Sorry for the short hiatus, but I was studying to take the new GRE. Instead, of several posts I thought I’d give a bit of a snapshot of the news coverage so far. It will span from significant findings in cancer research, the Weiner scandal and political analysis, and the unveiling of Microsoft’s interactive gaming model (Ghost Recon) and the new gaming line up from E3. These are very wide-ranging subjects, so separation will be via paragraphs.
Health -New Personalized Cancer Drugs
The first news comes in the form of significant findings in a recent cancer study that attempted to target treatment. What do I mean by target treatment? According to ABC’s Dr. Besser, research has shown that not all cancers are all-inclusive. This specifically means that, such as, all melanoma is not the same. Different mutations give birth to melanoma (so to speak), but it’s not a requirement for a specific single type. Therefore, this treatment is targeting the specific mutations that they know are in 30-60% of melanoma patients of this type. The results of this treatment were very high, 84%.*
Politics – Representative Anthony Weiner Scandal and Analysis
Next we have the Weiner Scandal. Yesterday Representative Anthony Weiner announced that he had lied to reporters, and did have relations with as many as 6 women. However, he firmly stated that he would not be resigning. Many, including family and friends, immediately ask well why not? The issue is not will he, eventually he will have to run for re-election. Democrats and Republicans both know he is unelectable in a neighborhood that is primarily orthodox Jewish and recently shifted to Republican leanings. For a little insight, you might think that the evangelical right-wingers are strict about moral issues orthodox Jews are even stricter. Especially on issues of infidelity. However, let me state here that he did not actually engage in sexual acts (such acts as “sexting” and “phone sex” are still to be determined). This brings me to the next point of why he is not resigning. Democrats are afraid to lose a seat, at least just yet (as stated before it’s almost inevitable in his district). Republicans before lost a seat because they kicked out the Sen. John Ensign for a similar scandal. In the short run, the best thing for the Democrats will be to force him to resign and focus on the larger issues. This is only going to hamper their efforts to string him along. Just look at the Google News list, its overwhelming. http://bit.ly/kz2g06
Gaming – Microsoft E3 Press Conference
E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) is the gaming worlds mecca of expos. This is where every game developer, game designer, gaming console company… (I think you get the picture) amass to entice, awe, and excite gamers everywhere to the what they will see in the next year. This short blurb is about Microsoft’s Press Conference (below is the conference). Included is a stunning show of upcoming title returns, such as Gears of War 3, Modern Warfare 3, and the much-anticipated Halo 4. The most interesting is Microsoft’s leap with the Tom Clancy franchise of Ghost Recon to include full integration with Kinect. Meaning that every franchise of Tom Clancy’s after the new Ghost Recon will include Kinect. This includes from creating your customizable weapons (all the way down to the gas system) to shooting, which looks extremely difficult compared to what could be possible with Playstation’s Move gun system (which goes from handguns to machine guns). However, as Adam Sessler stated after the conferences the Kinect seems to be lacking in direction. I.e., Microsoft is not branding the device to a certain crowd, which makes gamers apprehensible to invest in something they don’t know where its going. The games themselves look very polished, but until you play through it one will never know how polished.
*After 6 months.