Archive for September, 2013

Norwegian prison

Bastøy prison in Norway is a prison where prisoners are not exactly treated as such. Inmates are treated as humans and live as part of a community, with access to various leisurely activities such as horseback riding, fishing, and tennis. Surprisingly, reoffending rates are some of the lowest in the world.


New form of matter

Scientists at Harvard University have discovered how to create a new form of matter. Article here–although the physics behind it is overwhelming, it is fascinating.


A squircle is a mathematical shape that is part square and part circle.

Drink in operating room

In some hospitals, no one will say anything to an anesthesiologist who brings an open can of soda into the OR. This seems like it should be an issue with infection control (and maybe against OSHA).

Window sticker

The window sticker–also known as a Monroney sticker–on every new car in the US is required by law. It is named after the Oklahoma Senator who sponsored the Automobile Information Disclosure Act, A. S. Mike Monroney.

Marriage improves cancer survival

In cancer patients, those who are married are less likely to present with metastatic disease, more likely to receive definitive therapy, and less likely to die as a result of their cancer as compared with unmarried patients. Article here.

Horseshoe crab

Horseshoe crab blood, blue in color because of the copper component, contains Limulus amoebocyte lysate (LAL) which can is used in the detection of endotoxins and fungi. It is employed to detect impurities in pharmaceutical drugs and medical supplies and a quart of their blood sells for $15,000.

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