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Biotech

+ - Watching Drug Resistance Develop in Real Time

Submitted by nursegirl
nursegirl (914509) writes "As the spread of multi-drug resistant bacteria like MRSA and the new XDR-TB (extremely drug resistant tuberculosis) becomes a growing concern throughout the world, a team of scientists has been able to learn how bacteria evolves in vivo as a response to vancomycin and other antibiotics.

The team isolated S. aureus bacteria intermittently through a patient's antibiotic therapy and sequenced the genome of the bacterium multiple times. The results demonstrated 35 mutations in 31 locations as the bacteria evolved from vancomycin-susceptible to vancomycin-resistant."
Biotech

+ - Watching Drug Resistance Develop in Vivo

Submitted by nursegirl
nursegirl (914509) writes "As the spread of multi-drug resistant bacteria like MRSA and the new XDR-TB (extremely drug resistant tuberculosis) becomes a growing concern throughout the world, a team of scientists has been able to learn how bacteria evolves in vivo as a response to vancomycin and other antibiotics.

The team isolated S. aureus bacteria intermittently through a patient's antibiotic therapy and sequenced the genome of the bacterium multiple times. The results demonstrated 35 mutations in 31 locations as the bacteria evolved from vancomycin-susceptible to vancomycin-resistant."
Robotics

+ - University of Calgary Unveils Robot Brain Surgeon

Submitted by nursegirl
nursegirl (914509) writes "University of Calgary/Calgary Health Region unveiled the world's first MRI-compatible surgical robot on Tuesday. A team of neurosurgeons, engineers and physicists have been working on the neuroArm since 2001 and performed a demonstration for journalists using a Styrofoam model. MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., known for their work creating Canadarm, provided the robotics expertise."
The Courts

+ - Ontario proposes cyber-bullying law for schools

Submitted by nursegirl
nursegirl (914509) writes "A proposal to change Ontario's education act has been announced today. The proposal adds both physical bullying and cyber-bullying to the list of behaviours that can get a student suspended or expelled. Posting comments, pictures or videos attacking other students or teachers outside of school hours will carry the risk of school punishment, if the incident is believed to have an "impact on school climate"."
Security

+ - Sequoia Voting Machine for $82

Submitted by nursegirl
nursegirl (914509) writes "Princeton computer science professor Andrew Appel bought 5 $5000 Sequoia electronic voting machines from a government auction site for $82 last month. He and his students may be performing the first security analysis by people who hadn't signed non-disclosure agreements with Sequoia Voting Systems. Appel says that thus far, the Sequoia voting machines appear to be more secure than the Diebold voting machines examined by another Princeton professor last year.

From the Article

Appel says the ROM chips inside are in sockets — not soldered to the board — and can be replaced in ten minutes by opening a door on the back of the machines and unscrewing a metal cover. With new chips, the machines could be reprogrammed to misreport votes, he says....Appel says he opened the machines with a key that came with them, and was able to easily access the machines' motherboards and memory chips to swap them out. But even without the key, a student of his was able to pick the lock in seven seconds.
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Education

+ - Teacher guilty of endangering kids due to spyware

Submitted by nursegirl
nursegirl (914509) writes "Norwich, Conn seventh grade teacher, Julie Amero has been convicted of four counts of risk of injury to a minor after her classroom PC displayed pornographic pop-ups in class. While an expert for the defendant said he had discovered spyware on her PC that had been downloaded from a hairstyling site, the local police investigator claimed that the spyware had been downloaded from actively visiting porn sites.

Amero testified that she had told four other teachers and the assistant principal about the popups, but received no assistance. The school's internet filtration software was not working because it's license had expired.

Amero faces up to forty years in prison."
Announcements

+ - MIT announces Top 35 innovators under 35

Submitted by nursegirl
nursegirl (914509) writes "MIT's Technology Review has posted their top 35 innovators under the age of 35 for 2006. The 2006 Young Innovator is Joshua Schachter, of del.icio.us fame. The 2006 Young Humanitarian is Christina Galitsky from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Galitsky has done various projects related to energy efficiency, from introducing energy efficient practices to wineries, to helping bring stoves that use less wood to Sudanese refugees, to working on cheap ways to filter arsenic from wells in Bangladesh.

Technology Review has also published a related article, titled 10 Ways To Think about Innovation."

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