What is Malignant Mesothelioma

Transverse section of the thorax, showing the ...

Transverse section of the thorax, showing the contents of the middle and the posterior mediastinum. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mesothelioma (or, more precisely, malignant mesothelioma) is a rare form of cancer that develops from transformed cells originating in the mesothelium, the protective lining that covers many of the internal organs of the body. It is usually caused by exposure to asbestos.

The most common anatomy site for the development of mesothelioma is the pleura (the outer lining of the lungs and internal chest wall), but it can also arise in the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity), and the pericardium (the sac that surrounds the heart), or the tunica vaginalis (a sac that surrounds the testis).





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London Tube Posters

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I’m loving some of the advertising poster artwork that TFL or Transport For London as some may know them are producing at the moment. They are far nicer than many of the posters that other companies are producing.
Here are a couple of my recent favourites.





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MArch 14 – International Day of Action

Perth, Western Australia – 9th March 2012 – Occupy Perth, together with community activists, refugee rights activists, unionists, Aboriginal deaths in custody activists, will today hold a protest action outside Serco’s head office in Perth – 225 St Georges Terrace at 12pm.

Occupy London, Occupy Sydney, Occupy Melbourne will be also holding similar actions in their respective parts of the world protesting this massive multinational corporation that profits off public/essential services and human misery.

Serco is a multi-billion dollar private corporation, dubbed by the UK’s Guardian newspaper as “the biggest company you’ve never heard of”.  They have built an empire on running the services we interact with everyday.

Occupy Perth spokesperson Alex Bainbridge says “the kind of essential services which Serco run have been previously done so by Government and therefore with relative transparency.    It’s bad enough that essential public utilities like telecommunications, water, etc. are privatised to our detriment, now we have a private corporation with a clear profit-motive running sensitive human services like refugee detention centres and prisons?  It’s like something out of a science-fiction movie!”

Victoria Martin-Iversen of the Refugee Rights Action Network of Western Australia says “In the Serco-run Leonora detention center, where they hold males from 14 – 17 years of age they allow subcontracted security officers without working with children checks to interact with the detainees and refer to the children by number rather than name. These children are not given any access to schooling, and most have not even seen the town of Leonora.”

“Occupy Perth and the larger Occupy movement has chosen to target Serco because they represent a clear and particularly insidious example of a corporation, a privately-run tyranny controlled by the 1%, operating to serve their own profit-making interests ahead of those of the 99%.”

March 14 – Pi Day Rap Music Video of College Mathletes

Newswise — What if star students got the same treatment as star athletes?

A few of them did, late one night after basketball practice at the Marriott Center, in this YouTube music video aimed to get them some well-deserved attention as they take their program to the next level.

Sam Dittmer, Hiram Golze and Robert Yang have once again put BYU in the Big Dance of mathematics this year. After crushing the University of Utah 159 – 70 in the fall, the three undergraduates notched wins against Duke, Yale and Vanderbilt in a national competition where they placed 3rd in a field of 99 teams.

“They’re just doin’ work,” said BYU math department chair Tyler Jarvis, the owner of a Ph.D. from Princeton.

The BYU squad has their own March Madness with the highly-anticipated results of the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition – a six-hour-long contest between more than 400 universities.

During Dittmer’s phenomenal freshman season, he powered BYU to a Top 25 finish on the Putnam exam. But Sam’s subsequent call to serve a church mission in Albania for two years left the team with big equations to fill. With Dittmer still overseas last season, Golze, Yang and the now-graduated Michael Griffin reached the Sweet 16, the deepest run of any BYU team since 1979.

“Some people were worried we wouldn’t do well because Sam Dittmer was on a mission,” Jarvis said. “The rest of the team stepped up and worked hard to make it happen. The BYU Math program was always good, but now we are really moving up to the next level, with smart students and excellent faculty coaches.”

And now their superstar is back and appears to have very little “mission rust” after setting aside mathematics for two years for a greater cause.

“I’d forgotten some of the terms, but when you learn something deeply enough, it comes back pretty quick,” Sam said. “It’s kind of like riding a bike – it comes from deep down.”

That mindset made Sam the nation’s high school math champion before the state of Indiana considered him old enough to drive. Governor Mitch Daniels honored Sam with a surprise visit to school where he named Sam the state’s first “Mr. Math,” borrowing from the Hoosier state’s tradition of naming a “Mr. Basketball.”

These feats translated into offers to take his skills to MIT and Stanford, but Sam ultimately chose to be a BYU Cougar where he could get on the field immediately with undergraduate research opportunities. Sam’s dream to get a Ph.D. someday was also a factor in the decision. In the last five years, BYU is ranked 5th in the country as a Ph.D. launch pad.

Future Tenant Art Space Celebrates Decade of Pushing Boundaries With Fundraiser on March 30

PITTSBURGH—Future Tenant, an experimental downtown Pittsburgh art space managed by Carnegie Mellon University students, will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a fundraiser 7 p.m. on Friday, March 30 that expands its own boundaries to Bakery Square.

Located in the midst of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District at 819 Penn Avenue, Future Tenant has provided a setting for more than 100 emerging artists and performers to explore the limits of the creative expression, presentation and interpretation of various art forms. Future Tenant also offers a guest curator program, performance events, a residency series and several partnerships with local schools and colleges.

Founded in 2002, Future Tenant is a joint project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Carnegie Mellon’s College of Fine Arts, and the Master of Arts Management program at Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College.

Future Tenant is partnering with Bakery Square and CMU’s School of Art to hold Future Tenant’s 10th Birthday Party in the first floor of the Bakery Square complex. First- and second-year Master’s of Fine Arts students will exhibit their creative art works in an exhibition titled “Extra Fancy.” This is the second year that Bakery Square has been the fundraiser and MFA exhibition venue, which allows the artists exposure to a larger and more varied audience.

For more information about Future Tenant’s 10th Birthday Party on March 30 at Bakery Square, 6245 Penn Ave. visit https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/228493

Tickets are $15 for students and $25 for the public; $20 for students and $30 for the public at the door.

Some of the work that will be exhibited includes:

“Extra Fancy,” March 23 – April 4

First and second-year CMU Master of Fine Arts students will occupy vacant space in the Bakery Square from March 23 through April 4. The artists include Scott Andrew, Carl Bajandas, Elizabeth Buschmann, Felipe Castelblanco, Oreen Cohen, Craig Fahner, Steve Gurysh, YunMi Her, Luke Loeffler, Holli McEntegart, Dan Wilcox and Erin Womack.

Hours for the exhibition are 5-9 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 2-9 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays. Artist question and answer sessions will take place from 6-9 p.m. on April 3 and 5. The exhibit and talks are free and open to the pubilc.

WWE WrestleMania 28 Fan Photo Mosaics

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Fan Mosaics Tag Teams With WWE® Universe to Build WrestleMania XXVIII Photo Mosaic

Fans Can Join The Rock® and John Cena® in a Limited-Edition Print Made from User-Submitted Photos

Millions of WWE fans have dreamed of getting into the ring at WrestleMania XXVIII—the most highly anticipated main event ever in sports entertainment history. Now, thanks to Fan Mosaics, they can get inside the frame.

Fan Mosaics is creating a photo mosaic featuring WWE Superstars The Rock and John Cena to commemorate WrestleMania XXVIII, which takes place Sunday, April 1, 2012, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. Each commemorative print will be composed entirely of photos submitted by WWE fans.

“We know how passionate WWE fans are, especially about major events like WrestleMania XXVIII,” says Brian Doskocil, Fan Mosaics’ Director of Sales & Marketing. “That’s why we’re so excited to be bringing diehard WWE fans closer than ever before to Superstars The Rock and John Cena with our WrestleMania Fan Mosaic. It allows fans to be part of the big event in a unique way, taking them beyond the role of spectator by participating in and owning a special, personalized piece of WWE memorabilia.”

Fans can upload their photo for inclusion in the officially licensed WrestleMania XXVIII Fan Mosaic at http://FanMosaics.com/WWE. The high-quality 24″x36″ photo mosaic prints are designed to be framed and displayed like artwork as a lasting tribute to this epic battle.

About Fan Mosaics

Northfield, Ohio-based Fan Mosaics, LLC, is the bridge that connects fans and stars. The company’s officially licensed celebrity photo mosaics—composed entirely of fan-submitted images—are a unique and lasting outlet for fans’ enthusiasm and loyalty. Entertainers in all industries choose Fan Mosaics to thank fans for their dedication, and charities partner with Fan Mosaics to raise funds for their worthwhile causes. Visit http://www.fanmosaics.com to view completed and current projects and to learn more about the Fan Mosaics creation process.

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