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    • Finally Friday April 9 th 2010
    • Study: Some Sunscreens May Be Toxic When Eaten Thursday, April 08, 2010 A new study reveals that small particles of zinc oxide, which are commonly found in sunscreens, can be toxic to the colon if accidentally eaten, according to a study in ACS’ Chemical Research in Toxicology Journal. Zinc oxide particles in sunscreen that are smaller than 100 nanometers are more toxic because they are more soluble. If ingested, the direct particle contact could cause death. Even though zinc oxide can be found in some foods and cosmetics, scientists are concerned about the potential toxicity of these nanoparticles in sunscreen because of the high risk of children ingesting it. Their experiments compared zinc oxide nanoparticles with larger-sized particles and their effects on colon cells. The toxicity of the nanoparticles was twice as high as the larger size. Only about 0.1 ounce of sunscreen, or 2 grams, was the amount that if eaten, would cause damage to the colon cells. Further research is being conducted to determine the effects on animals and people. Click here to read more on this story from the Chemical Research in Toxicology Journal.
    • Fruits and Veggies Prevent Cancer? Not So Much, It Turns Out April 6, 2010  Remember the government's advice to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day to lower your risk of cancer? Well, times change. A huge nine-year study of diet and cancer, involving nearly a half-million Europeans in 10 countries, finds only a very weak association between intake of fruits and vegetables and cancer incidence. The study is in the current issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute . Those who get an extra two servings of fruits and veggies a day lower their cancer risk by only four percent. A decade or so ago, leading experts thought the five-a-day regimen would reduce overall cancer risk by as much as 50 to 70 percent. But meanwhile, there's a pretty strong reason for everybody to continue eating lots of fruits and vegetables. It's called cardiovascular disease. A 2004 study in the JNCI found that eating five servings of fruits and vegetables a day is associated with a 28 percent lower risk of heart disease and stroke, compared to people who eat fewer than 1.5 servings a day. Incidentally, that study also failed to find an association between eating fruits and vegetables with either cancer incidence or cancer deaths.
    • Extreme Makeover' Downsizes Homes to Fit Economic Realities April 7, 2010   Wall Street Journal The Wall Street Journal today reports on a new phenomenon in the  Extreme Makeover family: Extreme Foreclosure. ABC's heartstring-tugging show, in which down-on-their-luck families are given a giant shot in the arm via new -- and in most cases -- palatial digs, is finding that the new homes are proving to be more of a burden than a boon for some of those families. The Journal reports that some people are tapping the equity on their expansive new homes, only to fall behind -- and into foreclosure. The homeowners in many cases find themselves struggling to keep up with increased utility bills and bigger tax assessments. The show's producers say they are aware of the problem and are making changes by downsizing. As the Journal notes, back in the boom, the makeovers got a little out of hand because of competition among builders seeking free publicity and who tried to outdo previous projects. Now, the show is backing away from the boom-era showpieces. "We scaled back," Conrad Ricketts, an executive producer for the show, told the WSJ . The average size of current makeovers is 2,800 to 3,000 square feet whereas in 2005 one episode featured a house that was remade into a 5,300-square-foot English castle. A swimming pool is no longer a must, unless it could be used for therapy and lavish landscaping is out. Tracy Hutson, an interior designer who has been with Extreme Makeover since the beginning, says homes are also receiving more earth-friendly products. "I think our hearts were in the right place, but we just got carried away," she told the Journal . "It can be extreme without being the biggest house you've ever seen."
    • Camera Captures Earthquake's Raw Power Tue, Apr 6, 2010   Brothers traveling in Mexico during Sunday's deadly earthquake photographed a surreal sight: The power of the quake lifting a layer of dust off a mountain range. The dramatic photographs were shot by Roberto and Adrian Marquez Marquez just after the 3:40 p.m magnitude 7.2 quake. The pictures show the area around La Rumorosa, the highest point in Tecate.
    • Sunday, 4 April 2010 Jailed Dubai kissing pair lose appeal over conviction     A British man and woman jailed in Dubai for kissing in public have lost their appeal against their conviction. Ayman Najafi, 24, and Charlotte Adams, 25, were sentenced to a month in prison with subsequent deportation and fined about £200 for drinking alcohol. The pair were arrested in November after a local woman accused them of breaking the country's decency laws by kissing on the mouth in a restaurant. The initial complaint against them was made by a 38-year-old woman who said she was offended by their behaviour at the Jumeirah Beach Residence, where she was dining with her daughter. The pair's defence lawyers said the woman - who did not appear in court - had not seen the kiss herself, but had been told by her two-year-old child that the girl had seen them kissing.   The defendants also claimed they had merely kissed each other on the cheek, and therefore had not broken any laws. The BBC's Ben Thompson, at the court, said the judge spoke entirely in Arabic as he quickly dismissed the appeal, saying he upheld the previous sentence. They were fined 1,000 dirhams, which is about £200. They now have 30 days to appeal.    The case is the latest in a series of incidents over recent years in which foreigners have broken Dubai's strict decency laws.   In March, an Indian couple in their 40s were sentenced to three months in jail in Dubai after sending each other sexually explicit text messages. In 2008, two Britons accused of having sex on a beach in Dubai were sentenced to three months in jail, though the sentences were later suspended.
    • Apr-05-2010 Sarah Palin Offered $25,000 by Marijuana Policy Reform Advocates Salem-News.com (LAS VEGAS, Nv.) - Tomorrow, at Caesar’s Palace, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin will deliver the keynote address at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America’s national convention. Immediately following that speech, Dave Schwartz, the campaign manager for Nevadans for Sensible Marijuana Laws (NSML), will offer Palin $25,000 to deliver a similar address to supporters of a regulated marijuana market in this country. In exchange for the $25,000, Palin will be asked to speak at one of NSML’s upcoming events, acknowledge the fact that marijuana is just as legitimate a recreational substance as the substance she is talking about at the WSWA convention (in fact, it is objectively much safer), and endorse taxing and regulating marijuana in Nevada and throughout the U.S. “There’s no reason why former governor Palin should reject our offer,” Schwartz said.
    • Mon, Apr. 5, 2010 Philadelphia to ease marijuana penalty Philadelphia Inquirer The city's new district attorney and the state Supreme Court are moving to all but decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use in an effort to unclog Philadelphia's crowded court dockets. Under a policy to take effect later this month, prosecutors will charge such cases as summary offenses rather than as misdemeanors. People arrested with up to 30 grams of the drug - slightly more than an ounce - may have to pay a fine but face no risk of a criminal record.
    • Filipina Roman Catholic Mary-Jane Mamangun is nailed to a cross as a re-enactment of the Crucifixion of Christ during Good Friday celebrations ahead of Easter in the village of San Juan, north of Manila, in The Philippines on April 2, 2010.
    • Avatar Face Girl 04/08/10 - “ The parents of a young Chinese women dubbed ‘Avatar Girl’ have appealed for help for an operation to save their daughter’s life . Twenty-two-year old Wu Xiaoyan’s parents have been unable to afford the medical costs and have had to watch helplessly as their beloved daughter’s face twisted out of shape – leaving her looking like one of the creations from the Avatar movie. Doctor Liao Quiqing from the hospital that is treating her in Lishui Zhejang, Southern China said: “She now has a severe facial deformity – a Fibrous Dysplasia. “She cannot breathe through her nose or smell and can no longer see properly. She is very brave and doesn’t complain but she must be in a lot of pain.” w/ photos
    • Police Car No Place For A Beer Cops: Florida teen popped open can of Steel Reserve inside cruiser  APRIL 7--Meet Tasha Lee Cantrell. The 19-year-old Floridian was riding in a car early Monday morning when the vehicle's driver was pulled over and arrested for DUI. As a tow truck arrived to remove her friend's car, a stranded Cantrell asked Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Deputy Mitchell Landis for a ride home to her Fort Walton Beach residence. Landis agreed, but only after checking Cantrell's purse for any contraband, according to an offense report . While chauffeuring Cantrell, Landis heard the teenager "open a can of some sort" in the back of the cruiser. "As I looked at my in car video I observed Cantrell drinking out of an unknown can." Landis stopped his car and, upon further investigation, determined that Cantrell had popped open a can of Steel Reserve, a malt liquor known for its high alcohol content. "When I opened the rear passenger door I observed Cantrell attempting to hide the can between her legs. I retrieved this can and noticed it was Steel Reserve Beer," reported Landis, who immediately arrested Cantrell for underage drinking. Instead of being shuttled to her doorstep, Cantrell, pictured in the below mug shot, was rerouted to the sheriff's office, where she was booked on the misdemeanor charge.
    • BladeFish Seajet 04/07/10 - “This lightweight rechargeable sea scooter will propel all you fish gawkers through the wobbly stuff at 4.225 km/h for up to 40 minutes.
    • Jedi Bathrobe 04/07/10 - “ Possibly the greatest garment in the galaxy, the Jedi Bathrobe is made from soft 100% cotton velour with an embroidered Jedi logo . Featuring a large hood to conceal your straggly ponytail, wide sleeves to conceal your robotic hand and a sash belt to conceal your Jedi weapon.
    • Programmable Tattoo System 04/01/10 - “What do you do when you want a tattoo but don’t want the commitment of permanent ink? The moodInq system is a breakthrough in tattoo technology, using a skin-safe proprietary E ink encapsulated pigment system that lasts a lifetime but can be configured to display any design to suit your mood . So how does it work? We have partnered with leading physicians and technicians in the cosmetic surgery industry to implant the E ink grid, called a canvas. The canvas can go anywhere on your body and be configured to the size and shape of the body party you’d like to ink. After a short healing period (usually 2-3 days), you can begin using the moodInq software included with your kit to change your canvas to display the tattoo you desire!” w/ photos
    • Hawk Concept : Single Seater Vehicle with Honda RC51 V-Twin 999cc Engine The vehicle concept vehicle by Alex Hodge is surely an eye candy. This single-seater vehicle is something that suits today’s urban needs. The beauty named ‘Hawk’ is powered by Honda RC51 V-Twin 999cc engine has a top speed of 233 kilometers per hour and has three 19inch lightweight alloy wheels to support it which are in turn equipped with both rear and front disc brakes so its best of both worlds be it driving in the fast lane or stopping in a hurry. The concept of course ensures that the rider is safe considering the protection provided thus giving the comfort of a car and the cruise of a bike. Go ahead and own the roads.
    • NASA’s Mini X-Plane Completes Initial Flight Testing  April 6, 2010   A team from NASA and Boeing completed the first phase of flight testing of its blended wing body design that could represent the airliner of the future. The airplane is based on a design where the fuselage provides a significant part of the lift. Such designs, as shown above, could carry hundreds of airline passengers in the large center section while burning much less fuel than today’s airliners of similar capacity. Well, except that the airplane pictured above is only about one foot tall. The test aircraft is only a 8.5 percent scale model with a 21 foot wingspan, but engineers at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center were able to demonstrate the tailless aircraft can be safely flown, and more importantly safely landed in a variety of conditions.
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