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Salamander-inspired therapy may aid injured vets

In Health, Regenerative Medicine on May 31, 2008 at 11:48 pm

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (CNN) — Last week in an operating room in Texas, a wounded American soldier underwent a history-making procedure that could help him regrow the finger that was lost to a bomb attack in Baghdad, Iraq, last year.

Army Sgt. Shiloh Harris’ doctors applied specially formulated powder to what’s left of the finger in an effort to do for wounded soldiers what salamanders can do naturally: replace missing body parts.Technorati Tags: ,

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Synthetic Copycat Of Living Cell Underway: Life, But Not As We Know It?

In Microbe on May 31, 2008 at 11:45 pm

ScienceDaily (May 29, 2008) — Researchers at The University of
Nottingham have taken some important first steps to creating a
synthetic copycat of a living cell, a leading science journal reports.
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What Sorts of Nano research: A code of conduct for responsible nanosciences and nanotechnologies research

In Ableism, Bionic, Disabled People, Enhancement, Governance, nano, Nanoscale on May 30, 2008 at 12:32 am

here

and here

of interest
4.1.16 N&N research organisations should not undertake research aiming for non-therapeutic enhancement of human beings leading to addiction or solely for the illicit enhancement of the performance of the human body.

THis suggests that every other enhancement research is allowed like ‘therapeutic’ (who decides what is therapeutic), and non therapeutic work that is not used for doping purposes or leads to addictions.. Additions are mostly drug related at first glance but may be one say that one can become addicted to ones enhancements like emotionally addicted.

In general the section seem to give the go ahead for most enhancement work

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Cheers
Gregor

AIST Makes Tree With Solar-cell Leaves

In Energy, Solar on May 27, 2008 at 9:03 pm

A Japanese institute and firms prototyped a foliage plant-like solar cell module by using organic thin-film solar cells.

A leaf-like module featuring bright green solar cells was developed by National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Mitsubishi Corp and Tokki Corp.
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Virtual biopsy can tell whether colon polyp is benign without removal

In e-health, Health, Medicine, Sensor on May 26, 2008 at 2:29 pm

A probe so sensitive that it can tell whether or not a cell living within the human body is veering towards cancer development may revolutionize how future colonoscopies are done, say researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla.

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Cell ‘organs’ get plastic upgrades

In Enhancement, Health, Medicine on May 26, 2008 at 2:25 pm

Technorati Tags: , , , , , , Human cells could have their metabolisms upgraded without altering their genes by inserting tiny plastic packages of enzymes, Swiss researchers have shown. They hope the technique could allow advanced cancer therapies, or even upgrade a person’s metabolism.

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Synthetic biology gives ecosystem clues

In Synthetic Biology on May 25, 2008 at 7:51 pm

Bioengineers have used genetically altered bacteria to provide new insights into how the complex relationship of predator and prey.
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Metal Rubber

In Bionic, Health, Information Technology, Medicine on May 24, 2008 at 10:57 pm

Chemists Create Self-assembling Conductive Rubber

Uses of metal rubber include bendy, electrically charged aircraft wings, artificial muscles and wearable computers.

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Fluorescent Nano-barcodes Could Revolutionize Diagnostics

In e-health, Health, Medicine, nano, Nanoscale, Telehealth on May 24, 2008 at 10:50 pm

A new technology with research and clinical application including the early detection of disease has been invented and developed by University of Queensland researchers.
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“Wireless Healthcare 2008”

In e-health, Health, Information Technology, Telehealth on May 24, 2008 at 4:34 am

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Bionic eyes: Contact lenses with circuits, lights a possible platform for superhuman vision

In Bionic, Vision on May 24, 2008 at 4:28 am

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Towards carbon-negative bioenergy: scientists develop low-cost material for capturing carbon dioxide from smokestacks

In Energy on May 24, 2008 at 4:22 am

Scientists and engineers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) are reporting development of a new, low-cost material for capturing carbon dioxide from the smokestacks of electric power plants and other industrial sources before the notorious greenhouse gas enters the atmosphere.
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The Ultimate Cure

In Ableism, Bionic, Cogno, Disabled People, Enhancement, Health, nano, Nanoscale, NBICS, Neuro on May 24, 2008 at 2:01 am

The neurotech industry is engaged in a $2 trillion race to fix your brain. Many players will fail, but the payoff will be huge for those who succeed.

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Remote Microscopy

In e-health, Health, Telehealth on May 23, 2008 at 3:25 pm

Hat tip to Sheila Moorcroft, Research Director, Shaping Tomorrow

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Nanosolar new column from me out

In Energy, Governance, Human Security Food Water..., nano, Nanoscale, Solar on May 23, 2008 at 2:03 pm

Main point is that solar energy seems to move towards the cost level of coal, natural gas…
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World health statistics 2008

In Books, Disabled People, Health on May 23, 2008 at 1:18 pm

Ten highlights in health statistics 7-34
Progress towards MDG 5: maternal mortality 8
Coverage gap and inequity in maternal, neonatal and child health interventions 10
HIV/AIDS estimates are revised downwards 13
Progress in the fight against malaria 15
Reducing deaths from tobacco 18
Breast cancer: mortality and screening 21
Divergent trends in mortality slow down improvements in life expectancy in Europe 24
Monitoring disease outbreaks: meningococcal meningitis in Africa 27
Future trends in global mortality: major shifts in cause of death patterns 29
Reducing impoverishment caused by catastrophic health care spending 32
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At The Churchill Club: The Top 10 Tech Trends

In Bionic, Cogno, Governance, Human Security Food Water..., nano, Nanoscale, NBICS, Neuro, Robotics on May 23, 2008 at 2:35 am

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Scheme to Let Robot Take Over Brain-Computer Interface

In Bionic, Cogno, Disabled People, Enhancement, Governance, Health, Information Technology, nano, Nanoscale, NBICS, Neuro, Robotics on May 23, 2008 at 2:26 am

20 May 2008—A group of mechanical engineers at Caltech have come up with a way to guide miniature robots in the task of inserting and positioning electrode arrays in brain tissue. What they propose would be the first robotic approach to establishing an interface between computers and the brain by positioning electrodes in neural tissue.

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A Brief History of Asbestos Use and Associated Health Risks

In Governance, Health, Paralympics on May 22, 2008 at 4:48 pm

If one is into history this seems to be interesting.
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More mostly Children’s Books about the Disability Experience

In Books, Children, Disabled People on May 22, 2008 at 3:45 pm

Hat tip to all the members of the SDS and DS-HUM listserves two listserves dealing with disability issues who sent stuff in, in response to a members request.
As I believe that perception is one area that drives new and emerging science and technology and as that field is often looking at disabled people to simplistically as defective and as education starts on the children level I have here in an earlier mail some readings

Voices from the Margins: An Annotated Bibliography of Fiction on Disabilities and Differences for Young People (Hardcover)
by Marilyn Ward (Author)

About the Schneider Family Book Awards

The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. Three annual awards each consisting of $5000 and a framed plaque, will be given annually in each of the following categories: birth through grade school (age 0–8), middle school (age 9–13) and teens (age 14–18). (Age groupings are approximations).

Bertrand, D. G. (2004). My Pal Victor.

Clements, A. (2002). Things Not Seen.

Fusco, K. N. (2004). Tending to Grace.

Lang, G. (2003). Looking Out for Sarah.

Lord, C. (2006). Rules

Rorby, G. (2006). Hurt Go Happy.

Ryan, P. M. (2004). Becoming Naomi Leon.

Seeger, P. and poet DuBois Jacobs, P. (2006). The Deaf Musicians.

Stryer, A. (2006). Kami and the Yaks.

Uhlberg, M. (2004). Dad, Jackie and Me.

Zimmer, T. (2007). Reaching for Sun.
“The Hickory Chair” by Lisa Rowe Fraustino,
“How Smudge Came” by Nan Gregory,
and “Seal Surfer” by Michael Foreman.

Martin, B., “Knots on a Counting Rope”

Harriet Johnson’s Accidents of Nature

Jane Cowen-Fletcher ‘Mama Zooms”

Books Featuring Characters With Blindness and Visual Impairment

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