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Submission + - A Man regrows a finger (bbc.co.uk)

Anonymous Coward writes: ""The photos of his severed finger tip are pretty graphic. You can understand why doctors said he'd lost it for good. Today though, you wouldn't know it. Mr Spievak, who is 69 years old, shows off his finger, and it's all there, tissue, nerves, nail, skin, even his finger print. How? Well that's the truly remarkable part. It wasn't a transplant. Mr Spievak re-grew his finger tip. He used a powder — or pixie dust as he sometimes refers to it while telling his story. ""

Feed Science Daily: Hobbits May Be Human After All (sciencedaily.com)

The primitive features of the hobbit-like fossils found on the Indonesian island of Flores, may have been the result of a medical condition. The small human-like fossils were said to represent a primitive species completely new to science when they were discovered in 2004. Comparisons of the fossils with modern bones suggested that they were actually human, with their small stature and distinctive features the result of a condition related to severe iodine deficiency.


Submission + - Navy BeginsTesting Railgun (Update) (eetimes.com)

ZonkerWilliam writes: Eetimes has an update on the testing and time-line for the deployment of their EM Railgun, as quoted from the article;

In 2009, ONR will decide whether to award contracts for deployment to BAE Systems PLC (Farnborough, U.K.) or General Atomics Technologies Inc. (San Diego) for the railgun. Boeing Co. (Chicago) and Charles Stark Draper Laboratory (Cambridge, Mass.) are vying for the projectile contract. If the Navy decides to deploy the railgun, it plans to have a final design in place for approval by 2012. Initial prototypes will probably shoot a single projectile, but plans for rapid-fire versions are already on the drawing board. The final design specification calls for a muzzle velocity of 5,760 mph for a weapon that is capable of launching a projectile in a parabolic ballistic path 94 miles high. It must strike targets within six minutes at 3,840 mph.

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