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Bad Genes and Good Glasses

December 6, 2016 at 2:34 am

  Almost every day, we read that another gene has been discovered.  I wonder what gene is responsible for the discovery of other genes.  But among the heap of meaningless genes that supposedly dictate this or that… I came across a pretty decent gene – the myopia gene.  Yes, heredity in this respect saves me  Continue Reading »

 You have no excuse for missing this unique festival

December 1, 2016 at 3:54 am

FAR FROM MOSCOW Festival Sponsors: Benjamin Eye Institute, Foundation A Arthur Benjamin: “We are always for things not only pleasing to the eye, but to the ears, as well.  Try not to miss these outstanding musicians of our time.” *** From the 9th to the 11th of December, UCLA will host a concert with participants  Continue Reading »

Freezing: How to Wake Up (2)

November 29, 2016 at 12:29 am

No Spoilers I recall the story of the movie Hibernatus, with the immortal Louis de Funes.  In 1969, at the peak of modernity (well, at that time), a perfectly-preserved body was found in a Greenland ice floe.  A boat carrying liquid glycerin had collided with the ice floe in 1905, and as a results a  Continue Reading »

Freezing:  How to Wake Up

November 24, 2016 at 12:33 am

What is life made of?  I killed a good half-hour looking for an illustration for cryogenic clinics, or more precisely, factories…  or perhaps “plantations”, but I didn’t find any.  Even thirty minutes here and there can accumulate into half a lifetime gone, so maybe I should finally ask to be frozen and then thawed later,  Continue Reading »

Eyes: The Art of Choosing the Right Office (part 2)

November 19, 2016 at 2:32 am

In this case, the patient does not see anything? Neither the doctor, nor the patient, nor the instrument can see!  Usually they resort to infrared rays, which penetrate even the most difficult cataracts, but it often doesn’t help.  Sometimes they use a more clumsy system, like ultrasound, but making calculations by echo or reflected sound  Continue Reading »

Eyes: The Art of Choosing the Right Office

November 17, 2016 at 3:28 am

  Fortunately, eye themes (as opposed to political) are not infinite, so it may appear that we are always talking about the same thing.  On the other hand, though, human memory isn’t unlimited, especially when everyone is being overwhelmed with a lot of useless information.  So you have to repeat it.  We’re going to feature  Continue Reading »

Have you gotten smarter over the last 20 years?

November 12, 2016 at 2:07 am

I have a friend who’s an optometrist, a delightful old man.  On the wall in his office hangs a collection of rare eyeglasses and pince-nez from the 18-19th century.  I once decided to try some on, and there was no question – they were all very small. It turns out that we’ve grown a lot  Continue Reading »

Cannabis and the Nightwatch

November 4, 2016 at 11:18 pm

TADPOLES “GOT STONED” ON POT There’s a long-standing rumor that cannabis helps us see better in the dark, but let’s look at it from a scientific point-of-view. Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute have studied the effects of narcotics on the eyes.  True, it was done on frogs… Like one American psychologist said, “Scientists, apparently,  Continue Reading »

Three Eternal Themes, pt 2

October 28, 2016 at 9:42 pm

Part 1 So medicine can rob the eye of this necessary fluid?  The eyes maintain their strength by maintaining a certain level of pressure.  The ciliary body acts like a pump, moving nourishing moisture from the blood vessels in the internal parts of the eye, after which it returns to the bloodstream. So we have  Continue Reading »

Silence, Memory!

October 28, 2016 at 2:58 am

Speak, memory Our so-called memories, according to some scientists, do not belong to us.  What we eventually remember, to a great extent, depends on our immediate environment, including friends.  And by the way, the concept of “friends” implies shared/common memories.  If you don’t see others for a long time, recent memories drift further away and,  Continue Reading »

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