April 4th, 2007

Books do furnish a room.

Tuesday April 3, 2007. Second day for University of Minnesota Libraries book sale. Bag sale from 2-5 PM, $5 a bag. (Dropped a bit during the last half hour, but this can't be counted on for future sales.)

Now I need to get rid of some books.

***The weather started out with very light rain, changed to snow. Not quite time to put my winter clothing away, I guess.
Writing: "The Hidden Class" -- More outline/notes.

Self help information:

Selfwork: Some practice in kinesthetic visualization. A bit of exercise backpacking books from the sale.

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From bna.com's newsletter:

The Texas Attorney General is suing RadioShack after the retailer's employees dumped thousands of customer records in garbage bins behind a store near Corpus Christi, Texas, on March 21. The records contained Social Security numbers, credit and debit card information, names, addresses and telephone numbers, according to investigators.

Internet telephony provider Vonage, which is facing a possible shutdown of its service this week because of a patent dispute, may have gotten a stay of execution. According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company has signed a deal with a wholesaler of voice over Internet Protocol services called Voiceone, owned by a company called VoIP Inc., that could provide it with a work-around for at least two of the three patents owned by Verizon Communications.

The European Commission will launch proposals aimed at reviving its campaign to create a common patent system for Europe that would cut costs for companies and simplify legal procedures. European patents are managed at a national level, creating an unwieldy system of varying rules, court systems and languages across the 27-nation bloc. Securing a patent for just half the countries in the European Union costs more than 10 times as much as a patent in the U.S. or Japan, according to the commission.

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From http://eurekalert.org:

Public Release: 4-Apr-2007
Nicotine and Tobacco Research
Dairy, fruits and veggies may help smokers quit
Milk does the body good -- and may help smokers break the habit, say researchers at Duke University Medical Center.
NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse

Public Release: 4-Apr-2007
Psychological Science
Study links propensity toward worry to early death
As reported in the May issue of Psychological Science, men who increased over time in neuroticism died earlier, mostly from cancer and heart disease.

Public Release: 4-Apr-2007
UC research shows rapid decline in geriatric medicine studies
The older population may soon be facing a medical care crisis as numbers of students studying geriatric medicine continue to decrease rapidly, say researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC).
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, John A. Hartford Foundation

I would never have guessed department:
Public Release: 4-Apr-2007
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
Research finds that culture is key to interpreting facial emotions
Research has uncovered that culture is a determining factor when interpreting facial emotions. The study reveals that in cultures where emotional control is the standard, such as Japan, focus is placed on the eyes to interpret emotions. Whereas in cultures where emotion is openly expressed, such as the United States, the focus is on the mouth to interpret emotion.

Public Release: 4-Apr-2007
Historical Research
The discovery of America: The revolutionary claims of a dead historian
History tells us Columbus discovered America in 1492 and, five years later, John Cabot reached the mainland of North America before Columbus could claim South America for Spain. What if new evidence was unearthed to suggest that while Columbus was still exploring the Caribbean, Cabot had claimed the whole of North America for England and, at the same time, established its first Christian church?

Public Release: 4-Apr-2007
3.2 billion-year-old surprise: Earth had strong magnetic field
Geophysicists at the University of Rochester announce in today's issue of Nature that the Earth's magnetic field was nearly as strong 3.2 billion years ago as it is today. The findings, which are contrary to previous studies, suggest that even in its earliest stages the Earth was already well protected from the solar wind, which can strip away a planet’s atmosphere and bathe its surface in lethal radiation.
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 4-Apr-2007
Mechanism of nicotine's learning effects explored
While nicotine is highly addictive, researchers have also shown the drug to enhance learning and memory -- a property that has launched efforts to develop nicotine-like drugs to treat cognitive deficits in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, schizophrenia and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences and Center of Medical Systems Biology, Dutch Medical Research Council, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

Public Release: 4-Apr-2007
Measuring the brain's 'rich switch'
Economists have postulated that people's perception of the value of financial gains decreases as they become richer, but scientists have not really been able to measure this change in "marginal utility" in the laboratory ... until now.
Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council, Swiss National Science Foundation, Roche Research Foundation, Janggen-Poehn Foundation

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Wednesday April 4, 2007. "Malkin denies that her book defends the internment of Japanese-Americans. The book is entitled 'In Defense of Internment.'"
Apr 4, 9:45 PM (ET)

SEATTLE (AP) - The "boyfriend" of a 14-year-old girl who lived with her and her family for more than a year was actually a 30-year-old woman, police said.

Lorelei Corpuz posed as a 17-year-old orphan to gain the family's trust, then beat and molested the teen, police allege...
Sick today. Probably partly allergies; mine are worst around this time of year. Partly the colder weather, I think.

Writing: Resisted the urge to trash it all.

Self help information:

Decluttering: Cleared out refrigerator.

Selfwork: Short meditations.