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October 25, 2014

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8:28 PM | Blood Vessel Transplant From Own Stem Cells - Now In A Week
Three years ago, a patient at Sahlgrenska University Hospital received a blood vessel transplant grown from her own stem cells. Two other transplants were performed in 2012. The patients, two young children, had the same condition as in the first case – they were missing the vein that goes from the gastrointestinal tract to the liver.  Professors Suchitra Sumitran-Holgersson, Professor of Transplantation Biology at The Univerisity of Gothenburg, and Michael Olausson, Surgeon/Medical […]
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3:06 PM | Upgrading to OSX Yosemite: Problems and advantages
Problems with WiFi and Bluetooth Some problems with Bluetooth have been reported. I don’t think this is widespread, but in some cases people are experiencing lags on the order of a half second in the use of their Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. When this happens, it seems to relate to whether or not the computer…
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3:00 AM | Extreme Medicine: How Exploration Transformed Medicine in the Twentieth Century
By Kevin Fong Synopsis: Anesthesiologist, intensive care expert, and NASA adviser Kevin Fong explores how physical extremes push human limits and spawn incredible medical breakthroughs. Little more than one hundred years ago, maps of the world […]
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1:59 AM | 10+ Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn
Here is a list of things to do after you have installed Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn. There is some discussion of whether or not you should upgraded to 14.10 here, but the short version is, for most people an upgrade from 14.04 is not necessary but not a bad idea, and an upgrade from any…
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12:00 AM | A Google Executive Just Crushed Felix Baumgartner's Free Fall Record
Move aside, Felix Baumgartner. Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at Google, fell from the top of the stratosphere this morning, plummeting nearly 26 vertical miles in the span of about 15 minutes. In doing so, he has broken Baumgartner's 2012 record for world's highest-altitude free fall – and by a pretty sizable margin.Read more...

October 24, 2014

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5:38 PM | Preventing Murder: 3 Ways To Predict Who Will Become A Killer
Right now, the police can't do much to help you until after a crime has been committed. In a science-fiction tale about free will and psychological determinism, Philip K. Dick's "Minority Report" detailed a world where PreCrime officers stop acts before they happen. They know who is going to do it. But psychic mutants are a simplistic convention, criminologists have instead been trying to do it in the real world.read more
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4:22 PM | Please Step Out of Your Car
With imaginative, green ways of getting around the city, cars may finally go the way of the horse and buggy.
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4:14 PM | Reality Is Too Confining
We know that nature experiences can change environmental behavior—but it turns out those experiences don’t have to be real.
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4:11 PM | The Interspecies Internet
Why restrict the Web to one species?
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8:00 AM | Conversation with Sharon & Geoff: Starship Fusion
Last week, Lockheed announced it had a small team working on what it calls a Compact Fusion Reactor.  Fusion happens when two atomic nuclei fuse; it’s the opposite of fission that’s used in nuclear plants today, and it can produce enormous amounts of energy. The fuel for fusion is cheap and plentiful; a small fusion […]
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8:00 AM | Conversation with Sharon & Geoff: Starship Fusion
Last week, Lockheed announced it had a small team working on what it calls a Compact Fusion Reactor.  Fusion is the opposite of fission that’s used in nuclear plants today; it can produce enormous amounts of energy; the fuel for  itis cheap and plentiful; a small fusion engine would solve the world’s energy problems. I […]

October 23, 2014

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9:58 PM | The Genes Responsible for Immune System Reset after Infection
We’ve all been sick before, the aches and pains that come with it– most of the time including a fever — are all responses to our immune system kicking into […]

Brian Head, & Alejandro Aballay (2014). Recovery from an Acute Infection in C. elegans Requires the GATA Transcription Factor ELT-2, PLoS Genetics, Other:

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9:02 PM | Two big challenges facing the technology & digital industries (IMHO)
Over at democracy corner, Manchester Digital is interviewing all of its elected council members. Somehow, I got volunteered to be first interviewee. Here’s my two pence on one of the questions asked: “What do you think is biggest challenge we face as an industry?” (with some extra links) Firstly, coding and “computational thinking” [1], needs to be understood as something that isn’t […]
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8:21 PM | Shanahan on a mission to destroy the notion of plucky NZ punching above its weight
You have to give the effusive and self-effacing Greg Shanahan his due. He kicked off the TIN 100 report in 2004, and now in its tenth year of production it reflects the healthy growth in New Zealand’s ICT, high-tech manufacturing and biotech … Continue reading →
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6:00 PM | New Microscope Puts the Life Back in Biology (with Videos!)
Life moves. Or more precisely, as neuroscientist Eric Betzig and his colleagues put it in today’s issue of …
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6:00 PM | New Microscope Puts the Life Back in Biology (with Videos!)
Life moves. Or more precisely, as neuroscientist Eric Betzig and his colleagues put it in today’s issue of …
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3:13 PM | Why Ebola Is a Wake Up for Infection Control
Just as the CDC’s and other experts’ thoughts on Ebola and infection control have evolved with experience, mine have taken a slight twist as well. Given the missteps at Dallas’s Texas Presbyterian Hospital, which could have occurred in any community, I now agree with the current recommendations to centralize care in specialty centers. My perspective [...]
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2:31 PM | Fast modeling of cancer mutations
New genome-editing technique enables rapid analysis of genes mutated in […]
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2:06 PM | Information Age: Paul Robeson, McCarthy and the submarine repeater
In the 1950s, an amazing piece of kit carried the voice of the singer and civil rights activist Paul Robeson loud and clear across the Atlantic to LondonInformation Age: Six Networks That Changed Our World at the Science Museum, London, opens on Saturday 25 OctoberTwo hundred years of technology have transformed how we talk to each other, share our lives and learn about the world. On Saturday, the Science Museum in London opens Information Age: Six Networks That Changed Our World, a new […]

October 22, 2014

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4:30 PM | 3-D Printed Gun Gets Japanese Man Jail Time
The man built two guns at home and then published a how-to video to YouTube, a major no-no in Japan.
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3:45 PM | How a Schedule Can Help You Sleep Better
The fancy digital, pedometer-bracelet thingy around my wrist tells me I slept six hours and 25 minutes with four interruptions. As I struggle to awake, my body can tell you, that isn’t nearly enough. An estimated 70 million Americans are sleep-deprived, according to the National Sleep Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. […]
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2:50 PM | Hendo Hover – The World’s First Hoverboard Finally Arrives (Video)
Earlier this year Funny Or Die and Tony Hawk released a video that showed off what seemed to be an awesome new hoverboard. The video turned out to be a spoof, but now a company called Arx Pax has actually created a real hoverboard – they call it the “Hendo Hover”. This week Arx Pax launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the project. Ten boards were put up for presale at $10,000 and all ten have already been sold. Although there are no […]
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2:26 PM | A ‘Star Wars’ laser bullet — this is what it really looks like
Action-packed science-fiction movies often feature colourful laser bolts. But what […]
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11:15 AM | Webb’s heart survives deep freeze test
After 116 days of being subjected to extremely frigid temperatures […]
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11:08 AM | New 3D printing algorithms speed production, reduce waste
New software algorithms have been shown to significantly reduce the […]
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6:00 AM | Information Age: the (cake) computer that changed our world
It wasnt IBM that pioneered the first business computer, but the British teashop chain Lyons. This is the third in our series on the major inventions that shaped the information ageInformation Age: Six Networks That Changed Our World at the Science Museum, London, opens on Saturday 25 OctoberTwo hundred years of technology have transformed how we talk to each other, share our lives and learn about the world. On Saturday 25 October, the Science Museum in London opens Information Age: Six […]

October 21, 2014

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10:30 PM | Ebola In The USA: Don't Trust What You Read On Twitter
Think twice before you over-react. Image: Jim Bourg/ReutersBy Alfred Hermida, University of British Columbia Whatever you do, don’t turn to Twitter for news about Ebola. The volume and tone of tweets and retweets about the disease will make you wish you were watching the zombie apocalypse of The Walking Dead instead. It is much less scary. read more
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10:30 PM | Freezing Your Eggs Isn't the Future of Reproduction. Here's What Is.
When Facebook and Apple announced that their new health plans include an option to freeze the eggs of female employees, the news was greeted with a mix of cheers and outrage. But freezing women's eggs is just a starting point. The future demands more than that.Read more...
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8:51 PM | Dude, wheres my Hover Car? Oh wait…
We all (of a certain age) remember the Jetsons, a futuristic family with hi-tech gadgets and gizmos. However, nothing said, “the future is here” quite like things hovering. Even in […]

Hendo Hover (2014). Hendo Hoverboards - World's first REAL hoverboard, Kickstarter, Other:

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8:51 PM | Dude, wheres my Hover Car? Oh wait…
We all (of a certain age) remember the Jetsons, a futuristic family with hi-tech gadgets and gizmos. However, nothing said, “the future is here” quite like things hovering. Even in […]

Hendo Hover (2014). Hendo Hoverboards - World's first REAL hoverboard, Kickstarter, Other:

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