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14 results for 'Jen'

Video Killed The Radio Star

By Jen, published on Mar 6, 2008

When I was a little girl we didn't have cable television. "Our television was a piece of furniture unto itself." It sat in the living room; a large plant stand from which Little House on the Prairie blared religiously on Monday evenings.

"Mondays were my favorite night back then." After cheering for Laura as she triumphed time and again over the detestable Nellie Oleson my mother and I would sit cross-legged in front of the TV folding the weekend laundry while she watched M*A*S*H. It was quality time. I had her all to myself -- even if I did have to sit and match socks. It wasn't... (more)

Tags: mtv, lost, television humor, television has gone nowhere, 1980s on tv, video killed the radio star

Black Thursday And The Tale Of Hercules

By Jen, published on Feb 13, 2008

People keep reminding me that Valentines Day is coming up and it’s starting to annoy me. I don’t care about Valentines Day. I think Valentines Day is stupid. It sucks if you’re single because you are constantly reminded that you are single. It also sucks if you are not single because people keep asking you what you are going to do on Valentines Day. What is that? Why must we judge the man/men in our lives based on what he/they do or dont do for us on Valentines Day? Doesn’t May 12th count equally as much as February 14th? What if…on February 14th he (or you for... (more)

Tags: los angeles

Babies By Design. The Future Of Eugenics.

By Jen, published on Jan 9, 2008

Have you ever thought to yourself “Wouldn’t it be great if I could be the mother of the next pop sensation ala Lynne Spears?” Do you want a child that naturally maintains a svelte size 6 frame while pounding rocky road fudge or can bulk up like the Governator without the use of anabolic steroids? Or maybe you are so in love with the crooning of Frank Sinatra that you want to gaze up into those baby blues every year when your greater than or equal to 6 ft tall son comes home for the holidays?

If so then I invite you to check out the UCLA Center for Society and... (more)

Tags: medicine

New HIV Vaccine Fails Clincal Trial. Scientists Devastated.

By Jen, published on Oct 21, 2007

On Tuesday, September 18, HIV vaccine research suffered a major setback when it was announced that the vaccine expected to be our best hope for success has failed in its first large-scale human clinical trial. The trial, which consisted of 3000 HIV negative men and women from North and South America, the Caribbean, and Australia, was conducted by a tripartite team composed of pharmaceutical giant Merck , the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) , and an academic consortium of HIV vaccine researchers known as the HIV Vaccine Trails Network (HVTN) This is a particularly... (more)

Tags: new york, australia, sex

Music of Life

By Jen, published on Aug 28, 2007

Many of us have sat down in front of our iTunes for the purpose of arranging our favorite songs into what I like to call “the soundtracks of my life.” Even if you’ve never heard of iTunes you likely have at some time sat cross-legged in front of your stereo surrounded by a pile of records, tapes, and CD’s in order to put together a “mixed tape” for yourself or someone you love. But have you ever wondered what your body would sound like if your blueprint, or DNA, was converted to musical notes instead of, well…you? Now, thanks to researchers from the University of California at... (more)

Tags: los angeles, california, music

Mark Your Calendars and Pack Your Bags

By Jen, published on Aug 10, 2007

And don’t forget to check the balance in your checkbook, because the vacation I’m talking about won’t be cheap. But how much is too much for a chance to circle the globe in 80 minutes, see the sun rise 15 times per day, and crawl around on the ceiling like Peter Parker? If you said $4.1 million dollars then you’re in luck because a 3 day stay at the “Galactic Suite” space hotel will only cost you $4 million. (Or as Dr. Evil would say: Four miiiiiilion dollars) The Galactic Suite project began as a joke. The kind of thing you discuss with fellow Star Wars fans while indulging in... (more)


Rock on Dr. May!

By Jen, published on Aug 3, 2007

Are you ready, hey, are you ready for this? Are you hangin' on the edge of your seat? Outta the doorway, the bullets rip Repeat to the sound of the beat, yeah (bum…bum…bum) Another one bites the dust… That’s right! After a 36 year hiatus, Queen guitarist Brian May has handed in his doctoral dissertation entitled Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud. “It’s been the longest gap year ever,” commented the 60 year old rocker. It was 1971 when Brian May, full time grad-student part time rock and roller, made his first observations on interplanetary dust at the... (more)

Tags: nasa, music

Meanwhile In Darfur, U.N. To Send Troops To Sudan

By Jen, published on Aug 1, 2007

Amid reports of Lindsay dodging cops, Paris losing millions, and Britney finalizing her divorce, the war torn region of Darfur, in Sudan, was granted a faint ray of hope Tuesday. This ray comes in the form of a U.N. resolution number 1769. Invoking Chapter 7 of the U.N. charter the U.N. Security Council authorized on Tuesday the use of a peacekeeping force of 26,000 troops and police, largely drawn from African nations, in order to address the humanitarian crisis in the region. In a compromise with the Sudanese government, which has until now refused to allow U.N. troops, the peacekeeping... (more)

Tags: sudan, darfur, united nations sudan

Pass the Soma: IVF in A Brave New World

By Jen, published on Jul 26, 2007

In the 1932 dystopia classic "A Brave New World" Aldous Huxley envisions a world in which the world state has complete control over reproduction. It is a world where natural childbirth is all but obsolete, and humans "engineered" to be perfectly adapted to their pre-determined station in life are produced in factories. Now, thanks to researchers from the University of Tokyo in Japan, we are one step closer to realizing his nightmare. This realization comes in the form of an artificial microfluidic chip designed to more closely mimic the womb for in-vitro fertilized (IFV) embryos. Traditional... (more)

Tags: medicine, environment, gay, sex, japan

Living Doll II: The Rise of Talkie Telly

By Jen, published on Jul 21, 2007

This just in! Men talk just as much as women! That’s right; thanks to researchers from the University of Arizona, and a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, we can safely put to rest the notion that “women just don’t know when to shut up”. Apparently, men are just as verbose as the “fairer sex”. The idea that women talk more than men is the subject of much western folklore, and has long been considered scientific fact. This idea being so engrained in society that when respected neuropsychiatrist, Louann Brizendine first asserted that women use 20,000 words per... (more)

Tags: journalism, sex

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