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I was first introduced to Wikipedia when I saw a shirt bearing their logo. My boyfriend joked about it and I gave him a strange look. He told me about it and I checked it out. Since then I have used it many times and it seems like I’ve been hearing about it more and more. Wikipedia defines itself as “a multilingual, Web-based free content encyclopedia project.” At first glance it may seem like just another website, but it’s more than that. It is a part of the trend in shifting information from a tangible format to a digitized one. It is also an example of information being not only freely... Read More
Thirteen years ago, the NICHD (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) in conjunction with the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics), SIDS Alliance, and the Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs launched the “Back to Sleep” program. In its thirteen years, SIDS related deaths have decreased by more than 50%. This is a remarkable success rate. In 1990 the SIDS related death rate per 1000 live births was 1.30. One year after the launch of “Back to Sleep” 1994, the rate was 1.17; by 2002 the rate was 0.56. While SIDS continues to affect 0.7 in 1000 live births/year,... Read More
The Wii (pronounced "Weeeeeeeee!!!!") is Nintendo's highly anticipated new game console. Previously know as 'Project Revolution', the successor to the Nintendo GameCube came out 2 weeks ago and I finally got a chance to give it a try. For only $250, the Wii comes with a game, a controller comprised of a Wiimote and a nunchunk, and a sensor bar. The PS3 and the Xbox 360 are both much more expensive and still require you to buy a game (add an extra $60) to enjoy the system. Nintendo's console is therefore a really good bargain compared to the competition. More than its price, what sets aside... Read More
First, there was the spinach scare and then a few bad heads of lettuce. Now, E. Coli breakouts are coming out of a new source, Taco Bell. Three different Taco Bell restaurants in New Jersey have presumed to be responsible for 22 cases of E. coli poisoning, 2 of which have been deemed serious. Two employees have been found to be contaminated with the E. Coli bacterium but were not showing symptoms of illness. An additional 14 cases arose in Long Island shortly thereafter and are currently being investigated to see whether there is a connection between these new infections and the restaurant... Read More
The Hated, the Frustrated, and Personal Initiative – How things will change. I'm not a writer, but do things – like all those others out there e.g. run / work / play / have a life / use a computer. I don't hate, was frustrated, and took the Linux plunge because of what I mentioned. I took the personal initiative. Linux works in real-life / real-time and helps me do things. Simply it does things for me that I always wanted to do. Once you get involved, the end result is simply amazing. No one lead me by the hand – but I took the personal initiative. I had no budget, but always asked why... Read More
Shouldn't "fat free" milk cost less than whole milk? Someone or something got your fat, they didn't throw it away. That's just an example. There are tons of stuff that we pay more for to get less. Cholesterol free doesn't come cheap, sugar free cookies cost way more than regular cookies. Carbohydrate free is always more expensive. What do they do with all those extra carbs, is there a giant warehouse of stored carbohydrates? Organic vegetables are pesticide free and we know crop dusters aren't cheap. It seems "healthy" has become a marketing plan, take stuff out, give them less, charge them more.... Read More
It is becoming clear that the various religious lobbies have petitioned their congressmen and senators to dismiss the first clause of the 1st Amendment to the constitution. Often called the Establishment Clause, it is these ten words which attempt to separate the church from the state. In most cases the second clause called the Free Exercise clause protecting religion from the state is more often considered the most important portion of this amendment. However, protecting the state from religion is becoming more and more necessary as scientific achievement brings forth advances which religious... Read More

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