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Biotech

+ - 3-D images of a flu virus

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Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes "Last week, The Lancet released a study stating that an influenza pandemic similar to the so-called Spanish flu pandemic that killed between 50 and 100 million people between 1918 and 1920 would kill about 62 million people today, with 96 percent of the deaths occurring in developing countries (details here, free registration required). It is reassuring to learn that researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have succeeded in imaging one of the viruses that causes influenza. So far, they've studied the H3N2 strain, but they could soon image other ones. This finding could help to discover how antibodies inactivate the virus — and maybe save millions of lives. Read more for additional references and an image of the three-dimensional structure of the H3N2 flu virus."
Displays

New Research Could Lead to Transparent Displays 85

Posted by Zonk
from the i'll-take-that-as-a-contact-lense-please dept.
An anonymous reader tipped us to a ScienceDaily story about advances that may lead to transparent transistors. By combining inorganic and organic materials, we may reach the goal of transparent surfaces that can display information, with no visible wiring marring the effect. The article cites HUDs on car windshields, and targeting goggles for soldiers, but I'm sure we can think of some additional interesting uses for such a technology. From the article: "High-performance, transparent transistors could be combined with existing kinds of light display technologies, such as organic light-emitting diodes, liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and electroluminescent displays, which are already used in televisions, desktop and laptop computers and cell phones ... Prototype displays using the transistors developed at Northwestern could be available in 12 to 18 months, said Marks. He has formed a start-up company, Polyera, to bring this and related technologies to market."
User Journal

Journal: Christmas Music 1

Journal by turgid

Last time we went to the Turgid parents' to visit, I recovered my old violin, which I have not played much since I was 16 years old. I was never very good. I only made it to Grade 5, and it was like cats being strangled.

Mrs. Turgid, blinded by love, enjoys hearing my feeble attempts at scratching out a tune. She comes from the Methodist tradition (sing loudly and in tune), whereas I am a joyless, puritanical Scottish athiest.

Google

+ - Gmail users missing everything in their accounts

Submitted by BrianOfMN
BrianOfMN (826974) writes "Beginning with a report dated December 19 on Google Groups, dozens of Gmail users are reporting that everything in their Inbox, Sent Mail, Contacts, and other folders, is gone. Some users are reporting that there is a message indicating that this is a result of an attack, while some users have had their account settings changed to forward all their email to a different email address. Many of the users had their browser open to Gmail before they noticed their items missing and got script errors, and many of themwere using Firefox 2. Has Gmail been hacked?"

Comment: What's the deal? (Score 5, Insightful) 285

by CommieBozo (#7610628) Attached to: Bootstrapping Start-ups
I don't get it. What's a startup? This Huminininity place is a startup? It's two guys with some weird software and a terrible web page with no bandwidth.

What is their business model? Selling people t-shirts while they use the software for free?

I'm one guy. I also sell t-shirts and give away software. I'm a startup too!

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