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Sharon Vining: How Penicillin Is Made

 
Most of us know that in 1928, Sir Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin when bread from his lunch fell into an uncovered petri dish of staphylococci.  He named the chemical he isolated from mold penicillin because the colony grew in the shape of a pencil. He was never able to purify his samples and his findings were largely ignored.  This all changed in 1938, when a group of doctors from Oxford University developed methods to grow and purify penicillin.
The use of fungus for treating infections is not a new 20th Century discovery.  For thousands of years the Chinese used warm dirt to fight infections. Using mold from cheese to fight infections has been in practice for centuries.  There is even a reference in the Bible of Jesus spitting on the ground and making a mud pie to treat a man’s blindness.  One home remedy to treat infections is to make a bread and warm milk poultice. Our Grandmas did not know why it worked, they just knew it did.

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The 11 Year Old Who Named The Mars Rover

 

On Aug. 5 at 10:31 p.m. PST, a rover named Curiosity touched down safely on the surface of Mars, and I was lucky enough to have a front-row seat.

My name is Clara, and when I was in 6th grade, I won the essay contest NASA held to name its next Mars rover. The essay I wrote was not even 250 words long, but somehow it was enough to change my life.

I still remember that chilly December day, sitting in science class. I’d finished a worksheet early and decided to get a TIME for Kids magazine off of Mrs. Estevez’s bookshelf. It was the 2008 Invention Issue, but that wasn’t the only thing that caught my eye. In the magazine, there was an article about a girl who named the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity.

The article also talked about the essay contest NASA was holding to name its next Mars rover. Before I even knew anything else about it, a single word flooded my 11-year-old mind: Curiosity.

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Train Crashes: Hits Vets Parade

 

Four veterans were killed after a train slammed into a parade float stuck on a railroad crossing in West Texas, officials said Friday.

Midland city spokesman Ryan Stout said Sgt. Maj. Gary Stouffer, 37, and Sgt. Maj. Lawrence Boivin, 47, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident Thursday afternoon. Army Sgt. Joshua Michael, 34, and Army Sgt. Maj. William Lubbers, 43, were pronounced dead later at Midland Memorial Hospital.

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CERN: Data Not Supporting Higgs boson

 

A new discovery at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva casts a shadow across a hypothetical realm of particle physics that many had hoped would be the collider’s next major exploration after the apparently successful hunt for the Higgs boson.

Physicists working with the collider’s LHC beauty, or LHCb, detector have observed a new kind of particle behavior, the researchers announced November 12 at the Hadron Collider Physics Symposium in Kyoto, Japan. The LHCb physicists have identified the very rare decay of a strange beauty particle B0s (a beauty antiquark bound to a strange quark) into two particles called muons. (A muon is a charged particle akin to a heavyweight electron.) And the new data limit the possibilities for many hypothesized extensions of the Standard Model of particle physics, including the concept of supersymmetry.

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Barnes & Nobles Drops Nook Application for Windows 8

 

Microsoft's digital book pact with Barnes & Noble is already bearing fruit.

A little more than a month after the two companies officially formed a partnership geared toward digital reading, Nook apps for Windows 8 and Windows RT have arrived at the Windows Store. B&N CEO William promised last month that a Windows 8 app was "imminent," but it was not available at the time of the new operating system's launch last month.

As part of the two companies' pact, Microsoft agreed to invest $300 million for a 17.6 percent stake in a new Barnes & Noble subsidiary that would focus on B&N's Nook digital and college businesses. In exchange, Barnes & Noble agreed to load its Nook digital bookstore with Windows 8, the software giant's next-generation operating system that launched at the end of October.

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McAfee:Anti-Virus Creator Wanted For Murder

 

According to Gizmodo.com, Belize police claim John McAfee is the prime suspect in the shooting death of an American expatriate named Gregory Faull.

Faull was reportedly gunned down at his home in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye on Saturday -- after an argument with McAfee had turned deadly.

McAfee -- whose software company sold to Intel in 2010 for $7 billion -- has been living in Belize for a while now.

Details around the alleged argument between McAfee and Faull are unclear, but police claim Faull had filed a formal complaint about McAfee with the local mayor's office recently, claiming McAfee had been firing off guns and exhibiting "roguish behavior."

Gizmodo has published a statement from the San Pedro police, which says Faull was found lying face up "in a pool of blood." Police have not established a motive.

According to Gizmodo's report, police claim McAfee is currently "on the run from murder charges."

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Event Producer Paris Warren wants Houstonians to take a “Look” towards Fashion and HIV Awareness

Houston Fashion Show Features The Thinkering's very own Jourdan King►

 

On November 16, 2012 eleven fashion designers from across the US and beyond will take to the stage at The Look Houston 2012 to showcase their upcoming 2013 Spring/Summer fashion lines, this event is certain to expose Houston to high fashion as well as raise awareness for HIV/AIDs.

This Fashion show ‘Xtraordinaire’ will not only break fashion barriers of the South but also hope raise awareness for the HIV/AIDs epidemic sweeping the nation and our very city as well. 22-year-old Paris Warren is the owner of Xtraordinaire Events & Production Co. and is the executive producer of The Look Houston 2012 Fashion show set to take place at Las Velas Houston this coming Friday.

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Lisa Turner: Eat to Live

 

The Art of Healthy Eating

We’d like to think eating healthy is entirely a science, full of absolutes and hard-and-fast rules. That’s just not the case; every body is individual, and even the “experts” disagree on what’s good, what’s bad, and what’s downright tragic. There’s enormous value in the science of nutrition, and how food works in the body. And, at some point, healthy eating becomes an art, a balance between science, personal experience and intuition.

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Second Woman Comes Forward In Petraeus Case

As questions swirl about the extramarital affair that led to the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus, the retired general and his biographer, Paula Broadwell, have been quiet about details of their relationship. However, information has emerged about the woman who received the emails from Broadwell that led to the FBI's discovery of Petraeus' indiscretion.

A senior U.S. military official identified the second woman as Jill Kelley, 37, who lives in Tampa, Fla., and serves as an unpaid social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, where the military's Central Command and Special Operations Command are located.

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Brook Burke Medical Hurdle

 

Burke posted a video message Thursday on YouTube disclosing her condition and her plans for surgery to remove her thyroid.

The 41-year-old mother of four says a lump on her thyroid was found during a routine biopsy.

She says in the video that her surgery will leave "a nice big scar right here," tracing a line across her throat.

 

 

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