JCC Go science?

Discussion in 'Community' started by Jabbadabbado, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. VadersLaMent Chosen One

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    Long ago someone said to me, "Why don't you just start a stem cell news thread?", roughly.

    Stem cells from blood

    A source of stem cells not mentioned here is from your wisdom teeth. If you have had them removed those stemm cells are no longer there. I have only had 2 of 4 pulled. :cool:

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    If we spent on health what we do on the military we would all be immortal.
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  2. Obi-Zahn Kenobi Chosen One

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    Medicare and Medicaid are 23% of the budget - Defense in 19%.

    Funny math.
  3. Ghost Chosen One

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    [IMG]
    (2010, couldn't find a similar chart for more recent years)
  4. VadersLaMent Chosen One

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    I'll be damned you are right. Why am I not immortal?!?!?! HERE'S another good breakdown
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  5. Obi-Zahn Kenobi Chosen One

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    See, this is why I want universal healthcare - we already spend as much on poor kids and old people by the government as other countries spend on the entire population.
  6. VadersLaMent Chosen One

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    Let's see if I can not screw up this time.

    Voyager 1 is 11 billion miles away

    I don't know what it is about that shape:

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    But I have always loved it. The general structure shape and outline. I wonder if there is some kind of artistic phrase or label for it but I have never found it.

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  7. VadersLaMent Chosen One

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  8. Lord Vivec Force Ghost

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    "I used to do quite dangerous things, like flying a fighter jet at low altitude"

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    " Sure we'd love to have a warp drive. I'm not going to hold my breath on that one."

    See VLM, even he is being cautious.
  9. Barriss_Coffee Chosen One

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  10. VadersLaMent Chosen One

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    The question is wether or not DC Comics will reboot Superman one day to have terahertz vision rather than X-Ray vision.

    Oh look, someone else browses Sciencedaily. Sometimes I think I'm alone.
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  11. VadersLaMent Chosen One

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    It's getting a little dusty in here

    The treatment very nearly killed her. But she emerged from it cancer-free, and about seven months later is still in complete remission. She is the first child and one of the first humans ever in whom new techniques have achieved a long-sought goal — giving a patient’s own immune system the lasting ability to fight cancer.
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  12. Lord Vivec Force Ghost

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    lol sciencedaily

    Sorry. I guess i should be glad it is not from i09
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  13. Barriss_Coffee Chosen One

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    Sciencedaily ain't too shabby.
  14. VadersLaMent Chosen One

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  15. Ghost Chosen One

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    Innovative scientists have engineered the HIV virus to kill cancer cells in a 7-year-old girl with leukemia:

    http://health.yahoo.net/experts/dayinhealth/hiv-virus-possible-cure-leukemia


    In April 2012, 7-year-old Emily “Emma” Whitehead was in the fight of her life following her second relapse of acute lymphoblastic—or lymphocytic—leukemia (ALL). The then 6-year-old’s parents and doctors turned to an unlikely source to save the young girl's life—the HIV virus.

    Emma, diagnosed with ALL in 2010, underwent an experimental procedure involving a disabled form of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, after two unsuccessful courses of chemotherapy failed to achieve sustained remission. The treatment, pioneered at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, is similar to therapies being developed at other cancer centers around the U.S.

    Emma is one of a handful of patients with advanced leukemia to receive the CT019 therapy (formerly called CART 19 therapy), an experimental treatment that involves doctors reprogramming a person’s T-cells—a type of white blood cell that plays a key role in the immune system—to search out and kill cancer cells.

    The experimental technique relies on help from a disabled form of HIV because the virus is adept at carrying genetic material into T-cells so they’re able to kill off cancer cells. Those genetically altered T-cells go to work attacking cells in the body that play a role in the development of leukemia.

    It's important to note that the T-cells are removed from the patient before being bioengineered with the HIV virus. The patient is not injected with the virus. This treatment differs from chemotherapy, a drug that is one of the most common treatments of leukemia, which kills off all fast-growing cells in the body.

    Three weeks after receiving the treatment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, a bone marrow test revealed Emma had achieved remission. Today, she’s still in remission and thriving, but her doctors caution the remission needs to be sustained for a few years before using words like“cured.”

    Regardless, the pharmaceutical industry is hopeful. In a statement, Hervé Hoppenot, the president of Novartis Oncology, called the research “fantastic” and said it had the potential—if the early results held up—to revolutionize the treatment of leukemia and related blood cancers. Researchers hope similar therapies that involve the reprogramming of a patient’s immune system, may also eventually be used to fight cancerous breast and prostate tumors.

    Ironically, a sign the experimental treatment is working is the patient feeling worse. Raging fever and chills are a sign the T-cells are doing their job and frightening drops in blood pressure can also be a side effect.

    Emma experienced extreme symptoms to the treatment; she spiked a fever of 105 and wound up on a ventilator. Doctors deployed another unlikely remedy to treat her—a drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis that stabilizes the impact the T-cells have on the immune system.

    Within hours, Emma showed signs of improving, and a week after the treatment she awoke in the intensive care unit to celebrate her 7th birthday.

    In patients with lasting post-treatment remissions, the altered T-cells live on in the bloodstream, though in smaller numbers than when they were fighting the disease. Researchers report some patients having a small number of the cells for years.


    Absolutely brilliant and innovative... one of those "why did no one think of this earlier?" moments (though it probably only recently became technologically possible). Still has some nasty side-effects, but they seem temporary, and it's killing cancer.
  16. Jabbadabbado Manager Emeritus

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    I think it will be hilarious if the cure for cancer turns out to be giving everybody HIV.

    AIDS for everyone!
  17. I Are The Internets Chosen One

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    Yikes and awesome! Those side-effects sound brutal though.
  18. VadersLaMent Chosen One

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  19. Juliet316 Chosen One

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    Would be even better if we could bioengineer HIV to kill HIV/AIDS as well.
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  20. Lord Vivec Force Ghost

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    I've always hated the whole "brain in a vat" nonsense (Sorry Quix) because of its not falsifiable. As for this project, it's beyond stupid.

    Their first test:


    Really? They designed a simulation of the universe and it looks like the universe? This was the logic they were going with? I expect this kind of nonsense from the psychology department, not physics.

    Well, let's take a look at the new nonsense.



    Hypothesis. This is hardly a theory.



    No, no, NO. this is not evidence. Just because your simulation looks like the universe isn't evidence that the universe is a simulation.

    Are we going to get to an official paper? Holy **** yes we are!

    Constraints on the Universe as a numerical simulation.

    Let's take a look. So, from my understanding, they're creating a numerical simulation of quantum chromodynamics and, if a few experimental results are met in real life, they'd be similar. They then go on about how Lattice Gauge theories have issues, followed by how a simulation of quantum electrodynamics would look like. They talk about the Wilson Fermion (House!) and let's get to the part you all care about: The conclusion.

    There they talk about how a good portion requires fundamental laws of physics that we *don't* know yet. Then the final conclusion that if the is finite, there exists a possibility that it's a simulation.

    Wow, well, we're right back where we started from: an unfalsifiable idiotic thought experiment.
  21. Lady_Sami_J_Kenobi Force Ghost

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    Vivec,

    Sheldon loves you and Leonard doesn't. Howard is still thinking about it as he only has a Master's degree. Raj is in India on his honeymoon. And Penny and I both have headaches just looking at the data and equations, but we thank you for the analysis.
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  22. VadersLaMent Chosen One

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    Most furturistic predictions that came true 2012

    Biggest scientific breakthroughs of 2012

    I wonder if the monkey uplifting implant could be combined with the dissolable implant for permanent effects.

    With robot legs than can now run faster than humans how long before that becomes a battlefield hunter type of robot like setting loose robotic dogs armed to the (lol) teeth?

    Space-X got to the ISS and the head of Lockheed recently took a poke at them saying, "We have over 60 succesful missions stright, they have 2." Musk made a reply about how their technology is better since it was created this century and not during the last one.

    And yeah, WARP DRIVE, dammit. :p
  23. Ramza JC Head Admin and RPF Manager

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    Proof-of-concept phase research is not a warp drive!
  24. VadersLaMent Chosen One

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    Debbie downer. [face_talk_hand]
  25. Lord Vivec Force Ghost

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    Not this **** again.