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Censorship

Submission + - Rep. Darrell Issa requests public comments on ACTA (computerworld.com)

langelgjm writes: After repeated dismissals by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Congressman Darrell Issa has taken matters into his own hands by posting a copy of ACTA, online and asking for public comments. ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, is a secretly negotiated multilateral trade treaty with the potential for profoundly affecting the Internet. "ACTA represents as great a threat to an open Internet as SOPA and PIPA and was drafted with even less transparency and input from digital citizens," Issa said. You can comment here.
Medicine

Submission + - Drug-free organ transplants from unrelated donors (nature.com)

ananyo writes: Researchers have for the first time managed to give patients a complete bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor. The recipients were also able to accept kidneys from the same donors without the need for immunosuppresive drugs (http://www.nature.com/news/drug-free-organ-transplants-without-tissue-matching-1.10188). Normally, such transplants would trigger graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) — an often deadly complication that occurs when immune cells from an unrelated donor attack the transplant recipient’s tissue (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002286/). The researchers report that five of eight people who underwent the treatment were able to stop all immunosuppressive therapy within a year after their kidney and stem-cell transplants, four of which came from unrelated donors (abstract http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/4/124/124ra28).
Technology

Submission + - Scientists Achieve New Anti-Icing Breakthrough With Nanotechnology (gereports.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Scientists from GE Global Research announced this morning yet another breakthrough in an ongoing project to develop new anti-icing applications from coatings created in the lab using nanotechnology, which involves the science of materials at a very tiny scale (a nanometer is one-billionth of one meter). At the nano-level, materials behave differently than they do at a normal scale, and GE material scientists have focused on creating superhydroponic, or extremely water repellent, materials as coatings for surfaces that could prevent icing. The new research presented today shows that in addition to dramatically reducing ice adhesion on surfaces, the experimental “nanotextured” coatings also delay ice from forming under simulated atmospheric icing conditions in the lab. While a non-coated surface will experience ice formation almost immediately under those conditions, the GE researchers found that a surface with the nanotextured coating won’t for approximately 80 seconds.
The Internet

Submission + - It's not real if it's not online (presseurop.eu)

An anonymous reader writes: Last week 100 million Indians went on strike, but unlike the Occupy movement and Arab Spring, few Western reporters —and virtually no bloggers — paid much attention. Why are some social movements considered more important than others? Because the hashtag revolution distorts our sense of reality.

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