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Woman Speaks First Words in 10 Years After Voice-Box Transplant

Remember: we live in the future. A future where we can transplant larynxes and lungs and livers and hearts from person to person. That’s not too shabby, really.

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Medical Engineering

Most people, when diagnosed with a heart valve malformation, take whatever implant the doctor wants to give them. Tal Golesworthy, on the other hand, decided that he could do better, and designed his own. He received his implant in 2004, and since then, 23 others have benefited from his design.

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Guo Gangtang

Guo Gangtag’s child was kidnapped in 1997. Since then, he’s been hunting through China, trying to find his missing son. He hasn’t succeeded- but his quest has returned 7 other missing children to their families.

One tragedy has prevented seven others.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

You probably don’t like brussel sprouts very much. Most people don’t. I don’t. They’re sulfurous and bitter, they’re usually served boiled or steamed, or worse, fresh out of the microwave. They represent everything that our inner child hates about being forced to eat vegetables.

Right up until you roast them. My wife and I fight over roasted brussels sprouts. We carefully count out an even share to ensure that nobody gets shorted. They become the highlight of a meal (we last had them as a side with lamb burgers, and the sprouts were still the most exciting thing on the plate!). I cannot overstate how exceedingly good roasted brussels sprouts are.

And the recipe is wonderfully simple. Preheat your oven to 425º. Toss sprouts in a bowl with oil, salt and pepper until coated. Place on a baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes. Turn them and roast for another 5 minutes. Keep doing that until they’re soft and the exterior leaves have gotten well browned (almost black). The best way to tell if they’re done is to taste them.

Roasting, by the way, is a great way to prepare pretty much any vegetable- mushrooms, peppers, broccoli, anything not leafy. It’s all good, but the transformation roasting works on brussels sprouts is essentially alchemy.

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Anecdotes that probably aren’t true, but should be

I heard online from a person who claimed to know the actor Ruben Blades who used to go drinking with Raul Julia in NYC in the 60s. Yes, I realize exactly how tenuous that sort of provenance is, but the anecdote joins the many that I’ve gathered over the years- stories that have no real evidence, but are plausible, and most important- awesome.

In any case, the anecdote:
Raul and Ruben were in a bar watching the moon landing. When Armstrong says, “This is one small step for a man, and one giant leap for mankind,” Raul leaps up on a table, and shouts out: “That’s it? That’s the best he can do? If I were there, I’d say, ‘I’m Raul Julia from Puerto Rico and I’m standing on the fucking moon!”

I can hear that in Julia’s voice. True or not, it might as well be true.

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Hearing “The Latest Exo-Planet”

When I was young, the idea that we could identify planets orbiting distant stars was a “someday” sort of thing. “Someday, our telescopes will be good enough, our techniques will be refined enough, that we’ll be able to find other planets.” Back then, we only knew of the other planets and planet-like objects that orbited our Sun. We all assumed that there were other planets out there, but without proof, it was just an assumption.

Today, spotting exo-planets is old hat. It seems like not a week goes by when a new one isn’t discovered. At this point, the only headlines we hear are when we’ve discovered the latest in a long chain of “smallest, most Earth-like exo-planet yet!” The fact that we can get jaded about something as incredible as spotting something the size of a planet across a distance that makes the largest planet little more than a mote says something about how amazing our world is.

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News Like This

Dubai police have confirmed they uncovered a gang of dealers who were selling electric stun gun kits, for up to £5,000, across the region. These were then being fitted inside the robot jockeys, which cost between £130-£200, that in recent years have largely replaced child jockeys, traditionally used in camel racing, due to humanitarian concerns. The electric shocks could be administered by remote control to encourage the camel to run faster.
You read that right- robotic camel jockeys have been illegally enhanced to make the camels perform better. There’s a sentence that would have been science fictional a decade ago, and incomprehensible a century ago.

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Hearing “The Latest Exo-Planet”

When I was young, the idea that we could identify planets orbiting distant stars was a “someday” sort of thing. “Someday, our telescopes will be good enough, our techniques will be refined enough, that we’ll be able to find other planets.” Back then, we only knew of the other planets and planet-like objects that orbited our Sun. We all assumed that there were other planets out there, but without proof, it was just an assumption.

Today, spotting exo-planets is old hat. It seems like not a week goes by when a new one isn’t discovered. At this point, the only headlines we hear are when we’ve discovered the latest in a long chain of “smallest, most Earth-like exo-planet yet!” The fact that we can get jaded about something as incredible as spotting something the size of a planet across a distance that makes the largest planet little more than a mote says something about how amazing our world is.

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Being Lazy

I didn’t write an awesome thing yesterday. I was feeling lazy. Sometimes, you just need to slack off. Which, BTW- I’m writing this at work. Ahhhhhhh…

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