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Should the Gov't Pay For Injured Man's Wii? 222

An anonymous reader writes "Politicians in the Australian state of Victoria are currently locked in a debate about whether an injured man should be able to claim the cost of a Nintendo Wii for rehabilitation purposes under worker's compensation. The man's doctor apparently recommended he use the Wii Fit exercise device, but both insurance companies and the government itself have blocked the payment and have now ridiculed the idea as paying for video games. But with the Wii Fit increasingly being used for rehabilitation purposes internationally, does the man have a fair case?"

Submission + - Major New Function Discovered For The Spleen

circletimessquare writes: "The spleen doesn't get much respect. Those undergoing a splenectomy seem to be able to carry on without any consequences. However, some studies have suggested an enhanced risk of early death for those who have undergone splenectomies. Now researchers have discovered why: the spleen apparently serves as a vast reservoir for monocytes, the largest of the white blood cells, the wrecking crew of the immune system. After major trauma, such as a heart attack, the monocytes are disgorged into the blood stream and immediately get to work repairing the damage. '"The parallel in military terms is a standing army," said Matthias Nahrendorf, an author of the report. "You don't want to have to recruit an entire fighting force from the ground up every time you need it."'"

Submission + - California Student Arrested for Console Hacking (whnt.com) 2

jhoger writes: "Matthew Crippen was arrested and released August 3rd, 2009 on $5000 bond for hacking game consoles (for profit) in violation of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act.

He faces up to 10 years in prison.

This is terribly disturbing to me... this man could lose 10 years of his freedom for providing a service of altering hardware. He could well lose much of his freedom for providing a modicum of it to others. There is no piracy going on, necessarily... the games that could then be run may simply not be signed by the vendor. It's much like jailbreaking an iPhone.

But it seems because he is disabling a "circumvention device" it is a criminal issue.

Time to kick a few dollars over to the EFF!"

Comment Is this new? (Score 4, Informative) 40

If they are just trying these techniques now, then paleontologists need to start visiting with other departments. The sciences have evolved so much over they last 20 years that in order to do any real work you have to associate with people outside your discipline.


LSCM has been used for ages outside of biology in quality control for chip manufactures.
Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopy improves your Z resolution by eliminating light from above and below the plane of focus. This helps in thick biological samples. Usually you can only image up to 300 microns into a sample (sometimes up to 700 depending on objective and wavelength).
Now, with fossils, I assume that you can only see the very top layer, because light wont penetrate rock that far.

The Raman effect was described in 1928. However, robust applications in conjunction with microscopy are somewhat new so I would say that this group is not coming on board to late in the game. Raman with microscopy is pretty cool because you can make chemical maps that correlate to images you have taken. See this paper .

Anyway , I'm glad to see that they are using some advanced techniques.

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