Premature death?

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English: Approximate Prevalence Distribution of the Subtypes of ADHD as cited by Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD. New York, NY: Routledge. 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Lessons from NASCAR…

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I never built or modified my cars growing up.  Oh, sure, I installed the best kickass stereo system you had ever seen.  (Believe it or not, it cost about $ 300, was built by Hammond Organ [via their Gibbs music division] and had speakers with 10 inch magnets- some 45 years ago.)   But, modifying the car for speed or paint- not me.

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Israeli research may change Alzheimer’s and Autism Incidence

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Each week, we learn more and more about how our brains work (or not).  And, with that knowledge comes our ability to deal with diseases that have scared us for decades- Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Autism.

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Impulse buy?

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I always am amazed at the plethora of junk at the CVS checkout counter. (Yes, Rite-Aid and Walgreens also have the same gazillion candy bars and gums.) Not so much at the grocery store anymore. Oh, there’s the occasional National Enquirer, soda pop, and a few candy bars, but not as many or as wide a choice as before. This doesn’t include the fact that more and more folks are getting their groceries delivered (and don’t set foot into the store itself).

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R&D cuts mean fewer Start-ups

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I am not trying to sound the Doomsday Machine.  Our economy is picking up.  Corporations are raising their low-end employee’s wages.  (Don’t get too excited.  They are not doing this for benevolent reasons.  They are having a tough time keeping their low-end employees, because jobs are now more available.)  But, we still are not coming out with a plethora of new products.

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The Function of a College Education

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Well, he did it again.  Governor Walker let his true colors shine through.  By attempting to change the mission of the great University of Wisconsin system- and then attempting to retract, when he found he had no backers.

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Looking for love in all the wrong places?

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I don’t normally read the Wall Street Journal and fall off my chair laughing. But, I had the occasion recently to do just that.

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Washington’s Birthday

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Sunday is Washington’s Birthday (22 February).  As I mentioned on Lincoln’s Birthday, the US Government has elected to conflate these two days (into President’s Day, which was last Monday) to minimize the holidays (days off with pay) for American labor.   And, while both Washington and Lincoln were responsible for securing the formation of a more perfect union, Washington was the first of our presidents.  And, he was elected unanimously.  (Lincoln had three other opponents and only got 40% of the vote, all he needed to win.  We’ve had a few other minority presidents since then.)

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American Dream, Redux…

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So, it’s true. Even the Republicans know it. (But, to a large degree, they wish it weren’t true… because it removes one of their political daggers.) The American economy is recovering nicely- not where we want it, but better than it’s been in nearly a decade.

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21st Century at last?

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Way back when I was first starting out as a chemical engineer, I had the opportunity to meet some pioneers in the field of bioengineering. No, this time I don’t mean the medical version of bioengineering- but the biochemical types. Drs. Arnie Demain, Elmer Gaden, Art Humphrey, Danny Wang.

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