In the U.S., many of us are still trying to get our yearlyflu shots. There was an earlier shortage of vaccine, but nowthere should be plenty to go around and you don’t need to beelderly or infirm in order to get a flu shot. In Asia,patients are coping with something much more lethal: birdflu. Researchers don’t think it’s just spreading from birdsto humans anymore?they’re worried that we can catch it fromother people. That means it will inevitably end up here.

Jo Revill writes in The (U.K.) Observer that a teenaged girlwho died in Vietnam has become the 11th bird flu victimthere in a month. Her mother died from bird flu the weekbefore. WHO wants to know whether or not they shouldclassify bird flu as a “pandemic,” and that depends on howit is transmitted.
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Are you thin or fat? If you squirm, fidget and tap your toesand fingers, you’re probably thin. If you’re always findingsomething to do, like shopping or cleaning the basement, andrarely sit down and watch TV, you’re also probably thin. Allthese activities boost your NEAT?your “non-exercise activitythermogenesis.”
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Scientists are producing chimeras?creatures that are parthuman and part animal. A “chimera” originally referred to amonster in Greek mythology with a lion’s head, goat’s body,and snake’s tail. Now that this is possible, the questionbecomes: Is it moral?

Maryann Mott writes in National Geographic News that in2003, Chinese scientists successfully fused human cells withrabbit eggs. The embryos were the first human-animalchimeras ever successfully created and were allowed todevelop for several days in a laboratory dish before theresearchers destroyed them.

In 2004, researchers at the Mayo Clinic created pigs withhuman blood flowing through their bodies.
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The 911 Commission Final Report slams the media door shut on what really happened on that awful day. But then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld makes a couple of “slips of the tongue,” where he says that Flight 93 was shot down, and another where he states that a missile struck the Pentagon. Listen as Dave drills into the facts behind these “misstatements” and talks about the 28 minutes of new data on the Director’s Cut 911 DVD. Dave’s website is

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