November 9th, 2008

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Peanut allergy caused by trying to avoid it?

Researchers in London, England have found that the main cause of peanut allergies may be the avoidance of peanut exposure during pregnancy and breastfeeding.  They discovered that countries that limit natal peanut exposure, such as the U.S., U.K., and Australia, have increasing rates of peanut allergies, currently ten times more than countries such as Israel where peanuts are consumed regularly by pregant and breastfeeding mothers.
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Waffles got force fields!

I was making waffles this morning and poured water over the dry mix, and got an island with a force field bubble over it.  It wasn't a regular water bubble.  It was a big irregularly shaped bubble hugging the contours of the island of waffle mix in the middle of the bowl, apparently suspended by an electrostatic charge.  It collapsed before I could get a picture of it, but I'll have the camera ready in case I can reproduce it.
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