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Two Exocomet Families Found Around Baby Star System 10

Posted by samzenpus
from the across-the-universe dept.
astroengine writes Scientists have found two families of comets in the developing Beta Pictoris star system, located about 64 million light-years from Earth, including one group that appears to be remnants of a smashed-up protoplanet. The discovery bolsters our theoretical understanding of the violent processes that led to the formation of Earth and the other terrestrial planets in the solar system. "If you look back at the solar system when it was only 22 million years old, you might have seen phenomena that's a like more like what's happening in Beta Pic," astrophysicist Aki Roberge, with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., told Discovery News.

Comment: Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (Score 1) 305

by Savage-Rabbit (#48204003) Attached to: Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

When you start with "Reagan said..." you've already simplified beyond recognition.

Most anecdotes Reagan had of "this guy I know who could no longer help his children because of ____ " -- they were all completely made up. He got that bedtime story voice and a boatload of Bull -- and THAT sounds like a guy making sense and being authentic to a lot of fools. Reagan made a lot more sense before he sold out his Liberal rhetoric and started betraying actors for Hoover.

Does badmouthing a saint count as blasphemy? Ah! What the heck..... BLASPHEMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment: Re:Real reason (Score 1) 305

by Savage-Rabbit (#48203161) Attached to: Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

Then they ought to restore Erzebet Bathory's castle and promote it as a tourist destination for lesbian Goths -- or is that too narrow a demographic?

More like the wrong demographic, for one thing there is no indication Erzebet Bathory was gay and secondly she preferred corn fed country girls for her grizzly beauty rituals so agricultural communities would be a more likely place to look for victims than towns and cities which is where you are most likely to run into lesbian Goths.

Comment: Interesting trick (Score 5, Interesting) 156

by TheDarkMaster (#48197603) Attached to: Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk
I read some time ago that the olfactory cells are one of the few nerve cells that maintains the ability to reproduce and create new connections, then it seems that the researchers basically created a "hard hack" with that. Interesting, and hopefully it will be applicable in many similar cases.

Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk 156

Posted by Soulskill
from the saved-by-a-nose dept.
New submitter tiberus sends word of a breakthrough medical treatment that has restored the ability to walk to a man who was paralyzed from the chest down after his spinal cord was severed in a knife attack. A research team from the UK, led by Professor Geoff Raisman, transplanted cells from the patient's nose, along with strips of nerve tissue from his ankle, to the place where the spine was severed. This allowed the fibers in the spinal cord to gradually reconnect. The treatment used olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) - specialist cells that form part of the sense of smell. ... In the first of two operations, surgeons removed one of the patient's olfactory bulbs and grew the cells in culture. Two weeks later they transplanted the OECs into the spinal cord, which had been cut through in the knife attack apart from a thin strip of scar tissue on the right. They had just a drop of material to work with - about 500,000 cells. About 100 micro-injections of OECs were made above and below the injury. Four thin strips of nerve tissue were taken from the patient's ankle and placed across an 8mm (0.3in) gap on the left side of the cord. ... Two years after the treatment, he can now walk outside the rehabilitation center using a frame.

Comment: Re:Yet another Chrome-only technology (Score 4, Funny) 119

by Minwee (#48197351) Attached to: Google Adds USB Security Keys To 2-Factor Authentication Options

It's really sad to see Google turning inwards like this. What happened to working towards open standards for such things?

Too true. Couldn't they have used an open standard like FIDO's U2F instead of using proprietary technology like...

Wait, what was your objection again?

Comment: Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (Score 4, Insightful) 391

by Minwee (#48195737) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

You don't increase time on the yellow.... you let the yellow turn red on the same timer, but you leave both directions red for 2 seconds just to ensure...

...that drivers will feel safe going through the intersection after the light turns red.

It's a nice idea, but the universe will always build a better idiot.