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Stem Cell Contact Lenses Cure Blindness in Less Than a Month
By Adam Frucci, 2:00 PM on Wed Jun 3 2009

Here’s something that people with poor or no vision will be excited about: three patients had their sight restored in less than a month by contact lenses cultured with stem cells.

All three patients were blind in one eye. The researchers extracted stem cells from their working eyes, cultured them in contact lenses for 10 days, and gave them to the patients. Within 10 to 14 days of use, the stem cells began recolonizing and repairing the cornea.

Of the three patients, two were legally blind but can now read the big letters on an eye chart, while the third, who could previously read the top few rows of the chart, is now able to pass the vision test for a driver’s license. The research team isn’t getting over excited, still remaining unsure as to whether the correction will remain stable, but the fact that the three test patients have been enjoying restored sight for the last 18 months is definitely encouraging. The simplicity and low cost of the technique also means that it could be carried out in poorer countries.

This is incredible and potentially game changing. It’s stuff like this that makes you realize that we live in the future, and it’s awesome.


Astrophotography now that’s photography!

Check out this A S T O U N D I N G photography of the Space Shuttle crossing the Sun, Thierry Legault!

Space Shuttle crossing the Sun

Space Shuttle crossing the Sun


the air’s so clear, it carries the music far,

A place to bury strangers “my weakness

their cool and cold dark strong magic music, cools the hot desert air……………I’m digging em

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where are you Paul McCartney?

I know you are in town, because I feel the music


where are you?

are you staying with eric in JT?

wherever you are now, I know you are feeling the cool brisk winds of this early early april 16, 2009 morning

how lucky I am to have you here!



I can feel the music

it is so close

and so wonderful!

should i tell you i met your wonderful mother 10 plus year ago, a youthful wonder, i know where you get it from;

chaperoning your sister Ruth, beautiful in her muticolored pastel nails

who hailed me as the best receptionist in LA

and told me to pursue a career of song and movement

what generosity!

how astonished and grateful i was


get on with yer bad arse musso self!!!

I say you’ll start Coachella with a very slow piano intro of  “let em in” absolutely brilliant and will bring the house down


“get back”

and then everything after that,

i more than trust you with my musical vulnerability.
You will be AMAZING!

For a fan that met you on Ed Sullivan just a few light years ago;


and so very very many thanks for too many brilliant songs to list,

love yah and so does the world,

you took, these sunken eyes and learned us too see!


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Wildflowers definitely rate as one of my personal “distracting curiosities”. Each one, unique in itself, even tho part of a genus.

Amazing isn’t it!










Robotic Fish Gijon

CBS News reports that a school of battery-powered robotic fish will monitor pollution in the Spanish harbor of Gijon. The robotic fish contain special sensors to help them avoid rocks, ships and other objects so they won’t need to be remotely monitored or remote controlled.

The robotic fish will patrol the harbor of Gijon, in northern Spain under a $3.6 million grant from the European Union. Hu said Gijon was chosen because port authorities there had expressed an interest in the technology.

The plan might seem “like something straight out of science fiction,” said Rory Doyle, a researcher working on the project, but he explained that there was a very simple reason for choosing fishlike machines to monitor the harbor’s environmental health.

“The design of fish which nature has produced is a very energy-efficient one,” Doyle said. “The fish’s efficiency is created by hundreds of millions of years’ of evolution. Submarines come nowhere near it.”

Information gathered from the robo-fish would be transmitted to the port’s control center using a wireless Internet signal when the devices surfaced. The data gathered would be used to create a three-dimensional pollution map of the harbor’s area.

Here’s a video (no sound) that shows the robotic fish in action. (via Daily Mail, Ecofriend.org) Posted on March 21, 2009


More of all things mysterious, beautiful, original, unique, comical, natural and man made.


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Distra cting Curiosities

Distracting Curiosities

Things that catch your eye!

Everyday genius’s, creative wackery, tongue in cheek mischief. Natures surprises, and mysteries. Stunning beauty and everything in between. It is so fun to see these things when they are least expected. To have a peek into someone’s imagination heart and soul. My great thanks go out to you all, who endeavor to bring distracting curiosities into our grateful views.


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Madona of Yucca Valley

Here is a photo of a Madona of sorts, or at least that is how I see her. She is a comely designed sculpted lass and greets you upon your entry into Yucca Valley, CA with beauty and grace.