Saturday, July 30, 2011
After a life of blindness, Hastings woman gains sight | The Hastings Star-Gazette | Hastings, Minnesota
The doctor was open about how risky the procedure would be, how long her recovery would be and that there were no guarantees the surgery would work. But he had a sense of confidence the other doctors lacked.
“I didn’t have anything to lose,” Hood said.
Without surgery, she would eventually lose her vision entirely, she explained, and even when she couldn’t see anything, she would still have the pain.
In February, Hood had a corneal transplant done in her right eye. In June, the same procedure was done on her left eye. So far, the results have been worth the risk.
When she woke up from surgery and her doctor took the bandages off her eyes, the first thing she saw was her brother and one of her sons, and for the first time she could see them clearly.
“It was the first time I’d seen what they really look like,” she said.
Before the surgeries, Hood had never been able to see what people looked like or the expressions on their faces. In recent years her vision had deteriorated to the point where she couldn’t tell where the chairs were in the doctor’s waiting room, or if there was a person sitting there. She had to have help getting around.
“I couldn’t tell people apart unless I heard them talk,” she said.
Now she can see the patterns on her dishes, the texture of her food, she can see the television and read the directions on her appliances. On Sunday she was able to play bingo and go-fish with her grandchildren.
As well as having her vision restored, Hood has had the pressure from her glaucoma relieved.
“I haven’t had any pain at all since I woke up from surgery,” she said.
After a life of blindness, Hastings woman gains sight The Hastings Star-Gazette Hastings, Minnesota
Friday, July 29, 2011
The key to this fine-tuned light emission, described in the journal Physical Review A, lies in a material with billions of nanoscale pits etched on its surface. When the material absorbs heat — whether from the sun, a hydrocarbon fuel, a decaying radioisotope or any other source — the pitted surface radiates energy primarily at these carefully chosen wavelengths.
Friday, July 22, 2011
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
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Saturday, July 16, 2011
The US space agency says its Dawn probe should now be in orbit around the asteroid Vesta.
(first i've heard of this! Picture links in comments)
The robotic satellite will be spending a year at the 530km-wide body before moving on to the "dwarf planet" Ceres.
New pictures on Dawn's approach to Vesta show the giant rock in unprecedented detail.
The asteroid looks like a punctured football, the result of a colossal collision sometime in its past that knocked off its south polar region.
Confirmation that Dawn is safely circling the rock should come on Sunday (GMT) when the probe is due to return data on its status.
Vesta was discovered in 1807, the fourth asteroid to be identified in the great belt of rocky debris orbiting between Mars and Jupiter.
Monday, July 04, 2011
The level of uranium and thorium -- radioactive ingredients that are usually contained in such deposits that can pose environmental hazards -- was found to be one-fifth of those in deposits on land, Kato said.
A chronic shortage of rare earths, vital for making a range of high-technology electronics, magnets and batteries, has encouraged mining projects for them in recent years.
China, which accounts for 97 percent of global rare earth supplies, has been tightening trade in the strategic metals, sparking an explosion in prices.
Huge rare earth deposits found in Pacific: Japan experts Reuters
Sunday, July 03, 2011
(AP)–14 hours ago
ONONDAGA, N.Y. (AP) — A man riding bareheaded on one of about 550 motorcycles in an anti-helmet law rally lost control of his cycle, went over his handlebars, hit his head on the pavement and died, police said Sunday.
The motorcyclist, 55-year-old Philip A. Contos, likely would have survived the accident if he'd been wearing a helmet, state troopers said.
The accident happened Saturday afternoon in Onondaga, a town in central New York near Syracuse.
Contos was driving a 1983 Harley-Davidson on a helmet protest ride organized by the Onondaga chapter of American Bikers Aimed Towards Education, or ABATE, troopers said. The organization states that it encourages the voluntary use of helmets but opposes mandatory helmet laws.
Contos, of Parish, hit his brakes, and his motorcycle fishtailed and went out of control, flipping him over the handlebars, police said. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
The statewide president of ABATE, Thomas Alton, said Contos wasn't a member of ABATE but was a motorcyclist with 30 years of experience.
"He was one of the public who wanted to join in support of helmet freedom," Alton said.
The Associated Press: NY motorcyclist in helmet protest hits head, dies
Saturday, July 02, 2011
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