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Medicine

Submission + - MIT Researchers Develop Needle-Less, Painless Way To Inject Drugs (ibtimes.com)

redletterdave writes: "MIT researchers unveiled a prototype device on Thursday that uses a new way to administer drugs, replacing the common needle with a tiny, highly-controllable jet injector, which sends a high-pressured stream directly into the skin. The jet can both inject into and aspirate from tissue, and the device is controlled via a computer interface, which can control the volume of the drug delivery, and the velocity at which it moves. But besides giving doctors better control over injections, the best part of this technology is that it is virtually painless — in fact, patients won't feel much of anything at all. The fine jet that comes out of the device is about the same diameter as a mosquito proboscis, which makes it perfect for those with needle phobias or those who inject frequently. The device's technology can also deliver drugs through the eye and into the retina, through the tympanic membrane and into the middle and inner ear, and it can even vibrate powder so it behaves like a liquid to be injected."
Chrome

Submission + - Chrome Set To Take No. 2 Spot From Firefox (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: "Google's Chrome is on the brink of replacing Firefox as the second-most-popular browser, says the Web statistics firm StatCounter, which shows that Chrome will pass Firefox to take the No. 2 spot behind Microsoft's IE no later than December. As of Wednesday, Chrome's global average user share for September was 23.6%, while Firefox's stood at 26.8%. IE, meanwhile, was at 41.7%. The climb of Chrome during 2011 has been astonishing: It has gained eight percentage point since January 2011, representing a 50% increase. During that same period, Firefox has dropped almost four percentage points, a decline of about 13%, while IE has also fallen four points, a 9% dip. That means Chrome is essentially reaping all the defections from Firefox and IE."
Businesses

Submission + - Circuit City To Close All Stores (nytimes.com)

ChrisAM writes: "Just last week, Circuit City — which has some 30,000 employees and 567 stores — was in talks with two potential buyers, but it was unable to reach a timely agreement with its creditors and lenders. "We are extremely disappointed by this outcome," said James A. Marcum, vice chairman and acting president and chief executive of Circuit City Stores Inc. He called the liquidation "the only possible path for our company.""
Businesses

Submission + - Circuit City To Liquidate All 567 Stores (washingtonpost.com)

damn_registrars writes: "American electronics retailer Circuit City filed for chapter 11 back in November. Now it is announced that they will be liquidating all of their assets and closing all of their stores beginning as soon as tomorrow.

People who have been following this story may also recall there was talk of a Circuit City — Blockbuster merger not long ago, which never materialized."

Feed Science Daily: Brain's Impaired Ability To Sense Glucose Might Play Role In Type 2 Diabetes (sciencedaily.com)

Defects in the brain's ability to respond to glucose play a role in the development of non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes, according to recent research in mice. Also a high-fat diet may contribute to impairing brain cells' ability to regulate glucose throughout the body. The newly discovered mechanism is related to how the body uses fuels circulating in the bloodstream. Glucose is among these fuels and is, in part, derived from foods consumed. It is used by the body to make a molecule called ATP, which provides energy to cells.

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