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Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini, Nobel Winner, Dies At 103 36

SternisheFan writes "Nobel winner Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini, who discovered chemical tools that the body uses to direct cell growth and build nerves, has died. She was 103. From the article: 'Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini, a Nobel Prize-winning neurologist who discovered critical chemical tools that the body uses to direct cell growth and build nerve networks, opening the way for the study of how those processes can go wrong in diseases like dementia and cancer, died on Sunday at her home in Rome. She was 103. Her death was announced by Mayor Gianni Alemanno of Rome. "I don't use these words easily, but her work revolutionized the study of neural development, from how we think about it to how we intervene," said Dr. Gerald D. Fishbach, a neuroscientist and professor emeritus at Columbia. Scientists had virtually no idea how embryo cells built a latticework of intricate connections to other cells when Dr. Levi-Montalcini began studying chicken embryos in the bedroom of her house in Turin, Italy, during World War II. After years of obsessive study, much of it at Washington University in St. Louis with Dr. Viktor Hamburger, she found a protein that, when released by cells, attracted nerve growth from nearby developing cells.'"

Submission + - World's Oldest Wooden Water Wells Discovered

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers have discovered four wooden water wells in the Greater Leipzig region, Germany, which are believed to be the oldest known timber constructions in the world. A team of experts led by Willy Tegel and Dr. Dietrich Hakelberg from the Institute of Forest Growth of the University of Freiburg, Germany, uncovered the wells built during the early Neolithic period between the years 5206 and 5098 B.C.

Submission + - The Changing Landscape of Scientific Publication (

stuffduff writes: For over 350 years the fundamental landscape of scientific publishing has remained largely unchanged. Now things are starting to change. In an article on TheScientist 'Wither Scientific Publishing,' a team of experts ponder the future of scientific publishing. I'm wondering what perspectives Slashdot Readers have to add to the discussion?

Comment Help the Authors Understand (Score 1) 288

Nothing helps an author get sales like good reviews, word of mouth, etc. If the authors want such finite control over who can and cannot read there books, and what people can and cannot say, we must simply ask permission. If one person does it, they will think that person is sick. If ten people do it, they will believe those ten are insane. However, when enough people do it, and the author is no longer able able to communicate with their publishers, editors and lawyers, because they cannot even access their e-mail, they may begin to realize that their ignorance of the situation is what has crippled them, not the actions of these few people. Picking a fight with their readers is the easiest way for them to find themselves out of a job. Then they can go back to having someone else tell them what they can and cannot do, and when they can and cannot do it.; which is something that they have worked very hard to not have to do. Then they will see that the freedoms that they wish to restrict for their readers will lead to a restriction in freedoms for themselves. We will mourn their loss, and as Luddites, they will pass into history only their failures; their dreams forever removed from the common memory. Others, who can understand and appreciate the subtle differences of today's world, will pick up those readers and gift them with many wonderful new feelings and ideas; visions of a more open world.

Submission + - Oracle going for CentOS users ( 2

JonJ writes: "It seems like Oracle are having some difficulties taking on Red Hat, and are starting to focus on poaching CentOS' customers. Focusing on potential delays CentOS might face, siting the delay in kernel upgrades as a selling point. They've even taken the time to create their own shell script for converting a CentOS install to Oracle Linux."

Comment Will Common Sense Save Us From Ourselves? (Score 1) 456

Poor economic science will destroy life on the planet faster than poor ecologic science. It won't be an asteroid, virus or bomb that brings the apocalypse; more likely an error in someone's trading software. In an over specialized world, where will the generalists come from? Where will common sense have the opportunity to save us? How to we teach 'grit?'

Comment Prior Art? (Score 1) 187

As a kid I went to Expo '67. I think that it was the Czechoslovakian pavilion featured an auditorium where the seats all had voting buttons, and a movie where the audience got to decide what happened next. We had a blast choosing our way through the interesting scenario. IMHO, IBM should have never been able to get this patent.

Submission + - NASA Hubble spots hot comet-like planet ( 1

coondoggie writes: Is it a planet or a comet? Astronomers are calling a newly explored scorched object a "cometary planet" because it has the components of a planet but with a tail like a comet. Astronomers from the University of Colorado in Boulder using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope say the planet, named HD 209458b, is orbiting so close to its star that its heated atmosphere is escaping into space, creating a tail-like appearance.

Submission + - New Droid X includes eFuse self destruct (

matthock writes: In an effort to combat people loading modified versions of the Android operating system onto its new Droid X smartphone, Motorola has gone to the extreme step of including a "self destruct" mechanism in the phone. Should it detect an attempt to modify the boot loader or ROM, the phone will trip an eFuse, bricking the device by scrambling the ROM. The damage is repairable, but only by sending the phone back to Motorola to be serviced.

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