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RealGene (1025017) writes "Before there was McGyver, there was the Professor, who could make anything from what was available on the island, except a decent raft.
According to The Wrap, Johnson died at his home in Washington state of natural causes, his agent, Michael Eisenstadt said." Link to Original Source top
Air France flight 447 crash blamed on Pilots' Training
RealGene (1025017) writes "The pilots of Air France flight 447 that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean three years ago lacked the right training to respond to a surprise scenario, the French aviation investigator said in its final report of the incident." Link to Original Source top
RealGene (1025017) writes "Doug Englebart was presented with Yale's first-ever honorary Doctor of Engineering degree. Yale President Richard Levin said, "We touch your genius every day, as the inventor of the mouse. You put computing in our hands, creating a user interface that the world now takes for granted."" Link to Original Source top
Orrie Friedman, Pioneer of Biotech, dead at age 94
RealGene (1025017) writes "When Marco Zaldivar purchased four T-Mobile cell phones for his family a few years ago, he had no interest in text messages. They came anyway, and by 2007 unwanted texts were adding $20 to $30 to his bill every month, he claims. When he asked T-Mobile to shut off text service, the firm said that was impossible. Instead, he was given a Hobson's choice — either sign up for a bundled text message plan with a monthly fee, pay $800 in early termination fees to cancel the service or turn the phones off for the remainder of his two-year contract.
RealGene (1025017) writes "Okay, it's Tuesday if you use GMT.
It's Tuesday if you use EDT.
How can you have the most downloads of Firefox 3 in 24 hours,
if you don't bother to tell anyonewhen to start?
The patent covers a method for chopping up database queries into multiple portions and having each part processed by a different computer. This allows for much faster searching of huge databases, like Google's vast index of Web pages on the Internet." top
RealGene (1025017) writes "From Reuters: "A robotic arm fitted with multiple sensors extends from a regular petrol pump,
carefully opens the car's flap, unscrews the cap, picks up the fuel nozzle and directs it toward
the tank opening, much as a human arm would, and as efficiently."
RealGene (1025017) writes "Folkman was the leading proponent of treating tumors by cutting off their blood supply.
The process by which a tumor stimulates blood vessels to grow is called angiogenesis,
and Folkman was the foremost researcher and discoverer of compounds that stimulate or inhibit
RealGene (1025017) writes "MIT assistant professor Matthew Lang and graduate student David Appleyard have developed optical tweezers
that allow them to move, control and measure objects placed on a silicon chip.
As a demonstration of the system's versatility, they set it up to collect and hold 16 tiny living
E. coli cells at once on a microchip, forming them into the letters MIT." top
RealGene (1025017) writes "AP is reporting:
"Diebold Inc. saw great potential in the modernization of elections equipment.
Now, analysts say, executives may be angling for ways to dump its e-voting subsidiary
that's widely seen as tarnishing the company's reputation.""