It’s got a goofy name with a cutesy way to spell it, cureLauncher.com, note the small “c” and big “L” but I’ll try not to hold that against them.
But if you want to donate to cancer research you should give a look see and of course check it out with your favorite charity rating agency.
cureLauncher.com is designed to advocate for and fund clinical trials and medical research projects to advance ground-breaking, life-saving research along as fast as possible.
Heres some old fun posts
- Kentucky Scientists Grow Cancer Resistant Mice No smart-assery on this post. In the past two months, two colleagues have died of cancer, another is living on borrowed time. Four more friends have been diagnosed with cancer, and two acquaintances have it. I know when you reach a certain age: SIXTY! the odds of knowing someone who has a deadly disease increases. But these folks range in age from 47 to 90+. You probably know someone who has cancer, don't you? Then this announcement today in Science Daily may give you pause. A mouse resistant to cancer, even highly-aggressive types, has been created by researchers at the University of Kentucky. The breakthrough stems from a discovery by UK College of Medicine professor of radiation medicine Vivek Rangnekar and a team of researchers who found a tumor-suppressor gene called "Par-4" in the prostate. Here's the other thing that will give you pause. There is no "but" in this report. The mice have no defects, grow normally, and have no toxic side effect. The mice actually live a little longer than control animals. Can it be that we are within a decade of beating Cancer?
- Sacre Bleu Amigo Learning a language I don't habla, means most of my words come out blah-blah. Adding an "o" will work you know. Apartmento, concreto, electronico Until I need to say candelabra. OK, that was a pretty poor effort, but I wonder if silly verses are just an English language deal. Do the Spanish make up lame little limericks? Can you Haiku in Hebrew? I'll bet somebody knows and can provide some examples. I found the Pimsleur CD's the other day and have started listening to them again to improve my Spanish. Turns out, I may also be delaying losing my mind to Alzheimer's. “There is a growing body of research pointing to a number of cognitive benefits for bilinguals and this is very exciting,” said Ms. Begley. “It is my hope that this paper will help bring additional attention to some of the findings and the research that is being done.” In compiling extensive research and clinical studies regarding bilingualism and various brain functions, Begley’s paper gives particular attention to the work of Toronto-based research scientist, Ellen Bialystok, whose work has shown that lifetime bilinguals experience onset signs of dementia an average 4.1 – 5.1 years later than monolinguals. The paper also summarizes findings indicating that lifetime bilinguals experience greater cognitive reserve, enhanced cognitive control, and other brain functions. Yes, I need a greater cognitive reserve... is this anything like a Cognac being Very Superior Old Pale? I don't know what that greater cognitive reserve means, but I want some. We live amongst French-Canadians. They are only part-time residents so we have yet to meet any of our neighbors. However, we have learned that most of them prefer French, then Spanish, then English. Sacre bleu amigo! Looks like I need to polish up my French too. Aside: When our daughter, Bulbous, and her husband, St. Todd deCubville visit, I hope they are ready. Amy = ah-me (no long "a" in Spanish, it's "ah") Todd = only a long "o" (Oh) in Spanish, so he will be Toad. This will be fun.
- Why Yawning During Sex May Be Good While waiting for her pita last night, Pat stifled a yawn. Now this was right in the middle of a raucous party at a Greek restaurant. I gave her a withering dirty look, and she tried to convince me that recent research indicates that yawning isn't a sign of boredom, it's a sign that your brain was hot. I thought her husband was going to spray the table with his tea. Of course the more she tried to convince us, the less we believed her. I told her I was going to bust her on my blog. Turns out, she did learn of research about a key to why people yawn. But University at Albany psychology professor Gordon Gallup said, as people yawn, they cool off their brains. "Brains are like computers," he said. "They only operate efficiently and effectively when they're cool. And, therefore, there are some very intricate cooling mechanisms that serve to regulate the temperature of the brain." Here's my hypothesis on why this research was done. He and his wife were doing the nasty dance and he yawned. He: "Oh baby, it's just that you got my brain so hot!" She: "Prove it." Thus a research study was hatched. We also talked a lot about belly dancing, so maybe that influenced Pat too.
- Wanna Take a Guess At How Old Microsoft’s Futurist Is? I don't know either, but he started his career in 1970. So I'm gonna say he's Sixty. Yup, he's a Baby Boomer, maybe even on the older edge of being a Baby Boomer. A tech blog did a long interview with Craig Mundie whose title is Chief Research and Strategy Officer for Microsoft. His job is to sit around and daydream. Mundie is a living portal of future technology, a focal point between thousands of scattered research projects and the boxes of super-neat products we'll be playing with 5 years, 20 years, maybe 100 years from now. And he's not allowed to even think about anything shipping within the immediate 3 years. Long, long interview. Never once asked his age. And why is that? This guy is in charge future-creation for leading technology company in the world and he's old, but it's not part of the story? He is setting the path for a future he won't see. It's age discrimination. The Xer's at Gizmodo are afraid that they may be wrong about Boomers not being tech-wise.
- Spammer Gives So Charities Can Spam Too. Joy to the world! It is the season of giving. And a spammer has decided to give their vast expertise to 25 charities so that they can learn how to spam too. Please rank these in order of irritation factor. Telemarketing Spam Broadcast commercials Junk mail Spam is in your top four right? So if a spammer says they will help a charity spam you is that really spam? Nashville e-mail marketing and communications company, Emma, is giving free accounts, custom-designed html template designs and complimentary service to 25 charitable groups around the world. In its fourth year, the Emma 25 initiative allows customers to nominate their favorite and most deserving charities, and the staff selects 25. As far as effectiveness, would you donate money to a charity that spammed you? Here's the way I look at it: first it probably won't get by my spam filters, second, I wouldn't click on it to open it, third, if they tricked me into opening the email I wouldn't trust that it was really from the charity. In its fourth year, we hope that giving away free accounts through Emma 25 makes it easier for deserving charities to get the word out about what they’re doing, stay in touch with donors, organize events and do even more great work. Wonder what the real world fee is for this kind of service? Bah, humbug.