Friday, February 27, 2009

Friday, February 27, 2009 Good News Stories (Margaret)

Finding genes that make teeth grow all in a row

"Ever wonder why sharks get several rows of teeth and people only get one? Some geneticists did, and their discovery could spur work to help adults one day grow new teeth when their own wear out."

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Balls Replace Chairs In Fort Collins Classroom

"You've seen those large exercise balls at the gym but now they're rolling into the classroom, where a Fort Collins teacher is using the balls to improve her students' concentration and posture."

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Month of potlucks set to highlight hunger

"The pastors were joking around on Facebook about how much Lutherans love potluck dinners.

But the conversation got them thinking about food and the many people around the world who don't have enough.

That's when a Virginia pastor came up with the idea for the month of potlucks project.

The plan is to set a potluck meal for every day in March and find congregations in the U.S. to host them. The potluck will include a program to raise awareness about hunger, and a collection will be taken for the World Hunger fund of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America."

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Research reveals some of Alzheimer's secrets

"Scientists are unraveling some of the mechanisms behind the plaques in the brain that are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, offering new leads for drugs to treat the fatal brain-wasting disease.

A team at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston reported on Thursday in the journal Science that amyloid plaques agitate a type of brain cell called an astrocyte needed for normal brain function."

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Time to Prune, Groom and Clear The Way for Spring

"You may be ready for spring, but is your garden? The final weeks of winter offer the last chance to clear away the remnants of last year's garden before new growth sprouts. "

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