Lynn Desjardins, Wojtek Gwiazda, Marc Montgomery

The LINK online (Sat Aug.30, 2014)


On this edition your host is Marc Montgomery

the U Sask research team (L-R) grad student and first author, Zhicheng Chen; supervisor Juan Ianowski; (PhD) Elecctrical and computer engineef George Belev (PhD): co-author Dean Chapman (PhD) and beamline scientist Tomasz Wysokinski(PhD) ©  U Sask-BioMedical Imaging and Therapy Beamline (synchrotron)

We start with some very good news in the health field.

A team of researchers at the University of Saskatchewan have made a very significant advance in the fight against cystic fibrosis. CF is the number one genetic disease in this country.

The research team was able to make their sdvance aided by the ultra-sophisticated technology available at the Canadian Light Source snychrotron based at the university of Saskatchewan.

Professor juan Ianowski directed the research. In this edited version of the conversation, professor Ianowski explains what CF is, what they were able to discover and prove about the actions of normal genes and mutated CF genes, and how their discovery will greatly enable others to develop and test protocols in the treatment of CF.

In the news this week, a couple of incidents aboard passenger planes has people wondering what’s going on these days on airline flights.

The “knee defender” a small device (shown in blue) slipped over the dinner tray arm prevents the passenger in front from reclining their seat. This was at the heart of one dispute this week causing a plane to make an unscheduled landing to remove arguing passengers © CBC

In one case a couple of Canadian women are in big trouble.

The young women boarded a flight from Toronto to a holiday destination in the south.

But, they then got drunk on board, started smoking which set off alarms on the plane, then got into a physical fight with each other and crew.

Halfway through the flight, the pilot turned the plane around and flew back to Toronto where the women were arrested on several charges.

The other case involved an internal US flight. One passenger placed a device on the seat in front which prevented the woman from reclining her seat backward, a loud argument and the woman in front threw water on the man behind. The flight too made an unscheduled stop halfway along the route to have the two passengers removed.

Day and night, you’re available, more is being asked of you because more information is available, and the question is, how do you keep track and get yourself organized ©

To find out why such incidents seem to be on the increase, Lynn Desjardins spoke to Karl Moore, associate professor of management at McGill University. He studies the airline industry.

Do you feel like you’re being bombarded with information? Are you being exposed to too much information, and all the time and are always in contact with no breathing time?  Too much being asked of you?

Daniel Levitin is a very busy man. He’s a professor, author, and sometimes stand-up comedian. His latest book is called “The Organized Mind- Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload”

Terry Haig was able to reach him, of course by mobile phone, in Chicago and asked him about how we can deal with the “information overload”.

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