The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Has Announced 2014’s Inductees
Hall & Oates
The E Street Band
Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham
And the Beatles’ Manager Brian Epstein
People who have a less diverse population of bacteria in their gastrointestinal tracts may be more likely to get colon cancer, a new study suggests.
Researchers also found that people who were diagnosed with colon cancer had fewer beneficial bacteria, and more harmful bacteria than people without the disease.
"For the first time, we found that colorectal cancer patients have a different gut bacteria composition than healthy subjects," said study author Jiyoung Ahn, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the NYU School of Medicine in New York.
"This research, although in an early stage, is pointing to the possibility that gut microbes are involved in colon cancer development," Ahn said.
Further study could open up new ways to protect against this serious disease, she said. Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, and it claims the lives of more than 50,000 Americans a year, according to the American Cancer Society.
The study was published online today (Dec. 6) in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Christmas Tree Worm (Spirobranchus giganteus)
The Christmas tree worm is species of tube-building polychaete worms found throughout the world’s tropical waters. As their name suggests, they are shaped like Christmas trees and come in a wide array of bright colors.
The body of the worm is hidden inside a burrow drilled into coral. Each worm as two spiral-shaped ‘crowns’ that are used for feeding and breathing. Every spiral consists of highly ciliated tentacles called radioles. The cilia function as tiny hairs which beat constantly to move food particles and mucus into the worm’s mouth. The radioles are also used for gas exchange.
A little science to go with today’s holiday. Merry Christmas!
Work has begun on a new generation of USB that will break compatibility with existing connectors in order to improve ease of use and allow for thinner devices. The new connector, called Type-C, is an addition to the existing USB 3.1 specification and is expected to be finalized by the middle of 2014. There aren’t any images available yet, but Type-C will be around the size of a Micro USB plug and, like Apple’s Lightning connector, will finally be reversible — in other words, no more frustrated attempts to charge your phone with an upside-down cable.
1. If you clearly haven’t sold enough ad space to fill the 15 commercial spots you have built into every free episode, please do not simply run your own promos over and over again. Seeing 8,000 ads for the pilot episode of Hart of Dixie more “fills me with rage” than makes me want to watch it.
If you live overseas and manage to tunnel in to Hulu, this one’s for you.
Streets of Anping District, Tainan City, Taiwan
A lion bearing a seven-starred sword in his mouth is a common and distinctive sight above doorways in Anping.