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+ - Wil Wheaton picture inspires writing contest->

nizo writes: For the benefit of the Lupus Alliance of America, John Scalzi, Wil Wheaton and Subterranean Press are running a fan fiction contest, in which contestants write a 400 to 2,000 word story describing the picture above. Any form of fan fiction is acceptable except slash. The winner of the contest will be paid for their story (10 cents a word), win a prize pack of books from Subterranean Press, and will have their story published in a special electronic chapbook featuring stories about the painting, written by Scalzi, Wheaton, Catherynne Valente and Patrick Rothfuss, to be published later this year, with profits to benefit the Lupus Foundation of America. E-mail the stories with the text in the e-mail to fanfic@scalzi.com by 11:59pm Eastern, June 30, 2010. One entry per person. One must see the image at the link above, as it cannot be sufficiently described with words.
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+ - Genetic cure for red-green colour blindness->

nizo writes: Scientists at the University of Washington, in Seattle, and the University of Florida restored normal vision to two colour-blind monkeys. The technique could prove to be a safe and effective cure for colour blindness and other visual disorders related to the cones in the retina. A modified virus is injected into the retina. Within six months the light sensitivity of the cones infected with the virus shifted towards the red part of the spectrum. (My apologies for retaining the English spelling of color; no matter which spelling I chose, I'm sure someone would be annoyed anyway.)
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