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Babies of Farm Moms, Better Protected from Allergies

Babies of Farm Moms, Better Protected from Allergies
© darren wise According to a new research, a pregnant woman's exposure to farms may confer protection to her newborn from allergies and other childhood atopic diseases In a study of the children of 18 farming mothers and 59 non-farming mothers, the researchers believe they have proved their hypothesis that a mother's farm exposure affects her baby's T regulatory cells. These cells, it is now believed, act to suppress........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 5/24/2008 4:19:14 PM)

The Origins Of Cybex Space

The Origins Of Cybex Space
Gustav Zander (1835–1920) was a Swedish physician who invented a therapeutic method of exercise carried out by means of special apparatus. Zander began his work in the 1860s and established the Zander Institute in London, before coming to New York.His hope was that his equipment, which employed gradual muscle resistance, would supplement normal gymnasiums that excluded women, older people, and ''weakly'' people of either sex.(via........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 5/18/2008 6:09:12 PM)

Another day

Another day
I call this video "Tinkle" because of the sound. The water was clear. This bit of stream bed is at the top of the property, and it is normally bone dry, but with all of the rain, the water runs This is just down a bit from the clay we recently found there. There is also a good sitting rock beside the pool at the end of the video, and one could sit there and dangle feet in the water if one wanted Missouri calendar Bobolinks........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 5/16/2008 8:11:28 PM)

'Sticky nanotubes' hold key to future technologies

'Sticky nanotubes' hold key to future technologies
Scientists at Purdue University are the first to precisely measure the forces mandatory to peel tiny nanotubes off of other materials, opening up the possibility of creating standards for nano-manufacturing and harnessing a gecko's ability to walk up walls. So-called "peel tests" are used extensively in manufacturing. Knowing how much force is needed to pull a material off of another material is essential for manufacturing, but no tests........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 4/28/2008 5:27:19 PM)

Oncology Diagnostics By AviaraDx

Oncology Diagnostics By AviaraDx
Innovations on cancer diagnostics are what AviaraDx, Inc. brought to the market. © AviaraDx, Inc Two new oncology tests have been launched for the classification of metastatic cancer and identification of patients with estrogen receptor positive (ER+) breast cancer who are at high risk of recurrence and also those unlikely to respond favorably to standard adjuvant endocrine therapy. The said tests are the following AviaraDx,........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 4/23/2008 3:59:41 PM)

Yesterland

Yesterland
Did you ever wonder what happened to Disneyland''s Mine Train, Flying Saucers, or Indian Village? These and other attractions, restaurants, and shops are now collected in Yesterland, a theme park on the Web.Perhaps you remember some of these attractions from your earlier visits to Disneyland. Or perhaps they were gone before you ever had a chance to experience them. In either case, you can find out all about these long gone attractions at........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 4/9/2008 8:11:21 PM)

Fossils of the wind

Fossils of the wind
If it quacks like a duck… from the Undiscovery Channel on Vimeo The woods were full of Vimeo, Mom says at dinner. They’re migrating north. I am suddenly sorry I didn’t go for a walk in the woods. Instead, I spent an hour in the bottom corner of the field, crouched beside the artifically enlarged spring we call a pond, waiting in vain for the wood frogs to resume the chorus I’d interrupted when I had to change my........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 4/6/2008 7:14:46 PM)

Buying Decisions

Buying Decisions
Do you have trouble spending money Most small business owners need to be smart with money. However, being smart also means that you know when to spend money. I have to admit that I have a hard time spending money. Recently I was making a decision to purchase some new equipment and I waited many days before clicking the buy button. My wife and I talked about the purchase and she was satisfied with the need, I knew that I could use the........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 4/6/2008 6:54:44 PM)

Using Age to Decide Size Restrictions on ATVs

Using Age to Decide Size Restrictions on ATVs
/> Restricting this 4 year old from riding is not fair, he's been riding for 2 year So yesterday I went off the deep end about the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee lying about what data the Consumer Product Safety Committee (CPSC) has on ATV related deaths and injuries. Am I sorry for slamming them? Hell no! In fact, I toned it down quite a bit compared to what I wanted to say. Lying bastards So anyway, the purpose........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 4/6/2008 6:42:33 PM)

Pontiac's Corvette Look-alike for Sale on e-Bay

Pontiac's Corvette Look-alike for Sale on e-Bay
No, that's not a Corvette, though the similarity is striking. It's a 1964 Pontiac Banshee concept that never got past the prototype stage when GM management worried that it would threaten Corvette's lofty status. No wonder John Delorean eventually left to build his own sports car! Actually the Banshee was intended as a competitor for the Mustang. The dynamic styling and unique overhead-cam inline six certainly would have cut into........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 3/30/2008 6:48:38 PM)

Origami Space Flight

Origami Space Flight
Japanese scientists and origami masters hope to launch a paper airplane from space and learn from its trip back to Earth. It''s no joke. A prototype passed a durability test in a wind tunnel this month, Japan''s space agency adopted it Wednesday for feasibility studies, and a well-known astronaut is interested in participating.In the picture above, a 2.8 inches long and 2 inches wide Space Shuttle-shaped paper plane is seen in a wind tunnel........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 3/30/2008 4:55:50 PM)

The big gamble

The big gamble
Despite cuts in interest rates, the problems on the US real estate and banking markets have still not been solved and form the epicenter of a financial crisis in the OECD countries. The wave of asset-backed securities in the 1990s, in which the banks passed their credits on to the capital market, led to dubious developments. In view of the crisis faced by the British bank Northern Rock, which caused an almost unprecedented shock in Britain, the........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 3/18/2008 5:06:37 AM)

Fake Diamonds Help Jet Engines Take The Heat

Fake Diamonds Help Jet Engines Take The Heat
Ohio State University engineers are in the process of developing a technology to coat jet engine turbine blades with zirconium dioxide -- usually called zirconia, the stuff of synthetic diamonds -- to combat high-temperature corrosion. The zirconia chemically converts sand and other corrosive particles that build up on the blade into a new, protective outer coating. In effect, the surface of the engine blade constantly renews itself. ........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 3/18/2008 4:54:30 AM)

Skewered Pumpkins

Skewered Pumpkins
We encounter valves every day, whether in the water faucet, the carburetor in our car, or our bicycle tire tube. Valves are also present in the world of nanotechnology. A team of scientists headed by J. Fraser Stoddart and Jeffrey I. Zink at the University of California, Los Angeles, has now developed a new nanovalve. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, the researchers reveal what is special about it: In contrast to previous versions, which only........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 3/9/2008 4:59:19 PM)

Sienna Miller Is Making News Again

Sienna Miller Is Making News Again
It looks as if Sienna Miller is finally over the Jude Law debacl Reports abound that Sienna and current squeeze, Rhys Ifans, can't seem to keep their hands off each other and aren't making any effort to stay out of sight Check out the high school-like romance being carried on by Sienna Miller - Rhys Ifans, and while you're there see what Rihanna and Chris Brown are, or aren't up to........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 3/3/2008 7:41:05 PM)

First sign of spring

First sign of spring
On some of the more southerly blogs I read, I’ve seen posts in recent days heralding the return of spring. Little signs are beginning to appear and everyone is beginning to feel blood stir in their veins. We still have plenty of cold weather ahead of us in my part of Missouri, though there are scattered, unseasonably warm days Our last trip to Roundrock was one of those warm days. I looked sharp for the signs of spring, but I think........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 3/2/2008 8:07:36 AM)

Dicranopteris linearis

Dicranopteris linearis
Thank you again to Krystyna Szulecka for sharing another of her excellent photographs (posted in this thread in the BPotD submissions forum). If you like, see more of Krystyna''s images by searching for “Krystyna” on the FLPA web site Given its distribution, it''s doubtless that Dicranopteris linearis has dozens of common names. Four names frequently used are Uluhe fern, climbing fern, false staghorn and Old World forked fern.........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 2/12/2008 7:37:48 PM)

Establishment Slouch Bag

Establishment Slouch Bag
Today, I spotted a fresh new array of bag styles by Juicy Couture, which I agree to be kind of cute. I''m not going to touch my bag fund on this one, since I just snatched up a Marc Jacobs jumbo silver metallic Patchwork Stam and the Yves Saint Laurent fire engine red Tribute purse and now I''m saving every penny I have left in my shopping account for the Chanel Sale Event. However, this collection of new Juicy Couture bags was in need of being........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 2/12/2008 6:57:50 PM)

Hillary May Be A Disaster In November

Hillary May Be A Disaster In November
Electing Hillary Clinton in the primary may prove disastrous for the Democratic Party in the November Presidential Election. A new Time magazine poll shows McCain has a good chance of winning the presidential race if Hillary Clinton is the Democratic Nominee for the President. In this situation Hillary Clinton ties with McCain with 46 percent of the votes. Conversely if Obama wins the nomination He has a good chance of beating McCain. In........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 2/8/2008 8:00:03 PM)

Groundbreaking Technology in Spam Prevention

Groundbreaking Technology in Spam Prevention
According to Ferris Research, spam can cost over $500 per user a year. Even with spam filters in place, they claim it still costs $140 per user a year. It also results in lost productivity and higher IT costs........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 1/23/2008 8:09:51 PM)

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TripAdvisor's Top Ten Lists

TripAdvisor's Top Ten Lists
Well, it looks like my flight will be really late, so I got moved to an 8:20 PM non-stop to London. This gives me a couple of hours to chat with my readers. While perusing Cyberspace, I discovered that TripAdvisor has posted its Top Ten Free Attractions for Both the United States and Europe. Check it Out Top 10 Free U.S. Attraction 1. Bellagio Fountains, Las Vegas, Nevad 2. Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virgini 3. Waimea........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 5/24/2008 6:48:26 PM)

Cannes: Blindness

Cannes: Blindness
"Blindness [site] may well be the bleakest curtain raiser in the history of the festival, a nightmarish parable of the apocalypse, directed by the Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Meirelles and just as impressive in its way as his career-making City of God," writes the Guardian''s Xan Brooks "Blindness feels like a curious mix of highbrow literary aspirations and lowbrow genre fiction," writes James Rocchi at Cinematical. "[I]t''d be easy to........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 5/18/2008 5:56:16 PM)

Viva

Viva
"A waggish conceptual venture, Viva is a startlingly pitch-perfect reproduction of the kind of gauzy sex movies from the 1960s and early 1970s that preceded the hard-core revolution," writes Manohla Dargis in the New York Times. "Despite the parallels with Sade''s Justine and the occasional lurid flourish, the depravity never becomes remotely depraved because [writer-director Anna] Biller, despite her commitment to verisimilitude, maintains an........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 5/8/2008 7:48:33 PM)

Gen Y and cheating

Gen Y and cheating
Are millennials more inclined to cheat to get ahead?That seems to be suggestion from Barbara Keats, associate professor of management at the WP Carey School of Business.Keats argues that this generation has grown up in a very different social context, growing up with "helicopter parents" who tried solving their problems for them and who shielded them from moral and ethical uncertainty and who were raised in an achievement oriented........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 4/23/2008 5:27:10 PM)

Food Allergies and Bullying

Food Allergies and Bullying
Often, children can be very cruel. Without realizing the consequences of their actions, children often pick on their classmates, particularly those that are a bit different from the norm. And people with food allergies definitely fall into that category. I can imagine that for kids who don't have food allergies, someone who's deathly allergic to something benign such as peanut butter or peanut cookies, are freaks and are thus obvious........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 4/23/2008 3:59:34 PM)

Waterman Award to UCLA's 'Mozart of Math'

Waterman Award to UCLA's 'Mozart of Math'
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is proud to announce that 32-year-old Terence Tao, a professor of mathematics at the University of California at Los Angeles, will receive its 2008 Alan T. Waterman Award. Called a "supreme problem-solver," and named one of "the Brilliant 10" researchers by Popular Science (October 2006), Tao's extraordinary work, much of which has been funded by NSF through the years, has had a........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 4/10/2008 8:06:57 PM)

How to propose marriage to someone

How to propose marriage to someone
From the US Patent and Trademark Office: A method and instrument for proposing marriage to an individual.The purpose of this invention is to provide an improved method of proposing marriage to an individual. The method of proposing to an individual generally comprising the steps of meeting the individual; exchanging names with the individual; dating the individual (not necessary); drafting a government document having a proposal to marry the........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 4/9/2008 8:11:15 PM)

More on Organizing with Jott

More on Organizing with Jott
The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious. - Marcus Aureliu "What's the catch?" asked my partner. I was showing off the fact that '3' on my phone is my Jott speed dial ('2' and '1' are my kids and AT&T). She wanted to know how much we were spending on my current gadget of the month. A couple of months ago it was Pirates of the Caribbean online. I am still getting billed. I........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 4/6/2008 6:54:49 PM)

Style Crush: Cassie-style cool

Style Crush: Cassie-style cool
Not usually one to idolise the style choices of fictional teenage girls (childhood ‘Clarissa‘ obsession aside…), I have decided to make an exception and appoint Cassie from hit TV show ‘Skins‘ as my new style crush. The show, which chronicles the debaucherous antics of a group of Bristol based teens, is dressed up in the kind of stylised, nonchalant clothes that make me long for the days of my own teenage........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 4/6/2008 6:31:10 PM)

Personal Responsibility?

Personal Responsibility?
Here we go again.... some fool trying to insinuate that helmets don't do any good. Or more specifically, helmet LAWS don't do any good. Ok, look.... the bottom line is this: I'm not advocating more legislation. We've got plenty. But for people like Jeff Hennie, Vice-President of Government Affairs, Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF), to try to (inadvertently?) convince us that helmets don't help prevent injury and/or........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 4/6/2008 7:10:31 AM)

Spring's Eccentric Old Ladies!

Spring's Eccentric Old Ladies!
Collective muses of the season seem to be “Big Edie” and “Little Edie” of “Grey Gardens” fame. The cult documentary, which followed the squalar, isolation and faded eccentricities of Jackie O’s aunt and cousin in East Hampton, directly inspired Galliano’s S/S show and is currently being remade into a feature film starring Drew Barrymore.........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 3/30/2008 4:50:39 PM)

Toyota Trounces GM

Toyota Trounces GM
Fortune magazine just announced their choices for the Most Admired Companies. General Electric led the charge GM seems to have lost another battle to Toyota. The Japanese automaker was the only car manufacturer to make it into the top 10 of the list. GM was an also ran while Toyota scored an impressive third Also receiving kudos's from Fortune were BMW and CarMax........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 3/18/2008 7:54:26 PM)

Ferrari Parked Here, Onlookers Beware

Ferrari Parked Here, Onlookers Beware
You won't find one of these parked by the curb in your neighborhood unless the owner is participating in a notable classic car event. Which is why this historic Ferrari 375 MM, body by Pininfarina, stood still long enough to be photographed. It was one of a number of entrants in the Palm Springs Desert Classic Concours that took to the road for a tour of the area, giving residents and visitors a rare look at some equally rare cars being........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 3/12/2008 9:12:54 PM)

Crepe Crochet Dress by Francine

Crepe Crochet Dress by Francine
Like me, you might be a bit hesitant to give the sheer trend a go this Spring/Summer, (there is always the inherent risk of looking cheap or inappropriate with the wrong material or design). Also, some of us might still be fighting the old connotation that sheer garments are only decoys to cover up less-than-toned arms or other bodily misgivings........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 3/9/2008 6:46:34 PM)

Containing Carbon Dioxide

Containing Carbon Dioxide
Injecting CO2, the most troublesome greenhouse gas, into porous rock formations beneath the earth might be the best short-term option for slowing global warming. Los Alamos scientists are developing a comprehensive risk assessment program to ensure safe and effective CO2 containment. This program includes a unique computer model, named "CO2-PENS," to guide the choice and development of the best sites; laboratory experiments to understand the........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 3/5/2008 7:50:38 PM)

Carry That Weight - Re-revisited

Carry That Weight - Re-revisited
Way back in a year they once called 2005, I made a post about a snag that had fallen on top of a nearby Blackjack Oak tree, bending it to the ground. Then, just over two years ago, I went back to the tree to see how things were holding up (or down?), and I made a post about what I found then On my last visit to Roundrock, I stopped by the tree again, and here is what I found this time That little tree is still carrying that weight, a........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 3/2/2008 8:07:32 AM)

The hidden war

The hidden war
A noticeable lack of unembedded reporting on the Iraq war has lead to a corresponding lack of information about the realities of this war. What truths go unreported? Will the Bush administration attack Iran? What will the increased militarization in Pakistan mean for the Middle East? How will the United States government and the people respond?On this edition, independent journalists David Barsamian and Dahr Jamail tackle Iraq, Iran, Pakistan........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 3/2/2008 8:07:21 AM)

Adjustable surge strip to fit your adapters

Adjustable surge strip to fit your adapters
If you have a lot of bulky adapters, a single power strip is usually not enough, even if it has a sufficient number of sockets. They vie for space, and something usually has to go. This clever yet simple idea called Socket Sense from Ideative solves this problem by making the sockets adjustable and set at an angle so that you can stack your adapters for a perfect fit (though there may, of course, be exceptions if you''ve got one that''s truly........Go to the The-future-blog (Added on 2/12/2008 5:42:17 PM)

Self Standing Umbrella

Self Standing Umbrella
I don''t use an umbrella because 1) I live in Southern California and it generally only rains 3 days a year, 2) I might poke someone''s eye out, and 3) Where do you store the thing when it''s wet Hironao Tsuboi, a creative designer, solved the third problem by creating anumbrella that stands on it''s own. That wasn''t as easy as it sounds; apparently he had to determine the center of gravity by a complex process by casting aluminum into........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 2/12/2008 5:41:52 PM)

Magnetism loses under pressure

Magnetism loses under pressure
Washington, D.C. Scientists have discovered that the magnetic strength of magnetitethe most abundant magnetic mineral on Earthdeclines drastically when put under pressure. Researchers from the Carnegie Institutions Geophysical Laboratory, together with colleagues at the Advanced Photon Source of Argonne National Laboratory, have found that when magnetite is subjected to pressures between 120,000 and 160,000 times atmospheric pressure its........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 1/29/2008 9:45:06 PM)

   
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