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Air Canada Ordered To Provide Nut-Free Zone 643 Screenshot-sm 643

JamJam writes "Air Canada has been told to create a special 'buffer zone' on flights for people who are allergic to nuts. The Canadian Transportation Agency has ruled that passengers who have nut allergies should be considered disabled and accommodated by the airline. Air Canada has a month to come up with an appropriate section of seats where passengers with nut allergies would be seated. The ruling involved a complaint from Sophia Huyer, who has a severe nut allergy and travels frequently. Ms. Huyer once spent 40 minutes in the washroom during a flight while snacks were being served."
Medicine

Scientists Turn Wood Into Bone 118 118

Bob the Super Hamster writes "The BBC is reporting that scientists in Italy have developed a method to convert rattan wood into a bone-like substance. The bone replacement is currently being tested in sheep, where, when inserted into the area of a fracture, it joins with the existing bone and eventually fuses. Unlike other bone replacements, this one actually has load-bearing ability and also naturally fuses with the existing bone. Additionally, since it is porous like real bone, nerves and blood vessels can pass through it."

Comment Re:Links/contact details for protest groups ? (Score 1) 200 200

Alas, Conroy is merely the dog doing the bidding of his master. Who is quite happy for him to be the "public face" of it, and knows he's passionate about it and will put up a good front for the REAL puppetmaster who wants it to happen...

Comment First questions (Score 1) 186 186

Ok, firstly, how did you advertise your conference? Secondly, how many of these types of conferences are there already, and how well attended are they? Lastly, in your presentations in existing conferences on this topic (assuming in a wider scope conference), how many people actually attended YOUR talks?

You need to make sure that you are adding enough value for people to pay the money to attend and for employers to believe that the time spent at your conference is a better use of the paid time for their employees than would be spent staying at work and reading some books on the topic. I'm not trying to be harsh, but it's definitely worthwhile making sure you do your research first. There's also the possibility that if you manage to get the conference off the ground, that in a few years time it will really start to expand. But at the get go, you need to really be adding some value for attendees and the companies paying for them.

Comment Re:Indeed (Score 1) 408 408

This is the first outage I've heard of

Really? We had several outages that affected my old company, who was using it as their main email provider. No notice either for one scheduled outage, just "GMail is down for maintenance." Granted, we're in Australia so the times they took it down might have been fine in the US, but a notification would have been good beforehand.

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Aion Open Beta Starts September 6th 147 147

NCSoft announced today that the open beta for upcoming fantasy MMO Aion will begin on September 6th, extending through to the 13th. The client is available now. The game launches on September 22nd in the US, with a two-day head-start given to players who pre-order. NCSoft has also said they'll be showing off Aion in more detail at the Penny Arcade Expo, expanding on the information they provided at Gamescom (video).

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