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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

A Vast Stream of Alcohol 

Besides being my excuse for crankiness this morning, it's also what UK astronomers, using the Merlin network of satellites, have found in Cassiopeia. Is interstellar methanol the secret ingredient for a Pan-Galactic Gargleblaster? A couple of quickies right now, I will post on the day's big policy news later.

A National Cancer Institute study makes me feel better about my Diet Coke consumption: it seems that aspartame does not cause cancer in humans. The study did not, however, address neurotoxicity or other bad effects.

Lab studies suggest that ginger may help kill ovarian cancer, and that caspaisin may help kill pancreatic cancers. More hot ginger!!

Genetic analysis of Ashkenazi Jews yields a putative 'longevity gene.' A polymorphism in apolipoprotein C3 is linked with long life, lower blood pressure, and increased insulin sensitivity (i.e., the opposite of diabetes). Cool!

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