Archive for November, 2009

Fingernail-sized implant successfully eliminates tumors in mammals

Posted in Uncategorized on November 29, 2009 by nuKnuK

 

 

In a world first, scientists have successfully eliminated tumors in mammals using a cancer vaccine carried into the body on a fingernail-sized implant. The new approach uses plastic disks impregnated with tumor-specific antigens and implanted under the skin to reprogram the mammalian immune system to attack tumors.

Most cancer cells easily skirt the immune system, which operates by recognizing and attacking invaders from outside the body. The approach developed by bioengineers and immunologists at Harvard University redirects the immune system to target tumors, and appears both more effective and less cumbersome than other cancer vaccines currently in clinical trials.

Conventional cancer vaccinations remove immune cells from the body, reprogram them to attack malignant tissues, and return them to the body. However, more than 90 percent of reinjected cells die before having any effect in experiments.

via Fingernail-sized implant successfully eliminates tumors in mammals.

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Street Art: Joshua Allen Harris’ Inflatable Bag Monsters

Posted in Uncategorized on November 29, 2009 by nuKnuK

HandBrake 0.9.4: Released! or: Not Dead, Just Pining for the Fjords.

Posted in Uncategorized on November 28, 2009 by nuKnuK

“Creation comes out of imperfection.”

There’s an old proverb in the video encoding world: “Speed, size, quality: pick two.” It means that you always have to make a trade-off between the time it takes to encode a video, the amount of compression used, and the picture quality. Well, this release of HandBrake refuses to compromise. It picks all three.

HandBrake can now include subtitle tracks that can be turned on and off, instead of rendering them onto the video track permanently (which also reduces video compression). This means you can include Closed Captioning data from DVDs and TV broadcasts, or find SRT text subtitle files on the ‘net and include them. When using the Matroska container, you can also store the graphical subtitle images (VobSubs) from a DVD as a separate track. An added benefit is that multiple subtitle tracks can be included in the same output video.

via HandBrake.

Second Generation Pet Rock is USB-Powered, Still Does Nothing – Usb pet rock – Gizmodo

Posted in Uncategorized on November 25, 2009 by nuKnuK

 

 

Maybe I'm just not a good pet owner, but I never understood the original Pet Rock. Mine just sat there holding down papers on my desk and refused to eat. Looks like this USB-powered one doesn't do much either.

Like the tauntaun sleeping bag, the USB Pet Rock is another case of an April Fools Day joke turning into a real product. This is the joke video from earlier in the year:

via Second Generation Pet Rock is USB-Powered, Still Does Nothing – Usb pet rock – Gizmodo.

Buffalo Technology – Products – DriveStation™ USB 3.0 HD-HXU3

Posted in Uncategorized on November 24, 2009 by nuKnuK

 

 

The Buffalo DriveStation™ USB 3.0 HD-HXU3 is the next generation of high speed external storage solution offering SuperSpeed transfer speeds of up to 130MB/s, 3 times faster than USB 2.0. Ideal for editing and management of bandwidth intensive programs such as CAD or video editing software, the new DriveStation USB3.0 will store thousands of music, video, photo and data files and lightning fast USB 3.0 SuperSpeed.

via Buffalo Technology – Products – DriveStation™ USB 3.0 HD-HXU3.

Make: Online : Man invents electric lobster taser

Posted in Uncategorized on November 24, 2009 by nuKnuK

 

 

A company in the United Kingdom is about to lift the lid on a device that zaps lobster with electricity to kill them, and the inventor said Wednesday his humane alternative to boiling is about to give the entire industry a jolt.

British entrepreneur Simon Buckhaven said the CrustaStun system, developed over the past decade by his company Studham Technologies Limited, near London, kills the lobster with an electric charge, so the crustacean feels no “pain or distress.”

The application of a stun (110 Volts – 2-5 amps) causes an immediate interruption in the functioning of the nervous system of the shellfish. By interrupting the nerve function, the shellfish (be it Crab. Lobster or other) is unable to receive stimuli and thus by definition, cannot feel pain or suffer distress (Dr. Dave Robb 2000 – Bristol University – paper on sentience in Crustacea, Baker 1975, Jane Smith 1991, Bateson 2000, Sherwin 2000 & Gregory & Lumsden 2000). The prolonged application of the stun causes a permanent disruption which kills the shellfish.

via Make: Online : Man invents electric lobster taser.

Camangi WebStation: 7 Inches of Android Tablet for $400 – Camangi WebStation – Gizmodo

Posted in Uncategorized on November 20, 2009 by nuKnuK

The Camangi WebStation has been floating around for a few months now in little more than proof of concept form. Now, it's on the cusp of being a real product, released next month for $400.

The system runs Android 1.5 through its 7-Inch (800×480) glass touchscreen display, plus you get Wi-Fi (b/g), GPS , microSD reader, 2MP camera, .3MP webcam and a USB port that can always add 3G (though, the whole idea becomes sort of silly at that point).

via Camangi WebStation: 7 Inches of Android Tablet for $400 – Camangi WebStation – Gizmodo.