10-Year-Old Gives Birth in Southern Spain [via the AP via NPR]
Authorities in Spain are considering whether a 10-year-old in Spain should be permitted to keep her newborn baby. An official from Andalusia said the father is also a minor and that mother and baby are in good health. “Under Spanish law, having consensual sex with someone under age 13 is classified as child abuse, an official with the Spanish Justice Ministry in Madrid said. But this particular case is complicated by the fact that the father of the baby is also a minor and it is not clear if he could be charged, the official said.”
Why do Tea Partiers uppercase so many of their nouns? [via Slate]
Slate language columnist John Lackman looks at why Tea Partiers often capitalize nouns not usually considered proper and concludes that it is an attempt to mimic the language of the Constitution, which includes capitalization such as: “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.” Historically, however, such capitalization is attributed not to founding fathers such as Thomas Jefferson, who rarely capitalized even proper nouns such as I, but rather to Timothy Matlack and Jacob Shallus, the secretaries who actually wrote the physical Constitutions and were wont to capitalize with abandon.
Cambridge scientists may find cure for the common cold [via The Independent]
Researchers at Cambridge’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology have for the first time shown that “the body’s immune defenses can destroy the common cold virus after it has actually invaded the inner sanctum of a human cell, a feat that was believed until now to be impossible.” Within a few years antiviral drugs that enhance the body’s natural defense system could begin clinical trials, scientists announced. “This is a way of boosting all the antibodies you’d be naturally making against the virus. The advantage is that you can use that one drug against potentially lots of viral infections,” researcher Leo James said. “We can think of administering these drugs as nasal sprays and inhalers rather than taking pills… It could lead to an effective treatment for the common cold,” he said. “The beauty of this system is that you give the virus no chance to make its own proteins to fight back. It is a way for the cell to get rid of the virus and stay alive itself.”