17 Photos of Hawaii Rainbows To Brighten Your Day

Green – The Huffington Post
17 Photos of Hawaii Rainbows To Brighten Your Day
A passing weather system caused some uncharacteristic weather in Hawaii on Tuesday: bouts of heavy rains and strong winds. The “storms” gave us the perfect excuse to think about all the rainbows that would eventually be falling majestically over the islands.

Below, for your viewing pleasure, 17 beautiful rainbows grace Hawaii.

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California Earthquake Warning System Bill Signed, But Will It Be Ready Before Next Big Quake?
LOS ANGELES — LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday ordered creation of a statewide earthquake early warning system that could give millions of Californians a few precious seconds of warning before a powerful temblor strikes.

The bill signed into law Tuesday directs the Office of Emergency Services to develop the system and identify sources of funding for it by January 2016. The system is expected to cost about $80 million to build and run for five years. The money cannot come from state general funds and the law doesn’t specifically address alternatives, such as federal money or private sector partnerships. “We need to develop this system without delay,” said a statement from Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, who sponsored Senate Bill 135. “California is going to have an earthquake early warning system, the question is whether we have one before or after the next big quake.”

Early warning systems are designed to detect the first, fast-moving shock wave from a large earthquake, calculate the strength and alert people before the slower but damaging waves spread. The U.S. has lagged behind Mexico, Japan and other quake-prone countries in developing a system that can detect a rupturing fault and provide enough time for trains to brake, cars to pull off roads, utilities to shut off gas lines and people to dive under tables and desks.

The system can’t predict earthquakes and people at the epicenter won’t get any warning, but those farther away could benefit.

During the 2011 earthquake-caused tsunami in Japan, millions of people received five to 40 seconds of warning depending on how far they were from the epicenter. The notices were sent to cellphones and broadcast over airwaves.

For several years, the U.S. Geological Survey has been testing a prototype that fires off messages to about two dozen groups in the state, mostly scientists and first responders. In March, it provided up to 30 seconds of warning of a magnitude-4.7 earthquake in Riverside County.

A full-scale system would mean upgrading current earthquake monitoring stations and adding some 440 additional sensors in vulnerable regions, such as the northern tip of the San Andreas near San Francisco and the San Jacinto Fault in Southern California.

Bono Takes On Oil Companies And Corporate Transparency During Clinton Global Initiative Panel
Bono had some serious gripes with the oil and gas industry at a panel during the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative on Tuesday. The U2 frontman and cofounder of the ONE Campaign criticized a lawsuit filed against the Securities and Exchange Commission that would require oil companies to disclose how much they pay for foreign oil leases.

He spoke during a panel moderated by former President Bill Clinton about both government and corporate transparency and the effect they can have on poverty and health. The SEC disclosure rule was thrown out by a federal judge in July, who said the data would undercut global competition.

“As we know corruption is killing more kids than TB, AIDS, and malaria put together,” he said. “There is a vaccine … and it’s called transparency.”

The singer did praise both Exxon and Chevron and their support of malaria and AIDS prevention, but said it was overtly hypocritical to offer aid with one hand and seek to undermine anti-corruption legislation with the other.

“I’m no cranky anti-corporate critic here,” Bono said. “I implore the people in this room, from Exxon, from Chevron … You can’t have it both ways. You can’t give alms to the poor on one level and have your hands on their throats on another.”

Scroll ahead in the video above to the 1:21:45 mark to hear his remarks

Pakistan Earthquake Appears To Form New Island (PHOTO)
A 7.7-magnitude earthquake shook southwestern Pakistan Tuesday, destroying countless houses in the remote region. Though the massive quake was responsible for the deaths of dozens, it seems the seismic event also birthed something else: a new island.

Shortly after the Pakistan earthquake, witnesses said a small island appeared near the port of Gwadar, off the southern coast of the country, according to the Associated Press.

It appears the earthquake caused the seabed near the Gwadar coastline to rise. A rocky formation now juts above the water and is visible from the coast. As NDTV reports, the piece of land is estimated to span about 40 square feet.

Local media outlet Express News captured a photo of the unusual sight, as many residents reportedly gathered along the shore to catch a glimpse of the new landmass.

A new island was formed by a deadly earthquake in Pakistan http://t.co/fm0KEATP4n

Pic: http://t.co/BXd5bZ36Sh pic.twitter.com/1BgRhcpueg

— NewsBreaker (@NewsBreaker) September 24, 2013

Man Tortures Mouse For Eating Money?
A man in Gaza, Palestine, is being accused of an unbelievably horrible act of animal cruelty — tying a mouse’s limbs to a pole and torturing it.

But the photo that allegedly documents the act is likely a hoax.

According to a story being reported on various news sites, an unidentified man supposedly stashed Israeli shekels in his closet, only to discover a hungry mouse had chewed up about $170 worth of cash.

The man allegedly was so angry that he chose to get even in a manner even more extreme than an excessively violent Tom & Jerry cartoon: by stringing the mouse’s limbs with rope to a pole, News.com.au reported.

The man allegedly photographed the torture and posted it on Facebook, where it was picked up by Gulf News.

Reaction to the photo on the website has been mixed. Some people are offended, while others point out that the man’s actions will not deter other hungry mice. One man suggested that the “sick ones” were the people more concerned with “a rat” than the plight of the Palestinian people.

However, it’s most likely the photo and the story are complete fabrications, since the same photo was used in various memes six months ago, including one featuring Grumpy Cat.

The alleged mouse money munching comes at a time when money is very tight in Gaza, in part because the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) has delayed cashing in public worker salaries for several months in the West Bank due to shortages brought about in part by Israeli withholding of Palestinian funds, Sia.Az reported.

Even if the pic is fake, mouse torture is very real.

In July, Andre Yankey, a 19-year-old personal trainer in London, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal after making a homemade film where he used a power tool to slice open a mouse and drill into its eye, the Daily Mail reported.

In November, 2011, two German women paid to record a fetish film of themselves stomping on mice while dressed in high-heels were charged with animal cruelty.

Plan For Hydro Dam On B.C.’s Similkameen River Raises Immediate Environmental Concerns
A river that has been identified as one of the most endangered in B.C. is the site of a proposed hydro dam by Fortis Generation Inc.

Plans to build a 45-to-65 megawatt power facility — with a 175-metre-high concrete dam and 21-kilometre-long reservoir — on the Similkameen River, about 15 kilometres south of Princeton, are drawing immediate environmental concerns.

Good News – The Huffington Post
‘FUNDED’ With Comedian Baratunde Thurston Reminds You Just How Cool Crowdfunding Can Be
Did Zach Braff ruin crowdfunding for you? Well, it’s time to get over it, because there are plenty of truly independent artists and entrepreneurs out there using it in brilliant ways.

Need proof? Take a look at the new series FUNDED hosted by comedian, author and former Onion Digital Editor Baratunde Thurston.

In these five episodes, Thurston shines a light on the coolest crowdfunded small businesses around the country, from the “offline” funded Detroit Soup to a “street legal, environmental go-cart for adults.”

Watch all five episodes of FUNDED below:

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MacArthur Fellows Announced For 2013: Here Are 24 Luminaries You Should Know This Year
What do a 60-year-old video artist, a 36-year-old atomic physicist, and a 53-year-old behavioral economist have in common? Not much, probably, except they’ve each been awarded the 2013 MacArthur Foundation genius grant, a coveted accolade that earns them $625,000 and a spot in cultural history.

Carrie Mae Weems, Ana Maria Rey and Colin Camerer are three of the 24 people in this year’s class of MacArthur fellows, announced Wednesday. A total of 13 men and 11 women received the honor, working in fields that include organic chemistry, medieval history and ballet.

The MacArthur accolade, which has been around since 1978, is handed out annually to a select group of high-achieving individuals in disciplines ranging from science and medicine to literature and art. What was once a $50,000 award has since morphed into a six-figure bounty. Past winners include writer Susan Sontag, choreographer Merce Cunningham and World Bank president Jim Yong Kim.

The 2013 MacArthur roster has its own fair share of big names, too, including Swamplandia! author Karen Russell and jazz pianist Vijay Iyer. Below, the 24 geniuses you should know this year:

1. Playwright Tarell McCraney, 32

An ensemble member of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Co., McCraney is known for his triptych of works, “The Brother/Sister Plays (2009),” which focus on West African Yoruba cosmology, familial bonds and young love.

2. Writer Karen Russell, 32

A graduate of Columbia University’s master of fine arts program, Russell was nominated for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her debut novel, Swamplandia!.

3. Audio preservationist Carl Haber, 54

Haber is a senior scientist in the Physics Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who specializes in the preservation of deteriorating sound recordings.

4. Research psychologist Angela Duckworth, 43

Duckworth is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania who studies the way grit and self-control affect educational achievement.

5. Choreographer and dancer Kyle Abraham, 36

Abraham is the founder and artistic director of Kyle Abraham/Abraham.in.Motion. His dance works have focused on urban life in his native Pittsburgh, incorporating baroque opera, contemporary classical compositions, spoken word and rhythm and blues.

6. Writer Donald Antrim, 55

An associate professor in Columbia University’s writing program, Antrim is best known for his fiction, The Verificationist (2000) and In The Hundred Brothers (1998), as well as his first work of nonfiction, The Afterlife: A Memoir (2007).

7. Immigration lawyer Margaret Stock, 51

An attorney at Cascadia Cross Border Law in Anchorage, Alaska, Stock is recognized for her written scholarship and for contributions to policy debates that challenge American immigration legislation.

8. Artist Carrie Mae Weems, 60

Weems is a photographer and video artist who explores the legacy of African-American identity in contemporary American culture. Her most famous works include “Ain’t Joking” (1987), “The Kitchen Table Series” (1990) and “Roaming” (2006).

9. Organic chemist Phil Baran, 36

Baran is a chemistry professor at Scripps Research Institute who works in pharmacology. He recently developed an affordable method for synthesizing cortistatin A, a steroidal alkaloid thought to be useful in treating macular degeneration and cancer.

10. Paleobotanist C. Kevin Boyce, 39

Boyce is an associate professor at Stanford University’s Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences who is solving mysteries about the morphology of plants using modern technologies like X-ray microscopy and spectroscopy.

11. Primary care physician Jeffrey Brenner, 44

Brenner has been working on a health care delivery model for sick residents of Camden, N.J. — one of the poorest cities in America — based on a strategy of comprehensive preventive and primary care.

12. Behavioral economist Colin Camerer, 53

Most recently, Camerer has combined behavioral modeling with functional magnetic resonance imaging technologies, analyzing brain activity during economic interactions that prompt humans to guess how other individuals might behave.

13. Medieval historian Robin Fleming, 57

Fleming is a history professor at Boston College whose work Britain after Rome: The Fall and Rise of the Middle Ages, c. 400–1070 (2010) documents how people traded, worshipped and commemorated their dead.

14. Pianist and writer Jeremy Denk, 43

Denk is a concert pianist and popular blogger who writes about his own classical music experiences in The New Yorker, The New Republic and his own blog, Think Denk.

15. Astrophysicist Sara Seager, 42

Seager is a professor of planetary science and physics at MIT. She focuses on the study of exoplanets as well as the creation of low-cost nano-satellites that are used to observe planetary transits.

16. Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, 45


Ratmansky is an artist in residence at the American Ballet Theatre known for re-imagining ballet classics such as “The Nutcracker” and “The Firebird.”

17. Atomic physicist Ana Maria Rey, 36

Rey conducts research on ultracold optical-lattice systems, helping to further the fields of quantum simulation and quantum information and explain the complex behaviors of the natural world using mathematical models.

18. Statistician Susan Murphy, 55

Murphy focuses on developing new methods that can be used to evaluate treatment for individuals coping with chronic or relapsing disorders like depression or substance abuse, such as her sequential multiple assignment randomized trial.

19. Agricultural ecologist David Lobell, 34

Lobell is an associate professor at Stanford’s Department of Environmental Earth System Science who investigates the impact climate change has on crop production and food security around the world.

20. Neuroscientist Sheila Nirenberg

Nirenberg , whose age was unavailable, is an associate professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Weill Cornell Medical College who is developing an alternative procedure to restore sight after photoreceptor cell degeneration.

21. Jazz Pianist and composer Vijay Iyer, 41

Iyer is recognized for his rigorous investigation of musical genres from South Indian classical music to West African drumming, contemporary European composers and 20th century African-American piano legends.

22. Computer scientist Dina Katabi, 42

A professor in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Katabi specializes in wireless data transmission, aiming to improve the speed, reliability, and security of data exchange.

23. Materials scientist Craig Fennie, 40

Fennie is an assistant professor at Cornell University’s School of Applied and Engineering Physics who combines the tools of theoretical physics with chemistry to discover new materials with the necessary electrical, magnetic, and optical properties for new communications technologies.

24. Public health historian and anthropologist Julie Livingston, 46

A professor in Rutgers University’s Department of History, Livingston uses archival research and ethnographic studies to investigate individuals with chronic illnesses and debilitating ailments in Botswana.

Check out the list of 2012 MacArthur Fellows below.

Healthy Living – The Huffington Post
Smartphone Apps for a Healthier Heart
The number of apps over the past five years has exploded for both health care professionals and patients alike. We are talking exponential growth. A recent count of the iTunes app store identified nearly 20,000 health care and wellness apps! To help control this influx of apps, the FDA has actually inserted itself and defined a difference between a “health” app and a “wellness” app.

A health app is categorized by the FDA as mobile software that diagnoses, tracks or treats disease.

A wellness app is mobile software that enhances or tracks the overall health of the user.

That said, there is a ton of crossover between the two classes — e.g., a calorie counter that can then make recommendations about how to adjust your intake, or a BP tracker that alerts you to call your physician when there are too many consecutive high numbers.

A relatively quick and easy way to identify successful patient apps is to check out which patient-centered apps have the most downloads in the iTunes store and peruse the reviews written by patients (often the younger set). Here are some apps that I feel have transcended the niche medical category and gone into the widely used and useful category:

The Encyclopedic Health App

WebMD — This is the one of the major categories of patient apps — education (the other categories would be data recording/tracking and the last category would be management). It’s easy to use, full of reliable information, has a trusted brand and offers side tools like a pill identifier. Oh yeah, and it’s free and available for iPhone and Android.

The Doctor in Your Mobile Phone App

iTriage — A cool and rather progressive app that allows patients to find the nearest emergency rooms and can often provide estimated waiting times (although the accuracy on that is questionable). It also serves as a crude diagnostic tool when you provide symptoms and gives a ton of reference information on medications, procedures, conditions, etc. It is free and available for both platforms.

“Your Doctor’s Best Friend” Apps

BP Monitor or BP Tracker by HeartWise — Probably the most success I’ve had (from a personal standpoint) in getting my patients to use mobile apps. While there are blood pressure cuffs available at Walgreens and the Apple Store that hook into the iPhone directly or wirelessly, the most common BP apps just serve as a substitute for the yellow legal pad on which most people record their daily blood-pressure reading. The benefit of these BP trackers is that they can be exported rather easily in graphic or tabular form to the doctor by email or printed out in a presentable fashion. My patients that use them love them. And on a personal note, the printouts are displayed in a clear and easy way.

Glucose Companion — Or one of the numerous other glucose/calorie-tracking apps. There are several and they serve a similar purpose to the hypertension apps listed above. Recently, apps like WellDoc are attempting to integrate their data with existing electronic health records (EHR) — and have been successful, improving the management of patients while physically seeing them less!

The Fully Engaged Patient Apps

Gazelle — For specialists, i.e., non-general practitioners, keeping track of patients’ labs is a chronic issue and patients are often inconvenienced of the fact that we do not do labs in our offices and inconsistently receive copies of their recent bloodwork. This app by Quest Diagnostics allows patients to make appointments online and track their lab data and keep it on their phone. To me, this is one of the most obvious and logical utilizations of mobile apps, and will likely be the standard in the near future.

Pill Reminder — Medication adherence has been identified by the mobile medical community (and Big Pharma) as the low-hanging fruit of this sector. This app by Drugs.com attempts to achieve success in this space. Logically, it sends reminders when to take meds, as well as reminders about when you might need a refill and provides a drug reference geared toward patients. It takes a user manually entering their individual meds and the instructions for administration, which will exclude a large group of patients, but it’s a start. In the future (and it does exist already to some extent), one could imagine that the pharmacy would electronically input your medical regimen into their own app that you would have on your phone and all you would have to do is log in and your meds would automatically populate.

The Get-in-Shape Apps

My Fitness Pal or Calorie Counter — There are numerous apps in this space and I have not had time (or exercise tolerance) to sort through all of them, but they all attempt to acheive the same goal — provide the patient with info so that he or she may make healthful changes. Some even make recommendations. They vary is their ease of use, and some will interface with a wearable device (such as Fitbit or the Nike FuelBand) that count your steps and monitor your breathing while you sleep giving you biofeedback info as well.

C25K (Couch to 5K) — If you are the type of exerciser who requires structure, this is a great one. Apps like RunTracker primarily log your distance run and then post it (somewhat annoyingly) to social media outlets to inform all your acquaintances that you ran 4.7 miles. This one actually starts you slow and gradually increases your run-walk ratio as you progress through a four-week program, culminating in you running a 5K. From personal use, I can attest to its benefits. The best part is it can run behind any other app you have running, so that if you want to listen to music or a radio app while you run, this will politely work in the background and alert you when to walk/run.

The Panacea Apps

Google App — Still, and likely always, the most common resource for health information. The results sometimes may be muddled, but overall it often serves as a wonderful resource for information. According to the Pew Research Center, nearly 70 percent of the web-surfing population have looked up a health topic in the last year — the most commonly sought topics are specific diseases and conditions. More interestingly, almost half of online health searches are on behalf of someone else. Perhaps even more impressive, 52 percent of smartphone owners have used their phone to look up health or medical information. We are increasingly becoming a wireless, laptop-less, mobile society and before too long we will be coordinating medical care, receiving test results, and perhaps even seeing our health care providers all on our phones.

ZocDoc — The above brings us to our last app, perhaps the most paradigm shifting one of the bunch — until there’s one that does video-conference medical evaluations on your phone (coming soon I’m sure). As medicine continues its evolution towards a more patient-centered, service-oriented approach, ZocDoc and several others that have followed suit, now permit patients to input their insurance info and make appointments immediately with a doctor in their desired location. Why shouldn’t medicine be more like every other service industry? That’s a debate for another time.

For more by Jordan Safirstein, MD, click here.

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Active Surveillance: Why Did Dr. Drew Wait Before Having Prostate Cancer Surgery?
Dr. Drew Pinsky, an internist, addiction medicine specialist and TV personality, underwent surgery in July to remove his prostate after being diagnosed with prostate cancer, he announced on a blog post on HLN.

Pinsky, who is now 55, initially went to the doctor for a check-up in 2011. There, he took a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test, a common screening test for prostate cancer. Pinsky’s doctor found that his PSA level was a “4,” up from a “1” — which for some men could mean something, while for others, it could mean nothing — and he also had an enlarged central prostate lobe. He was diagnosed with inflammation of the prostate, but because of the slightly elevated PSA score, Pinsky’s doctor opted to also conduct a biopsy — which revealed that he had a low-grade tumor.

Active surveillance was the approach Pinsky and his doctor decided together to take until, two biopsies later, it became clear that the tumor was spreading. Pinsky opted to have a radical robotic prostatectomy in July 2013 — essentially, a surgical procedure where the prostate gland is completely removed from the body. And good thing he opted to have the procedure; he wrote that “the tumor had a ‘finger’ on it that was millimeters from being contained. It was ready to spread, and would have, had it not been removed.”

So why didn’t Pinsky elect to have the prostatectomy earlier, when it first became clear that he had prostate cancer? He wrote:

My years of training and experience had taught me not to panic about prostate issues. Research shows 30 percent of low-grade prostate tumors get worse during a 10-year span. Thirty percent get better. Thirty percent stay the same.

Indeed, not all prostate cancer tumors are the same. Some tumors grow so slowly that, if it’s discovered in a man who is of an older age who has a limited life expectancy, it may not grow rapidly enough to pose a health risk. It’s also a good option for men whose tumors aren’t causing any symptoms, or if it seems to be confined to just one part of the prostate, the Mayo Clinic noted.

During active surveillance, a doctor will continuously monitor the growth, if any, of a prostate cancer tumor. What active surveillance does not entail, is drugs, surgery or radiation. The tumor is monitored with ultrasounds, PSA tests, digital rectal exams and biopsies (to determine aggressiveness), according to the American Cancer Society.

That’s not to say that every man with a low-risk prostate cancer tumor will opt for active surveillance. The University of California, San Francisco, points out that the idea of having cancer — even if it’s not yet harmful — can make some men uncomfortable, while other men may not want to do regular checkups with their doctor. However, active surveillance is an option for men who don’t want to experience negative side effects from cancer treatment, such as erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence.

Indeed, Pinsky pointed out in his blog post that fears about cancer treatment side effects often keep men from getting screened for prostate cancer in the first place. He wrote:

What concerns many males faced with prostate cancer is not the cancer itself, but possible incontinence, and sex. Nerves at the base of the penis, necessary for an erection, can be irreparably damaged by surgery and radiation. Research shows that many men do not get tested for prostate cancer because they fear the effects of surgery they may not even need!

I returned to work 10 days after the surgery. In hindsight, the job(s) could have waited. I am working out again, eating well and feeling very good. I’ll begin running again soon. The only remnant of cancer surgery is six small scars on my torso. They are fading fast. I’m hopeful I am cured.

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