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2008-10-16 12:08:11

Researchers are reporting the use of an experimental treatment that uses magnets to stimulate brain tissue. The technique, known as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), has been tested as a treatment for migraines, strokes, Parkinson's disease and depression. But recently, Theresa Pape of the US Department of Veterans Affairs in Chicago reported that she had successfully used TMS to wake a man who had been in a coma for almost a year. Josh Villa fell into a coma in August 2005 when he...

2008-09-01 00:03:40

By Claire Beale ON ADVERTISING After an August in which almost the entire ad industry turned off the lights and headed for the sun, it's back-to-school time for adland this week. Expensive tans are wearing new season Mad Men suits (now even clients are sporting T-shirts it's time for the creative industries to rediscover style), conversations are "Nudge"d by the latest industry buzz book (the essential beach read and more of which later), BlackBerrys are fired up to take party season...

2008-06-27 09:03:10

By Kathy Marks An American surgeon known as "Doctor Death" to medical staff at the Queensland hospital where he worked for two years is to be extradited on charges relating to the deaths of 17 patients. While at the Bundaberg Base Hospital, Jayant Patel is alleged to have punctured vital organs during surgery, failed to detect obvious breast cancers and hernias, and tampered with patient notes to conceal his incompetence. Nurses were so alarmed by his surgical blunders that they hid...

2007-10-30 21:00:26

A British woman who slipped into a coma six years ago after taking heroin is reportedly regaining consciousness after being given an Ambien-type drug. Amy Pickard of Hastings was given zolpidem, the drug marketed in the United States under the name Ambien, The Daily Mail reported. When she takes the pill, I see her face relax and the old sparkle return to her eyes, her mother, Thelma Pickard said. It's incredible. The young woman's case is described on The Waking Pill, a BBC documentary...

2007-09-26 07:55:00

It is nothing new for the ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) to discover another comet "“ it has already found more than 1350. But the latest is a bit different - SOHO had spotted it twice before. For the first time, SOHO's Large Angle and Spectrometric Coronagraph Experiment (LASCO) has found a rare type of comet called a periodic comet (which flies by the Sun at regular intervals). While many SOHO comets are believed to be periodic, this is the first one that has been...

2007-02-24 09:35:35

Comet McNaught, the Great Comet of 2007, has been delighting those who have seen it with the unaided eye as a spectacular display in the evening sky. Pushing ESO's New Technology Telescope to its limits, a team of European astronomers have obtained the first, and possibly unique, detailed observations of this object. Their images show spectacular jets of gas from the comet spiralling several thousands of kilometres into space, while the spectra reveal the presence of sodium in its...

2007-01-19 16:00:00

Comet C/2006 P1 was discovered in August 2006 by Robert McNaught on images taken by D. M. Burton with the 0.5-m Uppsala Schmidt telescope in the course of the Siding Spring Survey (Australia). It is one of 29 comets discovered by this telescope since early 2004 in a project to systematically search the southern skies for asteroids, or comets, that can pass close to the Earth. At that time, the comet was only a very faint, barely diffuse object, about 50 000 times fainter than what the unaided...

2007-01-11 11:15:59

Recently, sky watchers in the Northern Hemisphere have been enjoying the sight of Comet McNaught in the twilight sky. Now, solar physicists using the ESA-NASA SOHO spacecraft are getting ready for their view. For four days in January, the comet will pass through SOHO's line of sight and could be the brightest comet SOHO has ever seen. As Comet McNaught heads towards its closest approach to the Sun on 12 January 2007, it will disappear from view for earthbound observers, becoming lost in the...

2006-12-19 09:01:24

By Jamie Talan, Newsday, Melville, N.Y. Dec. 19--Last July, Sea Cliff's beach pulsed with an open memorial celebration for 56-year-old Carolyn Ramirez, a popular waitress in the North Shore enclave. About 600 people arrived to cry, tell stories and console one another over her unexpected death. In her final days, Ramirez was on life support at Glen Cove Hospital -- her brain badly damaged by loss of oxygen, her heart pumping with the help of machines. She was in a coma, brought on by an...

2006-08-29 01:20:45

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, comatose since suffering a stroke in January, was transferred out of an intensive care unit on Tuesday after doctors successfully treated his double pneumonia. The Chaim Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv said Sharon was taken back to its respiratory rehabilitation unit following "noticeable improvement in his kidney function and the pneumonia in his lungs." The hospital reported two weeks ago that Sharon, 78, had...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Comet -- A comet is a small body from the outer reaches of the solar system similar to an asteroid but composed of ice. Often described as "dirty snowballs," they are composed largely of carbon dioxide ice, methane ice, and water ice with a mixture of dust and small stony aggregates mixed in. Comets are thought to be small pieces of debris left over from the formation of the solar system, representing a sample of the original composition of the nebula that condensed to form the Sun and all...

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Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'