Monday, February 21, 2005
- R.I.P. author Hunter S. Thompson; originator of the genre known as "gonzo journalism," of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was 67. just for a day has audio links to a 1977 Q&A session (75 min.) with Thompson at the University of Colorado, and a link to his final ESPN Shotgun Golf article.
- The Sutter, CA Brittan Elementary School RFID-card experiment has been abruptly terminated, according to Slashdot
- Nature's nuclear reactors in Gabon, Africa, have been producing heat, radiation, and plutonium by-products for eons, so their ecology may serve as a valuable learning tool for scientists seeking to create long-term storage for radioactive waste [via MetaFilter]
- "Why The L-Word Isn't Just Eye Candy," by Ariel Levy [Slate.com]
- GA prosecutor says no dirty talk on the phone:
The phone is off limits for such X-rated talk, even to one's spouse, said Inez Grant, Forsyth County assistant solicitor, because "the state can regulate its public utilities," including telephone lines. "You need to know," Grant told Benham later, that a lascivious telephone call to your wife could bring prosecution. Benham thought a moment and deadpanned, "I'll pick her up and talk to her in person." [read full article][via Overlawyered]
- Fascinating: images of flowers under ultraviolet illumination [via MetaFilter]
- All the Rock Group fonts you can shake a
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- Maybe there was something to Countess Bathory's sanguine soaks:
Young blood revives aging muscles, Stanford researchers find[via FuturePundit]
STANFORD, Calif. - Any older person can attest that aging muscles don't heal like young ones. But it turns out that's not the muscle's fault. A study in the Feb. 17 issue of Nature shows that it's old blood that keeps the muscles down.
The study, led by Thomas Rando, MD, PhD, associate professor of neurology and neurological sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine, built on previous work showing that old muscles have the capacity to repair themselves but fail to do so. Rando and his group studied specialized cells called satellite cells, the muscle stem cells, that dot muscle tissue. These normally lie dormant but come to the rescue in response to damaged muscle-at least they do in young mice and humans.
In older mice the satellite cells hold the same position, but are deaf to the muscle's cry for help. In the Nature study, Rando and his group first attached old mice to their younger lab-mates in a way that caused the two mice to share a blood supply. They then induced muscle damage only in the older mice. Bathed in the presence of younger blood, the old muscles healed normally. In contrast, when old mice were connected to other old mice they healed slowly. [read full article]
- The next generation of nanotechnology-inspired digital displays promises "to create a more paper-like image than traditional LCD screens [and ... deliver] significant power savings." Manufacturer NanoChromics describes the displays:
A combination of high reflectivity and excellent contrast ratio gives a display which looks more like ink on paper than any other technology available and can be read at very acute angles (again, like paper). NanoChromics™ displays are also bi-stable, meaning that once switched on, a pixel will stay coloured until actively bleached. In other words, no power is consumed to keep a pixel coloured. This, combined with the fact that the display is reflective, needing no backlighting, means that the displays can require very little power to operate.[via Slashdot]