Post 209 MOFO Challenge Day 29 Night Sky to Offer Rare Show With Supermoon Eclipse Early Monday morning September 28th What would you bring on a vegan road trip? Patience because Rudeness can actually kill you -fennel and kohlrabi salad

Night Sky to Offer Rare Show With Supermoon Eclipse Early Monday morning September 28th

Get ready for a rare double feature, starring our very own moon.A total lunar eclipse will share the stage with a so-called supermoon Sunday night or early Monday, depending where you are. That combination hasn’t been seen since 1982 and won’t happen again until 2033.When a full or new moon makes its closest approach to Earth, that’s a supermoon. Although still about 220,000 miles away, this full moon will look bigger and brighter than usual. In fact, it will be the closest full moon of the year, about 30,000 miles closer than the average distance. (The moon’s orbit is far from a perfect circle.) The full eclipse of the moon will last more than an hour and be visible, weather permitting, from North and South America, Europe, Africa and western Asia. Showtime on the U.S. East Coast is 10:11 p.m. EDT (0211 GMT); that’s when the moon, Earth and sun will be lined up, with Earth’s shadow totally obscuring the moon. In Israel, the eclipse will start at 5:11 A.M., reaching its peak about half an hour later. 

Zev Stub

Saturday, 26 September 2015 8:54 PM

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Rudeness can actually kill you

Researchers find insolence damages medical care, accuracy and performance.

SEPTEMBER 16, 2015, 6:30 AM

Rudeness is rampant in many medical contexts. Image via

Rudeness is rampant in many medical contexts. Image via Rudeness has already been proven to have a toxic effect on job performance. But now, a new study shows that rudeness in the medical field can have grave consequences on patient care and doctors’ accuracy.

A joint Tel Aviv University-University of Florida study shows that even the most benign forms of impoliteness may hinder care.

“Relatively benign forms of incivility among medical staff members — simple rudeness — have robust implications on medical team collaboration processes and thus on their performance as a team,” says lead researcher Prof. Peter Bamberger of TAU’s School of Management. “This is important because rudeness is rampant in many medical contexts. Patients and their families may be rude to caregivers, and caregivers may be rude to one another.”

For the purpose of the research, 24 Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) teams from hospitals around Israel participated in a simulation exercise involving a premature infant suffering from the common but severe medical complication necrotizing enterocolitis (in which bowel tissue disintegrates).

The teams were told that an expert on team reflexivity from the United States would be observing them by live video throughout the stimulation. Half of the teams performed in the presence of a “rude” expert who made disparaging comments about the medical personnel, whereas the other half completed their tasks under the gaze of a “neutral” commentator.

The researchers found that teams exposed to ill-mannered behavior demonstrated poorer diagnostic and procedural performance than those not exposed to rudeness.

Other researchers in the study included Dr. Arieh Riskin, also of TAU’s School of Management and the Bnai Zion Medical Center in Haifa, and Dr. Amir Erez and Trevor Foulk of the University of Florida Warrington College of Business Administration.

“We hope our findings will shift the focus of research on medical error toward interpersonal interactions and cognition,” says Bamberger. “From a practical perspective, we hope it will call attention to the need to shift behavioral norms in medical contexts.”

The study was recently published in the Pediatrics journal.

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