What inspires you?

Question: What inspires you?

D. Quinn Mills: Thing that inspires me most is the opportunities that we face. When I think about that human race, I think we are at the very beginning of a very long journey. It's really only about 6 to 8,000 years that we have had civilization as we know it, we are at the thresh hold and had been now we are stepping into space, we can get the human race off of this planet, the exclusivity of this planet, and I see, what really inspires me is those opportunities. What makes me sick is our very large inability to get excited by them or to do anything constructive about them.

Question: Who inspires you?

D. Quinn Mills:  If you began to go through the institutions of the society and you say to yourself “who are the political leaders that I admire today?” most of us don’t really have anyone. There are political leaders we support. They are primarily, because they reflect our interest. If you look at the religious community, they are fairly weak, the leadership. If you look at the educational community, it is hard now from most Americans to name the president of the major university. This was not true before. Now, in the smaller scale in other words names that I could give you that no one would recognize. There are a lot of them and very impressive in small business in local churches and local communities. That's America’s great strength, has always been America’s great strength. We, in my view, and I have written this, in my view America does not yet very good leadership at the top level and constantly our people bring themselves rise to the occasion and bail the country out of the problems that its leadership is gotten it in and that is this country’s great strength in history in my view. I don’t see any change in that, so it is difficult for me to answer that question.

Recorded on: 9/27/07

 

The possibility of getting the human race off this planet inspires Mills.

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Scientists study tattooed corpses, find pigment in lymph nodes

It turns out, that tattoo ink can travel throughout your body and settle in lymph nodes.

17th August 1973: An American tattoo artist working on a client's shoulder. (Photo by F. Roy Kemp/BIPs/Getty Images)
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In the slightly macabre experiment to find out where tattoo ink travels to in the body, French and German researchers recently used synchrotron X-ray fluorescence in four "inked" human cadavers — as well as one without. The results of their 2017 study? Some of the tattoo ink apparently settled in lymph nodes.


Image from the study.

As the authors explain in the study — they hail from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, and the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment — it would have been unethical to test this on live animals since those creatures would not be able to give permission to be tattooed.

Because of the prevalence of tattoos these days, the researchers wanted to find out if the ink could be harmful in some way.

"The increasing prevalence of tattoos provoked safety concerns with respect to particle distribution and effects inside the human body," they write.

It works like this: Since lymph nodes filter lymph, which is the fluid that carries white blood cells throughout the body in an effort to fight infections that are encountered, that is where some of the ink particles collect.

Image by authors of the study.

Titanium dioxide appears to be the thing that travels. It's a white tattoo ink pigment that's mixed with other colors all the time to control shades.

The study's authors will keep working on this in the meantime.

“In future experiments we will also look into the pigment and heavy metal burden of other, more distant internal organs and tissues in order to track any possible bio-distribution of tattoo ink ingredients throughout the body. The outcome of these investigations not only will be helpful in the assessment of the health risks associated with tattooing but also in the judgment of other exposures such as, e.g., the entrance of TiO2 nanoparticles present in cosmetics at the site of damaged skin."

Why are so many objects in space shaped like discs?

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  • Spinning discs are the result of two things: The force of gravity and a phenomenon in physics called the conservation of angular momentum.
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