Armin van Buuren Presents Gaia - Status Excessu D

2:08:52 PM, Monday, April 04, 2011
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A Bacterium That Acts Like a Toothbrush

2:00:40 PM, Monday, April 04, 2011

"Researchers have identified a new ally in the war against tooth decay: an enzyme produced by a mouth bacterium that prevents plaque formation. The finding could eventually lead to the development of toothpaste that harnesses the body's own plaque-fighting tools.

The human mouth is awash with bacteria. More than 700 species thrive in the hot, moist conditions, including Streptococcus mutans, one of the main components of plaque. Clinging to the teeth in thin layers called biofilms, S. mutans digests sugars and produces acids that can eat into enamel and cause cavities. Other bacteria are more gracious guests. In 2009, for example, scientists found that S. salivarius, a type of bacterium found on the tongue and other soft tissues in the mouth, decreases the buildup of S. mutans biofilms.

Hidenobu Senpuku, a biologist at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo, and colleagues wanted to know what substance conferred S. salivarius's cavity-fighting powers. Using chromatography, a method that divides the molecules in a mixture based on charge or size, they separated out individual proteins from samples of the microbe. The scientists then mixed each kind of protein with S. mutans cells and measured which cultures grew the smallest amount of biofilm on plates in the lab. The protein FruA, an enzyme that breaks apart complex sugars, was the most powerful biofilm blocker.

The researchers also found that a form of FruA, produced by the common fungus Aspergillus niger and available off-the-shelf, stymies plaque equally well. This commercial FruA worked despite the fact that its amino acid sequence is somewhat different from that of S. salivarius FruA. That might speed the development of toothpastes that include FruA, says Senpuku..."

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Armin van Buuren vs Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Not Giving Up On Love

1:45:54 PM, Monday, April 04, 2011
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Love At First Sight

12:24:38 AM, Monday, April 04, 2011

Drunk calling and voice-mailing FTW!!! Haha, - "No one else likes holding... Likes Yo-Yos like WE likes Yo-Yos!!!"

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All-Female Team Launches Historic Mission Over Afghanistan

12:04:57 AM, Monday, April 04, 2011

"BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- A team of female Airmen made history here March 30 when the F-15E Strike Eagles of "Dudette 07" blazed down the runway to provide close air support for coalition and Afghan ground forces.

The two-ship formation consisted of all females, two pilots and two weapons system officers, but more importantly, it marked the first combat mission flown from Bagram to be planned, maintained and flown entirely by females.

This mission represents the first combat sortie on record to involve only female Airmen from the pilots and weapons officers to the mission planners and maintainers, said Lt. Col. Kenneth Tilley, the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing historian.

Although the call sign for the mission may have been lighthearted, the sortie was all business calling for the pilots to travel to the Kunar Valley just west of the Pakistan border in support of a large Army operation that was underway.

"I have flown with female pilots before, but this was the first time I have flown in an all female flight," said Maj. Christine Mau, a 455th AEW executive officer. "This wasn't a possibility when I started flying 11-years ago."

While planning of the mission required support from women at all levels such as Capt. Kristen Wehle, the F-15 liaison officer at the combined air operations center, those involved evoked memories of legendary Women's Army Corps pilots and others for inspiration..."

-- Hey Taliban - How's that whole woman hating thing workin' for ya?

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Say Cheese! Mirage 2000-5F Over the Arabian Desert

10:45:36 PM, Sunday, April 03, 2011

-- Photo by Sergio (ElDoctor on DeviantArt.com)

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Alone on the DC Metro: We So Excited!

9:38:09 PM, Sunday, April 03, 2011

-- Look! NOBODY is in freaking METRO!!! I can do what I want! I can JUMP! I can ROLL if I want! I can roll!

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Birdy - Skinny Love

4:26:24 PM, Sunday, April 03, 2011
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US Extends Airstrike Role in Libya Through Monday

4:18:47 PM, Sunday, April 03, 2011

"The U.S. agreed to NATO's request for a 48-hour extension of American participation in coalition airstrikes against targets in Libya and U.S. lawmakers cautioned Sunday the allies need to know more about the rebels fighting Moammar Gadhafi's forces before providing them with weapons.

Two weeks into the assault on Gadhafi, Republican lawmakers expressed concern that a stalemate could leave him in control of portions of Libya and with access to stockpiles of chemical weapons.

The U.S. is shifting the combat role to Britain, France and other NATO allies, but American air power is still in demand. Air Force AC-130 gunships and A-10 Thunderbolts and Marine Corps AV-8B Harriers will continue to attack Gadhafi's troops and other sites through Monday evening. These aircraft are among the most precise in the American arsenal.

After Saturday, no U.S. combat aircraft were to fly strike missions over Libya unless NATO officials specifically asked and authorities in Washington gave their approval. NATO assumed full control last week from the U.S.-led international force for all aspects of the operation in Libya as authorized by U.N. resolutions that include an arms embargo, enforcing the no-fly zone, and protecting civilians from Gadhafi's forces.

In an emailed statement, NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said Sunday that "poor weather conditions over the last few days" were the reason the alliance made the request. She would not elaborate. "This is a short-term extension which expires on Monday," she said.A senior U.S. military official said heavy cloud cover over Libya late last week curtailed allied airstrikes. Gadhafi took advantage of the lull, pushing east into the port cities of Ras Lanouf and Brega, the official said on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive military planning. The 48-hour extension is intended to roll back the progress made by Gadhafi's army, the official said.

A decision yet to be made by the Obama administration is whether to arm the rebels with the firepower they need to take and hold ground against Gadhafi's forces..."

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EXHIBITION: Nocturne of the Limax Maximus by Paula Hayes at MoMA, New York

4:00:36 PM, Sunday, April 03, 2011

-- via a212.com.

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LIFE: Heavy Stuff on Top of People (20 Photos)

3:41:20 PM, Sunday, April 03, 2011

-- "Humans are funny. We write novels, compose symphonies, invent mind-blowingly ingenious devices to help us see inside the atom and explore the far reaches of the universe. We paint masterpieces and build cathedrals. We're pretty smart. And then ... well, sometimes we let heavy things roll over us, or rest on top of us, or we try and lift other people with, say, our teeth. "O brave new world, that has such people in it!" exclaims Prospero's daughter, Miranda, near the end of Shakepeare's The Tempest. You can say that again, sister. You can say that again. Above: A strongman bears the weight of a car on his chest."

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Whales by Sergey Ryzhov

3:13:50 PM, Sunday, April 03, 2011
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Bucharest: Below Ground by Poul Madsen

2:32:39 PM, Sunday, April 03, 2011

-- "About Bucharest: Below Ground

Bucharest: Below Ground is a multimedia piece about street children who are forced to live in dirty sewers in Romania's cold capital.

About Poul Madsen

Poul Madsen was born in Denmark in 1978 but has since lived in Belgium, USA and India. At the age of 24 he turned to photography and was accepted into the Danish School of Journalism. Since then his main focus has been documenting social and cultural issues and exploring new and innovative ways of presenting narrative story telling for the web. Poul condisers himself part photojournalist and part multimedia producer. Awards include: Best ofPhotojournalism, National POY, China International Press Photo and ChinaHumanity Photo Awards among others.

The Bombay Flying Club is a collaboration between two Danish photojournalists, Poul Madsen and Henrik Kastenskov. Both are educated from the Danish School of Journalism. In 2005 they did their first web documentary about a spate of suicedes in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Since then they have spent countless hours trying to learn advanced Flash Actionscripting while exploring the possibilities of turning still photography towards a more film documentary oriented style. Today they are both working as full time freelance photographers and multimedia producers. Their next multimedia project is a story about untouchables in India who are still affected by the 2004 tsunami."

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17-Year-Old Freestyling & Imitating Lil Wayne, Drake, Eminem & Ludacris

1:50:40 PM, Sunday, April 03, 2011

-- Whoo! He's good.

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Stephen Colbert Sings 'Friday' With the Roots

12:59:35 PM, Sunday, April 03, 2011
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