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August 19, 2006, 1:24 PM CT

Image of the Month August 2006

Image of the Month August 2006
Hlx knockout mouse embryo E17.5. The homeobox transcription factor Hlx is required for normal embryonic growth and may play a role in development of the enteric nervous system. Enteric neurons were identified by immunostaining in Hlx knockout and wild-type mouse embryos and the migration of neurons throughout development was compared.

Taken from: Bates et al., BMC Developmental Biology 2006, 6:33.........

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August 19, 2006, 9:06 AM CT

Mannequin in Suit

Mannequin in Suit
"Attack of the Mannequins" might sound like a horror film title, but, for some shoppers, it could also be a documentary.

Diana Newton, 51, of Westminster sued the J.C. Penney Co. last month after she was allegedly thwacked on the head by a department store dummy.

Newton said she was ambushed by a legless female mannequin at the company's Westminster Mall store, a skirmish that left her with a bloodied scalp, a cracked tooth, recurring shoulder pain and numbness in her fingers.........

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August 19, 2006, 8:57 AM CT

Two-headed Snakes May Make Guinness Book

Two-headed Snakes May Make Guinness Book Image courtesy of Stltoday.com
With regard to snakes, there are Guinness World Records for the heaviest living snake, longest fangs and even one for sitting in a bathtub with the most live rattlesnakes.

In regard to multiple heads, there are Guinness records for the most heads of state together, most heads shaved in four hours and the most consecutive haircuts given in a day.

But a record that combines snakes and multiple heads? A record, say, for the largest exhibit of two-headed animals?........

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August 19, 2006, 7:54 AM CT

Ryanair threatens government over airport security

Ryanair threatens government over airport security Image courtesy of ab-pr.com
Ryanair today threatened to sue the government for compensation unless airport security measures are returned to normal within seven days.

Michael O'Leary, the outspoken chief executive of Ryanair, described the new restrictions as "farcical Keystone Cops security measures that don't add anything except to block up airports", as he issued the ultimatum.

At a news conference in London, Mr O'Leary, described as "nonsense" the increased body checks and the new carry-on restrictions.........

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August 19, 2006, 7:43 AM CT

Wally Wood's 22 Panels That Always Work

Wally Wood's 22 Panels That Always Work
I'd seen "Wally Wood's 22 Panels That Always Work" around the net here and there for several years, always as a low-resolution scan of a copy that was clearly the product of dozens of generations of photocopies. As a comics fan and occasional artist who absorbed what little drawing skill I have by copying and tracing comics when I was a teenager, I found the juxtaposition in Wood's piece telling. Here was a working artist distilling his craft into 22 panels that could be used to teleport across the occasional creative wasteland, yet each example was dashed off with effortless skill. I live by very few maxims, but there's at least one I've found useful: Fake it 'til you make it. In Wood's piece I could see an artist who had clearly made it but hadn't forgotten the practicality of the occasional shortcut.

A few months ago my friend Felipe Li showed me yet another copy of "22 Panels," offhandedly mentioning that the original paste-up was for sale at Gotham City Art, with the dubious price of "Make Offer".........

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August 19, 2006, 7:36 AM CT

Skin Cancer Fear Grows As Ozone Layer Gets Thinner

Skin Cancer Fear Grows As Ozone Layer Gets Thinner
THE ozone layer above Scotland is thinner than at any point in the last ten years, according to new research which has prompted fresh concerns over skin cancer rates.

Levels of ozone, which play a crucial role in helping to filter out harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun, were thought to be rising after the systematic banning of the CFC chemicals which were damaging it.

But now experts believe global warming is changing conditions in the upper atmosphere and leading to a reduction in levels again.

Cancer experts warned yesterday that the results meant it was more important than ever for people to take precautions when in the sun.........

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August 19, 2006, 7:25 AM CT

Lung Cancer Alliance Hails Court Decision

Lung Cancer Alliance Hails Court Decision
The Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) hailed yesterday's court decision in United States v. Philip Morris USA, Inc. After a lengthy trial, a federal court in Washington, DC observed that major tobacco companies engaged in racketeering and conspiracy for decades in a massive scheme to addict people to smoking "without regard for the human tragedy or social costs" that resulted.

Laurie Fenton, president of Lung Cancer Alliance, hailed the court's decision as, "An important step toward correcting decades of stigmatization of lung cancer patients as not worthy of compassion, and the deliberate underfunding of the disease of lung cancer as not deserving of public health research dollars".

"For years, the public health establishment has justified its underfunding of lung cancer research and early detection on the willful behavior of smokers," continued Fenton. "Now we have the DC District Court recognizing that, for 50 years, the tobacco companies lied, misrepresented and deceived the American public, including smokers, and the young people they avidly sought as 'replacement smokers.'".

While the court's ruling placed new marketing restrictions on tobacco companies, the court read a prior appellate court decision to rule out stiff monetary remedies.

Said Fenton: "We urge the federal government to appeal on the scope of remedies available under the RICO statute, all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary, to make these companies accountable for the tragic results of their deliberate, decades-long conspiracy to deceive the public about these lethal products".........

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August 19, 2006, 7:13 AM CT

Madonna faces arrest over concert stunt

Madonna faces arrest over concert stunt
The Hung Up singer could be arrested when she performs in Gera number of on Sunday if she goes ahead with the much-criticised routine.

Dusseldorf police have warned the singer that she could be in breach of their "insulting religious beliefs" law and they will be in the crowd ready to act if she attempts the stunt.

During her Confessions tour, the 48-year-old singer wears a crown of thorns and is hoisted on to a 'disco cross'.

While numerous religious leaders have condemned the performance as "blasphemous", Madonna insists she is performing the stunt to try and raise Aids awareness.

Catholic, Muslim and Jewish leaders objected before the singer's Rome concert earlier this month and there calls for her to be excommunicated from the Catholic Church.........

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August 19, 2006, 6:57 AM CT

Publisher Takes Weight Challenge Seriously

Publisher Takes Weight Challenge Seriously
For more than 21 years Jim Reevs has enjoyed exercising five to six times a week. He's even raced in the Ore to Shore bike race, the Superior Bike Fest and various running races on an annual basis. But when he turned 50, he realized that exercise alone does not constitute a healthy lifestyle.

Reevs found out he has high blood pressure and in order to lower it, he became part of the Healthy Weight Journal Challenge.

"There is a direct link between obesity and high blood pressure," he said. "To me it seems stupid taking medicine if you can take care of yourself healthwise".........

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August 19, 2006, 6:46 AM CT

Ending AIDS Epidemic Is A Multi-Front War

Ending AIDS Epidemic Is A Multi-Front War
The scientists, health workers and activists fighting AIDS long ago gave up the idea they could kill the global epidemic with a single blow. But they are beginning to think it might be possible to bleed it to death with a thousand cuts.

That was among the things on the minds of 26,000 delegates to the 16th International AIDS Conference as they headed home and the huge, biennial, multi-ring circus struck its tent yesterday.

There are two large studies underway testing whether -- and by how much -- circumcision reduces a man's chance of becoming infected with the AIDS virus.........

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