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Submission + - Girl Receives Synthetic Trachea Made With Her Stem Cells (

kkleiner writes: A toddler born without a trachea has received the first completely fabricated trachea that utilizes stem cells enabling her to live a normal life. Previously, related implants relied on a donor trachea that would act as a scaffold for the patient's stem cells. In this case, the scaffold is synthetic and made from nonabsorbable nanofibers, while the stem cells were harvested from the girl's bone marrow.

Submission + - Has the local browser cache become useless? 1

lesincompetent writes: Think about it. In this age of high end hardware and relatively high bandwidth, storing things on a device many orders of magnitude slower than any other is something we should get rid of. Even for static content: is it really worth the disk I\O effort? How much page loading time am i saving? Not to mention the fact that browser caches are among the first causes of system littering. It's been many years now since the last time i had a browser with disk caching enabled on any of my systems (besides chrome, unfortunately, because you can't deactivate it.)

Submission + - Learn COBOL, Because It Will Outlive Us All ( 1

jfruh writes: "Here's an old computer science joke: What's the difference between hardware and software? If you use hardware long enough, it breaks. If you use software long enough, it works. The truth behind that is the reason that so much decades-old COBOL code is out there still driving crucial applications and banks and other huge companies. Many attempts to replace COBOL applications flopped in the 1980s and '90s, and we're stuck with them for the foreseeable future — but the Baby Boomers who wrote all that code are now retiring en masse. So if you want a successful IT career, you should probably learn COBOL."

Submission + - New Mexico driver's license soon will not be valid for air travel (

fintler writes: Due to the expected enforcement of the REAL ID Act on Jan. 15, 2013, New Mexico travelers will need to be prepared to have TSA approved identification to be allowed to board a commercial aircraft. New Mexico driver's licenses are not valid valid identification after the law is in effect.

Submission + - F-15 fighter lands with one wing (

An anonymous reader writes: During the collision the F-15 fighter lost one of its wings. Due to the intense fumes the pilot and his navigator Yehuar had no idea that they were flying with only one wing. This is why they chose not to abandon the jet and proceeded with a crash landing. Only when the aircraft was landed and Ziv Nadivi leaned back towards his navigator for a congratulatory handshake, he realized that the aircraft wing on the right hand side was missing.

Submission + - Why e-voting sounds cool, but will never replace paper ballots (

MrSeb writes: "It’s election day in the United States. As I write this, thousands of Americans are lining up at polling stations around the country to decide the outcome of numerous political races — and, of course, whether Barrack Obama will remain the 44th president of the United States of America, or if Mitt Romney will supplant him to become the 45th. In the majority of cases, your vote will be cast by secret ballot — stepping into a booth and marking a piece of paper, or pushing a button on a machine — but many will also vote by absentee ballot. Absentee voting in the US ranges from paper ballots mailed in by voters, all the way through to email voting for overseas citizens and military. This year, New Jersey has opened up email voting to those who have been displaced by Hurricane Sandy. This has led many to ask a rather interesting question: Why not just allow everyone to vote via email? Heck, let’s go one better: Why can’t Americans vote via the internet? The United States, with an average turnout of 48%, has one of the worst voter turnouts in the world. The general consensus is that e-voting (internet voting, email voting, SMS voting, telephone voting) would lower the barrier to entry, thus increasing turnout. Suddenly, all of those people without a car, on holiday, or too busy at work, would be able to cast their vote. Viva la democracy, right? Wrong. For political, democratic, and security reasons, e-voting will almost certainly never take off in the US."

Submission + - Can Social Media Activity Predict Elections Result? (

socialsearcher writes: "Social Searcher company produced social media study about US Elections candidates mentions on Facebook and Twitter during last 7 days of the elections race, when most of people get their final choise.
According to the analysis of more then 1.3 million public mentions, Mitt Romney is the obvious leader in social networks."

Submission + - Pumpktris ( 1

antdude writes: ""Pumpktris is a fully playable version of Tetris built into a pumpkin, with 128 Light Emitting Diode (LEDs) for the display and the stem serving as a game controller.""

Submission + - Diabetes May Be Reversed By Long-Used Vaccine, Drug-makers not interested ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: "A tuberculosis vaccine in use for 90 years may help reverse Type 1 diabetes and eliminate the life- long need for insulin injections, say Harvard University researchers raising money to conduct large, human studies." "...they tried to interest every major drugmaker in developing the vaccine as a possible cure for diabetes. All told her there wasn’t enough money to be made in a cure that used an inexpensive, generically available vaccine."

Submission + - Teen Marijuana Use Linked To IQ Loss

An anonymous reader writes: Frequent marijuana use before the age of 18 may cause irreversible harm to a person's intelligence, attention and memory, scientists claim. Middle-aged people who had started using marijuana in their teens showed an average decline in IQ by about 8 points and quitting pot did not appear to reverse the loss either, according to researchers at Duke University.

Submission + - Meet the Very First Rover to Land on Mars (

toygeek writes: Before Curiosity, before Opportunity, before Spirit, and before Sojourner, the very first robot to land on Mars was this little guy, way back in December of 1971. Called PrOP-M, the rover was part of the Soviet Union's Mars-3 mission, which had the potential to deploy the first ever mobile scientific instruments onto the Martian surface. Article also contains Russian video on early rovers.

Submission + - The History of the Floppy Disk (

Esther Schindler writes: "Ready for a nostalgic trip into the wayback? We had floppy disks long before we had CDs, DVDs, or USB thumb-drives. Here’s the evolution of the portable media that changed everything about personal computing.

According to another story from Jimmy Adkisson, a Shugart engineer, “Jim Adkisson and Don Massaro were discussing the proposed drive's size with Wang. The trio just happened to be doing their discussing at a bar. An Wang motioned to a drink napkin and stated 'about that size' which happened to be 5 1/4-inches wide.”


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