Analiese’s Reading 5/23

Medical advance may give leg up; Pawlenty says no medical marijuana; birds carry grudges; anticipated Iraqi crop failures blamed on Turkey; contextualizing Gabriel García Márquez; and mental illness or the work of God?

New Tissue Scaffold Regrows Cartilage And Bone

MIT engineers and colleagues have built a new tissue scaffold that can stimulate bone and cartilage growth when transplanted into the knees and other joints.

The scaffold could offer a potential new treatment for sports injuries and other cartilage damage, such as arthritis, says Lorna Gibson, the Matoula S. Salapatas Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and co-leader of the research team with Professor William Bonfield of Cambridge University.

Intern Daily

Pawlenty says he will veto medical marijuana bill

Gov. Tim Pawlenty told reporters on Tuesday afternoon that he will definitely veto a medical marijuana bill that passed the state Legislature on Monday. But, he added, “I have great empathy for the sick.”

Legislators on both sides of the aisle watered down the bill by eliminating the ability for patients to grow their own marijuana, limiting the bill only to patients who are terminally ill and adding a sunset date two years from enactment, but none of those concessions appear to have affected Pawlenty’s opinion of the bill.

Minnesota Independent

Mockingbirds Can Recognize A Face In A Crowd

The birds are watching. They know who you are. And they will attack. Nope, not Hitchcock. It’s science. University of Florida biologists are reporting that mockingbirds recognize and remember people whom the birds perceive as threatening their nests.

Terra Daily

Turkey blamed for looming crop ‘disaster’ in Iraq

Iraq faces an agricultural “disaster” this summer if Turkey continues to retain waters from the Tigris and Euphrates rivers which have sustained Iraqi agriculture for millennia, experts say.

The controversy over the sharing of the mighty rivers at the root of Iraq’s ancient name of Mesopotamia — meaning “between the rivers” in Greek — is almost as old as the country itself.

Seed Daily

The Myth of Gabriel García Márquez

Up to this point, Martin has not been challenging what he calls his subject’s “mythomania”—how could he, since it’s the basis of the writer’s art and fame—but he has not been retelling the myths, either. He has been grounding them, laying out the pieces of what became the puzzles. And that’s what he’s doing here, too, it turns out. He is playing with us for a moment, precisely because the magic of this moment has to be acknowledged in some way.


Family, Army of God defend man who drove car into abortion clinic

Derosia was sentenced to time served, but the state is seeking to have him permanently committed for mental illness. Derosia has faced at least two commitment proceedings in the last decade.

His family is opposing the current commitment, saying Derosia was only doing the Lord’s work.

Minnesota Independent

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