Speaking of promising studies, researchers in California have study results that seem to indicate that a substance found in marijuana may stop metastasis in certain cancers! One of the scientists was studying ID-1, which is a gene that causes cancer to spread. Another researcher was studying the effects of CBD, a compound found in the cannabis plant. When they combined the substances, it appeared that the CBD "turned off" the ID-1. The scientists first published a paper about positive results in 2007 but now have more extensive studies to back up those results. They are ready to move on to human studies in the next stage and it's looking hopeful that we will have one more weapon against cancer to use down the road. And yes. I'm turning into Pollyanna, again, but how can I not be optimistic about this news?
A new study from the Pew Research Center indicates that one in five adults in the US have no religious affiliation. 13 million of these are atheists and agnostic, the rest just don't identify with a particular religion. I'm not sure if this means that they believe in something or nothing at all but don't identify themselves as atheists or agnostics. I guess it would include those who say they are "spiritual but not religious". (I'm not sure I quite understand what is meant by that but if I run into one of these folks one day I'll ask!) Still, it's an interesting study to say the least.
I was reminded of that study when I found myself asked the religion question during an automated political opinion poll yesterday I answered over the phone. I was given a choice of Protestant, Jewish, Catholic, other or none. (I think that was all. They may have included Muslim and/or Hindu but I really don't think they did.) I was disappointed that I could only choose "none" without being more specific but I guess that was enough information for the group conducting the poll. I forget now who they said it was but I did Google it at the time and discovered that they identify as a conservative group. I don't think they will like my answers...
Did anyone catch the Vice Presidential debate last night? I didn't but I've been listening to it this morning and reading some articles. It appears that neither Ryan nor Biden made any major gaffes and that both sides came away looking positive - at least to their own people. I have to say that I prefer this style of debate - both opponents at a table with the moderator - rather than the opponents up on a stage behind podiums as the Presidential debate was set up last week. I think it is easier for the moderator to maintain control if he or she is sitting at table with the speakers rather than off the stage below them. I'm curious to see how the next Presidential debate is structured.
Finally, I came across this on CNN. It is a series of photos of Joe Biden during the debate that they call "The many expressions of Joe Biden". It gave me a chuckle. He's certainly an expressive guy!