Gold bullet for cancer

Such interesting developments coming out of India on the nano-biomedical technology front. In one of the latest developments, scientists have combined Cobra venom with gold nanoparticles to target leukemia. Researchers at the University of Calcutta have synthesized a new, anticancer nanocomposite by fusing a protein found in Cobra venom with modified gold nanoparticles. This nanocomposite induced controlled […]

Number of air-cushion thingies to ship a wall calendar?

Sixty-one, according to Office Max. That’s 40.5 linear feet of AirSpeed “inflatable void fill packaging.” #sustainability #greenwash I opened the oversized box and long stretches of plastic-cushion chains popped out, like some giant snakes-in-a-peanut-brittle-can gag. Each cushion bears the words “Please Recycle” in large letters. The manufacturer, Pregis, prides itself on its environmentalism, using reclaimed […]

The man who made mumps a distant memory.

Or, for that matter, measles and rubella. If as a child you learned about mumps from The Little Golden Book called Richard Scarry’s Chipmunk’s ABC, you can thank Maurice R. Hilleman, who in his lifetime developed some 40 vaccines, including the first one for mumps, saving millions of lives. Among the amazing stats in an article about him in […]

Some sic spam

I’ve been spending too much time lately deleting spam comments before they see the light of day on this blog and have a chance to spread malware.#phishing I need to get a better spam filter on WordPress, but in the meantime, I can’t help marveling at the ability of spambots to sound remarkably like Steve […]