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Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 180

Which is probably why its a logo image, not a chunk of text. The logo image is created with the Zilla font. From TFA:

The font for the wordmark and accompanying copy lines is Zilla. Created for us by Typotheque in the Netherlands, Zilla is free and open to all.

Typotheque was an historic partner to Mozilla. They were the first type-foundry to release Web-based fonts, and Mozilla’s Firefox web browser was an early adopter of Web fonts. We chose to partner with Peter Bilak from Typotheque because of their deep knowledge of localization of fonts, and our commitment to having a font that includes languages beyond English. Prior to partnering with Typotheque, we received concepts and guidance from Anton Koovit and FontSmith.

Comment White Blood Cells, part of the Immune System (Score 5, Informative) 133

The Appendix: Slimy But Not Worthless (2006)

The appendix is a slimy, dead-end sac that hangs between the small and large intestines. It's about a half inch in diameter and three inches long. As quickly as 11 weeks after conception, the appendix starts making endocrine cells for the developing fetus. Endocrine cells secrete useful chemicals, such as hormones, and the appendix endocrine cells secrete amines and peptide hormones that help with biological checks and balances as the fetus grows.

After birth, the appendix mainly helps the body stave off disease by serving as a lymphoid organ. Lymphoid organs, with their lymphoid tissue, make white blood cells and antibodies.

The appendix, by virtue of its lymphoid tissue, is part of a complicated chain that makes B lymphocytes (one variety of white blood cell) and a class of antibodies known as immunoglobulin A antibodies. The appendix also produces certain chemicals that help direct the white blood cells to the parts of the body where they are needed the most.

The dirty gut is a good training ground for young white blood cells. The appendix, with its sac routinely collecting and expelling foodstuffs, exposes the white blood cells to myriad bacteria, viruses and drugs passing through the gastrointestinal tract. This way, the white blood cells learn to fight potentially deadly bacteria, such as E.coli.

The appendix's contribution to the body's white blood cell and antibody production reaches its peak when you are about 20 or 30 years old, then production falls off sharply. By age 60, the appendix serves very little active purpose. ...

Emphasis mIne.

Submission + - Who's watching congress ?

rickyslashdot writes: This just crossed my monitor as a REAL and related issue I have mentioned in the past — ALL laws and actions taken by Congress — excepting certain National Security issues — NEED to be televised and monitored by the public.
Here it is — not even a week into 2017 — and congress has already gone to a closed session, back room, hidden from the public, type of activity that should have never been allowed to even be DISCUSSED, much especially actually VOTED on.
Fortunately, their 'action' didn't last 48 hours, as the public heard about it, and even pres-elect Trump weighed in. The great leaders attempted (actually voted it into action to become law) to gut the oversight agency that deals with congressional misbehavior — the Office of Congressional Ethics. In other words, behind closed doors, they attempted to remove THEIR guardians, the agency that watches over our country's law makers.
When news of this became public knowledge, our great leaders back-pedaled so fast that most will probably need physical therapy from the strain of reversing themselves so fast and so hard.
What other reason is needed to allow, and even force, C-Span to expand coverage to EVERY minute the House and Senate meet, whether on the floor -OR- in sealed, closed door sessions.

These are just a few I picked up from a quickie web search. MUCH more is available for those willing to dig a bit.

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