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Doctors warn about worrying rise in DIY penis implants which could lead to fatal infections

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Australian researchers made the discovery after nurses reported an increase in male prisoners with skin infections on their genitals - due to having foreign bodies inserted.
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The cute Christmas pictures that will melt even the coldest heart: Adorable snaps of kittens, puppies, and lambs in festive hats

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Photographer Mark Taylor, from Guildford, has perfected the art of working with animals, earning himself the title 'master of cuteness'.
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Daily interview no.585 with children’s fantasy author Henry Herz

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Welcome to the five hundred and eighty-fifth of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. Today’s is with children’s fantasy author He...
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IoS Books of the Year 2012: Children's picture books

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In The Big Jungle Mix-Up (Hachette, £10.99) Gareth Edwards has created an amiable father bear who is regularly put right by Little Bear while they explore a jungle.
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British Fashion Council - News detail

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The British Fashion Council promotes leading British fashion designers in a global market. Its events and initiatives support and strengthen the UK's reputation for developing design excellence.
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'Tis the season... to wear much more make-up

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A poll by Debenhams shows women use 12 products for Christmas parties, instead of the four staples that are put on daily. False eyelashes, glitter and highlighter are all used.
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Kate hoax call nurse found dead

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge say they are "deeply saddened" by the death of a nurse who took a hoax call about the duchess's condition.
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Disabled man left on bus in depot

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A 60-year-old disabled passenger is mistakenly left on a bus parked overnight in a Manchester depot.
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Scientists discover possible building blocks of ancient genetic systems in Earth's most primitive organisms

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A team of scientists announced that they have discovered AEG within cyanobacteria, which are believed to be some of the most primitive organisms on Earth.
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The Best Children’s and Picture Books of 2011

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From evil stepmothers to Edward Gorey, or what Richard Dawkins has to do with Hindu deities.

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My Father's Dragon.My Father's Dragon.

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by Ruth Stiles Gannett (1923-)
Illustrations by Ruth Chrisman Gannett (1896-1979)
New York: Random House, 1948. Copyright not renewed.
A Newbery Honor Book, 1949.
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Make Your Own Ice Cream in Five Minutes

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This machine free ice cream recipe is so easy even my toddler can do it.
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Cobalt Metallic Saddle bag

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This saddle bag is handmade using cobalt metallic leather with contrasting black stitching and a silver nickel buckle. The perfect Christmas gift for a fashion-conscious friend, or a great accompaniment to a festive party outfit.
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Giraffe fights and friendships

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Male giraffes are lone warriors while females make friends, filmmakers and scientists reveal.
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Introducing.. « Chloe The Curly Necked Giraffe

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Chloe is available to download at iTunes read to me , by clicking the download with iTunes above button above Chloe is available to download at Amazon, by…
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8-Year-Old Starts Knitting Business To Buy American Girl Dolls For Sick Kids

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When Kailey Ray donated her hair when she was 6 to an organization that makes wigs for kids with cancer, she was just getting started in her quest to help sick children.
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The Roald Dahl Treasury - Roald Dahl; Quentin Blake; | Foyles Bookstore

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Whether a beautiful gift for the Dahl fan or a stunning introduction to Roald Dahl's work; this superb hardback is jampacked with complete picture tales, as well as excerpts from longer stories, poetry (some previously unpublished),...
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Whether a beautiful gift for the Dahl fan or a stunning introduction to Roald Dahl's work; this superb hardback is jampacked with complete picture tales, as well as excerpts from longer stories, poetry (some previously unpublished), autobiographical material and letters. It is also filled with outstanding artwork

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Scholastic predicts top children’s book trends for 2013

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Editors at Scholastic have forecast bullying, novel-in-cartoons, tough girls and kid lit on the screen as some of the top trends in kids books to watch out for in 2013.
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PM backs gay marriage in church

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David Cameron backs allowing churches in England and Wales to conduct same-sex marriages, sparking fury among some Tory MPs.
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Quake sparks Japan tsunami scare

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A 7.3-magnitude earthquake strikes 245km off Japan's eastern coast, triggering a small tsunami and sparking evacuations.
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Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids

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Interesting news, reviews & trends in children's digital publishing from founder of Digital-Storytime...
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Can a Jellyfish Unlock the Secret of Immortality and Reversal of Aging?

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Christian Sommer, a German marine-biology student in his early 20s, was conducting research on hydrozoans, small invertebrates that, depending on their stage in the life cycle, resemble either a jellyfish or a soft coral. Every morning, Sommer went snorkeling in the turquoise water off the cliffs of Portofino, Italy. He scanned the ocean floor for hydrozoans, gathering them with plankton nets. Among the hundreds of organisms he collected was a tiny, relatively obscure species known to biologists as Turritopsis dohrnii. Today it is more commonly known as the immortal jellyfish. Sommer kept his hydrozoans in petri dishes and observed their reproduction habits. After several days he noticed that his Turritopsis dohrnii was behaving in a very peculiar manner, for which he could hypothesize no earthly explanation. Plainly speaking, it refused to die. It appeared to age in reverse, growing younger and younger until it reached its earliest stage of development, at which point it began its life cycle anew.

 

Sommer was baffled by this development but didn’t immediately grasp its significance. (It was nearly a decade before the word “immortal” was first used to describe the species.) But several biologists in Genoa, fascinated by Sommer’s finding, continued to study the species, and in 1996 they published a paper called “Reversing the Life Cycle.” The scientists described how the species — at any stage of its development — could transform itself back to a polyp, the organism’s earliest stage of life, “thus escaping death and achieving potential immortality.” This finding appeared to debunk the most fundamental law of the natural world — you are born, and then you die. One of the paper’s authors, Ferdinando Boero, likened the Turritopsis to a butterfly that, instead of dying, turns back into a caterpillar. Another metaphor is a chicken that transforms into an egg, which gives birth to another chicken. The anthropomorphic analogy is that of an old man who grows younger and younger until he is again a fetus. For this reason Turritopsis dohrnii is often referred to as the Benjamin Button jellyfish.

 

Some progress has been made, however, in the quarter-century since Christian Sommer’s discovery. We now know, for instance, that the rejuvenation of Turritopsis dohrnii and some other members of the genus is caused by environmental stress or physical assault. We know that, during rejuvenation, it undergoes cellular transdifferentiation, an unusual process by which one type of cell is converted into another — a skin cell into a nerve cell, for instance. (The same process occurs in human stem cells.) But we still don’t understand how it ages in reverse.

 

Immortality is, to a certain degree, a question of semantics. “That word ‘immortal’ is distracting,” says James Carlton, the professor of marine sciences at Williams. “If by ‘immortal’ you mean passing on your genes, then yes, it’s immortal. But those are not the same cells anymore. The cells are immortal, but not necessarily the organism itself.” To complete the Benjamin Button analogy, imagine the man, after returning to a fetus, being born again. The cells would be recycled, but the old Benjamin would be gone; in his place would be a different man with a new brain, a new heart, a new body. He would be a clone.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald, LilyGiraud
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The eerie 3D model which allows parents to hold their baby... BEFORE it's even born

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Japanese inventors have devised a way to transform an ultrasound scan into an anatomically correct resin replica for parents to handle and keep as a memento.
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Can't boil an egg? Russian scientists create a CARTON that'll help you make the perfect one in two minutes without water

Can't boil an egg? Russian scientists create a CARTON that'll help you make the perfect one in two minutes without water | Its all about the ebook | Scoop.it
The Gogol Mogol is made with special chemical layers that produce heat and when activated starts cooking the egg inside.
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