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Comment: Re:Huh... (Score 2) 450 450

The thing is AFAIK he is now estimated to have a fortune of about 6 billion dollars, and I expect he expects it to grow. Giving away 3 billion dollars still lets him live like a king and earn him public "karma". Anyone except the stupidest/most evil people around would do the same.
Medicine

Team Use Stem Cells to Restore Mobility in Paralyzed Monkey 196 196

interval1066 writes "From the article: 'Japanese researchers said Wednesday they had used stem cells to restore partial mobility in a small monkey that had been paralysed from the neck down by a spinal injury.' This is huge news in the world of stem cell research; restoring some muscular control to a simian is a huge step. This means that stem cell therapy is a demonstrably viable path to restoring motility for millions of accident victims, palsy and ms sufferers, the list just goes on."
Google

+ - Can Google make the Universal Translator reality->

tekgoblin writes: Google Translate has been available for a long time now and can translate text or webpages with a single click. Well Google is working on a way to do that with your voice quite similar to the way it worked in Star Trek. Google is calling it Conversation Mode on Google Translate. However Google is no where near to releasing it to the public, Google states that it is in early beta.
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Space

+ - Congress Reacts To Successful Falcon 9 Launch-> 2 2

FleaPlus writes: The successful inaugural launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9, privately developed and built at a cost of less than $400M (including another Falcon 9 to be launched this summer and five earlier Falcon 1 rockets), has been hailed by a number of space organizations and former astronauts. However, it's also quite interesting to look at the reactions from those in Congress who control the purse-strings for NASA (one of SpaceX's biggest customers). The successful launch was congratulated by Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL and former astronaut) and Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (D-FL), both praised and criticized by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) due to the successful launch being a year later than previously predicted, and blasted by Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) for merely replicating what 'NASA accomplished in 1964,' who added that the company's success 'must not be confused with progress for our nation's human spaceflight program.'
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