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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Science Fair for May 12th-18th

- It's National Dog Bite Prevention Week in the USA! Did you know that? I discovered this delightful little tidbit while waiting in line at the post office yesterday, of all random things. The Humane Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are encouraging increased awareness of dog bite safety, check it out! I am a serious dog lover, but still take precautions when meeting or around possibly dangerous dogs. Here are three quick rules: (A) if you are approaching a dog to pet them, always offer your hand for them to smell slowly and non-aggressively, (B) never get between two fighting dogs, and (C) if you are bitten by a dog, make sure you go to the doctor and get a rabies shot--you never know if Fluffy-pookinster might be a little koo-koo.

- The boys at Arms Control Wonk (I am a giant but dangerous nerd) think that mysterious possibly nuclear site in Syria might have been disguised as Byzantine ruins. Maybe this will herald a new realm of nuclear archeology and architecture research...fascinating!

- Posters for the Rogan line for Target sale at Barney's (did you get all that?) are covering Manhattan. Retrogurl of Nitrolicious has photos of the carnage. LOTS of leopard print, mini-length, summer-ready pieces! There is such a sad, sad lack of Target in New York, it might just be one of the weirdest things I miss about living in the suburbs.

- I am freakin' OBSESSED with ScienceDaily. Funny, because I only ever enjoyed chemistry classes in school. Their articles this week are wonderfully multidisciplinary, including one on green tea helping with the effects of obstructive sleep apnea, the link between regular exercise for teenage girls and breast cancer later in life, and how culture affects the way girls see sexual harassment.

- The New York Times' "Well" section has an amazing, totally distracting special feature on health this week with games, information, and an interactively awesome retro diagram of the human body.

In other news, I just sat in a stylist's chair for FOUR HOURS this afternoon getting a Japanese straight-perm treatment. It was a big, big decision for me. I'll have before and after photos for you soon--it was so, so exhausting!

Have a great week, everyone!

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