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What Is Your Gut’s Personality?

“You’re probably the member of a club you didn’t even know existed. According to research published this week, we all have one of three ecosystems of bugs in our guts. ”  Andy Coghlan.

The New Scientist recently published a study about bacteria in human digestive tracts.  Scientists already knew that what you think of as “you” is only about 1/10 of the real you.  90% of your cells aren’t even human!  Our bodies are made of a lot of 3rd party bacteria.  And now we know that our guts will fall into one of three bateria camps.  Depending on which of the three families your bacteria belong to, you will get your energy from different foods, such as carbs or protein.   For more weird science news about your body, check out some of our fun books.  And if you need more suggestions, you know where to find us!



Playstation Network got you down? Good news!

In mid-April, Sony’s PlayStation Network went down…hard. After a week of pesky “this service is temporarily unavailable” and “under maintenance” messages, Sony announced that they had been hacked (like the 1995 film Hackers, but for real and minus Fisher Stevens).

Not only that, but the hacker most-likely got away with tons of users’ personal information: usernames, passwords, addresses, and even credit card numbers of 77 million gamers worldwide!

Nearly a month later, the service is still down…but there is finally good news! Sony has announced a Customer Appreciation Program allowing PlayStation 3 and PSP owners to download full games FOR FREE!

All PlayStation Network customers can select two PS3 games from the following list. The games will be available for 30 days shortly after PlayStation Store is restored and can be kept forever.

  • Dead Nation
  • inFAMOUS
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Super Stardust HD
  • Wipeout HD + Fury

For PSP owners, you will be eligible to download two PSP games from the following list. The games will be available for 30 days shortly after PlayStation Store is restored and can be kept forever.

  • LittleBigPlanet (PSP)
  • ModNation Racers
  • Pursuit Force
  • Killzone Liberation

In addition, users will be permitted to rent movies, download free PlayStation Home items, and more.

If you’re a serious gamer, the last month has probably been a bit of a bummer, but this news should give you a little hop in your step once again. (Just don’t stay inside TOO much once the rain stops.)

Has Sony done enough to make it up to PSN users?

Corey, CLP – Main

Teen review: Remember This by S.T. Underdahl

My name is Jenna. I go to a high school where I’m part of the marching band and the cheerleading squad. I’m pretty busy, but I always find time to read. I’m also very creative and I like doing little crafts out of random things I find.

Remember This by S.T. Underdahl

The book, “Remember This”, is a story about a teenage girl named Lucy. Lucy has a best friend named Sukie and a family that she loves; specifically, a Nana that she’s become extremely close with.

Lucy has to deal with the embarrassing news that she didn’t make it for the cheerleading team, but her best friend did. Lucy’s nana, Nana Lucy, is now coming to live with her family, because of the Alzheimer’s Disease that’s taking over her health.

Lucy’s life seems to be getting worse and worse in every possible way. Sukie and Lucy stop being friends because of a boy. Nana Lucy’s memory is declining and she seems to be truly losing her mind. Lucy seems lost when the two people that she thought she knew the most are leaving her life in one way or another.

This book was actually really good and it had a great storyline. This book should definitely be read by anyone that has seen a loved one go through Alzheimer’s Disease, and even people that haven’t, because this novel proves that you shouldn’t take anything for granted, especially your mind-power, because it could be taken away from you. When you read this novel, you will experience Lucy’s love and heartbreak, and also her ability to just care.

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