Archive | March, 2008

Man Grows Back Finger

Posted on 28 March 2008


Man regrows finger that was accidentally cut off in model plane propeller. The man used a regenerative powder given to him by his brother, a research scientist.

That powder is a substance made from pig bladders called extracellular matrix. It is a mix of protein and connective tissue surgeons often use to repair tendons and it holds some of the secrets behind the emerging new science of regenerative medicine.

“It tells the body, start that process of tissue regrowth,” said Badylak.

Badlayk is one of the many scientists who now believe every tissue in the body has cells which are capable of regeneration. All scientists have to do is find enough of those cells and “direct” them to grow.

“Somehow the matrix summons the cells and tell them what to do,” Badylak explained. “It helps instruct them in terms of where they need to go, how they need to differentiate – should I become a blood vessel, a nerve, a muscle cell or whatever.”

[via CBS News]

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Phone Fingers – The Creepy Way to Keep your iPhone Screen Clean

Posted on 26 March 2008

Phone Fingers for Using your iPhone

A new accessory for iPhone users promises clean smudge free screens. The only drawback, you look like a freak wearing them. Phone Fingers cover, well, just that, your ‘phone fingers’ so that you don’t dirty up that shiny glass iPhone or iTouch screen with your grimy finger tips. They are apparently made of latex, so they’re essentially like little black condoms for your digits. I’m baffled and bewildered on every front. Is latex going to slide naturally across the glass iPhone screen? Who in the hell would stop and put these things on before using their iPhone? And what do you tell the parents of the children who run screaming in horror when you wave at them with your bizzaro phone hand? Couple more picts after the jump.

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The Internet Party

Posted on 26 March 2008

Hilarious video put together by Cracked.com. Imagine if every popular internet site where a person at a party, complete with their own net personalities. Good stuff.

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Cool 3D Pop-Up Alphabet Book

Posted on 26 March 2008

As a kid I loved popup books. Granted they usually didn’t do a whole lot of popping after a month or two, but they were cool while they lasted. This Alphabet pop up book features the entire alphabet in some pretty interesting and witty ways. Kids will keep a kick out of it and designers will dig it as well. Buy it at Amazon

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Turn Off Your Lights for Earth Hour

Posted on 26 March 2008

What started out in Sydney, Australia in 2007 has now become a global event. On March 29th, at 8pm the second annual Earth Hour event will take place. If you haven’t yet of heard the buzz, basically the goal is to get people across the world to ‘un-plug’ for a full hour on the 29th. Turn out the lights, turn OFF that computer, tv, dvr, fire up a candle and chill for an hour. Not only does the event aim to make a small (very small) dent in the global carbon footprint, it’s also an effort to raise awareness energy usage and conservation. Hit up EarthHour.org for a full run down on how you can participate. (Aside from just flipping switches).

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Is Global Warming A Hoax?

Posted on 19 March 2008

Thousands of scientific ocean robots suggest that ocean temperature has not warmed up at all over the past four or five years

Everybody from Al Gore to Arnold Schwarzenegger have preached about the effects of global warming but is the planet actually warming? We know that the global average air temperature near the Earth’s surface rose about 1-2 degrees during the last hundred years but what does that equate to in the grand scheme of the planet? A hundred years is a small fraction in the billions of years the earth has been around. Instead of just measuring the air temperature, scientist have been monitoring the oceans for changes, but what they have found is to the contrary.

This is puzzling in part because here on the surface of the Earth, the years since 2003 have been some of the hottest on record. But Josh Willis at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory says the oceans are what really matter when it comes to global warming.

In fact, 80 percent to 90 percent of global warming involves heating up ocean waters. They hold much more heat than the atmosphere can. So Willis has been studying the ocean with a fleet of robotic instruments called the Argo system. The buoys can dive 3,000 feet down and measure ocean temperature. Since the system was fully deployed in 2003, it has recorded no warming of the global oceans.

So if these ocean robots are actually giving accurate data, then where is all the heat going?

Kevin Trenberth at the National Center for Atmospheric Research says it’s probably going back out into space. The Earth has a number of natural thermostats, including clouds, which can either trap heat and turn up the temperature, or reflect sunlight and help cool the planet.

In actuality, the scientist really can’t explain this missing heat at all. Is it too soon to tell if global warming is real? There is no disputing that what people do effects the environment. China and India build coal-burning plants like they are going out of style. We are too dependent on foreign oil. The list could go on and on, but are you really sold on global warming? Is it possible that we humans have done so much damage in the past 50 years? Or is the current rise in temperatures just a natural blip that has occurred many other times in the history of the Earth, we just weren’t around to notice.

[via NPR]

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Best Buy to Give Away Millions of Dollars in Gift Cards to HD-DVD Buyers

Posted on 19 March 2008

It sounds too good to be true, but apparently it’s for real. Big box retailer Best Buy Co. is giving away $50 gift cards to the unfortunate customers who ended up on the loosing side of the BluRay vs. HD-DVD format war. Pretty interesting move. Best Buy certainly had no obligation to help out HD-DVD buyers. The cost for the gift cards should be coming out of the pockets of the idiotic studio execs who perpetuated the format war in the first place. They’re ultimately the ones who screwed HD-DVD owners by not agreeing on a format. Kudos to Best Buy – whom I sure will enjoy every bit of their $10 million worth of positive PR.

Details in the press release below, or you can visit bestbuy.com/hddvd.

With Blu-ray declaring victory over HD-DVD in the high definition movie format war, Best Buy, the nation’s largest consumer electronics retailer, is giving $50 gift cards to customers who purchased an HD-DVD player or HD-DVD attachment from its U.S. stores before February 23, 2008. Customers will get a gift card for each player or HD-DVD attachment that they purchased. Through this program, Best Buy will distribute more than $10 million in gift cards to customers across the country.

“The DVD format war has divided our customers in a way we haven’t seen since Betamax took on VHS more than 20 years ago,” said Brian J. Dunn, president and chief operating officer for Best Buy. “At Best Buy, we understood and shared our customers’ frustrations as they were being asked to choose one format or the other. Now that the format war is over, we hope these gift cards will reassure our customers that we will help them make a smooth transition into the right technology for their needs.”

Most Best Buy customers won’t have to do anything to receive their gift card. As a demonstration of its commitment to its customers, Best Buy will proactively mail cards to all customers that the company can identify as having purchased an HD-DVD player. Members of the Best Buy Reward Zone program, customers who purchased Performance Service Plans (PSPs) or who made their purchase on BestBuy.com should look for their gift cards in the mail by May 1. Other customers who may not be easily identified can call (888) BEST BUY to receive their gift cards with proof of purchase through a credit card or their Best Buy receipt.

“The beauty of this offer is that it doesn’t require our customers to give up their HD-DVD player,” said Barry Judge, chief marketing officer for Best Buy. “We know that many people who purchased these players have HD-DVD movies that they would like to continue to watch. We’re telling our customers they can keep their players to play these movies as well as their older DVDs and use the $50 to treat themselves to anything else in our stores.”

Best Buy Press Release

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