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Preserving cocoa flavanols during cooking and baking
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Here's an interesting research article on cooking with cocoa and the impact on retaining the antioxidant activity and cocoa flavanols in the food.

Internet Diggbar and how to stop it
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An article on the new Internet "feature" brought out by Digg appeared in the sidebar newsfeed today and caught my eye.  It's a very interesting article to read.

http://www.webmonkey.com/blog/The Diggbar Is Evil - How to Stop it

 

BC Supreme Court Judgment slams BCMA Board
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In a decision released November 17, 2008 the BC Supreme Court upheld a complaint by Dr. Caroline Wang, the former elected Honorary Secretary-Treasurer of the BCMA, and disbanded a "special committee" appointed by the BCMA Board in February to review Dr. Wang's conduct.

The Court noted that, “at no time has Dr. Wang or her legal counsel been notified of a complaint or an allegation that she violated any provision of the BCMA constitution, bylaws, Code of Conduct, or any common law duty of directors or officers.”

Mistakes were made (but not by me): Cognitive dissonance
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Mistakes were made (but not by me): Why we justify foolish beliefs, bad decisions, and hurtful acts... a book co-authored by Elliot Aronson.

Psychiatrists specialize in the ails of individuals. Social psychologists specialize in the ails of groups. The eminent social psychologist Elliot Aronson was interviewed in a CBC audio "podcast" available from the following site:

http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/ideas_20080428_5430.mp3

It is an interesting program from the CBC radio “Ideas” on the subject of cognitive dissonance. It offers some insight into how people can so badly misinterpret things to fit their preconceived notions and prejudices and become incapable of accepting any other view.

The program runs about 50 minutes and I suspect if people even listen to just the first 12 minutes they might find it sufficiently compelling to listen to the rest. (The MP3 file can be imported into iTunes or other music manager or burned to CD.)

Health Records and Privacy (Humour?)
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If you haven't already seen this, here is a somewhat humorous piece from the American Civil Liberties Union

http://www.aclu.org/pizza/images/screen.swf

You can also check out their home page for other interesting news stories,

http://www.aclu.org

What is loud?
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This is both a clinical question and an audiophile question. Judging by comments from colleagues over the years I am sure there are some audiophiles amongst us.

Tech Topic: Computer Servers
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Anyone interested in the technical subject of servers might be interested in this site, http://linux.about.com/ that provides links to many general and technical articles.

Check out the link to the Linux Newbie Administrator Guide. This might be just the ticket you are looking for. It starts with sections on "For the Undecided: Linux Benefit" and "Before Linux Installation". And the Table of Contents is quite comprehensive.

Government moving to access personal info, sparking privacy fears
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FYI, here is a CBC news item from September 12, 2007.

Government moving to access personal info, sparking privacy fears

http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2007/09/12/tech-privacy.html

Some readers may recall this is not a new Government initiative and has been previously referred to as "lawful access".

Medical Post, EMR: The push is on to get connected
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I just wanted to alert people to this article in the May 15, 2007 Medical Post. You will probably have to be registered on the new Medical Post web site to see it as direct (public) access has been eliminated, however the link is, "EMR: The push is on to get connected"

EMR: The push is on to get connected
May 15, 2007 | Kylie Taggart

Compact fluorescent bulbs
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I couldn't help but pause the other day when I heard people on the radio talking about compact fluorescent bulbs containing mercury and the need to take care if they break.

It reminded me of the dialogue that occurred on the doclounge list serv a few months ago about the clean up after a broken mercury sphygmomanometer. As I recall, that clean up was a LOT more than just picking up the pieces with a paper towel and throwing that away with the debris.

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