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View the vancouver2010.com medals' table We finally got a gold on Canadian soil! Yay!

[15 Feb 2010 | Comments Off on Winter Olympics 2010 | ]

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Vietnam Photos Every once in a while, I notice a new photoessay at Life Magazine's website regarding a momentous event in world history. Unfortunately, I've found navigating Life to be cumbersome looking for other photosets (unless they are on the front page). ... Read the full post »

[21 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on LIFE’s Awesome Photos | ]

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H1N1 Flu Well, flu season is upon us and this year all the worry is on the H1N1 virus that is poised to become a pandemic. There's lots of information and disinformation out there that makes it quite confusing. If you have questions, read on. Hopefully I can help point you in the right direction. There is an excellent Flu Shot FAQ on the background for the flu and flu vaccines at Mental Floss, that seems quite sensible and informative. Another excellent but extremely long article helps dispel some of the disinformation spread by idiots about the flu vaccine. For vaccines in general, you can peruse the Toxic Myths about Vaccines. A lot of the fears of vaccines comes from a misunderstanding about a ... Read the full post »

[11 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on Flu Shot FAQ | ]

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Zombie Fungie

The cordyceps fungus is about as freaky as mother nature gets. Imagine a parasite that, when it gets inside you, begins to alter your behaviour. It essentially begins controlling your mind. In the case of a cordyceps-infected ant, it forces the ant to climb to a high point, perhaps high atop a lonely branch. There, the ant dies and the fungus bursts from its body, spreading spores in the wind. Soon more insects are infected and forced into the macabre dance of the cordyceps.

[4 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on Zombie Fungie | ]

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O.k. I've always looked at personal health care products (soaps, shampoos, cremes, cosmetics, etc) with a jaundiced eye. Often it industry comes across as unregulated and they make unverified claims of efficacy. From a Reddit , there was a link to a really good site describing the action of the ingredients in a typical shampoo: Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate The detergents that clean your hair Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Sodium Benzoate Preservatives to stop the shampoo from becoming contaminated! Ew! Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, and Sodium Citrate PH balance to help cleaning and stability Dimethicone and Polyquaternium-10 Conditioners to restore shine and reduce tangles due to the cleaning process. Thickeners Here the article is a little vague. Indirectly, the author suggests that Cocamide MEA is a thickener. Thickeners are required to give a little resistance to the shampoo ... Read the full post »

[30 Sep 2009 | Comments Off on Shampoo Ingredient Science | ]