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Stem Cells Grown From Patient's Arm Used To Replace Retina

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-10-24 07:50
BarbaraHudson writes: The Globe and Mail is reporting the success of a procedure to implant a replacement retina grown from cells from the patient's skin. Quoting: "Transplant doctors are stepping gingerly into a new world, one month after a Japanese woman received the first-ever tissue transplant using stem cells that came from her own skin, not an embryo. On Sept. 12, doctors in a Kobe hospital replaced the retina of a 70-year-old woman suffering from macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the developed world. The otherwise routine surgery was radical because scientists had grown the replacement retina in a petri dish, using skin scraped from the patient's arm. The Japanese woman is fine and her retinal implant remains in place. Researchers around the world are now hoping to test other stem-cell-derived tissues in therapy. Dr. Jeanne Loring from the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., expects to get approval within a few years to see whether neurons derived from stem cells can be used to treat Parkinson's disease."

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Stem Cells Grown From Patient's Arm Used To Replace Retina

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-10-24 07:50
BarbaraHudson writes: The Globe and Mail is reporting the success of a procedure to implant a replacement retina grown from cells from the patient's skin. Quoting: "Transplant doctors are stepping gingerly into a new world, one month after a Japanese woman received the first-ever tissue transplant using stem cells that came from her own skin, not an embryo. On Sept. 12, doctors in a Kobe hospital replaced the retina of a 70-year-old woman suffering from macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the developed world. The otherwise routine surgery was radical because scientists had grown the replacement retina in a petri dish, using skin scraped from the patient's arm. The Japanese woman is fine and her retinal implant remains in place. Researchers around the world are now hoping to test other stem-cell-derived tissues in therapy. Dr. Jeanne Loring from the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., expects to get approval within a few years to see whether neurons derived from stem cells can be used to treat Parkinson's disease."

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Kip Thorne explains how he created the black hole for <i>Interstellar</i>

The Register - Fri, 2014-10-24 07:29
Movie special effects project spawns academic papers on gravitational lensing

Vid Youtube Video

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Detritus From Cancer Cells May Infect Healthy Cells

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-10-24 07:07
bmahersciwriter writes Tiny bubbles of cell membrane — called exosomes — are shed by most cells. Long thought to be mere trash, researchers had recently noticed that they often contain short, regulatory RNA molecules, suggesting that exosomes may be one way that cells communicate with one another. Now, it appears that RNA in the exosomes shed by tumor cells can get into healthy cells and 'transform' them, putting them on the path to becoming cancerous themselves.

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Techies: Meet the Microsoft A Team at Future Decoded

The Register - Fri, 2014-10-24 07:01
Brian Cox, Sir Nigel Shadbolt at Tech Day, ExCeL, 12 Nov

Promo Microsoft is running a huge conference - Future Decoded - in London’s ExCeL centre on November 10-12. The Tech Day on Day 3 has a huge agenda, big name keynote speakers, eight training tracks – and one track dedicated to entrepreneurial startups and students.…

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Android Wear updated with GPS support and offline music

Linux Today - Fri, 2014-10-24 07:00

 ITworld: Google has made it crystal clear that it is pulling out all the stops to make Android Wear one of the best wearable operating systems around.

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Protesters in Hong Kong to vote on government proposals

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2014-10-24 06:49
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong protesters plan to hold a straw poll on government proposals they rejected earlier in the week as their street campaign pushing for democracy for the Chinese-controlled city entered its fifth week on Friday.






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CBS goes OTT, releases EVERY EPISODE of <i>Star Trek</i> EVER MADE

The Register - Fri, 2014-10-24 06:46
$5.99 a month will buy you current primetime shows too

Only a day after HBO announced its OTT intentions, CBS followed suit and unveiled its own online ambitions – with archived content, current shows and livestreams in CBS’s 14 largest markets.…

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Dropbox-but-with-an-actual-box firm touts new biz appliances

The Register - Fri, 2014-10-24 06:29
Cloudy-style biz P2P - but without the cloud

Private cloud firm Connected Data has birthed a business-class, private cloud/file sync 'n' share product based on its consumer Transporter product's base.…

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Exclusive: Chad says Nigeria deal with Boko Haram to free girls still on

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2014-10-24 06:22
N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Chad said it believed Nigeria's secret deal with Boko Haram Islamists to free more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls would go ahead despite the breakdown of a truce, and revealed that the key to the agreement was a prisoner swap.
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Lucky you. Twitter offers you its 'Digits' (for mobe app sign-ins)

The Register - Fri, 2014-10-24 06:03
No ma – no passwords

Twitter's launch of a service that provides a new way to sign up to apps without using passwords has received a cautious welcome from security experts.…

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Jeffrey McGuire From Acquia Explains Drupal 8, the GPL, and Much More

Linux Today - Fri, 2014-10-24 06:00

 Tuxmachines: We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire, Open Source Evangelist at Acquia, the key company behind Drupal

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We chat to CloudFlare about its 'EVERYBODY GETS SSL' venture

The Register - Fri, 2014-10-24 05:34
Has gutsy move generated biz?

Interview CloudFlare boss Matthew Prince is hoping the firm's project to roll out SSL support to customers who use its free cloud-based web hosting service will inspire other internet firms to build out a fully encrypted web.…

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Meet Mr Gamification: He's got a NUDGE or two for you

The Register - Fri, 2014-10-24 05:05
Geddit?!?

Battle of Ideas Do you ever get invited to talk and wish that Steve Bong was there instead of you? That’s what happened to me last weekend. The subject was "gamification" at the Battle of Ideas. Things got really strange, really quickly – I think you’ll find what is coming up to be quite eye-opening - but I’m sure Steve would have taken it all in his stride.…

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Cisco patches three-year-old remote code-execution hole

The Register - Fri, 2014-10-24 04:33
Patch or kill Telnet

A three-year-old dangerous remote code execution hole affecting Cisco kit has been patched.…

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British Army Looking For Gamers For Their Smart-Tanks

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-10-24 04:29
concertina226 writes The U.K. branch of global defense firm General Dynamics is working on a futuristic state-of-the-art smart-tank to replace the British Army's aging armored vehicle fleet, to be delivered to the Ministry of Defense in 2020. The Scout SV armored vehicle is the first fully-digitized armored fighting vehicle to have been built for the British Army, and is far bigger and more durable than any of its existing tanks, which are now at least 20 years old. The tank comes in six variants that can be customized with a tools for different missions, and has numerous sensors, cameras, and sights to offer real-time intelligence on weather conditions, target acquisition, and reconnaissance — all crucial battlefield data required by commanders to access and direct situations. "With the capability in the Scout SV, we're really looking for the type of people who play Xbox games – tech-savvy people who are able to take in a lot of information and process it in the proper way," says Kevin Connell, the vice president for General Dynamic UK's Land Systems Regiment.

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Now Everyone Wants to Sell You a Magical Anonymity Router. Choose Wisely

LinuxSecurity.com - Fri, 2014-10-24 04:07
LinuxSecurity.com: Maintaining your privacy online, like investing in stocks or looking good naked, has become one of those nagging desires that leaves Americans with a surplus of stress and a deficit of facts. So it's no surprise that a cottage industry of privacy marketers now wants to sell them the solution in a $50 piece of hardware promising internet "anonymity" or "invisibility."
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Disaster as CryptoWall encrypts US firm's entire server installation

LinuxSecurity.com - Fri, 2014-10-24 04:04
LinuxSecurity.com: "Here is a tale of ransomware that will make your blood run cold," announced Stu Sjouwerman of security training firm KnowBe4 in a company newsletter this week and he wasn't exaggerating.
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Kingston's aviation empire: From industry firsts to Airfix heroes

The Register - Fri, 2014-10-24 04:03
Sir Thomas Sopwith's suburban Surrey hub

Geek's Guide to Britain He learned to fly aged 22, set up his first aircraft factory aged 24 and by 30 his fighters dominated the skies over the Western Front.…

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Pssst. Want to buy a timeshare in the clouds?

The Register - Fri, 2014-10-24 03:36
The Google dilemma — controller or spreader of knowledge?

Comment Three questions: is baby turning into a monster? Are we desktop/notebook/tablet/smartphone users becoming the near-as-dammit slaves of social media and retail monopolists? Are these monopolists destroying jobs and impoverishing people faster than networked smart device and software technologies are creating jobs and enriching their users' lives?…

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