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Bionic Eye Telescope To Treat Macular Degeneration 55 55

Al writes "A miniature telescope that fits inside the eye of someone with macular degeneration and helps them regain normal vision has been developed by a start-up company called VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies. Macular degeneration affects the center of the retina, making it difficult to read, watch television and recognize faces. The new device, which is about the size of a pencil eraser, works like a fixed telephoto lens within the eye, projecting a magnified image of whatever the wearer is looking at onto a large part of the peripheral retina. Magnifying the image on the eye allows the retinal cells outside the macula to participate, and enables a patient to recognize details using their peripheral vision. Clinical trials suggest that the device could improve vision by about three and a half lines on an eye chart. Last week, an advisory panel for the Food and Drug Administration unanimously recommended that the agency approve the implant."

Comment Re:Add-ins (Score 1) 662 662

I can't go through and cover your entire list, but I do know that there's an IE addin to do DOM Inspection.

Or, you could use Firebug lite.

Sure, its capabilities are pretty limited compared to real firebug, and you need to include a script in your webpage, but it can still be a great help in debugging web pages in IE.

Microsoft

Microsoft.com Makes IE8 Incompatibility List 358 358

nickull writes "Microsoft is tracking incompatible Web sites for its upcoming Internet Explorer 8 browser and has posted a list that now contains about 2,400 names — including Microsoft.com. Apparently, even though Microsoft's IE8 team is doing the 'right' thing by finally making IE more standards-compliant, they are risking 'breaking the Web' because the vast majority of Web sites are still written to work correctly with previous, non-standards-compliant versions of IE."

Comment Re:how is this new? (Score 2, Interesting) 96 96

Peter Watts explores this subject (among many other interesting topics - including existence of free will, the chinese room, and the nature of empathy and sentience) in his newest book, 'Blindsight'. It's a pretty good read.

The book is available online here: http://www.rifters.com/real/Blindsight.htm. It's published under Creative Commons license.

Comment Re:Thinking Ipod Touch + Stanza instead. (Score 1) 451 451

I switched from Tungsten T2 to iPhone recently. I use both mainly for reading ebooks, and so far I'm pleasantly suprised with the iPhone. Same should apply to iPod touch, I guess.

The screen has a better resolution, which means you can use a serif font - which in my opinion is easier to read. It's big enough for comfortable reading.

Touch interface is neat, but doesn't make a lot of a difference when it comes to ebooks.

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