the website that published the woman’s story — calling her a “mentally disturbed individual” who “lies for a living”

 

REPORTING</2> FromAzeen Ghorayshi for BuzzFeed News:

 

With three women now making allegations on the record, the Patheos article spread far and wide, prompting Fox Broadcasting Company, which produces the show, and National Geographic, which airs it, to announce an official investigation. A spokesperson for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where Tyson has led the Hayden Planetarium for over 20 years, said that it has never received a complaint about him, but was also looking into the allegations.

On Saturday, Tyson released a 1,600-word statement on Facebook, confirming many of the details of Watson’s and Allers’ allegations, and apologizing for what he deemed clumsy displays of affection that had been misunderstood.

He also responded to Amet’s rape allegations, his only public acknowledgment of the claims in the four years since Amet first blogged about them. He said they had been friends in graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin, and had been “intimate” on a few occasions.

 

But he denied raping her. Noting her “odd” interests in New Age healing, he suggested she had a “false memory.” (Watson, Allers, and Amet have disputed much of Tyson’s statement. Tyson declined multiple requests to comment on this story.)

 

Now a fourth woman has told BuzzFeed News her experience of sexual harassment from Tyson. In January 2010, she recalled, she joined her then-boyfriend at a holiday party for employees of the American Museum of Natural History. Tyson, its most famous employee, drunkenly approached her, she said, making sexual jokes and propositioning her to join him alone in his office.
In a 2014 email shared with BuzzFeed News, she described the incident to her own employer in order to shoot down a proposed collaboration with Tyson.

 

Over the course of nearly three years, BuzzFeed News has spoken with more than 30 people for this story, including the alleged victims and their families, Cosmos crew members, and graduate students and professors who were at UT Austin 30 years ago. Dozens more from that time did not reply to requests for interviews.

Some people interviewed felt a bit sorry about the prospect that damaging allegations might take down the world’s most famous living scientist — and perhaps the most famous black scientist in history — liked for presenting himself as a less stuffy academic





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5 Most Important Scientific Discoveries of the Year

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This year 2018 has been marked by interesting discoveries and advances in different science fields. This list includes some that I find important enough to mention in this scientific closing post of the year:

THE ROSEHIP NEURON

“We don’t yet understand what these cells might be doing in the human brain, but their absence in the mouse points to how difficult it is to model human brain diseases in laboratory animals,” said co-lead author Dr. Gábor Tamás, a neuroscientist at the University of Szeged in Hungary.  The results appear in the journal Nature Neuroscience

scientific discoveries 2018

MEDICINE NOBEL PRIZE ON CANCER RESEARCH

Dr James P. Allison and Dr Tasuku Honjo discovery on T-Cells checkpoint in cancer research, makes history in the world of medicine and physiology. This is why they were awarded the Nobel Prize in these fields. Their work into the utilisation of the body’s immune system for fighting certain types of cancer could potentially save the lives of thousands around the world.

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HARVESTING LETTUCE IN THE ANTARCTIC

German scientist Paul Zabel developed an artificial greenhouse that could make harvesting produce a reality for those in the Antarctic.

The greenhouse, which was installed and began producing early this year, is housed inside a climate-controlled shipping container. With LED lamps, an abundance of carbon dioxide and a nutrient-rich mist, the greenhouse can successfully grow produce without natural sunlight. Plant cultivation technologies

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ANCIENT VIRUS RESPONSIBLE FOR HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS

An ancient virus infected humans long time ago. This invader left behind its genetic code in our DNA. This year, researchers found that snippets of that ancient viral DNA play a vital role in the communication among brain cells that’s required for higher-order thinking. The research reports that the virus planted its genetic print in the human cortex, eventually giving us our consciousness.

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The Way To Levitating Humans

The study, published in the Physical Review Letters, describes the new technique, which creates a tornado-like structure that is extremely loud but has a silent core.

The researchers found that when they changed the direction of the rapidly fluctuating acoustic vortices that make up this structure, they could control the rate of rotation and stabilise the tractor beam.

“In the demonstration detailed in the study, the engineers used ultrasonic waves at a pitch of 40kHz to make up the acoustic vortices. The structure’s silent core was able to hold a two-centimeter sphere made out of a synthetic polymer. The sphere is more than two times the size of the acoustic wavelengths, making it the largest object that’s been stably held in a tractor beam thus far” — Reports

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Myth of the Day: 3 Heartbreaking Jesus Virgins Saints Crying Blood Tears

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MYTH:

The Catholic church and some of its followers believe in the myth that some saints and virgins have cried blood. They make statues of them with blood tears rolling down the faces made of ceramic or plaster.

Myth of the day

Many catholics report sightings of weeping madonnas, from Ireland to Croatia, but the only one recognised by the Church is a statue of the Virgin Mary in the town of Siracusa in Sicily. It began weeping in 1953, so they say.

FACT:

There is actually a symptom known as  haemolacria, which is a rare condition that causes a person to produce tears that are partially composed of blood. The condition has garnered significant attention in the medical community and media recently.

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Haemolacria is a symptom of multiple diseases involving the conjunctiva and lacrimal system.

These entities can range from vascular malformations and tumors to infectious or inflammatory conditions and has even been reported in the literature as a presenting finding in scleral buckle infection.

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Health Quacks Harm People while Becoming very Rich

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I have no doubt that prevention is the best way to take care of our bodies: it prolongs our life span by avoiding diseases like trauma, infections, even diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attacks and others.

We must use our common sense and education in this matter in order to stay healthy. A proper way of eating, exercising regularly, including the ingestion of some natural products I don’t oppose, I even encourage some of my patients to take some vitamins, roots, seeds, depending on their needs and always guided by a reputable-scientific and well trained health provider.

The problem I have is with people who aren’t medical doctors and they create health organizations, write books, give conferences and sell vitamins and naturopathic “cures”. And in order to enhance their financial income they try to demean the science of medicine “…people all over the world have bought my books with terminal illnesses. I wrote a book about how to cure cancer, people around the world with terminal cancer buy my book, it costs 15 dollars, they go home and they cure their cancer”… quoting Raymond Francis at minute 15:29 in one of his conferences videos.

You can google him and find the video in YouTube.  If you want the link to it send me an email or contact me and I will send you the link. I don’t feel like adding the link directly in this post because I don’t want to give more publicity to these fraudulent health practices.

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Anyways, like him there are many others, and that is worrisome. They abuse their knowledge in selling, the desperation in terminal ill patients and the sincere desire of many to be healthy in order to sell them their products and “health conferences”. These quacks know how to convert very smart men and women into true believers on their quackery.

This person I mentioned above bases his talk criticizing medical doctors instead of telling us what kind of disease he had when he was 46 and supposedly he “cured” himself. If he is against the science of medicine then why does he relies so much on the World Medical Association statistics? He repeats himself a lot, sometimes he doesn’t finish his sentences, he mentions “his big four things” to be healthy and he mentions only 3, forgets number 4. Is he getting dementia?

The author of this video is worse than a not health professional, he has quack credentials:

Raymond Francis, DSc, MSc, RNC, is a doctor of naturopathy, a chemist and a graduate of MIT, and a registered nutrition consultant.

Naturopathy is the ultimate quackery, and RNC is not a legitimate nutrition certification, only RD is. Although, as quacks usually do, there are no real references to his sources, one can go beyond the ad hominem and analyze this:

“Cow milk contains the wrong proteins for human consumption. It is rich in proteins called caseins which are difficult for humans to digest. … These undigested proteins enter the lower intestines where they putrefy. This creates highly toxic by-products which poison us”.

This is abject nonsense that was popular in the nineteenth century but abandoned by medical science in the 1920s. Other things in the item are contradictory:  the suggestion that milk is designed for infants but two-year olds show problems from drinking milk.

People have to educate themselves about fraudulent “health advisors” and their products. Learn the facts and share the based-science information with your loved ones.

Nobel Prize in Chemistry Goes to a Woman for the Fifth Time in History

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Dr. Arnold, 62, an American professor of chemical engineering, bioengineering and biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, earned the award for her work with the
She shared this year’s chemistry Nobel — worth close to $1 million — with George P. Smith, 77, and Gregory P. Winter, 67. Dr. Arnold received half of the prize, and Dr. Smith and Dr. Winter split the other half.
Dr. Arnold won for her work conducting the directed evolution of enzymes, proteins that catalyze chemical reactions. She first pioneered the bioengineering method, which works similar to the way dog breeders mate specific dogs to bring out desired traits, in the early 1990s, and has refined it since then.

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Honoring Katherine G Johnson NASA Physicist Mathematician

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Katherine G. Johnson, a physicist, a mathematician who started high school when she was 10 years old, college when she was 15, she is alive and well at 100 now. She currently lives in Hampton, Virginia.

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I want to honor this human computer genius because of what she represents to me: intelligence, character, courage, strength, love for science, for life, for freedom. I just love one of her quotes: “I didn’t feel any segregation. I knew it was there, but I didn’t feel it.” Oh, I forgot to tell you: she is an american woman who was considered “colored computer” when she worked for the NASA back in the fifties (color, gender, race, country patriotism are not that important to me. Intelligence is)

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I mention one of her many quotes because that happens to me all the time. While people talk about being discriminated because they are short, fat, thin, black, brown, white, yellow, tall, thin, whatever ( I am sure I fit in many of these “colorful” name-callings), I just care about going on, about to continue with my interests in life: I am focussed. And that is what she was: a focussed-stubborn very smart woman who didn’t waste her time on menial things. She dedicated her mind to science. Political and social hate was put to the side, off the path she walked.

It is an honor to me to walk this earth Mrs. Katherine Johnson walks. It is a privilege to me to live in this earth at the same time Mrs. Johnson lives. 100 years old and she breathes the same air I do. How lucky I am! I send her my most utter respect and admiration for her work to science and exemplary life as a human being.

Dr. Martha A. Castro Noriega, MD ©

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Orphaned elephants have a tougher social life

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David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

Young female orphan elephants have a tougher social life than non-orphans, a new study suggests, adding to a growing body of evidence of how the impacts of poaching cascade through elephant societies.

The research, part of a wider study by Save The Elephants and Colorado State University into the social impact of adult mortality on orphaned female elephants, shows that orphans receive more aggression from other elephants — whether overt aggression like pushing or more subtle forms like displacements — than non-orphans.

Orphans that leave their families and move into another family unit are likely to receive more aggression than those integrated in their natal groups.

The study, conducted over five years and led by CSU postdoctoral researcher Shifra Goldenberg, analyzes the social interaction patterns of juvenile female elephants in Northern Kenya who have lost their mothers to either poaching or natural mortality. The work shows that orphans are resilient, and rebuild their social lives by strengthening relationships in response to maternal mortality.

“Elephants live in matriarchs that facilitate access to limited resources like food, water, and shade,” said Goldenberg, who is also a researcher with Save The Elephants. “We found that orphaning and natal group dispersal may trigger resource opportunity costs for young females, as they appear to be subordinate to other group members. What this means for their long-term survival and reproduction remains an open question.”

While the research team found that orphans rebuild their social networks, scientists also saw that orphans’ social lives do not return to normal. While they maintain rich and varied relationships with other elephants — relatives and non-relatives — they have markedly less interaction with adult females. This reduces access to favored foods and resources, as well as to the elders, whose experience is critical to the transmission of information between generations in elephant societies.

The latest findings around elephant aggression shed new light on the substantial indirect impact of poaching on orphan survivors, demonstrating that socially disadvantaged elephant orphans have a tougher life than non-orphans.

Between 2009 and 2013, the population of elephants in Samburu and Buffalo Springs National Reserves in Northern Kenya, where the study was conducted, was hit by increased ivory poaching and a severe drought that left many young elephants orphaned, without mothers or grandmothers.

Some orphans chose to remain with what is left of their disrupted groups, others left their natal group to attach to unrelated individuals. Still others became drifters, showing some social preference but not fully committing to any one group.

The researchers found that only orphans from disrupted families tend to disperse into new social groups but that during feeding, these same elephants receive more aggression than orphans in natal groups.

George Wittemyer, study co-author and an associate professor in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at CSU said that the recovery of elephant populations from prolonged ivory poaching will depend largely on the ability of young females to successfully reconstruct their social lives and family groups.

“Deep, life-long bonds are the fundamental component of elephant societies, said Wittemyer, who also serves as chairman of the Scientific Board of Save The Elephants. “Fine resolution studies like these allow us to gauge the response of young females to human driven disruption.”

In the coming years the Samburu orphan study will relate the social costs of being an orphan to fitness as this could be important to the recovery of elephant populations affected by the ivory trade and other forms of disruption.

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