Happy birthday to justbeast!
Hello to new reader groovy_violet!
Bit stiff and wheezy from yesterday's exertions.
New Shayara! Just the one page for now, though I may post more background stuff later if I have time. Yes, Amy is a character those of you who've been reading me for a while have met. :)
Thursday - Alanna. (I could totally use Alanna spot illos, if any of you artists are bored.)
slipjig- designer of last week's Shayara puzzle - just had a crossword puzzle accepted by the New York Times! *happydances* Congratulate him here!
* Download Jon Armstrong's Grey -one of my favorite debut novels of 2007 - here. For free. (Have you downloaded Richard Kadrey's Butcher Bird there yet? Do that, too.)
* A list of science fiction books which feature linguistics or linguists.
* cmpriest loved Doomsday. coffeeinhell hated it. Both posts are hilarious.
* Crystal meth antibodies? Crystal meth enhancers? Interesting week.
Three years ago, Lee Spievack sliced off the tip of his finger in the propeller of a hobby shop airplane. What happened next...propelled him into the future of medicine. Spievack's brother, Alan, a medical research scientist, sent him a special powder and told him to sprinkle it on the wound.
"I powdered it on until it was covered," Spievack recalled.
To his astonishment, every bit of his fingertip grew back.
"Your finger grew back," Andrews asked Spievack, "flesh, blood, vessels and nail?"
"Four weeks," he answered.
Andrews spoke to Dr. Steven Badylak of the University of Pittsburgh's McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine and asked if that powder was the reason behind Spievack's new finger tip.
"Yes, it is," Badylak explained. "We took this and turned it into a powdered form."
That powder is a substance made from pig bladders called extracellular matrix. It is a mix of protein and connective tissue surgeons often use to repair tendons and it holds some of the secrets behind the emerging new science of regenerative medicine.
Don't yet know if I'm going to Diesel or the Everclear show. I suspect that'll be a last-minute decision.