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Scientists hail breakthrough in embryonic-like stem cells - Reuters

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Reuters Photo: A fluorescent microscope image shows human embryonic stem cells in this photo taken at Stanford University and released by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine

LONDON (Reuters) - In experiments that could open a new era in stem cell biology, scientists have found a simple way to reprogram mature animal cells back into an embryonic-like state that allows them to generate many types of tissue.

The research, described as game-changing by experts in the field, suggests human cells could in future be reprogrammed by the same technique, offering a simpler way to replace damaged cells or grow new organs for sick and injured people.

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300,000-Year-Old Caveman 'Campfire' Found in Israel - LiveScience

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A newly discovered hearth full of ash and charred bone in a cave in modern-day Israel hints that early humans sat around fires as early as 300,000 years ago — before Homo sapiens arose in Africa.

 

In and around the hearth, archaeologists say they also found bits ofstone tools that were likely used for butchering and cutting animals.

The finds could shed light on a turning point in the development ofculture "in which humans first began to regularly use fire both for cooking meat and as a focal point — a sort of campfire — for social gatherings," said archaeologist Ruth Shahack-Gross of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. [10 Things that Make Humans Special]

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Grand Canyon's Age? A Mix As Wild As the West - LiveScience

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The Colorado River took the easy route when it carved the Grand Canyon through Arizona's ruddy sandstones and pastel limestones, a new study claims.

 

Instead of slicing through thousands of feet of unblemished rock, the Colorado River recycled ancient canyons, at least one of which was 70 million years old, researchers report today (Jan. 26) in the journal Nature Geoscience.

"I think the Colorado River found low places and paleocanyons and ancient topographies that led to theGrand Canyon," said Karl Karlstrom, lead study author and a geologist at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

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Artificial Bone Marrow Could Be Used to Treat Leukemia - LiveScience

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For decades, doctors have been treating leukemia patients by transplanting stem cells from people with healthy bone marrow. But even though transplants can be a fairly effective treatment, there aren't enough tissue donors to treat every leukemia patient.

Now, researchers are taking the first steps toward making bone marrow in a lab: They are growing stem cells in a setting that mimics the natural environment of bone marrow.

Leukemia is a cancer that starts in the bone marrow, the soft tissue inside bones that produces blood cells. The researchers' goal is to create artificial bone marrow that is capable of growing blood stem cells outside the body, said study researcher Cornelia Lee-Thedieck, of the Karlsruhe Institute of...  Read More

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New to Harry Potter theme park: Hogwarts Express train and Diagon Alley - RelaxNews



Visitors to Universal Orlando this summer will be able to retrace the steps of Harry Potter as he crosses over from the Muggle world to the wizarding world, at a new theme park that will include a Hogwarts Express train, Diagon Alley and a recreation of London landmarks -- to real-life scale.

 

The specs are impressive and audacious: shuttling guests between the new Diagon Alley at Universal Studios and the existing Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure will be the newly built Hogwarts Express train.

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Pinterest now supports GIFs ‘in all their animated glory’ - VB Social

How fun! Let's try the new tool!
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Ah the GIF, that quirky creation of the Internet that fuels an endless cycle of animated cats, people doing stupid things, and iconic moments in entertainment history.
 
Pinterest announced today that GIFs will now play on Pinterest boards on the Web. The company said that people have requested this capability for a long time and there are already tens of millions of GIF pins. It estimates that a million people a day see at least one GIF on Pinterest.
 
Now along with your photo pins, you will be able to find crazy bearded men gesturing dramatically, fitness gurus using a foam roller, the inevitable clips from Star Wars and Seinfeld, and of course, Beyonce. 
 
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Why You Need a Daily Dose of Cinnamon - Good Housekeeping | Healthy Living

By Good Housekeeping | Healthy Living 



Cinnamon may have benefits beyond jazzing up your favorite hot cereal, says a new scientific review published in the journal Annals of Family Medicine by scientists from Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy, the Western Diabetes Institute, and the University of Connecticut schools of medicine and pharmacy.

The researchers found that regular users of the aromatic spice experienced declines in total and LDL cholesterol -- the bad kind of cholesterol, which can put you at risk for a heart attack -- and triglycerides, which are fats stored throughout the body that come from excess calories, sugar, and alcohol. Among cinnamon lovers, the research also found a slight boost in HDL levels (that's the good kind of cholesterol). ...more

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Improve Your New Year's Resolutions (Weight Loss/Eating Healthier)- US News & Reports

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In January, you can't go anywhere without seeing ads for instant fat reduction and weight loss. You may have even made a New Year's resolution to make 2014 your year of change. While I support goal-setting, I hate to see people make unrealistic plans to manage their weight and health. Weight issues are not isolated problems. This is why I have always focused on a holistic approach to health. I believe if you eat well, move enough and manage stress, your body will reach its optimal weight. This is not a quick fix, but a long-term investment in you.

Optimal body composition. Popular culture is obsessed with weight, but this obsession is focused primarily on numbers instead of overall body health. While clean eating can help you lose...  Read More

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In Memory - Dr. Martin Luther King

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Dreams live on - #MLK Hood River News

Mid Valley third-graders study Dr. King and his meaning for today

 

In preparation for the Martin Luther King Day national holiday, third graders in Odell have been looking at Martin Luther King’s life and how it has affected their own.

Concepts of fairness, love and equality are on many people’s minds as Monday is a national holiday, honoring the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and was assassinated in 1968.

An MLK memorial celebration with music is planned Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Riverside Community Church. The community is welcome; turn to page A10 for details.

“Dr. King said to his friends, ‘If I die just keep going,’” said Alyssa Gastner.

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