Craig Says Blog

Craig Says is created and maintained by Craig a Sydney based 40 something  academic research Professor and neuroendocrine lung cancer survivor. The aim of the Blog is to use both my research training and life experiences to comment on life, creativity in art, health, medicine, business, society and technology. 

In Conclusion Craig Says is a Blog that reflects on what is right or wrong in society or what we could be doing better or what we are likely to be doing in the future (trends) - we always end or start with Craig Says

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Craig Says: Dogs whom chase their tails may have a neurological condition - and should not to be laughed at by their owners (according to a published study in PLOSone). Laughing at dogs chasing their tales can be observed on YouTube postings - see   http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0026553 This link provides the published analysis of YouTube video's of dogs chasing their tales and the owners behavioral responses.

While the science of YouTube dog tail chasing is a novel concept and interesting content for my introductory Blog - But do we care and is this a waste of scientific time ? In science there are those with research funding and those without - a large number of scientists in Australia will never be funded. So it is understandable in the scientific community  will source free scientific content to examine. Social media is one such content source that allows scientific review and analysis and publication of results. The nobel goal of science is the quest for new and continued knowledge. To the academic contract non-tenured scientist the true motivating factor is to remain employed  - publish or find a new contract. 

Chasing our tails should not be the purpose of driving creative research ideas. The crowd sourcing of research funding donnations is an innovative idea and indeed an excellent concept - one is hopeful this is sustainable funding model. Possibly in the future academic scientists will pitch their ideas on a crowd funding platform. 

Donations on this Blog support both the blog and my personal research efforts either as an academic or as a social translational medicine venture.  Craig Says Blog - supports and undertakes Cardiovascular and Cancer based research and embracing technology to reach far and to all.

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Water Lily Singapore

 Craig Says: The phrase "water lily" is used to describe aquatic plants which have lily pads: i.e. Blue Egyptian lotus, Nymphaea caerulea. The flowers of the blue water lily emerge out of the water in the morning and recede back into the water at noon. Did you know some species of water lily pertain both medicinal and narcotic  properties. In particular the water lily is rich in tannic acid, gallic acid, alkaloids, sterols, flavonoids, glycosides, hydrolyzable tannins and high–molecular-weight polyphenolic compounds. Recently water lily extracts fed to mice have been shown to reduce their anxiety in an elevated plus maze (mice are typically afraid of open heights).  There is much literature showing the extensive use of the blue water lily lotus by ancient Egyptians particularity to perfume the body during bath time.  The sacredness of lotus plants in pharaonic Egypt was possibly also due to their use as drugs by priests and shamans who used the plant as an intoxicant for trances and to make contact with the other world.