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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2012
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    Maybe we have to convert to this before they let us join:

    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2012
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    Scientists Invent Particles That Will Let You Live Without Breathing

    This may seem like something out of a science fiction movie: researchers have designed microparticles that can be injected directly into the bloodstream to quickly oxygenate your body, even if you can't breathe anymore. It's one of the best medical breakthroughs in recent years, and one that could save millions of lives every year.

    The invention, developed by a team at Boston Children's Hospital, will allow medical teams to keep patients alive and well for 15 to 30 minutes despite major respiratory failure. This is enough time for doctors and emergency personnel to act without risking a heart attack or permanent brain injuries in the patient.

    The solution has already been successfully tested on animals under critical lung failure. When the doctors injected this liquid into the patient's veins, it restored oxygen in their blood to near-normal levels, granting them those precious additional minutes of life.
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2012
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    @ Wood

    I wonder if they can adapt that technology for divers.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2012
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    @ JohnJones : Divers Shmivers. Can they do it for Astronauts ? It'd be much easier to go to Mars if you don't need to breathe.
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2012
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    The weirdest thing about that Crucified Darth Vader is that, somehow, replacing the expected head makes it obvious how feminine that body shape is.

    Except the giant mitten hands.
    • CommentAuthorcardo
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2012
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2012
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    @Wood @johnjones

    I linked to that article earlier. It seems like it's not really purposed for long-term use right now, but rather as something to keep patients alive while they get them the proper treatment they need, which may involve having to move them to large machines.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2012
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    @ DJ

    I know, that's also how I understand it, but one is allowed to dream.

    "I'm sorry guys, there's no way we can fix that deadly pollution in the atmosphere, but look ! We've invented a machine that makes it so you don't have to breathe anymore ! For a small monthly fee..."

    Okay, maybe "dream" isn't the right word, there...
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      CommentAuthorFishelle
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2012
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2012
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    @Fishelle

    I was talking to a friend from the US just yesterday who told me the tuition at the college she wants to attend is $60k a semester. For comparison, in Canada, I'm paying about 9.5% of that for a whole year. What she pays in four months would cover not only my enrollment, but also my rent and living expenses for my entire college career, and I'd still have plenty left over. I'd like to say that it makes me very fortunate, but I think it more means American students are absolutely buttfucked.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2012
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    SIGH. If only we obeyed the kindly invisible hand of the market, and returned to the golden past when only people who could pay cash went to college. Those who can't can find fulfilling jobs as butt wipers, valets, scullery maids and gardeners.
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      CommentAuthorFishelle
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2012
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    I'm lucky because I've had full tuition scholarships all through school and get to graduate without loans. But I wanted to go to grad school. It's just the stupidest and worst fucking decision. I need to look into costs for grad school out of the country for sure now. Was thinking about Canada anyway.
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    $60,000 per semester. Jesus, Charlie Sheen spends less on hookers and blow!
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    Graduate programs have scholarships too, if you can get into them.
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      CommentAuthorGreasemonkey
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2012 edited
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    Another insane Australian domestic dispute: last month it was a chainsaw fight, this time it's a demolition derby
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd 2012
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    @DJ Stawes

    I think your friend needs to really reconsider if going to her most favorite school is going to value add anything ot her life if it's going to cost that much.
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      CommentAuthortedcroland
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd 2012
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    A lot of grad programs let you teach intro classes in lieu of tuition. Not that that's super awesome, but it's cheaper than a trillion dollars in loans.

    Yay future. Fuck life.
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    Very powerful stuff here - take 15 minutes off and watch this.

    Elyn Saks: A tale of mental illness -- from the inside

    As a mental health law scholar and writer, Elyn Saks speaks for the rights of mentally ill people. It's a gray area: Too often, society's first impulse is to make decisions on their behalf. But it's a slippery slope from in loco parentis to a denial of basic human rights. Saks has brilliantly argued for more autonomy -- and in many cases for a restoral of basic human dignity.

    In 2007, deep into her career, she dropped a bombshell--her autobiography, The Center Cannot Hold. In it, she reveals the depth of her own schizophrenia, now controlled by drugs and therapy. Clear-eyed and honest about her own condition, the book lent her new ammunition in the quest to protect the rights and dignity of the mentally ill.
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd 2012
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    There are also a lot of grad programs that will only admit students that they can fully fund, which is also sort of :/ .