1. Crossbreading Coral

    jake on 2003.05.04
    at 11:51 pm

    The Discovery Channel has an article about how coral may be more resilient than previously thought.

    Madeleine van Oppen of the Australian Institute of Marine Science said her study of the Great Barrier Reef off northeastern Australia found evidence of crossbreeding in the major Acropora genus of coral species.

    With crossbreading the coral can hopefully adapt to environmental changes.

    "The high level of genetic diversity provides an evolutionary advantage to this group of corals because the more genetic diversity there is within a population or species the more likely it is to be able to respond to environmental changes," she said.

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  2. Another article on the benefits of tea

    jake on 2003.05.04
    at 10:51 pm

    National Geographic has more information about the benefits of tea on the immune system. Some info is similar to our previous post because it's based on the same study.

    The findings "add to the enormous body of evidence that tea can make a contribution to a healthy lifestyle," commented Bill Gorman executive director of The Tea Council, an independent tea-promotion body based in London, England.

    Other studies have shown that antioxidant chemicals in tea—produced from the aromatic plant Camellia sinensis—can help minimize the risk of developing stomach and other types of cancer. One study showed that drinking one cup of tea a day could also reduce heart attack risk by up to 50 percent.

    Apparently it also helps with your skin.

    Hsu has this week published his own study, in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, revealing that other chemicals found in tea are able to reactivate dying skin cells. "If we can energize dying skin cells, we can probably improve the skin condition," he said.

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  3. The Doe Network

    jake on 2003.05.04
    at 09:04 pm

    I saw this a couple weeks ago. I really need to stop leaving bookmarks for stuff and reading it weeks later.

    Wired had an article about this web site. They post information involving John and Jane Doe's for the public to hopefully identify.

    Posted in: Service Announcement

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