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New Nanoparticle Could Provide Simple Early Diagnosis Of Many Diseases

philip_bailey Re:Sounds like nonsense (62 comments)

Most cancers, Alzheimer's and heart disease have nothing to do with inflammation, chronic or otherwise.

Actually, atheroma, the cause (in nearly all cases) of coronary artery disease, and the single commonest cause of death in the Western world, is well established to be an inflammatory process. The process of developing atheroma is influenced by a number of risk factors (e.g. diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidaemia, smoking, obesity, family history); interestingly, rheumatoid arthritis is also a significant risk factor. It has even been hypothesised that various bacterial infections (which cause inflammation) may be a cause or risk factor for atherosclerosis, though studies looking at antibiotic treatment of these purported infections have not borne this out so far.

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Microsoft releases Office file formats

philip_bailey philip_bailey writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Philip Bailey (50353) writes "Microsoft has released the binary formats of its major Office file types. Specifications for .doc, .xls, .ppt files, and others, have been made available. Joel Spolsky, in an article today, describes the formats as "almost completely insane" in their complexity.

Will anybody bother to fully reimplement these formats in other software? What's in this for Microsoft?"
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Life may have evolved in ice

philip_bailey philip_bailey writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Philip Bailey (50353) writes "An article in this month's Discovery Magazine claims that some of the fundamental organic molecules required for the development of life could have spontaneously arisen within ice. Stanley Miller, who was responsible for seminal experiments in the 1950s in this area, using sparks and a mixture of inorganic chemicals, in later life (he died last year), turned instead to low temperature experiments. He was able to create the constituents of RNA and proteins from a mixture of cyanide, ammonia and ice in trials lasting up to 25 years. A process known as eutectic freezing is thought to be the basis of these results: small pockets of liquid water, in which foreign molecules are concentrated enormously, increases the reaction rates, and more than compensates for temperature-related slowing. Subsequent work by others has been able to create RNA chains, reportedly as long as 700 bases, in icy conditions. RNA chains of this length can act as the templates for further RNA (and hence reproduction) and/or as enzymes."
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philip_bailey philip_bailey writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Philip Bailey (50353) writes "A row has erupted between Debian and Mozilla over IP rights in the name and logo of the Firefox browser. Mozilla insist that in order to use the name of the browser, that Debian (and other distributions) must also use the official logo and allow them to authorise any changes to the upstream code. Debian have issues over both of these stipulations as they do not wish to use the non-free logo, and feel that Mozilla's policies on reviewing code have been inconsistently applied in other distributions. One proposal is to rename Firefox to Iceweasel in Debian."
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philip_bailey philip_bailey writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Philip Bailey (50353) writes "The GPL Violations Project, based in Germany, have won (subject to appeal) a court case against D-Link, who had allegedly distributed parts of the Linux kernel in a product in a way which contravened the GPL. D-Link had claimed that the GPL was not "legally binding" but have now agreed to cease and desist, and refrain from distributing the infringing product, a network attached storage device. Expenses, including legal expenses, were received by the plaintiffs; they did not request any damages, consistent with their policy. They have previously won a number of out of court settlements against other companies. Slashdot has previously mentioned the GPL Violations Project."

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