1917, serendipity and blue m&ms, the rough surface

Olga Khokhlova by Pablo Picasso-1917. Khokhlova was a Ukrainian-Russian ballerina and Picasso’s first wife. This is a very calm and reflective sketch for a very tumultuous year. WW I started and the Russian Revolution continued. 1917 was also the year of The Silent Protest, launched by the NAACP to protest a series of violent actions against African-Americans which included lynchings in Memphis and Waco. Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to be elected to Congress (Rankin represented Montana ). Rankin was a committed pacifist, voting against U.S. entry into both WW I and WW II. She was the only nay vote against WW II – pointing that out is not a judgment on my part just a historical fact. 1917 was also the year the Pulitzer Prizes were started.

Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for the Prizes in Letters, Drama and Music (with the exception of the History category in Letters where the book must be a history of the United States but the author may be of any nationality). For the Journalism competition, entrants may be of any nationality but work must have appeared in a U.S. newspaper published at least once a week or on a newspaper’s Web site.

I saw the James Lipton interview with Ricky Gervais and the word he chose as the one he liked the least was serendipity. Serendipity is a little awkward to fit into daily conversation unless you’re a chemist discussing the discovery of the structure of the benzene ring. Serendipity could also apply to this discovery, Same blue dye in M&Ms linked to reducing spine injury

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center found that when they injected the compound Brilliant Blue G (BBG) into rats suffering spinal cord injuries, the rodents were able to walk again, albeit with a limp.

Apparently when spinal injuries occur the area receives a massive influx of ATP. Which kills off healthy cells. Once again another odd occurrence for an intelligently designed creature. The spinal cord has an abundance of a molecule called  P2X7, which allows the attachment of ATP to spinal neurons. If scientists could find a way to stop P2X7 from functioning that would indirectly stop the ATP from inflicting a death sentence on damaged neurons. BBG, the blue M&M dye seems to do the trick.

the rough surface

Note: When an immigrant who got her law degree via a school not accredited by the ABA uses a forged document to prove President Obama is not a citizen will anyone treat her as credible. Absolutely. The issue is not about facts its about beliefs, denial and spite. Showing the birthers facts is like trying to shoot down the sun with a slingshot. Besides any moderately reasonable person knows that Barack Obama is from the planet Zoltron.

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