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Submission + - Gene Therapy Extends Mouse Lifespan (

Grond writes: "'Researchers at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre have demonstrated that the mouse lifespan can be extended by the application in adult life of a single treatment acting directly on the animal's genes. Mice treated at the age of one lived longer by 24% on average, and those treated at the age of two, by 13%. The therapy, furthermore, produced an appreciable improvement in the animals' health, delaying the onset of age-related diseases — like osteoporosis and insulin resistance — and achieving improved readings on aging indicators like neuromuscular coordination.' Notably, the therapy did not cause an increase in the incidence of cancer."

Submission + - TSA Bans Toner and Ink Cartridges ( 1

Grond writes: 'The US has banned toner and ink cartridges from passenger aircraft in the wake of last month's bomb plot. The printer cartridge ban affects cartridges over 16 ounces.' No word yet on whether that's a weight or volume measurement or whether it's a per-cartridge or per-passenger limit.

Submission + - Symbian Completes Transition to Open Source (

Grond writes: Symbian, maker of the the world's most popular mobile operating system, has completed the transition to a completely open platform months ahead of schedule. While the kernel was opened up last year, the entire platform is now open source, primarily under the Eclipse Public License. A FAQ is available with more information about the platform opening.

Submission + - Ask a Patent Proponent (

Grond writes: "This is an interview suggestion. I work for the Stanford University Hoover Institution Project On Commercializing Innovation, and I've also been a Slashdot user for a long time (uid 15515). I would like to recommend the principal investigator of the Project, Professor F. Scott Kieff, and myself as interview guests. I think that the Slashdot audience will find it educational, interesting, and even entertaining to ask questions of and read responses from someone who takes a very different view of the pros and cons of the patent system than many Slashdot readers do. For our part, we are very interested in reading and responding to the questions, criticisms, suggestions, and ideas of Slashdotters. Professor Kieff graduated in the top 1% of his class at MIT, and I have a computer science background (BA and MS) as well as a JD, so readers can feel free to ask questions with technical underpinnings without worrying that we won't grok the Curry-Howard Correspondence or Universal Turing Machines. If you take up the offer, we would appreciate the opportunity to prepare a kind of introduction and FAQ to accompany the call for questions. That way, we can lay out a baseline of where we're coming from and answer some of what we're sure will be the most common questions. Our hope is that we can then move on to a more nuanced and informed set of questions from the readers. As someone who has read the same rehashed intellectual property discussions many times on Slashdot, I have high hopes that this one can be significantly better. Also, I should note that we are independent researchers who do not speak for Stanford University or the Hoover Institution. Thank You, James Daily"

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