Top 5 regrets of life recorded by a palliative care nurse

This is quite insightful and everyone should take a moment to read these before its too late!

“1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

“This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.”

2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.

“This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret, but as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.”

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

“Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.”

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

“Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.”

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

“This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content, when deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.””

from The Guardian on Facebook.

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Stephen Hawking on Black Holes, Physics and Women

Women are complete mysteries to Mr. Hawking, he thinks about them all day. While that probably holds true for most men, it is a whimsical thought for one of the worlds greatest thinkers on the Universe.
Recently New Scientist interviewed Stephen Hawking on his 70th birthday and got some rather interesting responses on varied subjects. His biggest blunder “in science” is to think that Black Holes destroy everything they take in, while he lists events such as COBE’s discovery of variations in cosmic microwave background temperature as the most exciting development in his career. This discover lends itself to the theory of cosmic inflation.
He also lists the discovery of supersymmetric partners for the known fundamental particles as the most revolutionary discovery to the understanding of the universe.
More can be found in the article below:
Stephen Hawking at 70: Exclusive interview – 04 January 2012 – New Scientist.

Zombie bee’s taking out colonies

Bee’s in the US and other countries are experiencing large numbers of bee deaths, including whole colonies.

In Australia we have been lucky to have not experienced this to the same extent and we ship our queens off to help restock other populations throughout the world.

This is a very worrying problem and there have been a few research efforts to find out why this is happening, including a movie entitle “Silence of the Bees”.

“Since 2007, thousands of hives in the US have been decimated as bees inexplicably go missing overnight. The best explanation so far is that multiple stresses, perhaps parasitic mites, viruses or pesticides, combine to tip the bees over the edge.”

New studies from John Hafernik from San Francisco State University, along with his colleagues, has found that a parasitic fly could be the biggest contributor to this problem. The fly invades the bee and turns it into a mindless zombie.

via Parasitic fly could account for disappearing honeybees – life – 03 January 2012 – New Scientist.

NASA discovers Earth-like planet

There (could be) aliens on that there planet!

Well maybe, maybe not, Kepler does however sit at the right distance from it’s sun and has conditions that look favourable to complex life.

NASA have recently found this planet during it’s Kepler mission.

“The planet, Kepler 22-b, lies about 600 light years away, about two-and-a-half times the size of Earth, with a temperature of about 22 degrees Celsius, allowing liquid water to exist on the surface. Its year is about 290 days long.”

via NASA discovers Earth-like planet – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

When will the 7 billionth human be born? – environment – 14 October 2011 – New Scientist

“ON 31 October, a newborn baby somewhere in the world will become the 7 billionth member of the human race.”

Amazing huh? and yet today I saw a morning show debating the right for families to choose the sex of unborn featuses as being unethical (it is also illegal but was not at first). This is for IVF method of course, this would not be done for natural births. Aparently in China it is illegal for a doctor to tell the parents the sex of a baby from ultrasound up until 18 weeks.

This fact of course also raises many concerns of how fast we are growing as a species and if this planet can actually sustain not only our actual bodies but the footprint of each of us on this planet.

Some very interesting points from all sides of the debates, I think we are just lucky enough to be in a society where we are both intelligent enough and free enough to have these debates.

via When will the 7 billionth human be born? – environment – 14 October 2011 – New Scientist.

The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins – review

I posted earlier about this book, but this review from The Gardian’s was worth a mention so I thought i’d post it.

“Myths and fables are the first Just So stories; they tell us what we would like to know. Science tells us what we may know, along with why and how we may know it. Myths endure because, at their best, they are great stories. The narrative of science is always incomplete, continuously under revision, and seldom delivers a neat ending or a consoling moral. Even so, as Richard Dawkins confirms again and again in this book – his first for “a family audience” – science composes stories as thrilling as Homer, as profound as Job, and as entertaining as anything by Kipling.”

The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins – review | Books | The Guardian.