New Use for Old Word?

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Dialysis is a compound word of dia and lysis– which means ‘through’ ‘splitting or loosening’. In chemisty, the term defines the process of separating particles within a liquid, based upon their ability to pass through a membrane. In medicine, we use the term when we remove impurities in the blood based upon their ability to pass through a membrance. Until now.

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You thought Sandy was bad?

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Xmas has come and gone. We’ve added some ¾ of a million drones to the US skies, thanks to all those Xmas gifts.  So, it should come as no surprise that the FAA has finally acted to regulate these dangerous items.  The agency’s goal is primarily to ensure that commercial aircraft don’t get attacked (intentionally or otherwise) by these flying machines- but not to stop everyone and his grandmother from snooping on us- in our homes, in our yards, even in our bedrooms.

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The gift that keeps on giving

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You know I write often about the fact that our government has been attriting its support for R&D. Maybe if we could demonstrate to the politicians in terms they could understand (ok, in complete sentences- we can only hope some understand that) we could reverse this terrible trend. After all, without R&D, a nation’s economic prowess simply withers. As they say around MIT, the biggest day for technology transfer is graduation day.

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Shading the truth?

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I mentioned the other day that Dupont appointed a new CEO- one that agreed to merge with Dow.  And, Edward Breen was chosen as the interim CEO because he was thought to be the perfect one to turn the company around.   After all, he was the one who turned around Tyco International- as long as you recognized that he did so by selling off the company piece by piece.  (Oops.  Maybe that’s why Dupont chose him, for real, since in essence the Dow-Dupont merger is a process whereby the merged company will be split up into three new companies- and will shed a slew of businesses, to boot.)

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