Friday, 5 January 2007

How many calories... in a Krispy Kreme donut?

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Krispy Creme donuts have gotten a reputation as the nemesis of all things healthy. Personally, I have a weakness for the raspberry-filled variety, and on those rare days when I break down and eat one I always feel guilty the rest of the day and imagine what must be thousands of calories being dispersed into my body as I digest that nasty little donut.

I've avoided knowing the answer to this question for a while now, but it's time I finally knew: How many calories are in one raspberry-filled Krispy Kreme donut?

A) 200
B) 300
C) 450
D) 600

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Five ground rules for happiness this year

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Getting off on the right foot in a new year is just as much of a mindset as pledging to hit the gym every day. In other words, keeping positive attitudes about the upcoming months can do wonders. That's what columnist David Bach is conveying with his Five Principles for Happiness in 2007.

It's all about starting fresh in order to focus the new year, and he begins by telling us to give ourselves a break. He has a very good point: if we keep living in the past about what we could have done or should have earned, then we can't move forward! No regrets, as the mantra goes.

Another principle for happiness according to Mr. Bach is being honest with yourself. Try answering questions like "What would you do with your life today if you weren't afraid of failure?" Yeah, they're personal, but many individuals (including myself) can vouch for the mental clarity that comes from finding out what is really working in his or her life.

These are only two of his principles for happiness, so if it sounds like some kind of zen meditation then I think you will be pleasantly surprised after reading the rest. After all, it's a brand new year so why not try something new?

High tech robots help out in surgery

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Could the surgeon assisting on your next surgery be a robot? Maybe! Scientists are working on specialized robots who will be able to do things in surgery that a human hand is simply unable to do. One kind of robot -- shaped like a snake -- would be able to reach into tight areas, like the throat, to do delicate work. Another -- called a "steady hand" robot -- is able to make minute maneuvers during microsurgery, eliminating hand tremor.

The idea is not to replace surgeons, but to assist them in new and innovative ways. Another benefit of automation during surgery is that procedures can be recorded, helping medical staff analy ze how patients respond and what procedures work best.

Because the robots are still in development, they aren't expected to be put to use for at least five years. Read more about robot-assisted surgery here.