The Universe and Me

Monday, March 28, 2005

Science and Nature Writing

Book: Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004. Always on the lookout to increase knowledge, I thought I would learn something by reading these articles. Here's what I learned:
  • Before insulin (pre-1922), the only treatment for diabetes was a starvation diet. Obviously it didn't work.
  • The average height of the US Civil War soldier was 5'4".
  • Organ transplant experiments didn't begin in earnestness until the 1950's. And were not successful until the late 60's. I actually remember the hype around the first successful heart transplant in 1968.
  • Doctors no longer justify any means to save a dying patient. Siding with caution also means they no longer discover something new that might help or cure.
  • The Social Security website has a list of the most popular names by year. As of 2003, my name is ranked at number 288, and falling. Check your name.
  • It is very difficult for an extrovert to understand introverts whereas an introvert has no problem understanding extroverts.
  • Introverts tend to think before talking. Extroverts tend to think by talking.
  • Nearly half of all married couples in the Middle East are first or second cousins. Less than half a percentage of all US marriages are cousins. It's about 1% in Europe.


  • At 5:47 PM, March 28, 2005, Blogger graceInk said…

    I love that bit about the introverts and extroverts - introverts think before talking, you betcha!! My name is falling as well, in 2003 it was ranked 431!


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