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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft skims 48 KMs above the south pole of Saturn’s moon at 30,600 KPH

October 28, 2015

On Wednesday, Cassini will storm through a jet of water vapour and frozen particles erupting from the south pole of Enceladus, one of Saturn's many moons.

Talk about high speed maneuvers, today, Cassini will storm through a jet of water vapour and frozen particles erupting from the south pole of Enceladus, one of Saturn’s many moons.  A global liquid ocean is believed to exist beneath the frozen crust of 480-kilo metre-wide Enceladus.   This dive will be the deepest one yet through one of its plumes.  Cassini was launched in 1997 and uses plutonium reactors to speed it along.   The youtube video is understandable and compelling enough to keep the attention of teenagers


Five steps to surviving a panic attack

April 29, 2015

Panic attack

We have all been there—in the middle of a normal day a thought or an event triggers a panic attack.   Sharon Dinur, a Vancouver based Registered Clinical Counselor, suggests five easy steps to moving past the darkness.

Talk about it: Contrary to logic, the best thing to do is talk about it with people you trust. You will be amazed how many of your “nice, normal” friends and family members have experienced similar episodes. Reassurance that you aren’t “the only one” is invaluable.

Go for a walk: Another helpful tool is going for walks. There is something specific to the rhythm of walking that coordinates the mind and body and encourages a sense of harmony. Be it brisk or lengthy, fifteen to twenty minutes per day is sufficient to give you real benefits.

Breathe deeply: The shallow breathing that occurs anytime one is emotionally charged can easily be prevented using a few deep-breathing techniques. Inhale for two seconds through the nose, hold for a moment, and then exhale for four seconds through the nose. This may sound simplistic, but a calmed body leads to a calmed mind.

Changing negative thoughts into positive ones: Start recording examples of your negative self-talk. This destructive habit can be broken and is the key to self-empowerment. When you begin to speak to yourself as you would to a good buddy, the shift in your psyche can be dramatic, despite any setbacks.

Be Grateful: Make a list of all the things your are grateful for, each night before going to sleep. From the simple appreciation for a mild winter’s day to an amusing chat with a co-worker – listing as many things as one can, makes getting up the next morning much easier.

Sharon Dinur, with two teenagers and her own counseling practice, is an expert on the topic of surviving Panic Attacks.   She is available to help you survive yours and can be reached at  

When senior managers in professional services won’t share

March 3, 2015

Yayoi Kusama, The Obliteration Room 2002, furniture, white paint, dot stickers Dimensions variableProfessional service firms, in response to an increasingly complex world, have created internal groups that are very narrowly focused.  Based on my unscientific research, it has driven employees to be highly protective of their client contacts. Unfortunately it also leaves a lot of money on the client’s table!   One tactic that professional service firms are starting to adopt is to de-emphasize inputs like billable hours and focus more on outcomes such as greater revenue per client.   Research shows that doing this increases the overall revenue at the firm.

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Tapping into the power of new ideas

March 2, 2015

Empowered StartupsFor many years immigrants have been coming to Canada and starting their own businesses. For some, it is the only way to earn a living and for others a way to make their entrepreneurial vision a reality.  Either way, between no network in this country, poor english language skills and the Canadian business environment,  many will fail.  A new incubator in BC aims to increase their odds of success.   Empowered Startups, created by two highly successful local business people, is a designated incubator for Canada’s Startup VISA Program with the intention of attracting entrepreneurs to Canada.  Personally, bringing in talented people who are ready to create real businesses is the best way to grow a truly sustainable green economy.   For more information visit

The internet of everything: It’s all about power!

February 23, 2015

Intel Curie is composed of several elements; a system on a chip, called Quark,  Low Energy Bluetooth radio, six-axis sensor with accelerometer and gyroscope, as well as 384kB flash memory. For a couple years we have been hearing about how the Internet of Everything is coming. Holding it back, in my opinion, was the power hungry chips that sensors need to send their data wireless. Not any more, Intel now has available an all in one chip the size of a button that does everything your Activity Tracker does and more. This can enable wearable sensors for nearly any garment, medical technology, sports equipment or salmon (I live in the PNW). The challenge now becomes not what to track but how to get useful information out of all that data.    Never mentioned in the articles is the impact on privacy and the ability to hack the device–a real issue in medical technology security.

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Google Translate for medical may be bad for your health.

December 17, 2014

medical cartoonIf you happen to find yourself deathly sick and in Africa, Asia or Eastern Europe you may want to think twice about using Google to translate the medical information.  A recent study showed that of 260 common medical phrases Google translated incorrectly 143 in African and Asian languages, 100 incorrectly in Eastern European languages and 67 incorrectly in Western European languages.   In Marathi, a small state in India, “your husband has had a cardiac arrest” translates to “you husband has had an imprisonment of the heart”.   In Polish, Google translated “your husband has the opportunity to donate his organs” to “your husband can donate his tools”.   Which in my case is probably for the best–after 30 years of fatty foods and too much cheap red wine, you are better off with my table saw.

The full article is available here

Six forces that shape a healthcare market entry strategy

December 15, 2014

HBR LogoFrom Harvard Business Review, a great read on the six forces that drive healthcare; players, funding, policy, technology, customers and accountability.   A few minutes spent with it can help you shape a market entry strategy based in reality!   Written in 2006, it is a relevant today as the day it was published.


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