I shall please – ich werde gefallen – placebo

April 22nd, 2017

NPR: Can Placebos Work If You Know They’re Placebos? (4min 42sec sound file, transcript)

“NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly asks writer Robert Siegel about “open label placebos” and whether placebos work even when patients know they’re placebos. He wrote about his experience in Smithsonian Magazine.”

Ein virtuelles Oszi!

April 21st, 2017

XXY Oscilloscope is an interactive oscilloscope emulator by Neil Theipen. This is fun to play with!

Link via MetaFilter: something something oscilloscope your ocelot.

“There’s no way of knowing what triggered the relapse.”

April 20th, 2017

NPR shots: How Do Former Opioid Addicts Safely Get Pain Relief After Surgery? By Craig LeMoult.

“Nearly one and a half million Americans were treated for addiction to prescription opioids or heroin in 2015, according to federal estimates, and when those people get seriously hurt or need surgery, it’s often not clear, even to many doctors, how to safely manage their pain. For some former addicts, what begins as pain relief ends in tragedy.

Max Baker is one such case.”

Mission Control

April 19th, 2017

The Guardian: Apollo 13: celebrating the unsung heroes of mission control. “Ahead of a new documentary about Nasa’s ground crews, astronaut Jim Lovell talks about the team that saved his life during 1970’s ill-fated moon mission”.

“It is unlikely there is anyone who has more appreciation for the work of Nasa’s mission control than Captain Jim Lovell. His Apollo 13 mission was nearly destroyed when an oxygen tank in its main command module exploded. His spaceship was crippled and only narrowly coaxed to a safe return to Earth thanks to his crew’s heroic efforts – and the crucial aid of mission control.

Lovell was commander of Apollo 13 but was forced to abandon his mission’s planned lunar landing when the blast, which occurred 200,000 miles from Earth and two days into its journey in April 1970, triggered a major loss of power. Cabin heating stopped working, the water supply was disrupted and carbon dioxide began to build up. Lovell and crewmen Jack Swigert and Fred Haise were facing death.”

The movie is available here on demand.

Link via Garret.

Frühlingszeit – Rhabarberzeit

April 12th, 2017

Hurra, endlich gibt’s wieder Spargel und Rhabarber! Die Spargel-Premiere fand schon am letzten Wochenende statt (wie immer mit unserem Lieblings-Klassiker Spargel-Sahnesoße mit Lachs), und heute war’s Zeit für den ersten Rhabarber.

Von unserer lieben Nachbarin gab’s eine große Portion frischen Rhabarber aus dem Garten, der natürlich direkt verarbeitet werden musste, und zwar in diesem Kuchen:

allrecipes Deutschland: Rhabarberkuchen mit Baiserhaube.

Der Kuchen ist schnell und einfach zuzubereiten und schmeckt äußerst lecker! Den werde ich sicher noch öfter backen.