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Comment Re:I beg to differ (Score 2, Interesting) 155

The Netflix DVD service used to be famed for including almost every movie ever made. When its big switch to streaming was stymied by licensing squabbles, I was one of many subscribers who stayed with the DVD service because of its depth. I have no problem waiting a month or two for new releases when so much older content is still available. But lately, I get the impression that worn-out DVDs are not being replaced as Netflix concludes that a somewhat better streaming selection means no more need to keep up the overhead of physical distribution and storage.

Comment Re:Beginning of the end (Score 1) 119

"If this technology escapes the lab this would be the ultimate weed. Sucking out all of the CO2 out of the air and killing off crops."

I can see the disaster movie now. Environmentalists desperately setting fire to coal seams and doing donuts with huge SUVs in the parking lot of Whole Foods as the ice age marches on.

Comment Re:It's just not time yet (Score 3, Interesting) 272

What is needed is a not-very expensive device that can be put into the home that prints high quality metal parts, plastics, ceramics and electronics.


No, the $1000 printer that most of us can afford for the home is going to be good for nothing but small and flimsy PLA widgets. But now imagine being able to upload your design to a $25K commercial printer that works in metal or ceramic, and being able to pick up the piece after work. NOW it's getting to be useful.

Submission + - Chinese Scientist Found Breakthrough Vaccine/Cures for All Viral Infections (

hackingbear writes: Chinese scientists may have found the key to creating effective vaccines for the world’s deadly viruses including bird flu, SARS, Ebola, and HIV. An experiment by a research team at Beijing University was hailed as “revolutionary” in the field in a paper published in the latest issue of Science magazine on Friday. The live virus used in the vaccine used by the researchers had its genetic code tweaked to disable the viral strains’ self-replication mechanism. But it was kept fully infectious to allow the host animal cells to generate immunity. Using live viruses in their fully infectious form was considered taboo, as viruses spread rapidly. Vaccines sold and used widely today generally contain either dead or weakened forms of viruses. The animals infected with virus were cured after receiving the injection, according to the paper. This breakthrough promises to simplify the process of producing vaccines, which may help scientists develop effective vaccines or even cures for various viruses – such bird flu, SARS, Ebola and HIV – within weeks of an outbreak.

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