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+ - Chinese Doctors Use 3D-Printing in Pioneering Surgery to Treat 'Half Head Man'->

Submitted by concertina226
concertina226 (2447056) writes "Surgeons at Xijing Hospital in Xi'an, Shaanxi province in Northwest China are using 3D-printing in a pioneering surgery to help rebuild the skull of a man who suffered brain damage in a construction accident.

Numerous international experts were called in to consult on the case as the surgery to repair Hu's skull is particularly risky and complicated.

The patient's scalp and meninges (protective membranes covering the brain) melded together after the accident and had to be carefully peeled apart before the titanium mesh can be implanted."

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Comment: Just stop it with the 'zero emissons' claims (Score 3, Insightful) 38

One of the articles cited says the car "produces zero emissions". Perhaps we can coin a new phrase for electric cars: "zero direct emissions".

Most people reading this implicitly understand that if an electric car is charged using electricity from a coal- or gas-fired power plant it really doesn't have zero emissions. But a very large percentage of the public simply doesn't get that, and thinks of electric cars as an immediate way to address the greenhouse gas problem.

Sure, electric cars probably, (depending on a host of factors), result in fewer emissions per mile driven. But if every car in North America magically became an electric vehicle overnight, we'd need a huge amount of electricity to charge them all, and the energy would have to come from fossil fuel, (not zero emissions), or nuclear, (huge political problem) - never mind the insane costs of the required infrastructure buildout in either scenario. The general public needs more information to help them understand these things, not more "zero emissions" spin.

+ - Japanese Publishers Lash Out at Amazon's Policies->

Submitted by Nate the greatest
Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Amazon is in a bitter contract fight Hachette in the US and Bonnier in Germany, and now it seems the retail giant is also in conflict with publishers in the land of the rising sun. Amazon has launched a new rating system in Japan which gives publishers with larger ebook catalogs (and publishers that pay higher fees) preference, leading some to complain that Amazon is using its market power to blackmail publishers. Where have we heard that complaint before?

The retailer is also being boycotted by a handful of Japanese publishers which disagree with Amazon offering a rewards program to students. The retailer gives students 10 percent of a book's price as points which can be used to buy more books. This skirts Japanese fixed price book laws, and so several smaller publishers pulled their books from Amazon in protest in May.

I know that businesses are out to make money and not friends, but Amazon sure is a lightning rod for conflicts, isn't it?"

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Comment: Re:More useless statistics... (Score 1) 156

by jenningsthecat (#47781423) Attached to: Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

they have the gall to project their xenophobia onto quebecois and make claims about how racist we are...

I'm Canadian, I like Quebec, and I've met some fine, fun people in Montreal, which is mostly pretty welcoming to Anglophones like me. But more than once I've gotten a surly "maudit Anglais" attitude from people in less populated areas when I stop at a gas station or a depanneur.

Bill 101 and its revisions, (Bill 14 in particular), can also be a sore point, especially when taken to the extreme of ordering businesses to translate English Facebook pages into French.

Comment: Re:"Accidentally" (Score 1) 223

by jenningsthecat (#47770809) Attached to: Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

The last poll option is not a valid reason to not deploy the cameras. Every officer will be required to explain every missing second of video and audio. Every missing second is extremely incriminating.

Not to mention that these video cameras are, or will be, commodity devices; just have two cams on each cop. If one fails, meh - but if both fail: "Officer, you got some 'splainin' to do!"

Comment: Re:Not as inexplicable as it might seem at first (Score 1) 511

by jenningsthecat (#47769977) Attached to: Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

I get what you're saying, and to some extent I agree. I'm just not entirely convinced that inertia fully explains what I perceive as a major drop in quality of education since I was a kid. I'd like to believe the problems are just a hangover from an earlier age. However, I've known teachers who would like to do an effective job but have had their hands tied by government-mandated curricula. I think that if governments aren't actively furthering that century-old agenda, they are at least knowingly allowing it to take its course and are only too happy to take advantage of its consequences.

Comment: Something the submission didn't mention (Score 1) 49

by jenningsthecat (#47767611) Attached to: Scientists Craft Seamless 2D Semiconductor Junctions

My first thought was 'really fast transistors, and indeed the article preview refers to 'high-speed transistors'. I wonder how fast they are, and how easy it would be to parallell them to gain higher power without sacrificing too much speed; too bad it would cost me $32 to find out... Anyway, this development could lead to faster logic and microprocessors, or even just faster and more efficient switching transistors for power supplies and the like. They might even be good for THz amplification. Any thought that this might extend the validity of Moore's Law?

Comment: Not as inexplicable as it might seem at first (Score 3, Insightful) 511

by jenningsthecat (#47765835) Attached to: Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Educator John Taylor Gatto has explained both in writing, (PDF link), and in Death by Pedagogy, as well as in many interviews available on YouTube, that the purpose of the education system is to extend childhood and discourage critical thinking. This is done in order to produce more compliant citizens; otherwise their innovation and inventiveness would both disrupt capitalists' ability to control markets, and deny corporations a complacent and pliable workforce.

Before you dismiss this as just another wild-eyed conspiracy theory you should check out what he has to say. For one thing he gives copious references, most of which can be checked, and most of which use such direct language that there is no possible ambiguity as to the intent of the authors. For another thing, it is perhaps the best and simplest explanation for why the Ohio legislature might enact such otherwise inexplicable legislation.

Ask yourself 'cui bono'. Who will be best served by a citizenry that is less and less critical, and less and less scientifically competent? Then look back at the education you received, look at what has happened to schooling in the meantime, look at what is happening to education now, and place it all into the context that Gatto creates. if after that you can honestly call it a conspiracy theory, go in peace.

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 330

Of course they will, while comcast is telling them this, they are stuffing wads of money in the senators pockets.

You know that talking point is total bullshit, right? What you describe would be a felony offense in the United States. Nor can corporations give money directly to campaigns...

In the first place the fact that it's a felony doesn't mean it doesn't happen - crimes are committed every day without the perpetrators being caught. And there are ways for the money to change hands other than campaign contributions - offshore accounts being one example. In the second place there are non-monetary means of payment, such as promises of jobs - witness the 'revolving door' between government and corporations.

I realize such intricacies don't make for good talking points but it would be extremely helpful if people would at least learn how the system works rather than spreading FUD that only serves to undermine the tenuous amount of faith we have left in our system.

Learning "how the system works" is only useful if you are learning "how the system REALLY works", (a subject not taught in most curricula), as opposed to how the system was designed to work. As for the 'tenuous amount of faith', it's tenuous for a reason. Besides, faith is misplaced in this context; what counts is trust, which can only be earned or divested. And most people realize that the government has divested itself of a huge amount of the trust which it had formerly earned.

Comment: Re:Mandatory panic! (Score 1) 420

by jenningsthecat (#47740303) Attached to: South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

Mandatory panic! Alert the police! Search EVERYTHING! Connect the dots!

How can you make such sarcastic references indicating that you clearly understand the issue and disapprove of what happened, then proceed to "blame the teacher for not sufficiently explaining the limits of the assignment"?

Personally, I blame witless school officials, over-reaching law enforcement, and a military-industrial complex that has propagandized and brainwashed the populace into believing that even just a fictional description of violence is tantamount to a crime. This is 'thoughtcrime' straight out of Orwell's '1984'.

BTW, your post reminds me of another Orwellian concept, namely "doublethink".

Comment: Re:It isn't only Windows 8 (Score 1) 303

...If only there was a Debian based distribution which did not force the systemd into their users.

Ubuntu doesn't use systemd. Yes, I know it might be a stretch these days to call it "Debian based", but at least it still uses Debian packages, and I've even pulled stuff in from Debian repos with no trouble so far. I've uninstalled the cutesy 'Software Center', and I either use apt/aptitude from the command line, or Synaptic, depending on what I'm doing. My Xubuntu setup 'feels' very 'Debian' to me, without the downside of systemd.

Can't open /usr/fortunes. Lid stuck on cookie jar.