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Edinburgh University researchers develop artificial blood from bone marrow stem cells! 98% of people can receive (O-negative). Science win.

30 Oct

Researchers at Edinburgh University have developed a new type of faux blood that could be ready for human testing in as little as two years.

Their technique involves growing stem cells taken from the bone marrow of healthy adults into a new material thats very close to the red blood cells grown naturally in humans. Moreso, the artificial blood they create would be the rare, and highly sought after, type O-negative which can be used in 98% of patients.

And it would be guaranteed to be free of infections like HIV or Hepatitis. The researchers are confident that their process has been perfected to the point where clinical trials could begin in just 2 years.

But since their technique only produces red blood cells, they’d have to then work with other researchers to combine it with artificial hemoglobins before the artificial blood could become part of regular hospital use. A process that could take up to another 10 years.

via Artificial Blood From Bone Marrow Stem Cells Still Makes Me Genuinely Queasy.

How to creepily hustle a domain owner for a domain name you want a.k.a. How Klout got Klout.com

29 Oct

Admittedly, some will think this was slightly creepy and obnoxious behavior. I, on the other hand, think it’s awesome. Real entrepreneurs, after all, know how to hustle. See the link below for the humorous story.

via How Klout Got Klout.com | TechCrunch.

FLIP-FLOP! HP announces to keep its PC division! So when’s the next $99 TouchPad??!

27 Oct

“Hopefully this is a beginning of a set of events over the next year that demonstrates the board has a better grip on things,” Forrester analyst Frank Gillett said. “It didnt feel well thought out or well executed in August.

“Separating the PC business would have meant about $1.5 billion in one-time expenses including establishing the infrastructure such as new systems for IT, support, sales and channel operations, a company spokesman said.

The elimination of joint opportunities — such as branding and procurement — would have cost HP over $1 billion annually, he said.

Some of the alternatives that HP was previously considering included hiving off the business into a separate company through a spin-off or sale.

via Bottom Line – HP decides to keep PC division.

LIVE! Bill Gates is about to speak @ University Of Washington: Watch the stream here!

27 Oct

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Bill Gates is set to give a talk today for an event at the University of Washington’s School of Computer Science and Engineering. It starts at 3:30PST, so in just about 15 minutes.

Here’s the stream: http://www.livestream.com/billgates

The topic will be advances in computing, including natural user interfaces and pervasive computing that could change the way the bottom 1/3rd of the world’s population lives. For all the fanfare about the 99% here in the states, it’s humbling to remember that to much of the world, we are the 1% with adequate fresh water, free and comprehensive public schooling, working sewage and other basic utilities, and so on.

via Bill Gates Speaking At University Of Washington – Watch The Stream Here | TechCrunch.

Mac Users BEWARE! A new Trojan horse virus ported from Linux is on the loose today! Protect yourselves!

27 Oct

Software security company ESET reports that hackers have successfully ported older Linux-targeting malware to Mac OS X. OSX/Tsnunami.A is a new variant of Linux/Tsunami, a malicious piece of software that commandeers your computer and uses its network connection to attack other websites

Even worse, ESET says that Tsunami can force your computer to download additional malware or other software. The company also says that its antivirus software, ESET Cybersecurity for Mac, can detect and remove the malware.

via New Trojan horse uses your Mac to attack websites | Macworld.

Are you really that horrible at driving? Your answer is finally here. Augmented reality GPS navigation. All in front of your face.

26 Oct

What if you’re driving down a dark road in the middle of the night and you have no idea where you are? Navigating twists and turns would suck. But what if your car could display all the relevant info in front of your eyes?

According to Gizmag, True3D is a technology that wants to put your GPS navigation data right in front of your face, taking even more of the guesswork out of driving in unknown areas. But this isn’t just a matter of putting a GPS map in front of your face. This information is blended into the landscape you’re driving through. The road guide would have 3D depth, showing you exactly where to drive. Point of interest would have markers above them. And there could even be virtual road signs to go along with the standard navigation street maps, for example.

via Augmented Reality Navigation Displays in Your Windshield? Absolutely..

The creators of the iPod are bringing Bill Gates’ “SmartHouse” to yours, starting with a futuristic thermostat that adjusts temperature to your habits

25 Oct

iPod fathers unveil their next project, the Nest Learning Thermostat hands-on — Engadget. –> $249 @ Best Buy, starting in November 2011

According to Nest, the thermostat takes just about a week to start picking up on your routine, at which point it adjusts the temperature accordingly. It knows, for instance, that the whole family’s out of the house by 9am, and that people start trickling back in around four in the afternoon. That’s all thanks to a collection of six sensors, which keep tabs on metrics like temperature, ambient light, humidity and motion — whether it’s fingers about to touch the display or people passing in and out of the room.

Because of those far-field sensors, in particular, the Nest knows that you’re not at home if it hasn’t detected movement in ages. So, it lowers the temperature anyway, even if that’s a time when you’d typically be around. And let’s say you have a few of these installed throughout the house. Although they each learn independently, they also talk to each other, so if you walk through the foyer, the thermostat upstairs will know you’re home.

For those of you into Dre’s Beats… they’re going wireless via Bluetooth in November ’11 for $280

23 Oct

But we put the new Beats Wireless headphones through their paces. They’re Bluetooth as well, and sound like it. The rap-friendly signature “Christ, my ear drum” bass was there, but a variety of songs—Chris Brown to Coldplay—sounded muddled and tinny. Probably because Bluetooth just isn’t that great for beaming around audio. The $280 (£180) available next month, were highly comfortable (albeit during a short time on my skull). But the side-mounted buttons were mushy and poorly laid out, and I found myself skipping tracks instead of turning them up.

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via Dr. Dre’s Beats Go Wireless But Where’s the @##ing AirPlay? Ears On | Gizmodo UK.

Steve Jobs Worked the Day Before He Died #truepassion #teechy

19 Oct

From a commenter: “I agree with you. What I think some people cant begin to comprehend is what it must be like to create something like Apple, INC out of nothing and for it to become what it is. Most of us will never get to that level. People sometimes put Jobs in the same category of other CEOs but it isnt like the CEO of Sony or of Disney- Steve Jobs created co-created Apple. It was his company. And to have it start as a company in a garage to success to being kicked out of it to returning and making it the biggest tech company on the planet and one of the biggest companies of any sort is a huge accomplishment. And he didnt get it there by sitting on his ass. Ever. Even when dying. And dont forget, he had been dying for years.”

via Steve Jobs Worked the Day Before He Died.

Awesome idea: throw a ball with 36 cameras in the air & get a panoramic at the peak #teechy

18 Oct

Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera // Jonas Pfeil.

Throw a ball loaded with 36 cameras in the air, and get a panoramic at the peak of your toss.

Big thanks to Evan for sharing this with me.

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