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9:55 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Are Brazilian Waxes Making Crab Lice an Endangered Species?

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A recently discovered trend suggests an alternative way of stemming one of the globe’s most contagious sexually transmitted infections. Pubic lice are usually treated with topical insecticides, while they aren’t known to spread disease, itchy skin reactions and subsequent infections make the lice a hazardous pest.
Pubic lice, the crab-shaped insects that have dwelled in human groins since the beginning of history, are disappearing. Doctors say bikini waxing may be the reason. Waning infestations of the bloodsuckers have been linked by doctors to pubic depilation, especially a technique popularized in the 1990s by a Manhattan salon run by seven Brazilian sisters.
2:05 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Possible breakthrough is announced in search for AIDS cure.

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According to a researcher David Harrich scientists have discovered how to modify a protein in HIV so that, instead of replicating, it protects against the infection. The modified protein cannot cure HIV but it has protected human cells from AIDS in the laboratory.
Researchers at Queensland Institute of Medical Research have claimed of making a breakthrough that could lead to a potential cure for AIDS.
2:01 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Should letter values change on the Scrabble board?

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All Scrabble players know that Q and Z are the highest scoring tiles. You can get 10 points for each, in the English language version of the game. But according to one American researcher, Z really only deserves six points.
Not all letters change under these proposals but those that do tend to have fallen in value. In explaining why his overall point distribution is lower, Lewis blames Q which, as he puts it, is an "outlier", much harder to play than other letters.
3:38 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Time to boost the bottle bill?

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The Iowa Recycling Association wants to expand the bottle bill. Under its proposal, bottled water, tea, sports drinks and other non-carbonated beverages- milk and juice being the exceptions- would be included in the bill.
For one week in 2011, a waste characterization study was conducted at the Iowa City Landfill during which officials sorted through 50 tons of incoming trash. "From couches down to cigarette butts," said Jennifer Jordan, the city's recycling coordinator.
11:19 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Fertilizer Company Considering Quad City Area

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Scott County and the company that wants to bring a $1.5 billion fertilizer plant to the Quad-Cities have had preliminary talks about incentives although the project still faces several hurdles.
Scott County and the company that wants to bring a $1.5 billion fertilizer plant to the Quad-Cities have had preliminary talks about incentives although the project still faces several hurdles. Orascom Construction Industries wants to build the plant between Davenport and Walcott along U.S.

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