To commemorate the 300th Anniversary of the original Longitude Prize (won by John Harrison
with the invention of a clock that could keep time at sea), UK charity Nesta
has launched a new £10million prize
to encourage inventors and scientists to find a solution to one of six problems facing the world. [more inside]
posted by Jakey
on May 19, 2014 -
A Life-Or-Death Situation. "As a bioethicist, Margaret "Peggy" Pabst Battin fought for the right of people to end their own lives. After her husband’s cycling accident, her field of study turned unbearably personal." Via
posted by zarq
on Jul 19, 2013 -
The Unspeakable Odyssey of the Motionless Boy.
"How much of our humanity are we prepared to cede to machines? This is a dilemma of the future, but it's not much of a concern for Erik Ramsey. Erik can't move. He can't blink his eyes. And he hasn't said a word since 1999. But now, thanks to an electrode that was surgically implanted in his brain and linked to a computer, his nine-year silence is about to end." [Via]
posted by homunculus
on Oct 8, 2008 -
The terror of a trapped mind is difficult to describe.
Have you ever awakened to complete immobility? If so, you probably suffer from sleep paralysis
, a condition that afflicts 25% of the American population. Such episodes, which usually only last for a few minutes, can frequently be accompanied by bizarre hallucinations
, and some believe the phenomenon is responsible for alien abduction
, "Old Hag Syndrome"
, and the incubus myth
. Although most believe the disorder is genetic, explinations vary
. Are you an experiencer
? Then you understand how frightening
it can be. Luckily, you can fight it
(This is my first FPP in 3 years of reading, so comments and criticisms are very much appreciated.)
posted by baphomet
on Nov 28, 2004 -
Christopher Reeve is gaining ground in his fight against paralysis.
I was prepared for the article to be a typical "celebrity's struggle gets public attention" piece, until I read this:
"No one who has suffered an injury as severe as Chris', and failed to have any initial recovery, has regained the amount of motor and sensory function he has."
Hope is coming for many.
posted by o2b
on Sep 10, 2002 -