“A Korean court recently denied the request of the Korean Medical Association (KMA) to ban the Oriental Medicine Doctors Union from changing its name to the Association of Korean Medicine.

Oriental medicine doctors had been using the name the Association of Korean Oriental Medicine, but they changed the name to the Association of Korean Medicine in March … the KMA is adamant that the names are easily confused.”

Yoon Ja-young, Korea Times, 23 November 2012

People all over the Korean Peninsula laughed this off saying: “Do you think Koreans are so gullible? What next? You think people can be conned into believing that Starpreya is the same as Starbucks? Or that BMW Room Salon is Bavarian Motor Werke Room Salon? Totally, laughable. Everyone knows that this is just a marketing gimmick. Like saying a Hyundai has lower fuel consumption than a Honda.”

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The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2012 was awarded jointly to Sir John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka “for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent”.

Gurdon and Yamanaka have developed a process in nuclear reprogramming that instructs adult cells to form early stem cells which can then be used to form any tissue type.

Like embryonic stem cells, iPS cells are also capable of developing into any cell in the body, but crucially their source material is readily available.

“John B. Gurdon challenged the dogma that the specialized cell is irreversibly committed to its fate,” the assembly said in a statement. “Shinya Yamanaka discovered more than 40 years later, in 2006, how intact mature cells in mice could be reprogrammed to become immature stem cells.”

The Nobel Assembly at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute in Sweden, said Gurdon and Yamanaka had “revolutionised our understanding of how cells and organisms develop”.

For Julian Savulescu, Uehiro professor of practical ethics at Oxford University, the researchers’ work deserved particular praise because reprogramed cells overcome the moral concerns that surrounded research on embryonic stem cells.

 

“This is not only a giant leap for science, it is a giant leap for mankind. Yamanaka and Gurdon have shown how science can be done ethically. Yamanaka has taken people’s ethical concerns seriously about embryo research and modified the trajectory of research into a path that is acceptable for all. He deserves not only a Nobel prize for medicine, but a Nobel prize for ethics.”

Sir John B. Gurdon: Affiliation at the time of the award: Gurdon Institute, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Shinya Yamanaka, Affiliation at the time of the award: Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, Gladstone Institute, San Francisco, CA, USA

Link to Nobel Prize 2012 site

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“Propofol – the drug that killed Michael Jackson – has become a public health menace, particularly in Gangnam, the wealthiest and trendiest region of the country.

Despite the government’s effort to prevent the abuse of propofol, it’s not hard to get, even on the Internet. When the JoongAng Ilbo posted “propofol selling” on Korean Internet portal sites, messages that read “We sell propofol, e-mail us please,” were found easily.

Propofol is a hypnotic agent used to induce sedation. Recreationally, it can produce a feeling of euphoria and also a feeling of having slept well, which is what Jackson used it for.

According to a study conducted by the National Forensic Service, a total of 36 people died of overdoses of propofol between 2000 and 2011. The study said 28, or 77.8 percent, were women and 15 of them, or 41.7 percent, were doctors, nurses or hospital workers.”

Kim Min-sang, Kwon Sang-soo Joongang Daily, 27 September 2012

Not hard to get

Even on the internet

Messages that read

“We sell propofol,

e-mail us please,”

were found easily.

Canuckistani sub-editor at the Joongang Daily is a poetry major? Have we witnessed the publication birth of the next PSY of Gangnam?

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“The number of elementary school students in Korea has fallen below the 3-million mark for the first time, reflecting the country’s chronically low birthrate and aging population.

The education ministry said on Tuesday that as of April 1, their number dropped by almost 6 percent on-year, falling to around half the level seen in 1980. This marks the 10th consecutive year that the number has fallen.”

Chosun Ilbo, September 12, 2012

The low birthrate “problem” in Korea – associated with the younger generation of Koreans – is a sensible response to the abandoned children “problem” associated with older generations of Koreans.

“(B)abies born into unprepared (Korean) families are likely to be sent to one of the 30,000 children’s orphanages across the nation where more than 1 million children are currently taken care of.”

The Korea Times, 1 August 2012

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“The abc conjecture, if proved true, at one stroke solves many famous Diophantine problems, including Fermat’s Last Theorem,” says Dorian Goldfeld, a mathematician at Columbia University in New York. “If Mochizuki’s proof is correct, it will be one of the most astounding achievements of mathematics of the twenty-first century.”

Mochizuki has developed techniques that very few other mathematicians fully understand and that invoke new mathematical ‘objects’ — abstract entities analogous to more familiar examples such as geometric objects, sets, permutations, topologies and matrices.

 

“At this point, he is probably the only one that knows it all,” says Goldfeld.

Brian Conrad of Stanford University in California, says the abc conjecture “encodes a deep connection between the prime factors of a, b and a+b”.

Conrad says that the work “uses a huge number of insights that are going to take a long time to be digested by the community”.

Philip Ball, Nature, 10 September 2012

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The Olds’ Days of blatant copying, which worked in manufacturing, based on a culture of bullying of Youngers, exemplified by the slave-master mentality of the Yusin Constitution, are GAME OVER.

Who best to take Korea into those shining uplands of future prosperity than the Professor of Innovation and Convergent Technologies: The next President of Korea.

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/24/samsung-apple-reactions/?gwh=111618B75B5D0530CA3730BFEF87C3B2

The Elephant in the Room

The Elephant in the Room

Posted by Errol, filed under Battle Report, Economics, Science, Technology, Verus Historia. Date: August 25, 2012, 4:57 pm | No Comments »

In the summer time when the weather is high
You can chase right up and touch the sky
When the weather’s right
You got wastewater, you got wastewater on your mind
If you have a drink, take it to a lab
And see what you can find

MUNGO JERRY

So Cool

So Cool

Piano Cascade, an artificial waterfall and children’s playground relies on water from Namyangju City’s Hwado Sewage Disposal Plant. Piano Cascade has about 190,000 visitors per year; children included.

At least 10,000 tonnes of untreated wastewater has been poured into a tributary of the Han River and Paldang Lake since 1997 after Namyangju City installed a secret wastewater outlet.

Joongang Daily, 22 August 2012

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I’m trying to change such culture,” Suh Nam-pyo (Boss of KAIST) said. “My predecessor Robert Laughlin had to quit early amid a struggle with disgruntled professors. Such an unfortunate thing should not happen again.”

The Korea Times, June 27, 2012

The weltschmertz of it all.

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“82.8% of Korean men over 40 suffer from sexual dysfunction, a study suggests. A team led by Prof. Kim Young-sik at the University of Ulsan’s Asan Medical Center surveyed 1,313 male outpatients in the age group who visited the hospital with other complaints from August 2010 to May 2011.”

Joseon Daily, May 23, 2012

고추

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Far Side of the DMZ rocket scientists

Malnutrition is not a great help when building a nation of rocket scientists.

The minimum height requirement for the North Korean military has been cut to 145 cm. i.e. Shorter than the average South Korean middle school girl.

Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2012

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