Search for alien signals expands to 20,000 star systems

The search for radio signals from alien worlds is expanding to 20,000 star systems that were previously considered poor targets for intelligent extraterrestrial life, US researchers said Wednesday.

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New scientific data has led the SETI Institute to believe systems orbiting —dim, long-lived stars that are on average billions of years older than our sun—are worth investigating.

“This may be one instance in which older is better,” said astronomer Seth Shostak of California-based SETI, a private, non-profit organization which stands for Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.

“Older solar systems have had more time to produce intelligent species.”

The two-year project involves picking from a list of about 70,000 red dwarfs and scanning 20,000 of the nearest ones, along with the cosmic bodies that circle them.

To do this, scientists will use the SETI Institute’s Allen Telescope Array in northern California, a group of 42 antennas that can observe three stars simultaneously.

“We’ll scrutinize targeted systems over several frequency bands between 1 and 10 GHz,” said SETI scientist Gerry Harp.

“Roughly half of those bands will be at so-called ‘magic frequencies’—places on the radio dial that are directly related to basic mathematical constants,” he added.

“It’s reasonable to speculate that extraterrestrials trying to attract attention might generate signals at such special frequencies.”

For a long time, scientists ruled out searching around red dwarfs because around the stars are small.

Any planets orbiting them would be so close that one side would be constantly facing the star, making one side of the planet very hot and the other quite cold and dark.

But more recently, scientists have learned that heat could be transported from the light side of the planet to the darker side, and that much of the surface could be amenable to life.

“In addition, exoplanet data have suggested that somewhere between one sixth and one half of have planets in their habitable zones, a percentage comparable to, and possibly greater than, for Sun-like stars,” said the statement.

Experts have been hunting for alien intelligence for six decades, but have not found any evidence yet.

The SETI Institute has inaugurated a greatly expanded hunt for deliberately produced radio signals that would indicate the presence of extraterrestrial intelligence.  Over the course of the next two years, it will scrutinize the vicinities of 20,000 so-called red dwarf stars.

“Red dwarfs – the dim bulbs of the cosmos – have received scant attention by SETI scientists in the past,” notes Institute engineer Jon Richards.  “That’s because researchers made the seemingly reasonable assumption that other intelligent species would be on planets orbiting stars similar to the Sun.”

This conservative assessment was bolstered by the argument that few planets were likely to be found in the habitable zone of a red dwarf star, simply because that zone is far narrower than for brighter stars like the Sun. Additionally, any worlds that were in this zone would be orbiting so close to their suns that they would quickly become tidally locked – with one hemisphere perpetually facing the star.  It was assumed that this would produce a planet that was intolerably hot on one side, and brutally cold on the other, ruling it out as an abode for life.

However, more recent research has indicated that, if these worlds have oceans and atmospheres, heat would be transported from the lit side to the dark, and a significant fraction of the planet would be habitable.  In addition, exoplanet data have suggested that somewhere between one sixth and one half of red dwarf stars have planets in their habitable zones, a percentage comparable to, and possibly greater, than for Sun-like stars.

“Significantly, three-fourths of all stars are red dwarfs,” notes SETI Institute astronomer Seth Shostak.  “That means that if you observe a finite set of them – say the nearest twenty thousand – then on average they will be at only half the distance of the nearest twenty thousand Sun-like stars.”

Closer stars mean that any signals would be stronger.

Also, red dwarfs burn for a period of time that’s greater than the current age of the universe: every red dwarf ever born is still shining today.  They are, on average, billions of years older than stars than Sun-like stars.

“This may be one instance in which older is better,” Shostak says.  “Older solar systems have had more time to produce intelligent species.”

The search is being conducted on the SETI Institute’s Allen Telescope Array, located in the Cascade Mountains of northern California.  This grouping of 42 antennas can currently observe three stars simultaneously.

“We’ll scrutinize targeted systems over several frequency bands between 1 and 10 GHz,” says Institute scientist Gerry Harp.  “Roughly half of those bands will be at so-called ‘magic frequencies’ – places on the radio dial that are directly related to basic mathematical constants.  It’s reasonable to speculate that extraterrestrials trying to attract attention might generate signals at such special frequencies.”

The new red dwarf survey is planned to take two years.  Targets are being chosen from a list of approximately 70,000 red dwarfs compiled by Boston University astronomer Andrew West. The search will also incorporate relevant new data as generated by NASA’s TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) project, which will examine nearby stars, including red dwarfs, for planets.


About SETI Institute

The SETI Institute is a multi-disciplinary, highly collaborative research organization committed to exploring, understanding, and explaining the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe.  It does so with expertise in fields ranging from astrophysics and planetary science to biology and social science, as well as computer science and signal detection.  We have a passion not only for discovery, but also for sharing knowledge as scientific ambassadors to the public, the press, and government.  The SETI Institute is a distinguished partner for government agencies, academic institutions, and corporations around the world.

Do Humans Have a Moral Duty to Stop Procreating?

Whenever any animal population gets out of control, whether it be an overrun of deer or geese, humans usually step in and make plans to curb it through hunting or damaging nests. It seems cruel, but without natural predators to bring the population down, overpopulation could have devastating effects on the local environment. Yet, humans have shown themselves to be far more destructive than any other animal on this planet, so why don’t we offer ourselves the same consideration? I’m talking about anti-natalism here, the philosophical position that opposes procreation.


“If that level of destruction were caused by another species we would rapidly recommend that new members of that species not be brought into existence,” writes philosopher David Benatar.

There’s a fair argument to be made for anti-natalism that tears at most people’s desire to reproduce and a moral responsibility that few of us consider. This planet is overpopulated and we’re consuming more resources than the Earth can reproduce. You may not know this, but last week featured Earth Overshoot Day — the day when the Global Footprint Network announced that we’ve consumed a year’s worth of resources. The GFN estimates that the first Overshoot Day may have been back in the 1970s “due to the growth in the global population alongside the expansion of consumption around the world,” wroteEmma Howard from The Guardian.

“If that level of destruction were caused by another species, we would rapidly recommend that new members of that species not be brought into existence,” writes philosopher David Benatar, author of the anti-natalist book, Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence.

“Nothing is lost by never coming into existence. By contrast, ceasing to exist does have costs.”

Many humans are capable of reflecting on whether or not they should reproduce, but few do, according to Benatar. He explains in an article for The Critique:“This may be because humans are not as different from non-human animals as they would like to think. Like other animals, we are the products of evolution, with all the biological drives that such products can be expected to have.”

However, one of the main reasons for Benatar’s article is to explain what anti-natalism is not: “It is important to note that anti-natalism, while favouring human extinction, is a view about a particular means to extinction – namely non-procreation. Anti-natalists are not committed to either suicide or ‘speciecide,’ as some of their critics insensitively suggest. Nothing is lost by never coming into existence. By contrast, ceasing to exist does have costs.”

His piece is jarring and his book on the philosophical argument against procreation is even more so, but it challenges the presumption of “be fruitful and multiply” that most of us are brought up on. I have often stopped to think about whether or not I want to have children, but, for me, his argument challenges the deeper morality that has been absent from this decision.

Medical Marijuana Legalized On Entire Continent Of Australia

Australia’s population is roughly 23 million – while the US has approximately 318 million potential medical marijuana patients. All the same –lawmakers in the countryhave just legalizedmedical marijuana for the entire country, with a vote made by the Australian Parliament last Wednesday.


The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Senate lawmakers have officially put their seal of approval on amendments to the Narcotic Drugs Act, which, in turn, will engender the creation of an authority to oversee the licensing of cannabis farms and the nationwide distribution of medical marijuana products. People will be allowed to grow their own medicinal marijuana from Perth to Melbourne to Queensland near the Great Barrier Reef.


Minister for Health Sussan Ley said in a statement:

“This is an historic day for Australia and the many advocates who have fought long and hard to challenge the stigma around medicinal cannabis products so genuine patients are no longer treated as criminals. This is the missing piece in a patient’s treatment journey, and [we] will now see seamless access to locally produced medicinal cannabis products from farm to pharmacy.”

The details of legalization are still being worked out by the nation’s federal government, but patients with a valid prescription will have access to both purchase and grow their own cannabis products. Specific types of marijuana that will be allowed are still being discussed, with an initial crop being expected to be planted within months.

Lucy Haslam launched a campaign to leglaize medical marijauan in Australia, after her son, Daniel, died last year from bowel cancer.

When petitioning Parliament to reform the nation’s marijuana laws, Haslam told lawmakers that she used cannabis to control the nausea and vomiting her son experienced as a result of chemotherapy treatments.

Haslam said after hearing Parliament’s decision:


“[Daniel] would really be at peace today. He didn’t want to die…but it would give him peace to know this is going to help so many Australians. I think he’d be proud.”

There will be regulatory issues to overcome, as well as a learning curve for physicians who are not well versed in prescribing pot, but allowing cannabis use for medical patients for an entire continent – that’s an example the US could surely stand to follow.

Australian lawmakers say they are fully prepared to reintroduce legislation in the future to address any issues that may arise from legalizing medical marijuana.


What you Need to Know about Diagnosing and NATURALLY Treating Thyroid Conditions

Increasing toxicity in our environment due to pollution in our food, air and water has lead to a dramatic increase in thyroid conditions. There are many natural treatment options available to us besides just traditional medication and surgery.

Are you one of the 20 million+ Americans suffering from a thyroid condition? Did you know that over 60% of people who have thyroid condition remain unaware of them? Or that women are five to eight times morelikely than men to develop thyroid problems? According to the American Thyroid Association, more than 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition at some point in their lives.


This week on Lucid Planet Radio with Dr. Kelly, I was fortunate to interview functional medicine doctor and world renowned thyroid expert Dr. Gil Kajiki about the secrets to natural thyroid health, and how the thyroid might be affecting your weight gain. As someone who was diagnosed with hypothyroid in 2014, this topic is incredibly important to me! You can listen to the entire interview on our Soundcloud archive, and learn more about Dr. Kajiki’s story and practice on his website for the Valley Thyroid Institute.

What is the Thyroid?

Your thyroid (THY-roid) is a small gland found at the base of your neck, just below your Adam’s apple. The thyroid produces two main hormones called T3 and T4. These hormones travel in your blood to all parts of your body and control the rate of many activities in your body, including how fast you burn calories and how fast your heart beats. All of these activities together are known as your body’s metabolism. A thyroid that is working right will produce the right amounts of hormones needed to keep your body’s metabolism working at a rate that is not too fast or too slow. This is why thyroid problems are often a hidden component in the ability for many people to lose weight: When the thyroid is malfunctioning, the weight will stay on due to slow metabolic processing.


What Do Thyroid Conditions Look Like?

Thyroid problems are often un-diagnosed because their symptoms overlap with so many other issues in the body. According to Dr. Kajiki the three most common thyroid problems are: Hypo (or, low) thyroid, hyper (or, high) thyroid, and Hashimoto’s, which is an autoimmune disease (where the body’s cells attack the thyroid). Do you think you might have a thyroid problem? Here are some symptoms to look for:


Hypothyroid: Weight gain, fatigue, dry skin, hair loss, depression, constipation, sensitivity to cold, muscle aches, puffy face, memory loss, and high TSH test.

Hyperthyroid: Racing heart, rapid pulse, weight loss, hair loss, fatigue, anxiety, Low TSH test, irritability, hand tremors, muscle weakness, heat sensitivity, and insomnia.

Hashimoto’s: Racing heart, night sweats, depression, anxiety, throat swelling, weight gain, hair loss, muscle aches, alternating constipation and frequent IBS, memory loss. Hashimoto’s is an auto-immune condition, meaning that the immune system attacks the thyroid resulting in a combination of hypo- and hyper-thyroid symptoms.

What are the 9 Most Common Thyroid Triggers?

I learned during our interview that one of the most challenging problems with diagnosing Thyroid disorders is that they can look like so many other disorders, or “triggers” as Dr. Kajiki calls them. Triggers are body dysfunctions that can mimic a thyroid problem, but are not a thyroid problem. The trouble is, triggers are also body dysfunctions that can agitate the immune system causing the immune system to launch an attach on the thyroid gland, resulting in Hashimoto’s. The nine most common triggers are:

  1. Anemia
  2. Blood Sugar Instability
  3. Hormone imbalance
  4. Adrenal Gland Dysfunction
  5. Inflammation (Systemic and local)
  6. Gastro-intestinal problems
  7. Food Sensitivities
  8. Stealth Infections
  9. Chemical Sensitivities

In order to properly diagnose a thyroid problem or Hashimoto’s, it is very important to conduct tests to see how these triggers are impacting the body. As Dr. Kajiki learned when diagnosing and treating his wife’s Hashimoto’s, traditional medicine often does not conduct the right types of tests to diagnose thyroid problems, and does not interpret them correctly. He spent years researching to uncover the source of his wife’s illness (Hashimoto’s) and dedicated his practice to treating thyroid patients around the world. Because thyroid problems can be so tricky to diagnose, it is imperative to run a series of tests to ascertain which of the triggers are present before the thyroid can be treated. Dr. Kajiki offers this diagram of the different types of tests, which he uses to analyze the thyroid functioning of his patients around the world.


Why are Thyroid Problems So Prevalent?  

On the show, I asked to Dr. Kajiki why Thyroid problems appear to be on the rise. He explained that this is most likely due to the increasing levels of toxicity in our environment, including our air pollution, radiation spilling from Fukushima, toxicity in our water and the prevalence antibiotics and hormones in our food. In addition, many of us have poor diets and consume way too many processed “food-like products” rather than actual natural foods. We drink too much caffeine, we skip meals, and we eat far too much sugar. We also live in a society that seemingly breeds stress, with many of us cramped up in cubicles or with our eyes glued to screens all day long, not getting enough fresh air, sunlight or exercise. It certainly appears that the environment and lifestyle of the 21st century is not particularly conducive to thyroid health.

Can Thyroid Conditions Be Treated Naturally?

For many mainstream medical professionals, the only way to treat thyroid problems is through medication and surgery. The problem, as Dr. Kajiki points out in the show, is that for 70-90% of thyroid patients, medication alone is NOT enough to solve the problem. Sometimes it can mask the symptoms, but the thyroid is never truly healed.

Dr. Kajiki’s thyroid treatment protocol is all about fusing medication (if/when necessary) with major diet and lifestyle changes. As with all functional medicine approaches, the patient must be actively involved in the treatment in order for it to be successful. In other words, if you just want to sit back and take a pill, without changing anything in your life, then a natural approach to any body disorder is probably not the way to go.

Eating Habits and a Healthy Gut

A natural thyroid protocol would be tailored to each individual’s needs based upon how the nine common triggers are affecting their body. Integral to any plan would be a process to clean the digestive system by eliminating any food or chemical sensitivities the individual my have. Since 70% of our immune system is located in our gut, when our gut becomes agitated through toxicities or food sensitivities, our immune system becomes agitated! And when our immune system is agitated this can exacerbate auto-immune disorders. This is why it is imperative to cultivate the microbiome in your gut by eating fermented foods and/or consuming probiotic supplements.

For example, one of the biggest changes that I have made since being diagnosed with a thyroid condition 2014 is completely eliminating gluten from my diet. Gluten can be a major instigator of thyroid auto-immune problems due to a process called ‘molecular mimicry’ where the body perceives gluten to be thyroid tissue (because their molecular composition is so similar) and begins to attack the thyroid. Many patients also benefit from being mindful of their consumption of goitrogens, a type of food that can interfere with thyroid function, which include broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, rutabaga, turnips, millet, spinach, strawberries, peaches, watercress, peanuts, radishes, and soybeans.

Dr. Kajiki also says it is incredibly important to each a protein rich breakfast within 1- 1.5 hours of waking up and have a protein rich snack every 2-3 hours to avoid blood sugar spikes. He says that the insulin spikes from eating a diet high in carbs, sugar and caffeine can lead to massive cortisol surges that can throw off the body’s hormonal balance, including thyroid functioning.

Lifestyle, Nutrition and Supplements

There are many other lifestyle changes that are important in a natural approach to thyroid health, including herbal and nutritional supplements, which according to Dr. Kajiki can vary according to the individual patient. So be sure to talk to your health provider or schedule a free consultation with Dr. Kajiki before you begin. Some recommendations may include:

  • Increase your consumption of herbs and healthy fats (like flax, hemp, coconut oil, avocado, olive oil, nut butters, yogurt and more) which can be important for regulating hormonal pathways.
  • Get your daily Omega-3s (whether from fish oils, flax, hemp, nuts or grassfed animal products), which are critical to thyroid function and improve the body’s ability to respond to the thyroid hormones.
  • Reduce Inflammation by avoiding foods you might be sensitive to, as well as limiting your intake of alcohol, refined sugar and processed foods. Also make sure to check for toxins in your environment that may be contributing to inflammation, such as mold or any hidden allergens.
  • Boost your antioxidants, like glutathione. While I sometimes have glutathione administered intravenously from my functional medicine doctor, you can also eat certain foods that help the body produce more if it, like peaches, avocado, spinach, squash, garlic, grapefruit, and raw eggs.
  • Make the time to RELAX and de-stress! The thyroid is incredibly sensitive to stress, so make a habit of engaging in practices to bring you into a Zen, chill space. These can include biofeedback, meditation, yoga, breath work, martial arts as well as exercise (which is great for your hormones too!). Even a warm bath at the end of the night or a nice lymphatic massage can help!

To find out more about the secrets to natural thyroid health, listen to the full podcast, and if you are seeking medical help or looking for treatment from a thyroid specialist, consider a free 15-minute consultation with Dr. Kajiki to see if his program is right for you.

Here’s what could destroy the world

Earth sustains life only because our planet teeters on a delicate and truly improbable balance.

Our atmosphere, proximity to the sun, and countless other beautiful coincidences not only permit life to evolve but also thrive.

And yet, here we are, sitting at desks and in coffee shops and walking down the street like our very existence isn’t some kind of extraordinary miracle.

But all good things must come to an end.

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One day Earth will be inhospitable to anything resembling life as we know it.

The life on this planet likely won’t cease until billions of years from now. But, depending on the vicissitudes of astrophysics, it could also happen tomorrow or anytime in between.

Here are the many ways scientists believe the Earth could die.

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7 Early Warning Signs You Have a Worm in Your Brain

Can you imagine having a worm stuck in your eyeball? It’s a true story and it could happen to you if you have consumed sushi or other vertebrates.


Gnathostomiasis is a parasitic infection caused by larvae (worms). The disease is most prominent in Southeast Asia, but cases have been reported in other parts of the world. This infection is caused by eating any one of the following:


7 Early Warning Signs You Have a Worm in Your Brain From Eating Sushi

 Can you imagine having a worm stuck in your eyeball? It’s a true story and it could happen to you if you have consumed sushi or other vertebrates.


Gnathostomiasis is a parasitic infection caused by larvae (worms). The disease is most prominent in Southeast Asia, but cases have been reported in other parts of the world. This infection is caused by eating any one of the following:

Signs and symptoms

If you’re infected, you will notice migratory swellings under your skin. You may also experience these signs:

  • malaise
  • fever
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • anorexia
  • abdominal or right upper quadrant pain

Symptoms should appear 24 hours after consumption.

As the worm migrates throughout the body, it causes the infected person to experience severe pain. Though it’s rare, the parasite can penetrate other bodily tissues such as the liver, the nerves, the spinal cord, the eye, resulting in vision loss or blindness, or the brain, resulting in nerve pain, paralysis, coma and death.

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Biohazard Defense

Bryan Burry brings a revolutionary, advanced disinfection method to North American healthcare
Burry’s antimicrobial, nanoscopic spray disinfects ambulances and other EMS equipment quickly and safely.
Burry’s antimicrobial, nanoscopic spray disinfects ambulances and other EMS equipment quickly and safely.

No matter where in the world we find ourselves, there are germs all around us. Bryan Burry, EMT-P, hopes to make ambulances, medical facilities and medical equipment largely an exception to this universal truth using a radical new sanitation technology that helps maintain hygienic environmental surfaces for extended periods.

Medical providers undergo great pains to ensure their equipment remains clean, safe and sterile, but especially in fast-paced EMS environments, maintaining a perfect standard of sanitation between frequent calls can be a challenge. Burry saw this all too often in his two decades of work as a paramedic and firefighter. He illustrates the problem using a common scenario familiar to any first responder.

“Mrs. Jones is sitting on the couch and we put our medical kits directly around her, and she’s coughing, spitting, sometimes urinating, vomiting—all these biohazards—and our kits are sitting in this microbiological stew,” Burry explained. “We get Mrs. Jones onto the stretcher and into the unit, drop her off at the hospital, and then we go on another call, often within minutes. So these medical kits and equipment aren’t disinfected in between calls; and really, how do you sanitize a fabric kit or piece of equipment with tiny folds and crevices in it?

“You attend the next call for Mr. Smith and you put your previously contaminated kits onto his bed, couch, or carpet, creating a major cross-contamination issue,” Burry continued. “Given what we know, with many bacteria and viruses, including superbugs, able to survive for hours, days, or even weeks on surfaces, we [first responders] are inadvertently becoming part of the healthcare-associated infection (HAI) problem.”

EMTs and paramedics in urban areas often receive 5-10 calls a day, and a close enough look at the contaminants these men and women come in contact with is enough to turn most anyone into a germaphobe. It’s not as though there aren’t carefully thought-out sanitation protocols in place at any North American EMS agency, but Burry says the traditional method for ambulance disinfection is time-consuming, chemical-laden and, ultimately, ineffective.

In fact, having spent 20 years in EMS, Burry knows from experience that wiping every inch of an ambulance and the equipment within is often a futile effort.

“Take an ambulance stretcher for instance, which has a thousand little grooves and nooks and crannies,” Burry said. “You physically—and I’ve done this myself hundreds of times in my career—you physically cannot properly disinfect that stretcher.”

EMS 10 Bryan BurryThis fear of EMS cross-contamination is far from paranoia, too. Any clustered environment where illness is commonplace can demonstrate reason for concern. In Canada, where Burry resides, the Chief Public Health Officer’s Report on the State of Public Health in Canada, 2013, states that HAIs kill up to 8,000 Canadians each year, which is approximately three times the number of people killed due to traffic accidents. Assisted living homes are a classic example of the problem, Burry says.

“The issue here is microbial transmission,” Burry said. “There’s a lot of studies that demonstrate a direct correlation between high population densities in a given space and the rate of infection.

“In an assisted or long-term care facility, which account for many EMS calls, you have a large concentration of people under one roof, and with their advanced age (and living longer due to medical science), they often have either concurrent medical problems or suppressed immune systems, so you have a perfect storm for infection transmission. The 80-year-olds typically don’t fight off infections as well as 30-year-olds.”

On top of the cross-contamination risk, Burry encountered an equally startling problem that came along with the traditional cleaning method. Sterilizing emergency vehicles is often done using powerful, toxic cleaners. Paramedics and firefighters can be trapped in very close quarters with these cleaning chemicals for hours on end. The effects of such a process were all too apparent during Burry’s time in the back of
an ambulance.

“For many years, cleaning in the back of the ambulance involved spraying [aerosolizing] really harsh chemicals, and then one day a boss came up to us and said, ‘Ah, yeah, that’s not safe, we’re not going to do that anymore,’” Burry said. “And this process was done every day or at least several times a week for years.”

Burry recalls particularly sensitive individuals who would be bailing out the back getting sick or lightheaded.

Finally, Burry encountered a solution growing popular in Europe and Singapore, and the approach is so radically different than the current operation that many might mistake it for something out of the pages of a science fiction book.

Essentially, Burry uses a method in which an ultrathin antimicrobial layer of a titanium-based mist is bound with a negative charge to any surface in a matter of seconds. The nanoscopic coating is applied using an electrostatic gun that ensures 100% wraparound coverage. The surface becomes self-cleaning because the coating creates a durable shield around all it binds to, repelling dirt or organic grime through its light-activated reaction.

Other features of the coatings are odor control and improved indoor air quality as the same process oxidizes volatile organic compounds (VOCs), combustion gases, and particulate matter. Some agents are safe enough that no personal protective equipment is required when applying the disinfectant.

So how does this nanoscopic coating stack up against the traditional method? Burry, not one for aggrandizing, says there’s no comparison.

“Essentially, it takes human error and the difficulty accessing microspaces out of the process—we don’t miss spots,” Burry said. “You just stand back three or four feet from a piece of equipment, for example a stretcher that would take 20 minutes for a person to clean, and probably only get 50% of it—and with this machine we’re getting every square micrometer of that stretcher, likely in about five seconds.”

He’s also quick to mention the system’s not a silver bullet, but rather a great adjunct to a comprehensive hygiene program—it doesn’t replace routine cleaning, and hand washing is still your best defence against spreading disease.

The University of Arizona study “Long term reduction of bacteria on surfaces in public buses,” by Charles P. Gerba, used a method similar to Burry’s on the Arizona public bus system and found buses treated with the coating had 93% fewer bacteria after 30 days than untreated buses.

Burry had spent 20 years working in the field in the Alberta region, the rigors of which had taken their toll both physically and mentally, he said. Still, his passion and his life’s work rested in EMS, and with this new method, he found a way to continue having an impact on the industry without spending his days and nights in the back of an ambulance.

“This is a cool thing for me because I still like being around Fire and EMS providers,” Burry said. “It’s what I know and I still feel very connected to the industry. Now I can offer these guys something that positively impacts their health, and their patient’s health, in a big way.”

To bring the technology to healthcare agencies, assisted living facilities and other entities where cross-contamination is a major concern, Burry launched his company Nano Defence Solutions Inc. in November 2014 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The company has created a line of other unique surface cleaners too, including agents that aren’t light activated, as well as nontoxic organic cleaners and sanitizers, and botanical disinfectants.

Burry holds a North American patent for his unique chemical compound used by Nano Defence Solutions, but many similar compounds have also been implemented in pockets throughout the world, mostly in Europe and Asia. In fact, when asked if he thought this technology would eventually be commonplace in medical facilities and EMS agencies, Burry said there was no doubt in his mind.

As with any dramatically new technology, there’s a too-good-to-be-true element when hearing Burry speak excitedly about its applications and its eminence in the field. However, the technology still faces some regulatory hurdles, as well as budgetary and practical concerns in implementing it into workflows at hospitals, EMS agencies or assisted living facilities. Burry remains optimistic nevertheless.

“It’s going to be everywhere, it’s just going to take some time for people to wrap their heads around it,” Burry said. “A coating that can be applied to a surface, bind to it and continue its germ-killing function for weeks and months in some cases—it’s just novel to people.”

17 Reasons that tea is better than boyfriend.

17 reasons tea is better than a boyfriend

Tea or a boyfriend? If you really had a choice I know what most of us would choose…

There’s nothing better than sitting back and relaxing with a nice cup of tea.

It’s there for you when you need it most, it can be shared with your mates and it’s a universal truth that you can never argue over a cup of Rosie Lee.

Here’s 17 reasons why tea is better than a boyfriend.

1. It’s always hot 

It’s a lot easier to get a hot cup of tea than a hot boyfriend.

2. It can be as sweet as you like

And you can make it as strong or as weak as you want. The decision is yours.


3. It doesn’t judge you

If you want to put the milk in first, you put that milk in first.

4. It never lets you down

And you’ll never let tea down either.

5. It’s actually good for you

There’s no fear that you are making the wrong decision when drinking a cup of tea, as it has a lot of health benefits.

You can enjoy it guilt-free.


6. You can have as many cups as you like

In as little time as possible and no one will bat an eyelid.

7. You can try as many flavours as you like

No one will care or judge.

8. You can share it around the office

And it’s not weird at all.


9. Everyone loves a cuppa

You can impress people with your tea making skills.


10. It’s always there for you

A cuppa can solve everything plus it’s loyal AF.

11. It’s always available

You can grab a cup of tea anywhere you go.

12. It’ll never hurt you

Well, not on purpose.


13. You look forward to it

It’ll never give you a reason not to.

14. You’ll never get sick of tea

Have you ever heard of anyone who has???


15. You can talk things over a cuppa

It’s a problem solver, not a problem maker.

16. If you don’t like a flavour then there’s no problem

It won’t keep popping back into your life.

17. You always wake up fancying a cuppa in the morning…


Extra fish consumption prevents hearing loss in women

Women who eat fish regularly have a lower risk of developing hearing loss compared to women who rarely or never eat fish, according to a study.

Researchers speculate that the Omega 3 fatty acids in fish may help maintain good blood flow to the inner ear, BBC health reported.

Extra fish consumption prevents hearing loss in women

These are two questions commonly used to screen for hearing loss which affects more than one third of people over age 65.

Women who ate two or more servings of fish per week had a 20 percent lower risk of hearing loss, according to researchers.

Eating any type of fish whether it’s tuna dark fish [like salmon] or light fish was associated with a lower risk.

The omega 3 fatty acids found in fatty fish are linked to a range of health benefits including cutting the risk of heart disease, depression and possibly memory loss.

The findings come by way of the Nurses long-term research study that includes more than 100 000 nurses.

The nurses were aged 27 to 42 when they started completing detailed surveys about what they ate and drank.

And they were also asked whether they had a hearing problem and if so at what age they first noticed it.

The blood flow to the inner ear needs to be very well regulated and higher fish consumption may help maintain adequate cochlear blood flow.

Coping with Anger

Anger is a common feeling for many people living with cancer. It is often one of the first emotional reactions a person has to a cancer diagnosis. But it can develop at any time throughout treatment and survivorship.

A person living with cancer may feel anger about the way cancer has disrupted his or her life. He or she may be angry about the way family members and friends reacted to the diagnosis. Many people also wonder “Why me?”, which can lead to feeling angry and frustrated. Cancer symptoms and treatment-related side effects, such as trouble sleeping, fatigue, pain, and nausea, can make even the happiest person feel frustrated, irritable, and angry at times.

Coping with anger

In general, people consider anger to be bad. But, like any other emotion, it is something people just need to feel sometimes. Many people living with cancer feel guilty for being angry or simply don’t know how to express their feelings. As a result, the person may keep his or her feelings inside. Some people try to cope with anger by abusing alcohol and drugs. Others express their anger in ways that put both themselves and others at risk of harm. Continued anger and not feeling able to express it in healthy ways can lead to depression. Although depression is more common among people with cancer, it should not be considered a normal part of living with cancer. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of depression and how to find help.

When expressed in a safe, positive way, anger can help you change things for the better. For example, anger about cancer may provide a person with the energy and strength needed to overcome the challenges of treatment.

Healthy ways to express anger

The best way to deal with anger is to identify it and find a healthy way to express it. Consider the following tips when you find yourself feeling angry:

  • Recognize your anger. Sometimes people act on their anger before they fully know that they are struggling with the emotion.
  • Avoid taking out your anger on others. Direct your anger at the cause of the feelings, rather than other people.
  • Don’t let anger mask other feelings. People sometimes use anger to hide painful feelings that are difficult or uncomfortable to express, such as sadness or hopelessness.
  • Don’t wait for anger to build up. Express your feelings as soon as you recognize them. If you hold them in, you are more likely to express anger in an unhealthy way.
  • Find a safe way to express your anger. You can express and release your anger in a number of healthy ways, including:
    • Discussing the reasons for your anger with a trusted family member or friend
    • Doing a physical activity while feeling your anger at its full intensity
    • Beating on a pillow with your fists or a plastic bat
    • Yelling out loud in a car or private room
    • Exploring therapies, such as massage, relaxation techniques, or music or art therapy

Consider counseling

If you find it hard to manage and express your anger in healthy ways, you could benefit from counseling, either one-on-one or in a group setting. A mental health counselor can help you identify what triggers your anger, avoid destructive responses, find healthy ways to express your feelings, and learn valuable coping skills. A counselor can also help evaluate whether chronic anger is contributing to clinical depression and help you address other related problems such as addiction and relationship issues. To find a counselor in your area who can help, call theAmerican Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) Helpline at 1-866-276-7443 or explore these other support resources.

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