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MALES JOIN THE LINEUP FOR COSMETIC SURGERY: The number of men aged 35 to 55 lining up for cosmetic surgery is on the rise, according to surgeons at the Harley Medical Group in London, England. Common cosmetic procedures include Botox injections to reduce wrinkles, breast reduction, removal of bags under the eyes and microdermabrasian (removal of top layer of dead skin by light abrasion). Source: telegraph.co.uk

 

MUSINGS ON THE ‘BIG BANG’ MACHINE: On September 10, 2008, the click of a mouse started up the biggest atom-smasher in the world, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The LHC is buried in a tightly-sealed chamber under the Swiss-French border. The aim of the 20-year-old project is to try to explain the origins of the universe.

The morning of the launch, we contacted Ottawa’s Rosaleen Dickson (see Aging Horizons Bulletin, May/June, 2007) for her reaction on what experts say is the largest scientific experiment in human history. Here is a part of her reply:

Experimenters from the same group brought us the Internet, which has turned out to be a marvelous feature of our lives when used by right-minded people. Now CERN is off on another tangent – tinkering with protons on a gigantic scale. Again, it might be a good thing, or it could destroy us. At my next, 88th, birthday party, in the presence of my 33 progeny and their many collaterals, I will toast the future of this wonderful world and hope the experiments of scientists across the ocean will not have started it on the road to disintegration.

 

OPEN MEDICINE is Canada’s newest medical journal (available free of charge: www.openmedicine.ca). Among issues explored to date: the mandatory reporting of unfit drivers by physicians and patient confidentiality and email security.

 

THE WISDOM OF RACHEL CARSON: Her clarion call issued in Silent Spring nearly 50 years ago still cries out to be heard: "We should no longer accept the counsel of those who tell us that we must fill our world with poisonous chemicals; we should look about and see what other course is open to us."

For a handy, practical and everyday guide to going green, check out Green for Life (Penguin Canada) by Gill Deacon.