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Dog Days of the Pandemic

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First worker: "I'm going to call in dead."

Observation

"Our bodies are our gardens; our wills are our gardeners." -- William Shakespeare

Medical History

This week in 1976, the first machine for reading printed matter aloud was given its first public demonstration by inventor Raymond Kurzweil. Using a camera with a computer, pages of printed matter could be scanned, the letters analyzed and reproduced in synthesized English speech at 150 words per minute.

Perishable Publications

 

Many, if not most, published research papers have titles that defy comprehension. They use specialized jargon, complex words and opaque phrases like "nonlinear dynamics." Sometimes they don't, yet they're still hard to figure out. Here's an actual title of actual published research study: "Chemical processes in the deep interior of Uranus."

OK, this is admittedly juvenile humor at best. The title and paper, published in Nature Communications in 2011, are actually quite serious, detailing molecular dynamics inside the solar system's eighth planet from the sun.

Self-Exam

Q: What is the most valuable part of the human body?

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