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Vengeful birds, an anti-cancer vitamin, new species, and more!

Say good-bye to Blu-ray. The CD of the future is coming soon.

Cancer protection in people with Down syndrome could someday lead to an anti-cancer vitamin.

That bird that keeps pooping on your head? It DOES have a grudge against you!

The top 10 new species of 2008, including a tiny seahorse and bacteria that live in hairspray (eww).

Eek! Time to switch from polycarbonate bottles to stainless steel. BPA really is as bad as they say.

What do owning an iPhone and going to Harvard have in common? According to this article, the desire to impress the opposite sex.

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A new reason to stick to that resolution to quit smoking…


Mid-way through January, many New Year’s resolutions have fallen by the wayside. I, for one, have been keeping my lab notebook more organized, but my posts have been a bit on the tardy side. For any of you out there resolving to quit smoking this year, maybe this will be a motivational boost. Scientists have found that not only second-hand, but third-hand smoke could be harming your loved ones.

I want more candy!
You’re lying, right?
My brain hurts!

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Don’t worry, be happy!

Happiness is contagious. Read about that and more in
this week’s BioBites!

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Genetically engineered tomatoes are purple, contain antioxidants, not babies


This week, scientists from the UK have published a study describing how they genetically engineered a purple tomato enriched with antioxidants that could provide potent health benefits (see the links for a picture). This reminded me instantly of a paper I wrote back in college for a Science and Politics class about the irresponsibility of the Greenpeace campaign against genetically modified food. In my research, I came across a picture from their campaign of a fetus growing in a tomato (hint: this is completely ignorant and inflammatory). Since that was some time ago, I was worried I might not be able to find it to share with you, but luckily, Google remembers all things. So genetically modified foods – friend or foe? Or perhaps we could start with a little game called genetically modified food… fact or fiction?

I want more candy!
You’re lying, right?
My brain hurts!

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This Week’s BioBites: Good News at Last!

Well, while Wall Street falls apart, scientists have been busy figuring out everything from why we all want to punish those Wall Street brokers to better ways to detect Down’s syndrome. Hope these help take your mind off the economy!

This week’s BioBites!

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This Week’s Biobites: artificial noses, amazing science images, and more!

Lucy Q. reporting from her sick bed couch where she is thoroughly investigating all the best links for you… as well as her TiVo’ed episode of Gossip Girl.

PS – Think you know what the picture at right is? I bet you’re wrong!

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This Week’s BioBites: the end of the world, the personality of Massachusetts, and more!

This week in science has been quite busy. See what all those researchers have been up to!

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