To ensure that future generations have the same quality of life we enjoy today and to prevent a catastrophic global disaster, we must cut back on harmful gas emissions. Most people think this means they have to give up their quality of life and are therefore reluctant to make changes for the better. To the contrary, however, innovations in the fields of auto manufacturing, energy sources, and home décor, accompanied by government programs, have made environmental well-being achievable in the near future.
Since its discovery in 1896, physicists and chemists have always been able to trust “k”. Even as our fundamental knowledge about the nature of matter has changed and evolved, scientists have been able to rely on the constancy of this decay constant. In math, chemistry, and physics, that little k, the rate of radioactive decay of an element, has been comfortingly dependable, used to solve complicated equations in upper level chemistry and as a reliable measure of time. Carbon dating, the process by which archaeologists date objects by measuring the amount of carbon remaining in the sample and relating it to the standardized carbon decay constant, would be useless without k. Because of the reliability of k, we know how old Lucy the Australopithecus is. But recent discoveries are beginning to show that perhaps the only constant we can truly count on is the evolution of science.
Oscar makes his home in a place that most of us avoid, in an atmosphere that most of us dread. As a resident feline of Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, Rhode Island, he spends his days with the old and the sick, those who are fading away as their memories are gradually ravaged by dementia.
As the baby boomer generation reaches the “senior” status, more and more money is being spent on cosmetics, anti-aging ointments, wrinkling creams, and even cosmetic surgery. The collective quest to find the solution to prolonging the aging process lingers in the minds of hundreds of thousands and is also, in addition to boosting the economy and satisfying the desires of retailers, spurring numerous studies to find cures for aging.