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February 13, 2012


U.K. Switches on World’s Biggest Offshore Wind Farm
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U.K. Switches on World's Biggest Offshore Wind FarmThe United Kingdom added a big chunk of offshore wind power to its already substantial portfolio when the Walney wind farm in the Irish Sea went online this week. The farm has 102 turbines and a total capacity of 367 megawatts, giving the U.K. a total of more than 1.5 gigawatts of installed offshore power…

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New anti-lice lotion is good news for nitpickers
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The FDA’s approval this week of an old drug called ivermectin for treating head lice comes as good news to folks who shudder at the thought of using a nit comb to remove lice. It will be sold as a lotion under the brand name Sklice.
Ivermectin works by interfering with nerve and muscle cells in invertebrates like the common louse, causing paralysis and death…

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2012 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize Awarded to Books That Explore Lincoln’s Relationship with Border States, Jag Joseph Holt
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The 2012 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize has been announced, and the $50,000 prize will go to co-winners William C. Harris of North Carolina State University, for “Lincoln and the Border States: Preserving the Union,” (Kansas) and Elizabeth D. Leonard of Colby College, for “Lincoln’s Forgotten Ally: Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt of Kentucky” (UNC Press).

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Depression Linked To Adolescent Bullying
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A recent study by authors Gary Ladd, a professor in the School of Social and Family Dynamics, Karen Rudolph, University of Illinois, and Karen Kochel, an assistant professor in ASU’s School of Social and Family Dynamics and published in Child Development, explains that teens suffering from depression are at a greater risk of being bullied due to difficulties in establishing friendships amongst their peers…

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Loyola University Chicago to Honor Nursing Alumni
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The Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing will honor two alumni at the Fourth Annual Alumni Awards Brunch this Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Lake Shore campus. There will be a Mass at 10:30 a.m. in the Madonna della Strada Chapel at 6453 N. Kenmore Ave., followed by the brunch and award presentation from 11:30 a…

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Complex Wiring of the Nervous System May Rely on a Just a Handful of Genes and Proteins
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Researchers at the Salk Institute have discovered a startling feature of early brain development that helps to explain how complex neuron wiring patterns are programmed using just a handful of critical genes. The findings, published February 3 in Cell, may help scientists develop new therapies for neurological disorders, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and provide insight into certain cancers.

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New Study by Biologist Finds Dramatic Improvements and Persistent Challenges for Women in Science
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The underrepresentation of women in science has received significant attention. However, there have been few studies in which longitudinal data were used to assess changes over time. In a paper recently published in the journal BioScience, Richard B. Primack, professor of biology at Boston University; Krista L…

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Bad App: Citibank Pays Bills Twice
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Bad App: Citibank Pays Bills TwiceThere was a story in today’s New York Times about a glitch in Citibank’s
iPad bill pay application that charged some Citibank customers twice when paying off a bill. According to the Times, the problem began last July, when Citibank rolled out the application, but it wasn’t noticed as a systemic glitch until December…

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Some Australians Prefer Skin Cancer to Sunscreens with Nanoparticles
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Some Australians Prefer Skin Cancer to Sunscreens with NanoparticlesIn a survey conducted last month and commissioned by the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, 17 percent of respondents said they would rather risk skin cancer than use sunscreens containing nanoparticles.

This survey—along with three other papers on nanoparticles in sunscreens—was  presented this week at the 2012 International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICONN) in Perth, Australia…

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Dark Chocolates On Valentine’s Day Are Better For You
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A recent study, published just in time for Valentine’s Day, states that dark chocolate is the “heart-healthy” way to go, not only on Valentine’s day, but all year long. Dr. Gary Kaplan, director of the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine, says: “The research is clear: dark chocolate is chock-full of antioxidants that fight dangerous ‘free radicals’ in your body, and it also provides significant protection against cardiovascular disease…

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Fit Links: Heart Shaped Foods, Vegan Champagne Cupcakes & Valentine’s Savings
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Fit Links: Heart Shaped Foods, Vegan Champagne Cupcakes & Valentine’s SavingsDoes Valentine’s Day make you happy? Or bitter? Or maybe you just don’t care either way? I’m kinda “eh” about Valentine’s Day but I really dislike how commercialized it’s become – like many holidays. I saw a big Valentine’s teddy bear at a store for $40! What on earth would you do with it?
I’m all for spreading the love but do we really need a specific day of the year to let people know? Do people really enjoy the pressure that comes along with Valentine’s Day? I much prefer those little surprises along the way…

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New York, Prepare Yourself for Snow!
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New York City is expected to get a rain-snow mix tonight and up to two inches of powder tomorrow morning, according to the National Weather Service. Meanwhile, the city’s Sanitation Department issued a snow alert for “primarily grassy, unpaved surfaces.” [NYC Sever Weather]
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uh-snow!
,not snowmageddon

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America Gets the Time Magazine It Deserves
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Puppies!!!!!!
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,ink-stained wretches
,media
,time magazine

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Bone Transplantation Without Rejection
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Ever since the world’s first bioengineer, Daedalus, made wings for himself and his son Icarus, we’ve tried to add body parts to people the way a blacksmith adds shoes to a horse. Sometimes it doesn’t work out—Icarus’s wings melted when he flew too close to the sun.

But sometimes it does…

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New Global Report Reveals That the Spirit of Childhood
Is at Risk
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Kids and parents alike need more time to “be kids.”

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Magnetic Tag Replicates When Cells Divide
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Magnetic Tag Replicates When Cells DivideLast night, founders of nine nascent companies stood up in front of their peers, a handful of journalists, and dozens of venture capitalists and other potential investors in what is a tri-annual coming out party for the entrepreneurs of StartX. I’ve been meaning to check in on this startup incubator for a while, and I’ll definitely be watching it in the future, because while not all of the nine startups in this season’s class are going to rock the tech world, a few just might…

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Asian-American Blogger Identifies Woman in ‘Racist’ Hoekstra Ad
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Asian-American Blogger Identifies Woman in ‘Racist’ Hoekstra AdAfter the brouhaha earlier this week over Michigan congressman Pete Hoekstra’s “DebbySpendItNow” Super Bowl ad, it was only a matter of time until someone did some online-slash-Facebook sleuthing to figure out who the Asian woman (speaking broken English) was. According to Phil Yu, author of the Angry Asian Man blog, her name is Lisa Chan, a 21-year-old UC Berkeley graduate, last year’s Miss Napa Valley, and a friend of a friend…

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Chemotherapy During Pregnancy Does Not Risk The Child’s General Health
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A recent study published by the The Lancet Oncology indicates that children of women who received chemotherapy during their pregnancy suffer no adverse effects, developing as well as children in the general population. The study was led by Dr Frédéric Amant, Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Center, Leuven Cancer Institute, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium…

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Toss Cravings, Lose Weight
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Of 190 million obese Americans, approximately 10-15 percent engage in harmful binge eating. During single sittings, these over-eaters consume large servings of high-caloric foods. Sufferers contend with weight gain and depression including heart disease and diabetes. A new clinical trial, called Regulation of Food Cues, at UC San Diego Health System, aims to treat binge eating by helping participants to identify real hunger and to practice resistance if the stomach is full.

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Newt Gingrich Phones It In
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Newt Gingrich Phones It InYou wouldn’t know from the speech he gave at CPAC today how desperately in need of a game-changer Newt Gingrich is these days. The vast majority of his address was nothing more than an all-too-familiar laundry list of laws he’d like to repeal (Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, etc.) and reforms he’d like to make (replace the EPA with an “Environmental Solutions Agency,” track illegal immigrants the way Fed Ex tracks packages, etc…

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