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Comment: Re:This is completely NOT a forgotten author but.. (Score 1) 1244

by kabz (#39269651) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?
You know there was a sequel called 'secret of the sixth magic'... I loved that too. Always kinda reminded me of 'A Saturday Life', not sci-fi but fairly obscure I'd think. Anyway, Patrick Rothfuss probably read Master of the Five Magics, I think I can see a little coming through in his books.
Medicine

Tooth Regeneration Coming Soon 289

Posted by kdawson
from the no-fairy-tale dept.
Ponca City, We love you writes "For thousands of years, losing teeth has been a routine part of human aging. Now the Washington Post reports that researchers are close to growing important parts of teeth from stem cells, including creating a living root from scratch, perhaps within one year. According to Pamela Robey of the NIH. 'Dentists say, "Give me a root and I can put a crown on it."' In a few years dentists will treat periodontal disease with regeneration by using stem cells to create hard and soft tissue; they will take out a tooth that is about to fall, and reconnect it firmly to the regenerated tissue. Although nobody is predicting when it will be possible to grow teeth on demand, in adults, to replace missing ones, a common guess is five to ten years. Baby and wisdom teeth are sources of stem cells that could be 'banked' for future health needs, says Robey. 'When you think about it, the teeth children put under their pillows may end up being worth much more than the tooth fairy's going rate. Plus, if you still have your wisdom teeth, it's nice to know you're walking around with your own source of stem cells.'"
Hardware Hacking

Coating a Motherboard In Thermal Resin? 272

Posted by timothy
from the oh-did-you-want-to-use-it-afterwards-too? dept.
Bat Country writes "I've had an idea in the back of my head for some time (and I'm surely not the only one) that it would be a worthwhile project to coat a motherboard in thermally conductive electrically insulating resin — complete with all of its various components — for the purpose of immersion, shock resistance, whatever. I'm curious to find out if anyone's undertaken a similar project or if it's known to be a shockingly bad idea (due to shrinkage during the curing process) already. Thoughts?" If you've done anything similar (even an experiment that failed), how did you go about it?
User Journal

Journal: Microsoft to Provide Users with TUX

Journal by kabz

In this ZDNet interview with Scott Charney, head of trustworthy computing at Microsoft, admitted this week that Windows Vista's User Account Control prompts are not intuitive and confuse users.

Interestingly, during the interview, Scott mentions the goal of providing users with TUX, or trusted user experience.

Cellphones

Will Motorola Rise From the Ashes? 128

Posted by Zonk
from the comeback-kid dept.
An anonymous reader writes "According to ZDNET the once almighty Motorola is going to split into two companies, 'If the split goes through as planned, what will remain will be the "broadband and mobility solutions" business, which includes enterprise mobility, government and public safety, and Motorola's home and networks divisions.' Engadget claims to have an insider's email that details where it all went wrong, paying particular attention to mismanagement at the highest levels. What makes all of this even more of a shame though is that Motorola's latest product lineup seems to be receiving critical acclaim but with the company in so much termoil, will it ever rise out of the ashes?"
Space

Defunct Spy Satellite Falling From Orbit 312

Posted by kdawson
from the cue-the-chicken-little-jokes dept.
dnormant, among other readers, sent us word that a US spy satellite has lost power and propulsion and could hit the Earth in late February or March. Government officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the information is classified as secret. None of the coverage speculates on how big the satellite is, but Wikipedia claims that US spy satellites in the KH-11 class, launched up to the mid-90s, are about the size of the Hubble — which is 13 meters long and weighs over 11,000 kg. "The satellite, which no longer can be controlled, could contain hazardous materials, and it is unknown where on the planet it might come down... A senior government official said that lawmakers and other nations are being kept apprised of the situation."

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