Author Archives: Glenda

Microsoft Smackdown

I came upon this piece today in NY Times (yes I know- take a breath). IBM is backing open source Office equivalent software called IBM Lotus Symphony. Details about release were not available but it will be a free download … Continue reading

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Super Spinning Squirrels

In the ongoing battle with squirrels, the folks at Bird Quest have created the ultimate bird feeder protection device. Twirl-a-Squirrel utilizes an electronic motor to spin off offending critters that hop on to the feeder. Check out the video- it’s … Continue reading

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The Limits

Well I’m just writing to plug a website for an independent feature film “The Limits”. A very good friend of mine from high school, Maria Kennedy, and her husband Ben Mazzotta, have written, directed and produced this movie. I’m afraid … Continue reading

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Quote(s) of the day

So I was scanning a few articles earlier and came upon one from the NY Times entitled “Tax Returns Rise for Immigrants in US Illegally” from which comes my favorite quote of the day from the commissioner of the IRS … Continue reading

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Because They Could

Three super athletes have completed a task not many other would attempt- let alone finish. Charlie Engle (USA), Ray Zahab (Canada), and Kevin Lin (Taiwan) ran 4000 miles across the Sahara Desert in 111 days. The journey took the athletes … Continue reading

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Gun Bill Passes House, Another Passes Senate Committee

A gun bill passed the Georgia House Monday (Feb 12th) that would allow gun owners to carry their firearms anywhere in their vehicles or “where they feel is the safest place for their personal protection.” The bill passed 130 to … Continue reading

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Stem Cells in the News

Yesterday the House passed bill H.R. 3, The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007. Unfortunately, the vote didn’t meet the 2/3rds majority that would be needed to override a potential veto from President Bush, assuming the Senate passed the … Continue reading

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Composites in Armor

I came upon this article (pdf below- sorry I don’t have handy html but it’s from the journal Science so links require subscription sign in etc) on some new and ongoing science on material composites and in particular their application … Continue reading

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Cool it

Researchers have previously reported that caloric restriction may help prolong the lifespan of healthy individuals (and by individuals I mean the work to date has been done in rodents and non-human primates and by caloric restriction I mean a miserable … Continue reading

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Lucy’s baby

An article in the current issue of the journal Nature (pdf’s below) reported on the discovery of a 3.2-3.3 million year old almost complete skeleton of a juvenile female member of the Australopithecus afrensis species, the same as that of … Continue reading

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Cancer researcher by day, animal rights activist by night

Joseph Harris, a molecular biologist working on pancreatic cancer research at Queen’s Medical Center in Nottingham, UK was sentenced to 3 years in prison yesterday for his role as an animal rights saboteur. Harris carried out various acts of vandalism … Continue reading

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Oldest Writing in the New World

Archaeologists have discovered a stone block in Veracruz, Mexico that contains symbology they believe evident of a writing system used by the Olmec people- predecessors of the Mayan and Aztec empires. The scholars report that the block provides evidence that … Continue reading

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Under the sea

The next generation in luxury hotels is coming. Introducing Poseidon Undersea Resorts– the world’s first sea floor holiday resort. In the waters off a “magnificent” private island in Fiji the digs boast suites with panoramic views of the ocean, a … Continue reading

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TakePride

I can’t attest to the sincerity of the folks behind this project, but I came upon their website and project TakePride. They are a “group of friends” who got together to create a t-shirt business with the goal and message … Continue reading

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For whom the whistle blows

Many of you know the difficulties there can be in getting government funding for scientific research, especially in the current climate. I came upon this article today re-telling the ordeal of a group of graduate students at the University of … Continue reading

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