Jeff Martin

I like the Internet, science is art, and Laura is my penguin. My blog features various posts about science, technology, Starcraft II, and an SI approved shit ton of other cool tidbits.

So there’s this girl…

I love her, and she loves me.

She’s the single best thing that has happened to me.

I would do anything for her.

One Chat at a Time

alexainslie:

“And there it is: his name is right under hers. I move the cursor over it, and the thumbnail pops up with all of his information. His address, clarkstatehood@gmail. com. His icon, a photo of Patrick Swayze from Road House. A little gray dot, just like the one next to Cella’s name. As if he’s just not available to chat at the moment. Clark is offline.”

sciencecenter:

Insulin spray shows early promise in warding off Alzheimer’s

A twice-daily dose of insulin, sprayed deep in the nose for easy transit to the brain, may slow or stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new pilot study. The researchers gave 104 patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease or pre-Alzheimer’s cognitive impairment one of three nasal sprays for four months. One group of patients got a nasal spray with a moderate dose of insulin twice a day, one group got a higher dose, and the third got a squirt of saline solution, as a placebo. The memory, cognitive abilities, and day-to-day functioning of patients given insulin stayed constant or improved slightly—particularly for those given the moderate dose of insulin rather than the high dose—while the abilities and memory of patients given the placebo declined.
It makes sense that insulin might slow the advance of the disease. In addition to its effect on blood sugar levels, insulin seems to guard against some of the ill effects of the amyloid plaques that build up in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Diabetics and other people whose bodies produce too little insulin or aren’t responsive to it are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s.
This was a small, short-term study; to know whether insulin nasal sprays can really keep Alzheimer’s at bay, researchers will need to run longer-lasting studies with more patients. But given that there aren’t currently any ways to treat or slow the course of Alzheimer’s, this study highlights a promising direction for further research.

sciencecenter:

Insulin spray shows early promise in warding off Alzheimer’s

A twice-daily dose of insulin, sprayed deep in the nose for easy transit to the brain, may slow or stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new pilot study. The researchers gave 104 patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease or pre-Alzheimer’s cognitive impairment one of three nasal sprays for four months. One group of patients got a nasal spray with a moderate dose of insulin twice a day, one group got a higher dose, and the third got a squirt of saline solution, as a placebo. The memory, cognitive abilities, and day-to-day functioning of patients given insulin stayed constant or improved slightly—particularly for those given the moderate dose of insulin rather than the high dose—while the abilities and memory of patients given the placebo declined.

It makes sense that insulin might slow the advance of the disease. In addition to its effect on blood sugar levels, insulin seems to guard against some of the ill effects of the amyloid plaques that build up in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Diabetics and other people whose bodies produce too little insulin or aren’t responsive to it are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s.

This was a small, short-term study; to know whether insulin nasal sprays can really keep Alzheimer’s at bay, researchers will need to run longer-lasting studies with more patients. But given that there aren’t currently any ways to treat or slow the course of Alzheimer’s, this study highlights a promising direction for further research.

chocolatesexfactory:

i hate marijuana tryhards more than anything.

Smoking weed is not a status symbol. People need to understand this.

(Source: kekerson420)

Orson Scott Card the Homophobe and My Hero

Orson Scott Card has always been one of my favorite authors. Ender’s Game inspired me as a child, and I would venture that it had a large impact on who I am today, as well as how I see my place in the world. Though what’s troubling about my childhood hero is that he’s homophobic.

I understand that he has conservative views, as well as a Mormon background, but he’s not your typical conservative:

  • He speaks on the need to conserve fossil fuels in a, mostly, unorthodox manner for a conservative.
  • He believes that the world’s governments need to intervene more with how we spend our resources.
  • He wants a much larger space program. 

These aren’t your typical conservative views, and it’s really great to see that I can agree with Card on these topics.

However, all this is overshadowed, by his outright homophobia. Like Charlie Jane Anders, of io9, has said in his article dedicated to the same topic,

"Card still has a huge following and a massive soap-box, and he’s proved he’s willing to use his fiction to advance his political ideas. I’d really love to see him spending more time advancing his unique ideas about energy policy — rather than wasting time propounding ideas about homosexuality that are neither original nor constructive."