My younger daughter is very interested in both medicine and robotics. So she and I were both very interested in a segment on the PBS NewsHour a few weeks ago about advances being made at Johns Hopkins University in developing a new generation in prosthetic limbs that can be controlled by the user’s mind.
I have wanted to try skydiving as long as I can remember. I just love the idea of being in the air – just me, no airplane, no balloon, no anything – falling through the sky. I imagine that it is as close to being like a bird as a human can get. But I have never thought about it as a way to avoid death. Then, I read an article in the Washington Post last week.
One of the great things about summer is that wonderful warm night air. Watching the sky in the winter gets tough, but in the summer all we need is a dark sky and a patch of grass (to lie on). So summer is when I most enjoy one of my favorite things – watching people in orbit fly over me.
Think you have had a bad year? Ever? Unless you are Malaysia Airlines, your worst year probably doesn’t qualify as a bad year. It is now so much that Malaysia Airlines has lost two airplanes, but the circumstances of those losses that seem so horrible.