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It’s Movember! Watch @Rick_Snee Cultivate a Catepillar on His Upper Lip. Donate to Fight Cancer.

Close friend in life, and friend of the site, Rick Snee, has been growing a moustache this merry month of Movember. He’s doing this to fight cancer because cancer must be fought.

Rick’s Motivation
“October is a huge cancer fighting month, and after a month of pink football players, everyone’s ready for a break. But, you know what doesn’t take a break? Cancer. And it affects more than just breasts. Men must take control of their health and be willing to talk about embarrassing medical issues that are symptoms of prostate, colon, and testicular cancer.”

As of this posting he’s collected $215(USD) for his trouble. Internet! We can do better than this! Donate now and fight that cancer with Snee’s hairy lip.

Official Site: http://mobro.co/ricksnee

Just what is Movember?:

Once registered at www.movember.com, men start Movember 1st clean shaven. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.

Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

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Battle of Attrition Heats Up, Local Burger Joint Moves-In with Athletic Center

Let’s explain.

Soul Burger is a thing of legend in The Rocket City. The staff was friendly. The burgers, we are told, tasted of heaven and fried gold. SOul Burger was forced to close April 2009.

It returned last fall. WAAY’s Kyle Burger explains:

Time to hit the gym… for lunch.

via waay’s burger bytes

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The COLBERT Patch, Designed with Love in Huntsville, Alabama

Long time friend @mcuthbert shared a bit of info that gave us a mile long smile.

the COLBERT Huntsville’s MediaFusion designed the special patch that marks the exercise equipment – the COLBERT – the Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill – station crews will now be able to jump on to get in a good workout in space.

“It was loads of fun to see it come together,” said Richard Williams, MediaFusion’s Huntsville spokesman. “This was a great way for NASA to reach out to the public, and especially those twenty-somethings they want to engage.”

MediaFusion has a contract with NASA Headquarters, in Washington D.C., to perform graphic design and communications work. The company also works with Marshall to produce animated videos and graphics.

Video of the moment in question lay after the jump.

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The “Magic Mirror” Maps Our Muscles

magicmirrormachine
above: the mirror in 3 parts
(3rd part purely hypothetical)

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed a computerized, sensor-based “magic mirror” that analyzes muscular activity and shows real-time computer-generated images of how hard the user’s muscles are being worked while exercising.

The Pink Tentacle article continues in-depth. They talk muscle mapping data, benefits to medical science, and increasing general health performance. All we saw was: Build better robots. Make them like us. Give them plans.

All of this research originates from Tokyo, of course.

(via pink tentacle)

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Mashup Monday Yesterday: Our Pants are Royal

We have a consistent groove in our mp3 player of convenience. It never ceases to bolster the spirit or give us that extra push towards the goal of a 35 minute run(45 minutes on a non-weights day). What is the constant drive in this week’s digital playing device?

That, faithful reader, would be the King of Pants:

“Badd To Me” – The Cure vs The Ying Yang Twins

(via some other mashup site we guess)

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BLIND CLICK 14: Fat Map

(via digg)

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Today I Learned: Italian Doctors Grew a Biotech Vagina

Yes, from this day forth DESIGNER VAGINAS is the possibility.

Rome, May 30 – Italian doctors have built the world’s first biotech vagina.

So far, two patients lacking vaginas because of a rare malformation have been helped to grow ones, using stem cells taken from their own bodies.

Vaginal tissue was grown from the cells and surgically grafted into the women’s groins at Rome’s Umberto I university hospital. In the first case, a 28-year-old woman received 0.3 square centimetres of mucous membrane a year ago and has since grown a vagina. She has married and is “in good health,” doctors said Wednesday.

Day of wonders, I tell you.

(via ansa, warren ellis)

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7d’s doing a Relay for Life

He’s doing it again, in fact. Now don’t you feel worthless? he’s out there doing things for other people. He’s making their world spin a little brighter. And there you are shoving Cheetos in your hole.

Feel guilty yet?

Good.

Now cure that guilt the old fashinoned way…by giving away money.

If you sponsor 7d, YOU will be the ones making some other soul’s world spin a little brighter and you won’t even have to lift a finger.

That’s what some call a win/win situation.

Fill yourself with awesome and win. Sponsor 7d on his Relay for Life for Cancer.

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Man Survives 24 Days in 10C Temperature by Hibernating Naturally

Well, damn!

Mitsutaka Uchikoshi went missing on Mt Rokko in western Japan on October 7 after a barbecue with colleagues. Rather than joining them for the return trip by cable car, the 35-year-old decided to walk down the mountain, but lost his way, slipped in a stream and broke his pelvis.

“On the second day, the sun was out, I was in a field, and I felt very comfortable. That’s my last memory,” he said, shortly before being discharged from Kobe city general hospital on Tuesday. “I must have fallen asleep after that.”

When a passing climber found him 24 days later, Mr Uchikoshi’s body temperature had fallen to just 22C (72F), he had a barely discernable pulse and he was suffering from multiple organ failure and blood loss.

Doctors who treated Mr Uchikoshi believe he lost consciousness after his fall and that his body’s natural survival instincts kicked in, sending him into a state akin to hibernation as the temperature on the mountain dropped as low as 10C.

“He fell into a state similar to hibernation and many of his organs slowed, but his brain was protected,” Dr Shinichi Sato, head of the hospital’s emergency unit, told reporters. “I believe his brain capacity has recovered 100%.”

(via neilgaiman and guardian unlimited)

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Plan B: That Second Chance to Avoid a Big Mistake

It’s been approved. Finally.

Women may buy the morning-after pill without a prescription – but only with proof they’re 18 or older, federal health officials ruled Thursday, capping a contentious three-year effort to ease access to the emergency contraceptive.

Girls 17 and younger still will need a doctor’s note to buy the pills, called Plan B, the Food and Drug Administration told manufacturer Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc. (BRL)

The compromise decision is a partial victory for women’s advocacy and medical groups that say eliminating sales restrictions could cut in half the nation’s 3 million annual unplanned pregnancies. Opponents have argued that wider access could increase promiscuity.

The pills are a concentrated dose of the same drug found in many regular birth-control pills. When a woman takes the pills within 72 hours of unprotected sex, she can lower the risk of pregnancy by up to 89 percent. If she already is pregnant, the pills have no effect.

The earlier it’s taken, the more effective Plan B is. But it can be hard to find a doctor to write a prescription in time, especially on weekends and holidays. Hence the push to allow nonprescription sales.

Barr has said it hopes to begin nonprescription sales of Plan B by the end of the year. The pills will be sold only from behind the counter at pharmacies – so the pharmacist can check photo identification – but not at convenience stores or gas stations.

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