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Meet DARPA's New Militarized Earthworm

mg127 Worms! (83 comments)

All that time spent playing Worms! and Earthworm Jim can now be put down on your resume as combat training experience.

more than 2 years ago
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How 3D Printing Could Help Keep the ISS In Orbit

mg127 Re:Materials (200 comments)

I'm sure that not all astronaut emissions are odor-neutral.

more than 2 years ago
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Doom Ported To the Web

mg127 Re:not here.. (248 comments)

Macbook Pro (i7 w/ 4GB and Nvidia 330M) using Firefox 4 I get 37 fps. Neat demo, but I agree the sound is pretty awful.

more than 3 years ago
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$338M Patent Ruling Against Microsoft Overturned

mg127 Re:Jury of peers? (238 comments)

In the world of US finance, that shouldn't be too hard.

more than 5 years ago
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Umbilical Cord Blood Banking?

mg127 Re:Think of it as health insurance (409 comments)

There is no evidence that the banked cells will be viable when thawed and may not be able to be programmed to become the desired cells. Even if they could, would you want cells that have a predisposition to become leukemia cells to be put back in your body? You would be putting cells with the same genetic background that originally caused the disease back into the body. Sure, you would have fewer problems with rejection, but the same problems as the cells which originally caused the disease. A much better bet would be to take donor matched cells from a healthy person and transplant those. I thought about this as a new parent and decided it was not worth the $$ and in general a bad idea. I have a PhD in pharmaceutical chemistry and work for Harvard. We could have afforded the $$, but it is a waste.

more than 5 years ago

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