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    • My Philosophy of Life (Last post by Adder)
    • Thanks for posting that Philosofer123, I'm going to have a read but I doubt I'll be able to reply with anything useful as its not my strong area!!!
    • Everything is Made of Energy Stuff (Last post by Adder)
    • Quote: Well, I suppose it is largely a matter of if you prefer primarily inductive or deductive reasoning. I'm not sure that's relevant, I'd think whatever works best works best. For me everything is spiritual :blink: :huh: Reminds me of the Jedi Council of First Knowledge, ya know learning through discovery. :side:
    • What form(s) of magic(k) do you practice? (Last post by RyuJin)
    • I've written my own book of shadows filled with information about herbs, incense, crystals, rituals, blessings, wood properties(for wands/staves), reiki, runes....it's currently 36 pages... Left out is anything pertaining to deities as I don't see anyone or anything as superior or inferior to me...
    • Connor is back (Last post by Brenna)
    • Urg. green with envy on all counts :S Its been almost two years since I was last in Europe and a teeny bit longer since I did residential intensives. sigh. Im glad you had such an awesome (and productive) time
    • This Week In Science (Last post by Khaos)
    • CAT PARASITE MODIFIED INTO AN EFFECTIVE CANCER VACCINE t has been estimated that a third of the world’s population is affected by Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite that prefers living in feline intestines. While it produces no or mild symptoms for most people, it can be fatal for those who are seriously immunocompromised. Scientists have found a way to make the parasite’s actions work for good by reprogramming it to team up with the immune system to attack cancer cells. The research was conducted by David Bzik of Dartmouth University. "We know biologically this parasite has figured out how to stimulate the exact immune responses you want to fight cancer,” Bzik said in a press release. Cancer cells can disrupt the immune response for self-preservation purposes. In the presence of T. gondii, those responses are restored and the body will create cytotoxic T cells as well as natural killer cells in order to fight off infection, and these cells are also responsible for fighting cancer cells. Of course, it would be too risky to inject T. gondii into a cancer patient, researchers needed to find the best way to alter it. Prior research by Bzik indicated that while virulent strains of T. gondii attack cells on the surface, avirulent strains are actually ingested by phagocytes. Instead of getting digested, they will invade the cell from the inside and then continue to divide and spread once it has escaped the cell. This “trojan horse” approach was an attractive opportunity to modify the parasite in order to fight cancer more effectively. A gene that is critical to the parasite’s ability to self-replicate was removed, creating a safe version that can trigger the desired immune response without posing any threat of its own. Bzik and his colleague Barbara Fox have named it “cps.” "The biology of this organism is inherently different from other microbe-based immunotherapeutic strategies that typically just tickle immune cells from the outside," Fox explained. "By gaining preferential access to the inside of powerful innate immune cell types, our mutated strain of T. gondii reprograms the natural power of the immune system to clear tumor cells and cancer." Cps was injected into mice that had lethal forms of ovarian cancer and melanoma and resulted in high rates of survival. In the future, cps could be a very potent treatment or vaccine for cancer patients that could even be highly personalized. Cells would be taken from the patient and exposed to cps in vitro, creating the desired immune response. The cps-containing cells would then be returned to the patient to fight the cancer and could even provide immunity against recurrence of that cancer type. "Cps stimulates amazingly effective immunotherapy against cancers, superior to anything seen before," said Bzik. "The ability of cps to communicate in different and unique ways with the cancer and special cells of the immune system breaks the control that cancer has leveraged over the immune system.” Though the testing has gone well in the mice, human trials aren’t ready to begin. Researchers need to learn more about the mechanism that allows it to work so well in addition to identifying all molecular targets. Read more at www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/c...#suTwQL8KLkVC9GdQ.99
    • Sweden (Last post by AlexanderJ.W)
    • Hej tzb! Det låter spännande om det är något jag kan hjälpa dig med så är det bara att säga till. Må Kraften vara med dig
    • Rape Culture (Last post by ren)
    • It's the evil patriarchy man. We get to be dicks and women pussies. Coz you know, throughout history cats have been seen as disgusting worthless animals not deserving of any kind of attention and all. You know dem cats vandalized the pyramids with selfies in egypt? Filthy things. Now being named after male genitalia and the greatest politician ever Dick Nixon, that's just pure honour and glory.
    • The Imperishable Gem (Last post by Learn_To_Know)
    • "Nobody needs a smile so much as the one who has none to give. So get used to smiling heart-warming smiles, and you will spread sunshine in a sometimes dreary world" - Lawrence G. Lovasik.
    • Open Sermon Slots (Last post by Alexandre Orion)
    • Open Sermons slots are every Wednesday ... :) Please continue writing and submitting us your sermons. Open Sermons are pretty much free-writing exercises on any topic one finds a 'message' in. And, as we know, found messages are often just as important as planned ones. Furthermore, they are open to everyone. :cheer:
    • Live Service - Saturday 26th July at 2000 UTC (Last post by Alexandre Orion)
    • Transcript of Service : MCSH: Hello everyone and welcome to today's live service. (22:08:42) MCSH: To begin, please join me in meditating for one minute. (22:09:45) MCSH: Thank you all (22:09:56) MCSH: A Thousand Names (22:10:05) MCSH: Believing is in nature of every human being. Go and search for a tribe in middle of a jungle in Africa- surprise surprise they believe in something. (22:10:31) MCSH: "And no matter what they say, they cling to us in time of danger" - Quran (22:10:51) MCSH: This something could be a tree, a piece of stone or something like fire - although for most of us this is something we can’t see, yet we feel. (22:11:31) MCSH: The Pharaoh said:"Is this god of yours who I call Aten?" (22:11:37) Temple Bot: Proteus logs into the Chat. (22:11:47) MCSH: Joseph replied "He has a thousand names and each group calls her with a name of their own." (22:12:09) MCSH: I prefer to call him or her khoda - a name of my own language. Some call khoad IT, and some call IT, ALL. We Jedi, call ALL the Force. (22:13:30) MCSH: "Yes, a Jedi’s strength flows from the Force." - Yoda (22:14:03) MCSH: Of course, our strength flows from the Force for it is formed from and forms all living things, shapes and shaped from all living things. (22:14:26) MCSH: There is unity in our separation. We use different names yet we call the same thing - we pray, the same thing. (22:14:46) MCSH: “A sudden revelation came then to Moses. God's voice: “"You have separated me from one of my own. Did you come as a Prophet to unite, or to sever?......Ways of worship are not to be ranked as better or worse than another. Hindus do Hindu things. The Dravidian Muslims in India do what they do. It's all praise, and it's all right."”” - Rumi’s “Moses and Shepherd” (22:15:24) MCSH: No matter what, at the end, we all worship the same Force. Let’s unite by our similarities rather than separate by our differences. (22:15:50) MCSH: To conclude this service, please join me in meditating for another minute. (22:16:46) MCSH: Thank you all for attending and May the Force be with you. (22:17:01) Alexandre_Orion: And also with you ... (22:17:02) Edan: And also with you (22:17:07) Proteus: And also with you. (22:17:12) elizabeth: And with you (22:17:19) scott777ab: And also with you Saj. (22:17:20) tzb: And with you :) (22:17:29) Psyddhattha: and also with you (22:17:40) MCSH: This service is now concluded.
    • Quantum Mechanics != Magic (Last post by Jamie Stick)
    • Quote: Well, then I'm glad we are in agreement. I had a feeling you read the rest of the article, but for you or for others on a public forum to read, I don't think my post was a waste. Okay, I guess I read it too quickly because I interpreted it as a challenge, as if to suggest I hadn't read the article. Oh well, glad there's no argument here. We'd lose. :P

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