Day: September 3, 2011

When Doctors Become Patients

The operating-room with doctors and patients i...

“This spring, the Archives of Internal Medicine published a much-discussed study that showed that doctors might recommend different treatments for their patients than they would for themselves. They were far more likely to prescribe for patients a potentially life-saving treatment with severe side effects than they were to pick that treatment for themselves.

Understandably, people are worried that this means doctors know something they’re not telling their patients. But my own experience with illness taught me a simpler truth: when it comes to their own health, doctors are as irrational as everyone else.” (via NYTimes).

The Cutting-Edge Physics of a Crumpled Paper Ball

 

 

“Take a piece of paper. Crumple it. Before you sink a three-pointer in the corner wastebasket, consider that you’ve just created an object of extraordinary mathematical and structural complexity, filled with mysteries that physicists are just starting to unfold.” (via Wired.com).

How to See a Supernova This Weekend From Your Backyard

made by NASA, taken from http://hubblesite.org...

“Starting this weekend, the closest supernova found in at least 25 years will be visible from your backyard with just binoculars or a small telescope. The exploding white dwarf star is currently brightening in the Pinwheel Galaxy, nestled, from our perspective, within the Big Dipper.

…Most supernovas spotted at the Palomar Observatory are around 1 billion light-years away, far too distant to be seen by amateurs. At only 21 million light-years away, the newly discovered, violently exploding star is a close cosmic neighbor. In the video … Berkeley Lab’s Peter Nugent describes how to spot this supernova, set to reach peak brightness Sep. 9.” (via Wired.com).