At the finish of every race, she staggers and crumples.
Kayla Montgomery is a a high school track star in North Carolina. Kayla Montgomery has early-onset multiple sclerosis. The two are apparently related.
Because M.S. blocks nerve signals from Montgomery’s legs to her brain, particularly as her body temperature increases, she can move at steady speeds that cause other runners pain she cannot sense, creating the peculiar circumstance in which the symptoms of a disease might confer an athletic advantage.
posted by ivan ivanych samovar
on Mar 5, 2014 -
The county where no one's gay.
The 2010 Census of Franklin County Mississippi shows no same sex couples. (pdf)
. CNN videographer Brandon Ancil and human rights columnist John D. Sutter tried to determine if the census was wrong, and see if they could find gay men and women willing to speak about "what keeps them hidden." Video
posted by zarq
on Mar 30, 2013 -
Nanoparticles covered in proteins trick immune system.
A breakthrough new experimental treatment that uses nanoparticles covered with proteins to trick the immune system, managed to stop it attacking myelin and halt disease progression in mice with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (MS). The researchers say the approach may also be applicable to other auto-immune diseases such as asthma and type 1 diabetes.
posted by aleph
on Nov 19, 2012 -
Many people are familiar with computer case modifications
, thanks to the photogenic nature of mods
. On the software side, most operating systems feature some potential for customization, though this is often limited to tweaking the colors and sounds. For some, this isn't enough. Enter "skinning
," the casual term for interface customization. To a degree, the history of the media player Winamp
(YT, 7:03; transcript with pictures
) mirrors the history of skinning. From a version 0.2, a visually dull app in June 1997, to easy user customization in version 2 in September 1998, and the complexly customizable Winamp3 in August 2002. Wired captured something of the excitement at its peak
in an article from 2000, before computing began shifting to more closed devices. Now approaching a post-WIMP (windows, icons, menus and a pointer) era
, where skinning is done with alternative launchers
. But for those still using traditional computers of one sort or another, it's not too late to modify your interface. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Apr 17, 2012 -
A quiet revolution is taking place in the multiple sclerosis community. Long thought of as purely an autoimmune disease, possibly secondary to Epstein-Barr virus
infection or even an STI
, MS has never been pinned down to a single cause. Now things are changing, in a big and bloody way: MS appears to be related to abnormalities in veins. [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte
on Jul 12, 2009 -
In celebration of my antipodean homesickness I've spent the morning catching up with some great Australian and New Zealand musical comedy acts I've been to. You've already met Flight of the Conchords
previously on mefi. Now come and meet some... [more inside]
posted by steerpike
on Apr 23, 2008 -
No PC should be without MS DOS 5 - apparently because it has mouse support, a full-screen editor, and an utterly inexplicable music video
. Guaranteed to save you at least 45K!!! of RAM, that is
. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco
on Sep 12, 2007 -
While MS-bashing is often too easy, this statement about recent security holes
seemed especially astounding: "Outlook Express ships with every Windows system, or rather as part of IE, so it's on every system. But unless it is configured to receive mail, you are not at risk," said Scott Culp, manager for Microsoft security response. Interesting. Unless it is configured to receive mail
, like, you know, an email program.
posted by judith
on Oct 11, 2002 -
Microsoft bans use of Open Source
with its wireless internet tools. Will this be a huge PR blunder, or will people accept MS' hardline stance against this so-called "potentially viral" software?
posted by moz
on Jul 2, 2001 -
"Web Services" like Ebay on
your im app, email, phone, whatever. Is the era of the "universal login" finally here? (Microsoft or not).
posted by owillis
on Mar 19, 2001 -