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Live Human Heart Grown in Lab Using Stem Cells in Potential Transplant Breakthrough
|4:12:52 PM, Wednesday, April 20, 2011|
"Scientists are growing human hearts in laboratories, offering hope for millions of cardiac patients.
American researchers believe the artificial organs could start beating within weeks.
The experiment is a major step towards the first ‘grow-your-own’ heart, and could pave the way for livers, lungs or kidneys to be made to order.
The organs were created by removing muscle cells from donor organs to leave behind tough hearts of connective tissue.
Researchers then injected stem cells which multiplied and grew around the structure, eventually turning into healthy heart cells.
Dr Doris Taylor, an expert in regenerative medicine at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, said: ‘The hearts are growing, and we hope they will show signs of beating within the next weeks.
‘There are many hurdles to overcome to generate a fully functioning heart, but my prediction is that it may one day be possible to grow entire organs for transplant.’Patients given normal heart transplants must take drugs to suppress their immune systems for the rest of their lives..."
Video of Baby Penguin Being Tickled
|4:04:57 PM, Wednesday, April 20, 2011|
-- That is all.
Cannibals Seeking Same: A Visit To The Online World Of Flesh-Eaters
|7:23:05 PM, Tuesday, April 19, 2011|
"While it was shut down with a Denial of Service attack by the German authorities in late 2002, the website for the Cannibal Café can still be viewed online thanks to the Wayback Machine. Nine years is an eternity when it comes to the Internet and, suspended there in history, the website is a time capsule of early website-design features and flourishes, down to a .gif of dripping blood and the flashing "WARNING" sign. Its forum messages also carry the whiff of a different era; written at a time when people, unaware and unafraid of consequences, were more open with their identities online.
On the Café's forums were men looking for men, men looking for women (the ideal: short, buxom, thin redheads) and women looking for men—very few posts, if any, were for women looking for women. There were people who wanted to be eaten and people who wanted to do the eating. There were stories, artwork and users seeking advice on the best to way to cook someone. “I am ready!” announced that the poster was prepared for slaughter. Entire threads were devoted to “human meat for sale fresh frozen.” Email addresses were freely exchanged, with posters using handles like “Pigslut” and “Masochist Mr. Waye.”
Here is how one notable, but still typical, conversation at the Café ran. The creatively titled “your next meal” wrote, “if anyone wants to eat an 18 yr old gorgeous male by any means you wish, then just tell me how you would feel whilst devouring my horny flesh into ur belly and i will reply to you so we can discuss real arrangements, please eat me!” A few hours later, a response: “Hi, i am Franky from Germany, i will eat you,” followed by an e-mail address.
Perro Loco started the Cannibal Café in 1994—and when, in 2002, one of its posters, that same "Franky from Germany," was arrested for killing and eating another man, the Cannibal Café was shut down.
"Perro Loco" is a pseudonym, of course, one Loco uses for all of his online activity. I spoke to him over the phone last week from his home in California. He described himself as an "average looking guy" who is "well spoken and fairly well educated." Now semi-retired, he worked for many years as an EMT before going to work at a fly-fishing store. On the phone, he speaks slowly and with confidence. Given his history I expected some measure of paranoia, but found little. Although he tries to keep a private lifestyle, anyone wishing to know him will face no difficulties, which is why it wasn’t hard for me to contact him..."
Internet Freedom Threatened By New Restrictions
|6:56:37 PM, Tuesday, April 19, 2011|
"Freedom on the worldwide Internet is in danger, according to a new report by Freedom House.
In a survey of 37 countries, only 8 qualified as having completely "Free" Internets, while 11 were designated "Not Free" and the remainder were "Partly Free." The survey measured Internet freedom by studying obstacles to access, such as governmental efforts to block technologies or control over Internet access providers, limits on content, including the blocking of websites and other forms of censorship, as well as violations of user rights including privacy, online surveillance and real world repercussions for online activity. The U.S. scored second on the list as ranked by most to least free, with Estonia taking the lead as the nation where the Internet was most free. Germany, Australia and the UK were ranked just behind the U.S.
Among the most alarming findings of the report was evidence that a growing number of countries are attempting to restrict the flow on information online by blocking political content and threatening website owners and bloggers with arrest. Even more democratic countries, like the UK, are chipping away at web freedom with other forms of censorship and surveillance, or with legal harassment. The report listed Russia, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Thailand and Jordan as the countries where a relatively free Internet now threatens to become severely restricted: signs include the 2011 sentencing of a Thai web developer to 13 years of prison over certain web comments, Russian use of "sock puppets" to influence public opinion, and other forms of increased censorship, coercion and restriction..."
Basshunter - Russian Privjet
|6:53:44 PM, Tuesday, April 19, 2011|
-- Yes, it's old... But my music player was on random, so there you have it.
First Evidence That Some Dinosaurs Were Nocturnal
|6:43:14 PM, Tuesday, April 19, 2011|
"Many dinosaurs and pterosaurs were active both by day and night, and some were entirely nocturnal, a new study suggests.
Lars Schmitz and Ryosuke Motani at the University of California, Davis, wanted to test the assumption that dinosaurs were mainly active by day.
They hit upon a clever way to reconstruct the activity patterns of extinct archosaurs – a group which includes crocodiles, dinosaurs and birds – by comparing the size and shape of their eyes to those of present-day animals.
The soft tissues of the eye, including the iris, rarely fossilise, but most archosaurs have a ring of bones within the eye called the scleral ring, which is preserved in some fossils. In modern archosaurs, the size and shape of this ring relative to the eye socket varies depending on whether the animal is diurnal, nocturnal or is active mainly at dawn and dusk..."
ScienceShot: Worlds With Two Suns May Sport Black Plants
|6:40:54 PM, Tuesday, April 19, 2011|
-- "Plants that evolve on planets in a multisun solar system might look quite different from Earth’s mostly green foliage, researchers will report tomorrow at a meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society in Llandudno in the United Kingdom. To maximize energy absorption for photosynthesis, especially when the suns have vastly different colors or if at least one of the suns is dim, plants—or, more correctly, their extraterrestrial analogs—may use one or more types of light-absorbing pigments that absorb across a broad range of wavelengths, which would tend to make the plant appear black or gray (main image). Although the idea that planets that could host such life may sound far-fetched, such orbs may not be so rare: The team’s computer simulations indicate that Earth-like planets can exist in several types of stable orbits in multistar systems (inset). More than one-fourth of the sunlike stars in our galaxy and about half of the long-lived but dim, cool stars called red dwarfs are found in solar systems containing two or more stars, the researchers note."
Why Would Anyone Want To Go To Heaven?
|2:49:50 PM, Tuesday, April 19, 2011|
-- Just remember, you were warned. In Heaven... no one can hear you scream! Watch this!
Jamiroquai - Deeper Underground
|2:45:45 PM, Tuesday, April 19, 2011|
Architecture 101 - Aled Lewis
|11:14:56 PM, Monday, April 18, 2011|
The Cost of Combat Stress: a Billion Dollars a Year
|10:56:10 PM, Monday, April 18, 2011|
"In a war, death comes in many forms: jury-rigged bombs, sleek fighter jets, assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades. But a stealthier killer lingers long after the fighting is done, in the psychological toll that combat exacts. More than 6,000 veterans take their own lives every year — about 20 percent of the 30,000 American suicides annually.
In an effort to quantify the psychological cost of war, a recent report from the National Bureau of Economic Research has come up with the magic numbers. They estimate that lower-bound costs of mental health problems from the global war on terror are between $750 million and $1.35 billion annually.
Despite trying everything from portable weatherproof brain scanners to drug treatments with ecstasy and MDMA, service members are still suffering with post-traumatic stress and other mental health issues.
In fact, 26 percent of returning soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan are depressed, drug and alcohol-dependent, homeless or suicidal, says the NBER report. This quoted number was independently calculated in a study done by the Rand Corporation, a non-profit policy and research think tank.
The NBER report brings some fresh insights to the table. Rather than assessing the mental impact of war through a measure of soldiers’ deployment length as other studies have done, this report assesses trauma through the type of combat soldiers have been involved in.
Although the results are pretty intuitive, the report establishes that those soldiers who “engage in frequent enemy firefight or witness allied or civilian deaths are at substantially increased risk for suicidal ideation, psychological counseling, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).”
So, when the military decides which soldiers to deploy for active combat, they should be cognizant of where and not necessarily for how long, the soldier has been deployed before..."
Now In Production: Human Skin Grown In a Robot-Controlled German Skin Factory
|10:06:02 PM, Monday, April 18, 2011|
"Back in 2009, we told you about the skin factory concept at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology, where scientists hoped to mass-produce skin at low cost for clinical testing and other uses. Now it’s come online, with robots squeezing pink solution into pipettes and turning out sheets of human flesh. Der Spiegel took a look inside.
Science, Rebecca Boyle, factories, factory, Fraunhofer, health, human skin cells, human tissue, robots, skins, tissue engineeringThe factory can produce 5,000 penny-sized discs of whitish translucent tissue every month. The designers say it can also come in shades of brown. Each disc will cost about $72, a bit more than expected when the project was in its planning stages two years ago. The German newspaper Der Spiegel took a tour of the facility with its director, Heike Walles; check out their coverage here.
Robots and computers control the skin-making process, which takes place in a sterile, climate-controlled setting. The skin broth is closely monitored for any signs of infection and computers guide the lasers and blades that cut swatches of skin. The goal is to pave the way for factory-produced human tissue, complete with blood vessels, that could be used to treat injuries or various medical conditions.
As Der Spiegel puts it, Walles believes factories like this one will be the only way to efficiently produce new tissue like bladders, tracheas, cartilage and even human organs. She and others have successfully produced engineered tissue for human transplantation, but the process is hugely expensive and labor-intensive. An automated manufacturing facility could make it cheaper and simpler, she says.
For now, the tissue is being used in animal testing and could even be used for products like cosmetics, but it is still a long way from being transplanted. European Union regulations require several stages of animal testing before it could be used in a clinical setting, Der Spiegel reports."
Bobcat on a Cactus
|8:39:59 PM, Monday, April 18, 2011|
-- That is all.
T-killah - Забираю
|2:52:30 PM, Monday, April 18, 2011|
Failed Teenage Suicide Bomber Describes Deadly Mission
|2:14:47 PM, Monday, April 18, 2011|
"Umar Fidai survived when his explosive vest failed to detonate properly. His family has not been in touch since he was found lying in the street.
In early April a suicide blast ripped though a Pakistani shrine packed with thousands of devotees, leaving scores dead. Both attackers were schoolboys in their early teens. But one survived and told the BBC's Aleem Maqbool what made him want to take his life and the lives of others.
"All I was thinking was that I had to detonate myself near as many people as possible. When I decided it was the right time, it was a moment of happiness for me," said 14-year-old Umar Fidai.
"I thought that there would be a little bit of pain, but then I would be in heaven."
Umar did not make it to paradise. Instead, we find him in custody.
His left arm is missing, his right arm entirely strapped up, and there are bandages around his torso. But he is alert, polite and disarmingly frank.
"The plan was that Ismail would blow himself up near the shrine. I would wait for the ambulances to come and detonate myself near them to kill more people. I had no doubts at all beforehand."
But Umar's suicide jacket failed to explode properly.
He blew off his own arm, tore open his abdomen and was knocked unconscious. When he came round, Umar reached for a grenade in his pocket.
"We had been taught that if the belt does not go off, we should kill ourselves with the grenade. There were three policemen standing close by, and I thought if I killed them too, I would still make it to heaven."
As Umar raised the grenade to his mouth to pull out the pin with his teeth, a police officer shot him in the arm.
Extraordinary mobile phone footage shows Umar lying on the ground as police then went about defusing the remains of his suicide jacket..."
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