Quickies: Dropping Ants from the Empire State Building, Lack of Opioid Support for Addicts After Surgery, and Hillary Clinton’s Clothes
- Carrie Fisher: tell me your story, I’ll tell you mine – Carrie Fisher has a new advice column for The Guardian and it’s delightful. From Pteryxx H.
- If you drop an ant from the top of the Empire State Building, will it die? – “After coming to a theoretical conclusion through a lot of math and physics that the ants would survive an 820-foot fall, the plan was put into action. But as the hosts summited the top of the skyscraper, they discovered all of the ants had exploded from the atmospheric pressure. That’s right: exploded.” From Alex.
- I told my doctors my drug history. Yet they gave me opioids without counseling – “That doesn’t mean people in recovery should shun all prescriptions. The scientific literature is full of studies and commentaries highlighting a paradox in treating ex-addicts: Appropriate use of prescribed opioids can put them at a significant risk of relapse, but so too can inadequate pain management. That’s why, throughout the course of my 43-hour stay at MGH at the end of April and into early May, I told everyone I could — from the ER doctor who informed me that I’d need surgery, to the anesthesiologist who prepped me for the procedure — that I was in recovery from a substance use disorder. And while my doctors all said they were aware of the issue, it still felt as if no one was listening.”
- Orlando shootings spark calls to end limits on gay men donating blood – “Dr. Paul Volberding, director of the AIDS Research Institute at the University of California San Francisco, said the policy requiring gay men to stay celibate for 12 months before donating blood was ‘not really supported by the facts.’ “
- Yes, There Have Been Aliens – “Does our newfound knowledge of planets bring us any closer to answering that question? A little bit, actually, yes. In a paper published in the May issue of the journal Astrobiology, the astronomer Woodruff Sullivan and I show that while we do not know if any advanced extraterrestrial civilizations currently exist in our galaxy, we now have enough information to conclude that they almost certainly existed at some point in cosmic history.” (This isn’t my field of study so I’d be interested to hear your opinions about this one!)
- Hillary Clinton is damned no matter what she wears. That’s a problem. – “The recent New York Post article about the $12,000 jacket also chastises Clinton’s past style, describing it as “dowdy” and “matronly,” while simultaneously criticizing her new sense of dress.”