Ever notice how the news media gets us to pay attention to whatever they want us to be noticing? A very obvious example occurred in March of 2013 (Okay, I know this is not a very timely post, because it relates to events of almost a year ago, but the point is still valid, honest), when the Catholic Church picked a new Pope. That’s okay with me – I’m not Catholic, but I don’t mind – but because of the huge to-do made about the Pope, how many people missed what ELSE went on in the world at the same time?
Here’s a few things that happened that I think should have made the evening news, but few people I’ve talked to know about even one of these major events, let alone two or more. In the interest of promoting higher education, here are a few details for you:
Some scientists discovered that certain nanoparticles, when infused with bee venom, will kill HIV. WHAT?!?!? I would think that story would STILL be leading the news! Why aren’t they talking more about this? Why isn’t it showing up on a regular basis in both local and network news programs? This seems like a Big Deal to me. Be honest – did you know this? If you did, when did you hear about it? March, 2013, or sometime much later than that?
FINDING STOMACH CANCER
Some other scientists found a way to detect stomach cancer by using a breath test, and they announced this breakthrough this very same week. Didja hear about it? It will benefit millions of people.
MORE HIV NEWS
A real-life, genuine, documented HIV cure occurred! The first child ever was reported this week to have been CURED of HIV. Not just treated so he felt all better, but actually CURED. How come we know the name of some guy that got shot while committing a crime but not the name of the doctors, hospital, or child involved in this “miracle?” Is this not another Big Deal?
A man in need of some serious help got it from an unexpected and unusual source – he had 75% of his skull replaced with a prosthetic skull. Miracle enough that they can do that, but HIS skull was printed out on a 3D printer!! Who knew?
If you can’t get enough space stuff watching old Star Trek reruns, try the real thing. This week in March, 2013 also saw the announcement of the discovery of liquid salt water on Europa (could this mean life as we know it exists there?) AND a very cool-looking galaxy that looks like something straight out of the old Space Invaders video game, though we didn’t spot any missiles headed that way. But you never know – there might have been, but we missed it because something else caught the media’s attention the next week as the missiles arrived.
See what I mean? SO much is going on around us all the time – don’t limit yourself to what the mainstream media feeds you — take a few minutes to go a bit deeper. It will be worth it, even if you never played Space Invaders.