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Submission + - Biodegradable, biocompatible "Shrilk" is a potenti (

cylonlover writes: Arthropods — that's spiders, insects and crustaceans, have provided inspiration for a new material that is cheap to produce, biodegradable, and biocompatible. Its creators say the material, dubbed "Shrilk," has the potential to replace plastics in consumer products and could also be used safely in a variety of medical applications, such as suturing wounds or serving as scaffolding for tissue regeneration.

Ocean-Crossing Dragonflies Discovered 95

grrlscientist writes "While living and working as a marine biologist in Maldives, Charles Anderson noticed sudden explosions of dragonflies at certain times of year. He explains how he carefully tracked the path of a plain, little dragonfly called the Globe Skimmer, Pantala flavescens, only to discover that it had the longest migratory journey of any insect in the world."

Comment Re:Title misleading, er, totally wrong (Score 1) 273

I don't know why so many people hate vista. My own experience has been positive. Of course I don't build my own box and struggle to find device drivers for obscure hardware. My laptop came from Wal-Mart and "just worked".
I wonder how many people who hate vista have actually used it much since it came out. I hated XP when it first came out. I cursed it daily. But after the bugs were ironed out it was great. I think Vista is the same way. I don't believe this box has ever BSOD'd. Applications and one driver have failed without bringing down the OS. I don't know how long of an uptime I can get because I used to shutdown daily before installing BOINC but I've ran it for days recently with no signs of slowdown or instability.


Aussie Government Offers $40M To Build a Bionic Eye 89

An anonymous reader writes "The Australian Government is keen to replicate the success of the Cochlear Implant (bionic ear) by throwing AU$50M (US$40M) of funding at the development of a bionic eye. Bionic eyes have been trialed with some success in the UK — with recipients able to detect senses of shape and space, but very little detail."

I took a fish head to the movies and I didn't have to pay. -- Fish Heads, Saturday Night Live, 1977.