Printing a Human Bladder and Kidney

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Dr. Anthony Atala gives an interesting TED talk about printing organs on 3D printers using cells. One of the printers is on stage printing an organ while he speaks. He goes through many of the techniques, and even introduces a patient who received a printed bladder a decade ago. The patient, Luke Massella, talks about the [Read More...]

Mac Users Paying More at Orbitz?

Macs are more expensive than PCs and tend to be used by a more rarefied and appealing demographics (better educated, more disposable income), so it’s inevitable that online shopping by Mac users is different than online shopping by PC users. Orbitz noticed that the people accessing their site from Macs pay, on average, 30% more [Read More...]

Turing at 100

Tomorrow is the centenary of the birth of Alan Turing, whose work made computers possible. I’m already seeing the trend in these memorials, and it is so very tedious. Turing is briefly acknowledged for his pioneering work, and then is immediately transformed into a martyr for gay rights. Like Oscar Wilde, his genius becomes secondary to his [Read More...]

Some Very Cool Evidence of Early Eyeglass Use

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Medievalist.net found this story about some incredibly neat evidence of eyeglass use from a medieval manuscript. No, it wasn’t a mention in the manuscript: it was on the manuscript. Witness: Someone placed their eyeglasses, most likely leather-framed spectacles, inside the flyleaf, closed the book, and then went off and forgot about them or got killed [Read More...]

eBook Sales Surpass Hardcover

Well that didn’t take long: American publishers are now bringing in more revenue from ebooks than hardcover books, according to a report published by the Association of American Publishers (AAP). The figures, which were posted on GalleyCat on Friday, show that net sales revenue from ebooks exceeded that of hardcover books in the first quarter of the year. The data was compiled from [Read More...]

Sexting and Teens: The Myth of Safe-Sexting

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Offered with my standard caveats about “studies,” here’s your depressing factoid of the day: high-school students appear to be texting sexually explicit photos of themselves at a rate of about 20%. Previous studies had put the rate for high-school kids closer to about 13%, with college students admitting to either sending or receiving sexually explicit [Read More...]

Sexual Imagery and Teens

I just love BS sciency headlines that draw absurd conclusions from facts not in evidence, cite studies that are woefully incomplete even by the standards of the scientists involved, and make bold declarations with no connection to reality. In this case it’s an article at Phys.org that wants to assure us that swimming in a [Read More...]

Wait, We’re Transplanting ARMS now?

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How did I miss this? I knew we were reattaching all kinds of limbs, even limbs that no one even wants to think about being unattached, and I’ve heard of hand and face transplants, but not whole arms. Two of them! [Read more...]


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