When my grandfather was my age he was sitting on the porch of a convalescent home, staring into space, bored and depressed.

When my father was my age he was sitting in his living room staring at a TV screen, bored and depressed.

I sit here in front of my computer screen amazed at the world which is just a few key strokes away.

The blogs of my Christian friends where there is love and laughter. My science blogs where I read about the miraculous breakthroughs being made each day. Africa, Australia, England, Japan, every country in the world, all within my finger tips.

I don’t remember the first time I ventured out onto the World Wide Web. I probably went to either the online edition of the New York Times, the web site of the Museum of Modern Art, or “Hot Babes In Bikinis”. 🙂

I would be interested in anyone else’s first Internet experience that you can remember.

A couple of amazing news articles from my favorite science site, Science Daily.

1) http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/080407074556.htm

Alligator Blood May Put The Bite On Antibiotic-resistant Infections

“Despite their reputation for deadly attacks on humans and pets, alligators are wiggling their way toward a new role as potential lifesavers in medicine, biochemists in Louisiana reported at the 235th national meeting of the American Chemical Society. They described how proteins in gator blood may provide a source of powerful new antibiotics to help fight infections associated with diabetic ulcers, severe burns, and “superbugs” that are resistant to conventional medication.
Their study, described as the first to explore the antimicrobial activity of alligator blood in detail, found a range of other promising uses for the gator’s antibiotic proteins. Among them: combating Candida albicans yeast infections, which are a serious problem in AIDS patients and transplant recipients, who have weakened immune systems, the scientists say.”

2) http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/080405165601.htm

Damaged Brain Can Be Repaired And Cerebral Functions Restored, Neuronal Study Suggests
Scientists in the Laboratoire de Neurobiologie des Processus Adaptatifs (CNRS/Université Pierre et Marie Curie) have shown that it is possible to repair an injured brain by creating a small number of new, specifically-targeted innervations, rather than a larger number of non-specific connections. Behavioral tests have demonstrated that such reinnervation can thus restore damaged cerebral functions.

 Brain injury in adults can cause irreparable, long-term physical and cognitive damage. However, motor and spatial functions can be recovered if undamaged neurons are stimulated to create new innervation. This type of innervation develops spontaneously after a brain injury in very young children.

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