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Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child Screenshot-sm 331

Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life. Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article: "'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation."

New Theory of Gravity Decouples Space & Time 575

eldavojohn writes "Petr Horava, a physicist at the University of California in Berkeley, has a new theory about gravity and spacetime. At high energies, it actually snips any ties between space and time, yet at low energies devolves to equivalence with the theory of General Relativity, which binds them together. The theory is gaining popularity with physicists because it fits some observations better than Einstein's or Newton's solutions. It better predicts the movement of the planets (in an idealized case) and has a potential to create the illusion of dark matter. Another physicist calculated that under Horava Gravity, our universe would experience not a Big Bang but a Big Bounce — and the new theory reproduces the ripples from such an event in a way that matches measurements of the cosmic microwave background."

Comment Re:It's a search without a warrant. (Score 1) 337

How can any society claim to be "free" when the state can go through your private, often commercially sensitive, informations every time you cross a border in the US? How can any society make a claim to be "free" when many states do not permit women to have control over their own bodies?

The US these days has less freedom than Russia.

Comment Re:Thoughts (Score 1) 353

For one thing GOA have a website that requires Flash in order to work, breaking the first rule of the web: accessiblity.

To my fellow website implementors: if you must have Flash on your website, for zod's sake don't make it obligatory; make sure you have a pure-HTML version as well or you will be losing my (and others') business :-)

User Journal

Journal Journal: mark latham, prime minister of australia

Delegates, I believe in grassroots democracy. It's the new type of politics the Australian people are calling for.

I don't want people campaigning for better community services. I want them running them getting involved in their local community and having their say.

When I first got interested in politics 30 years ago, it was an honoured profession. This was the noble ideal of public life a life lived in the service of others.

United States

Journal Journal: America: dream or dreamer? 1

i just read this post on K5, which is just pretty much how i feel about the US, iraq and US imperialism. i don't normally repost other's writings, but damnit i will this time:

America: dream or dreamer? (none / 0) (#723)
by decmalone on Mon Mar 31st, 2003 at 07:52:46 PM EST

1. Is the Iraqi military justified?

When a fellow says, "It ain't the money but the principle of the thing," it's the money. -- Kim Hubbard