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Submission + - Czech Man Becomes the First Person in the World to Live With No Heart or Pulse 2

An anonymous reader writes: A 37-year-old man from Czech Republic recently became the first man to live without a heart for six months. Jakub Halik, a former firefighter lived without a pulse for six months after undergoing pioneering surgery in April when doctors removed his heart and replaced it with mechanical pumps.
Twitter

Submission + - Pual Chambers tweet conviction overturned by Appeal Court (independent.co.uk)

Kupfernigk writes: Pauil Chambers was the man who was convicted (in England) of a terrorist offense based on a tweet threatening to "Blow up" Robin Hood Airport because they couldn't get snow cleared. Despite the fact that it was obviously a (feeble) joke, the Crown Prosecution Service actually went ahead with a prosecution and were able to convince a junior judge sitting with magistrates. The senior judges, including the Lord Chief Justice, said

"We have concluded that, on an objective assessment, the decision of the Crown Court that this 'tweet' constituted or included a message of a menacing character was not open to it. On this basis, the appeal against conviction must be allowed." In effect, they have said that the original decision was not made objectively, which can be considered a severe slap for the Crown Prosecutor.

Science

Submission + - The Science of Judo (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: Martial arts are exhausting, as anyone who's traded a few punches, kicks, or throws can attest. But where exactly does the energy come from? Every form of exercise uses a different combination of the body's metabolic systems for energy. Cyclical sports such as running and cycling are relatively easy to replicate with exercise machines in a laboratory, but that's harder to do with more unpredictable sports such as martial arts. So a team of Brazilian researchers have taken the lab into the dojo to study the energy requirements of the Japanese art of judo.
Programming

Submission + - Tetris In 140 Bytes (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: Is it possible to write a JavaScript program in no more than a tweet's length? A website called 140byt.es says it is and has an implementation of Tetris to prove it. Ok, it only has two types of block — hence its title "Binary Tetris" — and there's no rotate, but it works. The blocks fall down the screen and you steer them into place. You can try it out by playing the demo..
Of course the real fun is in figuring out how it works and there is lots of help on the site — so if your bored how about the 140 character challenge?

Submission + - The Bright Moonlight That Inspired Mary Shelley to (themarysue.com)

Cito writes: "Mary Shelley having writers block claims she was inspired by the moonlight to write Frankenstein.
Some have disputed her story about how she struggled for days to come with the story, saying that this was just a romanticized tale to hook her audience, but astronomers are now saying that she was probably not making it up.”

Astronomers from Texas State University conducted tests at the villa where she stayed that night: http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2011/0928/Frankenstein-moon-Astronomers-vindicate-Mary-Shelley-s-account

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