Thank you, Barry for the card and your kind words. We're pleased you "can see clearly now the (cataract) is gone ..." Apologies to Jimmy Cliff & Johnny Nash.
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Have you ever wondered where all those good intentions go? THE MUSEUM OF PROCRASTINATION is full of our dust covered, unused gym memberships, neglected inventions, ideas & desires. Are your wishes going to gather dust in the museum too? See HSBC's clever ad: vimeo.com/141662569
ARE ANGRY EYES IN OUR GENES?
Certain genes make some people more trustworthy and empathetic & the same genes affect the develpment of the emotional center of our brains & results in crypts on the iris of our eyes (see more). Other genes which help neurons in our brains link together are associated with furrows on the iris, neurotic & impulsive behaviour and give rise to cravings like alcoholism. These furrows are contraction lines on the outer aspect of the iris which are more visible with a dilated pupil.
Swedish researchers from Orebro University found that subjects with more crypts (pits) on on their irises were likely to be tender, warm and trusting. The link may be genetic and physiological as the Pax6 gene causes changes in both the iris and the anterior cingulate cortex of the brain which is an area which regulates empathy and emotion. So our eyes may well be the window to our souls!
Iris crypts and other features are unique to each eye and person. The chance that 2 eyes have the same iris pattern is 1 in 3 493 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 (there are only 14 000 000 000 eyes on earth). So iris recognition is used for identification at airports and in laser eye surgery to ensure that your laser treatment is correct and unique to you personally (click to read more ...).
The diversity and uniqueness of our eyes reflects the the diversity and uniqueness of our genes, personalities and souls.
WHAT A RESULT AT RUGBY WORLD CUP 2015
Well done Argentina and commiserations to Ireland & Scotland!
But Cian Healy really should have LASEK so he doesn't have difficulties with his contact lenses when Ireland least need them. It would make a big difference to Cian, but would it have made any difference to the result?
Why don't some humpback whales get older? Some show degenerative changes by the age of 50 and later die of old age, but others are over 150 years old with no sign of ageing. Sturgeon fish, some lobsters and turtles are the same and only die if eaten by a predator. The answer lies in certain proteins their genes produce which slow or prevent ageing. Scientists are now isolating these proteins and genes and some laboratory mice have lived to the equivalent of 150 human years. While its exciting to read about lenses which can reverse the loss of reading vision (click here for more information), eyedrops which can "dissolve" age related cataracts (click here for more information), wouldn't it be better if cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, heart disease and dementia could be prevented?
This was just part of the fascinating massage from Dr. Patrick Dixon, Physician and futurist at the Optegra Future of Eye Healthcare presentation last night. Click here to hear more from Patrick about staying young.
Books, Kindles, iPads and PC reading speeds and satisfaction were compared (read details of the study here ...).
Which is best? In the past, reading speeds in books were claimed to be faster by up to 25 times, but this well done study showed the iPad to be 6% slower than a book and a Kindle 11% slower. However the difference between the Kindle & iPad was not statistically significant so it wouldn't be fair to say that the Kindle was worse.
Users were also asked to rate their satisfaction on a 1–7 scale, with 7 being the best score. The iPad, Kindle, and printed books all scored fairly high at 5.8, 5.7, and 5.6, respectively. The PC, however, scored an abysmal 3.6!
But when we get to about age 45, all reading, whether it is on PC's, iPads, Kindles or books becomes frustrating because of aging changes in the lenses of our eyes (called presbyopia - read more ...). It is frustrating and makes us feel old, but there are solutions. Click here to read more about new, advanced lens implants that can free you from the frustration of reading glasses.