Using Immunotherapy for Treating Food AllergiesScientists from the National Jewish Medical and Research Center are evaluating the use of immunotherapy to prevent food allergy reactions. They are feeding peanut- and egg-allergic people increasing doses of an investigational protein extract from the foods to induce the participants' immune systems to tolerate the food. This is not the first time this approach has been tried. Last year, a similar study on oral immunotherapy using peanut........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 4/23/2008 4:00:32 PM)
Pine Bark Extract Pycnogenol For Osteoarthritis SymptomsYet another study involving the medical utility of Pycnogenol indicates that the pine bark extract can reduce all osteoarthritis symptoms by 56 percent
The study revealed a particularly high efficacy of Pycnogenol for lowering joint pain by 55 percent. Moreover, patients required dramatically less standard pain medication (-58 percent), which greatly improved the gastrointestinal complications resulting from the pain medication by 63 percent........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 4/23/2008 4:00:27 PM)
Explaining Science Through DrawingsIf a picture is worth a thousand words, creating one can have as much value to the illustrator as to the intended audience. This is the case with "Picturing to Learn," a project in which college students create pencil drawings to explain scientific concepts to a typical high school student. The National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Undergraduate Education, provides support for this effort.
What sets this project apart is........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 4/10/2008 8:11:25 PM)
Not Yet WornIt seems I''ve always known of zines, but for some reason I''ve never even set eyes on one before. I should be the target customer for a zine, right? I mean, I love reading everything from poems to short stories to philosophical articles, I take delight in beautiful artwork, I don''t have a lot of money to drop, and I find the idea of making one''s own mini magazine to be empowering.I''d say it''s about time for me to get in on the zine........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 4/9/2008 8:11:38 PM)
Hippophae rhamnoidesAgain, another thanks to Connor for assembling this series
Here is the last of four entries featuring a plant from the Global Facilitation Unit for Underutilized Species. Another four part series will be posted in the future. Photo courtesy of Paul Bordoni. Thanks again Hannes and Paul for all the information and photographs
Hippophae rhamnoides, native over a wide area across Europe and Asia, is one of the important natural resources........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 4/6/2008 7:00:04 PM)
Traders Who Sell Short Stocks Are Well-InformedThe term "short selling" refers to the practice of selling shares the seller does not own, in the hope of repurchasing them later at a lower price. A new study in The Journal of Finance reveals that there is a large occurrence of shorting activity and that short sellers are highly informed about the relative value of stocks.
Led by Ekkehart Boehmer of the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, Charles M. Jones of the Graduate School........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 4/3/2008 8:16:03 PM)
Proximity To A Flood Zone Lowers Property ValuesA study appearing in the March 2008 issue of The Journal of Risk and Insurance reveals that proximity to a flood zone lowers property values.
By law, a property is considered in a "flood zone" if any part of the structure falls within a floodplain, an area that is adjacent to a stream or river that experiences periodic flooding. It has been acknowledged that the level of risk linked to a property may be linked to natural hazards.
........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 4/3/2008 8:07:38 PM)
George Clooney And Renee Zellweger On TourGeorge Clooney and Renee Zellweger are a pair of talented actors who are paired together on the Clooney produced movie "Leatherheads".
This duo, both of whom are known for having a good sense of humor, are traveling around the country promoting the film primarily in the South, and they and the fans are having a great time at these events
Read the story about the George Clooney - Renee Zellweger promotional tour and learn about........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 3/30/2008 6:49:02 PM)
Connections Between Handwriting and Personality(RSS).[Image credit: margolove]ReferencesBeyerstein, B. L. (2007). Graphology - a total write-off. In: S. D. Sala (Ed.). Tall tales about the mind and brain: separating fact from fiction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Bradley, N. (2005). Users of Graphology. Graphology, the Journal of the British Academy of Graphology.(January) 69, 55-57.Dean, G. (1992). The bottom line: effect size. In: B. L. Beyerstein, D. F. Beyerstein (Eds.). The write........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 3/30/2008 4:47:24 PM)
Increased knowledge about global warming leads to apathyThe more you know the less you care at least that seems to be the case with global warming. A telephone survey of 1,093 Americans by two Texas A&M University political researchers and a former colleague indicates that trend, as explained in their recent article in the peer-evaluated journal Risk Analysis.
More informed respondents both feel less personally responsible for global warming, and also show less concern for global warming, states........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 3/27/2008 9:23:31 PM)
What Exactly Rev. Jeremiah Wright say in 9-11 sermonThe media played over and over again the video clips of Jeremiah Wright giving sermons the Sunday after the 9-11 attacks. This has caused an uproar across America and Senator Obama had to come forward and explain these comments.
Jeremiah Wright's comments have to be heard in the right context. One should hear what he told before and after those controversial comments. Listen to the full sermon at this website.
Listen to Jeremiah Wright's........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 3/21/2008 4:16:56 PM)
Tell Them Where it HurtsFor statues, stress injuries come from standing in place for hundreds of years. Using a novel technique, scientists have now developed a way to predict such fracturing, applying the procedure to Michelangelo's David in an analysis that proved simpler, faster and more accurate than prior methods.
In applying the technique to other objects -- including human bones -- the scientists are also gaining new perspective on how these structures are........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 3/18/2008 8:53:02 PM)
List of Ill ReputeConsumer Reports annual list of the 11 worst cars in America is out. Automotive analysts for the magazine took a look at more than 260 vehicles in this year's evaluation and once again SUVs made in the U.S. dominated the field
Surprisingly, two Toyotas hit rock bottom as well and Chrysler placed three models on the list of ill repute with the Jeep brand
Here are the results for 2008, according to Consumer Reports ........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 3/18/2008 7:54:57 PM)
The impending coastal crisisCoastlines are the most dynamic feature on the planet. In the March issue, Geotimes magazine looks into the risks of increased development along our coastlines and what that means for erosion, flooding and future development.
As coastal communities grow, so does the call for human-made structures to prevent local beach erosion. But what do these structures mean for the overall health of surrounding coastal areas?
Geotimes follows the........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 3/12/2008 9:38:57 PM)
GLAST Spacecraft Arrives in FloridaNASA's Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope, or GLAST, arrived Tuesday at the Astrotech payload processing facility near the Kennedy Space Center to begin final preparations for launch. Liftoff of GLAST aboard a Delta II rocket is currently targeted for 11:45 a.m. EDT on May 16.
GLAST is a collaborative mission with the U.S. Department of Energy, international partners from France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Sweden, and numerous academic........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 3/9/2008 4:52:04 PM)
Nuclear cannibalsNuclear energy production must increase by more than 10 percent each year from 2010 to 2050 to meet all future energy demands and replace fossil fuels, but this is an unsustainable prospect. As per a report published in Inderscience's International Journal of Nuclear Governance, Economy and Ecology such a large growth rate will require a major improvement in nuclear power efficiency otherwise each new power plant will simply cannibalize the........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 3/4/2008 5:50:45 PM)
Top Hollywood SinglesIt looks like there's a new crowd of hot, available singles making the rounds in Hollywood these days
Although they still enjoy great popularity and fan interest, celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, the Hilton girls, Jennifer Garner, Vince Vaughn, George Clooney, have been replaced by mostly younger scene makers
Chase Crawford, shown above, who looks like a young Christian Slater to me, is ranked number 10 on the current Yahoo.com........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 3/3/2008 7:41:19 PM)
Why not plant some native fruits?Fruit trees and shrubs are a great way to expand your backyard food production beyond the vegetable garden. When I was growing up, we had a peach tree, a persimmon tree, blackberries, and wild plums to graze on, and my grandmother kept us supplied us with raspberries, Concord grapes, and apples. For a while, I lived on the West coast, where I had Meyer lemons, oranges, and apples in my yard. I’ll never forget the taste of the first glass........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 3/2/2008 8:08:22 AM)
A startThis is a stretch of our eastern boundary, just down the hill from the northeastern corner (where a big tree top came down in the ice storm)
I’ve talked about how I am slowly cutting a clear path along our fences so it’s easy to hike along them when we do so a couple of times a year just to be sure all is well. I’d like to take credit for this stretch: it’s so open and level. (That’s the fence on the left.) I........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 3/2/2008 8:08:13 AM)
Coastal community bounce backTwo LSU scientists are taking what might be the most comprehensive approach ever to determine how some coastal communities bounce back from disaster.
The end goal of the project, which is in the early stages of a two-year grant, is to be able to develop and use an index of coastal community resilience to educate and inform decision and policy makers about ways to increase resilience in weaker areas.
Right now, were focused on Louisiana,........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 2/26/2008 10:21:35 PM)
Beautiful Tropical BeachWhile it is Spring in the U.S., here in the Philippines is summer time. Meaning, time to hit the beach. Beach. We have too many of those here, in practically all the islands. However, most of them have become too commercialized over the years.
Through the years, it has always appealed to me if the beach is undeveloped and not too crowded everyday of the year
I grew up with one nearby, only 20 minutes away.
If you are looking for an........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 4/23/2008 4:33:23 PM)
Attending Religious Services Predictive of FidelityA new study reported in the Journal of Marriage and Family reveals that attendance at religious services predicts marital fidelity.
Led by David C. Atkins and Deborah E. Kessel of the Fuller Theological Seminary, the study explores how various dimensions of religious life, including prayer, closeness to God, faith, and religious activities correlation to infidelity.
Religious service attendance was the only unique, religious predictor of........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 4/10/2008 9:15:47 PM)
Misery, Not MiserlyOff to buy a new handbag and fabulous red shoes, or how about overalls and a riding lawnmower? Before going, a mood check for signs of despair and gloom might be in order because how a person feels can impact routine economic transactions, whether he or she is aware of it or not.
So says a team of behavioral researchers from four major U.S. universities, whose research study finds that sadness impacts spending. Specifically, people who feel........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 4/10/2008 8:12:12 PM)
'Get real' by talking about the competitionInnovators trying to establish new markets would be wise to try to attract attention by publicizing not only themselves, but also the competition, as per a new sociological study by a faculty member at the University of Southern Californias (USC) Marshall School of Business.
Mark Thomas Kennedy, assistant professor of Management and Organizations at USC, used breakthrough research methods to reduce tens of thousands of pages of media........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 4/8/2008 9:59:52 PM)
Brits refuse to give up their holidays© maveric200
It would appear that the British have no intention of giving up their holidays despite inflation busting increases in the price of food, fuel and mortgage costs eating up a higher proportion of household budgets. In fact, defying logic, there's been a 40% increase in holiday bookings during the first three months of 2008, compared to the 2007 figures
Why is this? Are people so stressed that they feel they........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 4/5/2008 1:25:55 PM)
Wine Varietals: ViognierViognier, pronounced Vee-on-Yay, is a lesser known white wine grape, originally cultivated in France's Rhone Valley (likely imported there by the ancient Greeks or Romans). Almost extinct by the 1960s, this difficult-to-grow, but delightful-to-drink wine has made a resurgeance in France and lately in California, Australia, and South Africa.Viognier is the main grape in the French appellation, Condrieu. It is also found in France and abroad........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 4/5/2008 11:42:15 AM)
You, the Living in the UK."''Painterly'' is an overused adjective for films, but here''s one where it makes sense," writes Peter Bradshaw in the Guardian. "I don''t know of any filmmaker whose work gives the viewer so much incentive and indeed leisure to examine the background of a shot..... You, the Living is a very funny film - though in the darkest possible way. It is a silent comedy, but with words.
"To call it deadpan is barely to hint at [Roy] Andersson''s........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 3/30/2008 6:49:07 PM)
Add All Your Favorite Videos To One PlaceYou love to watch videos, I know you do, that's why you're going to love WeShow. They're not just another YouTube, they're more than that. They let you save all your favorite videos to your own WeShow profile. This lets you share all your favorite videos with all your friends
The videos shown on WeShow are pulled in from other sites like YouTube and Yahoo Video just for your viewing. Then you browse through them and choose........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 3/30/2008 6:48:58 PM)
Self-Assembled Materials Form Mini Stem Cell LabImagine having one polymer and one small molecule that instantly assemble into a flexible but strong sac in which you can grow human stem cells, creating a sort of miniature laboratory. And that sac, if used for cell treatment, could cloak the stem cells from the human body's immune system and biodegrade upon arriving at its destination, releasing the stem cells to do their work.
Futuristic? Only in part. A research team from Northwestern........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 3/27/2008 9:49:26 PM)
Two Brains for the Price of One?covered in this series, there''s a solid grain of truth here but its extent has been wildly exaggerated. Left side languageThe biggest grain of truth is that our verbal powers are concentrated in the left side of our brains. It was Nobel Prize winner Roger W. Sperry who, in the 1960s, first showed that the left hemisphere is specialised for language (Corballis, 2007). He was studying patients suffering from crippling epileptic fits who had........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 3/26/2008 7:13:11 PM)
Climate change threatens Amazonian small farmersA six-year study of Amazonian small farmers and their responses to climate change shows the farmers are vulnerable to natural catastrophes and risky land use practices, say Indiana University Bloomington anthropologists Eduardo Brondizio and Emilio Moran.
The scientists report in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B (now accessible online) that an increase in climate anomalies like El Nino could ultimately drive a number of........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 3/20/2008 7:58:46 PM)
Floating a big ideaOceangoing sailing rafts plied the waters of the equatorial Pacific long before Europeans arrived in the Americas, and carried tradegoods for thousands of miles all the way from modern-day Chile to western Mexico, as per new findings by MIT scientists in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
Details of how the ancient trading system worked more than 1,000 years ago were reconstructed largely through the efforts of former MIT........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 3/20/2008 7:35:32 PM)
Mathematicians find new solutions to an ancient puzzleA number of people find complex math puzzling, including some mathematicians.
Recently, mathematician Daniel J. Madden and retired physicist, Lee W. Jacobi, found solutions to a puzzle that has been around for centuries.
Jacobi and Madden have found a way to generate an infinite number of solutions for a puzzle known as 'Eulers Equation of degree four.'
The equation is part of a branch of mathematics called number theory. Number theory........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 3/16/2008 9:50:17 PM)
Rivers Play Part In Removing NitrogenTiny organisms play a powerful role in removing nitrate, a form of nitrogen pollution caused by human activity, in streams, as per a research studyby a team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and published in Nature.
In the first phase of the study, which involved 31 aquatic researchers from across the United States, scientists added small amounts of an uncommon non-radioactive isotope of nitrogen to 72 streams across the U.S. and Puerto........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 3/12/2008 9:33:55 PM)
Big Energy Picture Must Balance SecurityThe world has no choice but to build more energy-producing plants--and find new sources of energy--but the build out process will not happen overnight, a government expert recently told an MIT audience.
A worldwide boost in demand for energy, coupled with environmental concerns, will force a huge U.S. increase inthe number of nuclear power plants--but it will take more than two decades to come to fruition, as per Carl O. Bauer, director of........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 3/5/2008 8:11:56 PM)
Containing Carbon DioxideInjecting 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 researchers are in the process of 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........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 3/5/2008 7:48:40 PM)
A screening strategy using zebrafish targetsA small striped fish is helping researchers understand what makes people susceptible to a common form of hearing loss, although, in this case, its not the fishs ears that are of interest. As per a research findings published on February 29 in the open-access journal PLoS Genetics, scientists at the University of Washington have developed a research method that relies on a zebrafishs lateral linethe faint line running down each side of a fish........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 3/2/2008 9:00:21 PM)
Who needs Zen when there’s ultra-concentrated Joy? Of course, the claims are lies: it’s a cheap detergent, no more concentrated than any of the competing brands, and a little bit of it doesn’t go very far at all. But at least it doesn’t claim to be “Home-E-Zential,” or (like another one of Trader Joe’s cleaning products) Next to Godliness.........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 3/2/2008 8:08:17 AM)
Is Your Drinking Water Safe?Lake Bloomington is a major source of drinking water for residents of Bloomington, IL, and has a history of nitrate concentrations that exceed safe levels. Because Lake Bloomington has a record of elevated nitrate levels, local residents are concerned over their drinking water quality.
Kenneth Smiciklas, Associate Professor of Agronomy, Illinois State University, along with a team of colleagues, present an article about the nitrate levels in........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 2/28/2008 10:41:06 PM)
Engineering first system of human nerve-cell tissueScientists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have demonstrated that living human nerve cells can be engineered into a network that could one day be used for transplants to repair damaged to the nervous system. They report their findings in the recent issue of the Journal of Neurosurgery.
We have created a three-dimensional neural network, a mini nervous system in culture, which can be transplanted en masse, explains senior........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 2/26/2008 10:08:57 PM)