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Comment Re:Terry is a coward (Score 1) 838

I swear I'm not trying to be a dick, this is an honest question: How do you "prepare" someone for that without having them try to stop you through forceful means? Can you honestly say you would have been convinced to let him do it? If so, do you think he knew he could convince you?

Submission + - Cleaning Up Japan's Radioactive Mess with Blue Goo (popsci.com)

InfiniteZero writes: A clever technology is helping hazmat crews in Japan contain and clean up the contamination caused by the ongoing nuclear disaster there: a blue liquid that hardens into a gel that peels off of surfaces, taking microscopic particles like radiation and other contaminants with it. Known as DeconGel, Japanese authorities are using it inside and outside the exclusion zone on everything from pavement to buildings.

Submission + - Vindicating Einstein Studying gravity ripples (scielogy.co.cc)

shammi writes: Scientists in Europe will unveil plans today for an ambitious new observatory to seek out gravitational waves tiny ripples in the fabric of space-time and potentially uncover secrets of the earliest moments of the universe.
Canada

Submission + - Big Pharma Not Helping With Cancer Cure (southerntimesafrica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Three years ago,Evangelos Michelakis, a cancer researcher at the University of Alberta discovered that a common, nontoxic chemical known as DCA, short for dichloroacetate, seems to inhibit the growth of cancerous tumors in mice. Recent trials on human subjects and use of the drug by Canadian physicians (DCA is already approved for other conditions in Canada) show dramatic results. However, the approval is languishing because, since the drug is not patented, no traditional pharma company will back it. Kickstarter anyone?
Supercomputing

Submission + - Watson To Be Tasked With Solving Medical Problems (komonews.com)

The Installer writes: "A doctor who is helping to prepare IBM's Watson computer system for work as a medical tool says such blog entries may be included in Watson's database.

Watson is best known for handily defeating the world's best "Jeopardy!" players on TV earlier this year. IBM says Watson, with its ability to understand plain language, can digest questions about a person's symptoms and medical history and quickly suggest diagnoses and treatments.

The company is still perhaps two years from marketing a medical Watson, and it says no prices have been established. But it envisions several uses, including a doctor simply speaking into a handheld device to get answers at a patient's bedside."

Science

Submission + - Human Astrocytes Developed From Stem Cells (sciencedebate.com)

RogerRoast writes: Astrocytes are the most ubiquitous cells in the brain. They perform critical support function to the neurons. These cells are also implicated in several human brain disorders. The U of Wisconsin researchers developed a method to create these cells from stem cells. The paper was published in Nature Biotechnology (May 22, 2011 online issue) and reported in ScienceDebate.com. According to the lead author Dr Zhang, “not a lot of attention has been paid to these cells because human astrocytes have been hard to get, but we can make billions or trillions of them from a single stem cell." The technology developed by the Wisconsin group lays a foundation to make all the different species of astrocytes. It may be possible to genetically engineer them to mimic disease so that previously inaccessible neurological conditions can be studied in the lab.

Submission + - Rossi reactor and Widom-Larsen theory

aminorex writes: Andrea Rossi's Italian patent on the Energy Catalyzer issued on April 6th. The best explanation of the underlying physics is a theory of Widom and Larsen. Given the fuel consumption rates reported from public demonstrations, global annual nickel production would suffice to fuel global annual energy consumption, without affluent, carbon emission, or radioactive waste (with 100 years of present reserves). It seems media shyness from the 1989 cold fusion debacle has managed to keep coverage below radar levels outside of Italy. Will the operation of a 1MW plant in Xanthi, Greece, scheduled for October be enough to overcome the giggle factor, and unleash a truly disruptive energy technology?

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