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Saturday, January 3, 2009

UK Company Creates Injectable Bone To Speed Healing

RegenTec, a UK company, hopes to speed up the healing process for broken bones with the injection of a white powder designed to seal bones together in minutes. "You won't be able to just walk out of a hospital with a broken leg," said Robin Quirk, a professor at the University of Nottingham who, along with Kevin Shakesheff in the United States, originally developed the technology. "What we are trying to do in the short term is have something that fills the void left by a break that acts like normal spongy bone and encourages natural regeneration." At room temperature the material is in a power form but once injected into the body the materials fuse together in a hard, spongy mass much like living bone.

Jennifer Elisseef, a professor at Johns Hopkins University says "There is a lot of interest in bone filler materials from clinicians and from the military,"

Personally, I think the big market would be in professional sports!

Source: Discovery Channel

Friday, January 2, 2009

Zunes Recover After New Years Hangover

It seems that a little time is all that is required to fix your broken Zune.

Microsoft's Zune tech support said in a posting on it's forum that users should:

  • Disconnect the player from USB and AC power sources to drain the battery.
  • Wait until after noon GMT on Thursday (7 a.m. ET or 4 a.m. PT).
  • Connect the player to either a USB port on the back of a computer or to AC power and let it charge.

"Once the battery has sufficient power, the player should start normally. No other action is required," the posting said.

Users are reporting that the steps do indeed repair their Zune's... that was a close one Microsoft!

Source: CBC

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Microsoft Zune 30 Suffers From Leap Year Bug

Zune 30 owners around the globe have been experiencing a bug that appears to be related to a leap year issue. One posting on the forum read: “My Zune has managed to freeze itself with the Zune Logo and the loading bar on the screen and none of the buttons are responding, rebooting isn’t responding, plugging it into the computer isn’t responding, nothing is working.” Microsoft says it has traced the problem to a software bug “related to the way the device handles a leap year.” The Zune apparently was expecting 2008 to have 365 days, and not 366. More troubles for Microsoft hardware...


Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Wikipedia Founders Plea For Donations Successful

Even in an economic downturn the pleas of Jimmy Wales for donations to keep the Wikimedia Foundation afloat have netted the non profit organization an average of more than $215,000 in donations every day. The foundation has a budget of $6-million for operations in 2009 and the most recent call for donations is expected to reach the funds needed by the middle of January. “We're really thrilled that people have come out in force and made a clear statement that they care about this cause and they care about Wikipedia, even though we were kind of nervous after the economic news became really clear,” said Jay Walsh, a spokesman for the Wikimedia Foundation. The foundation has 23 paid staff members but relies on some 150,000 volunteers to keep the site running and reasonably accurate.

Source: Globe and Mail.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Times Square Ball Gets Green Makeover

The new version of the Time Square Ball has increased in size to 12 feet in diameter doubling the size of the previous one that was lit for the past 100 years. Besides growing in size the new ball will also require more lights too, 32,256 L.E.D. bulbs to be exact! The New York Times has the complete story of the makeover here.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

John Lennon For OLPC

The One Laptop Per Child campaign seems to have a new champion in... John Lennon? Imagine!