Colonel Angus writes: Health Canada approved the first human trial of cancer drug, DCA (dichloroacetate), in people with an advanced form of brain cancer called glioblastoma.
Research into DCA as a cancer treatment is solely funded through grants and donations. According to one of the researchers, it is cheap and not patentable and, as such, pharmaceutical companies are not interested in helping to develop it as a cancer therapy.
Big_Al_B writes: CNN has this article on the release of a massive new report on human-caused global warming. The report apparently comprises the work of 600 scientists, reviewed by 600 more, and edited by officials of 154 countries.
Aryabhata writes: "Russian president Vladimir Putin,who will be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations on Friday said, "We intend to help India directly in construction of atomic energy facilities for peaceful use. Some of our companies are very much interested in acquiring large contracts for the construction of new facilities. On various occasions we have provided India with nuclear fuel and we will help in settling her problems in international affairs with the provision that Russia will abide by international obligations,""
pazu13 writes: While last year Ed Felten published a paper on the insecurity of Diebold voting machines, today on his blog he discusses how a reader used a photograph on Diebold's own website to make his own fully-functional key to unlock the door blocking access to a voting machine's memory compartment.
The National Hockey League unveiled new uniforms developed by Reebok, to be used for the first time in Wednesday's all-star game. The new "Rbk EDGE system" is the biggest change in hockey uniforms since the switch from the old wool "sweaters", and features a 9% reduction in aerodynamic drag (measured by MIT's wind tunnel), and should be lighter, cooler and
gropix writes: Just try going to www.mozilla.com in Vista and it hangs. Shows the title, fetches the info but just hangs. Haven't found anyother website that is similarly blocked and changing the sub-domain gets round the problem.
Interesting way of steming the tide of new firefox users, most consumers have no way of getting Firefox except via IE.
lpq writes: "We are facing a future where there will be no antibiotics and hospital will be the last place to be if you want to avoid picking up a dangerous bacterial infection," he says. "In effect, cut your finger on Monday and you'll be dead by Friday if there's nothing to prevent it." — Richard James, Healthcare Center Director at Nottingham University comments on the increasing death count from antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Increasing deaths coming from athletic centers, military, prisons and childrens' play-grounds from super-bugs. Sara Boseley reports.
Can drug companies be persuaded to engage in research for the public good and not just for the profit? If not, what are the alternatives? It looks like we are nearing the end of the golden-anti-biotic era. While new antibiotics may be "just around the corner", the pharmaceuticals much prefer to research "life-style" drugs that people will have to take for life, rather than an antibiotic regimen that someone might take for 14 days. Even with treatment, some of the new "Superbugs" infections have only a 50% survival rate in the "West" with modern drugs. This is in comparison in many countries in Africa where the mortality rate is 100%. It's much better to research drugs for people who are likely to live many years, but who will remain sick enough to need your product for life. It's the "ethical" form of addicting someone to your drugs for life...
jsburke writes: "Four hundred thousand numbers cover the The Darfur Wall. Each represents a victim of genocide in Darfur, Sudan. By donating $1 or more, you can turn a number from dark gray to brilliant white and honor one lost life.
In its first two months, The Darfur Wall has raised over $25,000 from donors in 27 countries. 100% of the proceeds benefit four Darfur relief organizations: Doctors Without Borders, Save Darfur, Save the Children, and the Sudan Aid Fund."