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+ - Human Blood Substitute Could Help Meet Donor Blood Shortfall->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "According to the World Health Organization, over 107 million blood donations are collected around the globe every year, most of which goes on to help save lives. However, while the need for blood is global, much of that which is donated is not accessible to many who need it, such as those in developing countries. And of the blood donated in industrialized countries, the amount often falls short of requirements. To help address this imbalance, scientists at the University of Essex are developing an artificial blood substitute. It would be able to be stored at room temperatures for up to two years, which would allow it to be distributed worldwide without the need for refrigeration and make it immediately accessible at the site of natural disasters."
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+ - HP Just Unveiled The Machine - A New Type of Computer ->

Submitted by pacopico
pacopico (802691) writes "HP Labs is trying to make a comeback. According to Businessweek, HP is building something called The Machine. It's a type of server that will use memristors for memory and silicon photonics for interconnects and ship possibly by 2017 (good luck). As for The Machine's software, HP plans to build three open source operating systems, including a new one from scratch and its own versions of Linux and Android. The new computer is meant to solve a coming crisis due to limitations around DRAM and Flash. About three-quarters of HP Labs personnel are working on this project."
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Comment: Re:Competition Sucks (Score 4, Informative) 507

by grumpy_technologist (#47213161) Attached to: Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

all ridesharing transportation partners carry best-in-class commercial insurance coverage in the event of an accident.

Also, their coverage is considerably higher (in dollar amount) than commercial taxis in major cities. Uber provides this for their drivers. The drivers do not need to purchase this.


+ - States demanding live GIS for their Transportation Asset Management systems.->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Maps which are well designed representations of important road data are increasingly being used for displaying facts that lead to better decisions. This is especially true of the way State DOTs are adapting their GIS assets for visualization and decision making. For example GIS data templates can show congested bottlenecks, infrastructure weaknesses (aging or over capacity bridges), artifact displays can show further details that indicate solutions to such problems. Data visualization solutions are the key to using the significant mass of data assets available to State DOTs.

State Departments of Transportation (DOT) are adapting their Geographic Information System (GIS) assets for better visualization and project decision making. They are using GIS data templates to direct their investments by finding congestion, bottlenecks, aging infrastructure, and needed mass transit routes.

With the complexity of modern project planning, State DOTs now demand web based GIS editing software. They have built their own where the vendor options have proved lacking. The breadth of stakeholders and regulators for transportation projects has brought a requirement to annotate data with user friendly cross platform tools. No longer can GIS systems stay in the hands of a small elite group using esoteric interfaces. GIS is now out in the field on mobile platforms. Users demand that their GPS locators be used to find their location on the map so they can annotate in real time on their tablet devices the issues they see in front of them.

DOT Transportation Asset Management (TAM) frameworks have traditionally been database and document based and have required adaptation for visual GIS data. Now live data feeds and reports need to added to the mix. Most TAM programs to date have been developed internally because of a lack of vendor support. This represents a massive duplication of effort between the states and between different agencies within each state. Worse yet this risks confusion in the data models for interstate or even intrastate projects. Despite these challenges agencies are pressing ahead with advanced 3D visualizations, asset display layers, statistical and comparative modules. Software is being adapted from all sources just to keep up with their pressing needs.

(This article was prepared by the transportation support team at Telegenisys, Inc. Telegenisys provides large scale data entry for State DOTs. Call us toll free at 800-510-9053 or email us at or visit our website )"

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+ - Killing Zombies in VR with the Latest Version of Project Holodeck at E3 2014->

Submitted by muterobert
muterobert (2927951) writes "Ben Lang from Road to VR goes hands on and heads in with virtual reality technology company Survios' newest version of untethered VR system 'Prime 3'. He moves around the virtual space, holding and reloading weapons as you would in real life.

"At one point while playing, I was wielding the shotgun with two hands, with the table of weapons was on my right side. Several zombies were approaching and I needed a bit more fire power. I dropped the shotgun, reached over with my right hand to grab the tommy gun off the table, then virtually tossed it from my right hand to my left hand (because I’m a lefty), then pulled my pistol out of the holster with my right hand and continued to shoot both weapons.""

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Comment: Re:The whole system needs to change (Score 1) 264

I disagree. 90% of the population would not be able to complete the education or would drop out. The selection criteria exist to make sure that the bottom line is met in an institution which must spend money to provide a complete education. Drop outs are costly.

Comment: The experiment was a disaster for both parties. (Score 1) 264

You might want to take note of the following quote from the article, which I completely agree with.

He now recommends keeping the same GPA measure, but perhaps using the adjusted GPA to distinguish students with a special mark or honor so that graduate schools and employers know the student stood out.

In my opinion, school is primarily for education. If you learn all of the material satisfactorily, then you have earned an A. If you want impose some sorting (to distinguish certain students), provide limited access to undergraduate research and project-based courses which have an internal application process or require extra work. Don't expect to put everyone in the same bucket and have them naturally separate any more.

In my second opinion, this is the new norm, and we shouldn't be trying to focus on fixing the big "inflation" (degree inflation, tuition inflation, grade inflation)., which is necessarily a backwards-facing perspective.

Comment: Re:More ripping off the taxpayer (Score 5, Insightful) 379

by grumpy_technologist (#44596985) Attached to: Dishwasher-Size, 25kW Fuel Cell In Development
I know!
  • How dare they take research dollars and research new technologies?
  • How dare they follow through with successful research by *forming a business in the U.S. of A.* the very country that funded the research.
  • How dare they take advantage of NSF-funded programs to transfer successful research to US-based businesses? It's almost like they (congress, policymakers, and business) wanted this to happen.
  • How dare they use a volunteer-based peer review system to verify the findings and disseminate the results?
  • Finally, how dare they use the NSF-mandated Data magagement plan to make all data available to the public and other researchers? Clearly they are trying to dupe us all now!

Source: NSF funded researcher. Disclaimer: NSF-funded researcher.

Comment: I can comment only at the University level (Score 1) 605

by grumpy_technologist (#42915545) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is the Bar Being Lowered At Universities?

First, I'd say you can always find some schools where it is easier to get A's than it was. But it probably isn't a trend.

Second, if it is a trend, do not blame the teachers. This is an administrators' issue. At my University (where I teach and TA), there is a huge push to increase graduation rates. Sounds great, since graduation rate is a huge problem where diversity is high and support is low. Unfortunately, the easiest way to get X students / year is to "lower the bar."

However, the teachers always fight back against this. In general, the average graduating student with a decent GPA is in fact a good representation of what we want a student to look like. So, thanks in part to the tenure system (in which curmudgeonly teachers can't be ousted by angry administrators), we still have high standards for our honor students.


+ - Florida accused of concealing worst tuberculosis outbreak in 20 years->

Submitted by NotSanguine
NotSanguine (1917456) writes "The state of Florida has been struggling for months with what the Centers for Disease Control describe as the worst tuberculosis outbreak in the United States in twenty years.

Although a CDC report went out to state health officials in April encouraging them to take concerted action, the warning went largely unnoticed and nothing has been done. The public did not even learn of the outbreak until June, after a man with an active case of TB was spotted in a Jacksonville soup kitchen.

The Palm Beach Post has managed to obtain records on the outbreak and the CDC report, though only after weeks of repeated requests. These documents should have been freely available under Florida’s Sunshine Law."

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+ - A fresh look at multi-screen PC gaming->

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crookedvulture writes "More than two years have passed since Slashdot last covered multi-monitor gaming. A lot has changed in the interim. Monitors prices continue to fall, and improved AMD Eyefinity and Nvidia Surround implementations make creating multi-display arrays incredibly easy. Graphics cards have gotten faster, allowing high-end models to handle the latest games at the ultra-high resoultions that multi-screen setups enable. Developers are doing a better job of supporting those resolutions, too, although HUD placement and single-screen cinematics are still problematic in some titles. Even in the games that do have niggling flaws, the wider perspective of a triple-screen config can offer a more engaging and immersive experience. As stereoscopic 3D implementations fail to catch on, multi-screen setups look like the best upgrade for PC gamers."
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+ - Chinese Censors are Being Watched-> 1

Submitted by Rambo Tribble
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "The Economist is reporting, (registration may be required), on two research teams, one at Harvard and another at the University of Hong Kong, who have developed software to detect what posts to Chinese social media get censored. One surprise, comments critical of the regime are much less likely to be suppressed than calls to action, like assemblies or protests. Chinese censors may soon have to deal with an unprecedented transparency of their actions."
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+ - The Swirling Vortex of Titan->

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sighted writes "New images from the robotic spacecraft Cassini show the ongoing formation of a massive vortex in the atmosphere of Saturn's planet-sized moon Titan. (See also this animation.) The same moon has recently provided tantalizing hints of an underground ocean as well. Future missions, if any are ever funded, will have plenty to explore."
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