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All posts from: March 2012
A rainbow is a beautiful natural wonder, and a well established symbol of hope. It also has a rare night-time equivalent: a moonbow. This is a rainbow produced by light reflected from the surface of the moon rather than from direct sunlight. Because the light from moonbows is usually too faint to excite the eye’s cone receptors they often appear to be white.
Sunday 1 April is Edible Book Day. No, this is not an April Fool. See the Books2eat website (www.books2eat.com) for some beautifully baked books.
Successful games makers were invited to an Orientation Training event at Wembley arena. See links attached for more details.http://www.london2012.com/videos/2012/london-2012-games-maker-training-begins.phphttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16874424
If, as mine sometimes does, your copy of The Pharmaceutical Journal arrives rolled up with other post inside a Royal Mail red rubber band, you might be interested to know that the first rubber band was patented in England on today’s date, 17 March, by Stephen Perry in 1845.
A report in the Journal of the American Chemical Society describes a new technology for sifting through the world’s largest remaining pool of potential antibiotics, in which two new agents against meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections have been discovered.
Abuse of apostrophes seems to be widespread. They are wrongly inserted into plurals (“apple’s and pear’s”), omitted from possessive forms of nouns (“Didappers page”), left out of contractions (“thats right”) and misplaced in the possessive forms of irregular plural nouns (“childrens’ zoo”).
The popular “meeja” recently featured a lot of hoohah about talking cabbages. The story was that Exeter University scientists had “discovered” that cabbages chat to each other by emitting chemical messages. However, although the research was innovative, it involved neither cabbages nor the discovery of plant communication, which was already well known.
Listening to the radio recently I heard an advertisement for a xylometazoline decongestant product that began with the words: “When you’ve got nasal congestion and a blocked nose, . . .”.As Oscar Wilde might have said, to suffer nasal congestion may be regarded as a misfortune, but to have a blocked nose as well looks like carelessness.
I do not know what it is about pharmacists and peppers.
Good mental and physical health depends on taking exercise and maintaining a good level of fitness. But people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) often lead sedentary lifestyles because the loss of elasticity of their lungs makes exercise difficult. This in turn makes their condition deteriorate further and they find themselves on a downward spiral.
The news that tiny amounts of alcohol can more than double the lifespan of Caenorhabditis elegans reminded me that this tiny worm has been widely used as a model for research into genetics, human development, ageing and disease.
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