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Canadian Blood Services Promotes Pseudoscience 219

Posted by samzenpus
from the type-A-negative-personality dept.
trianglecat writes "The not-for-profit agency Canadian Blood Services has a section of their website based on the Japanese cultural belief of ketsueki-gata, which claims that a person's blood group determines or predicts their personality type. Disappointing for a self-proclaimed 'science-based' organization. The Ottawa Skeptics, based in the nation's capital, appear to be taking some action."
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Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child 331

Posted by samzenpus
from the snack-is-going-to-be-on-the-floor-today dept.
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."

Comment: Re:Nice photos... (Score 1) 238

by niktesla (#29239679) Attached to: Big, Beautiful Boxes From Computer History
If you go to see the Babbage Difference Engine, make sure to go when they demo it. They only crank it a few cycles each day to keep from constantly having to oil it. There's just something beautify about that nice "chunk-clunk" sound that it makes as each column resets and the carry arms spiral around.

Comment: Re:How about "Not Much"? (Score 2, Interesting) 1026

by niktesla (#26525603) Attached to: What will Obama change most in the first 100 days?
I'll second that. It's not like the president can change all that much by himself - there's this group of people called Congress who have a lot to do with what really happens in the government. And I'm not so sure Pelosi will just bend to Obama's every whim, but I guess time will tell...

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