Today I bring you all a look at all of the things I didn’t post about yesterday, be it due to time, or inability to come up with something even slightly verbose to say about it that the linked page didn’t say better.
This panel brought to you be the magnificent bastard known as Warren Ellis, from his comic series Ignition City. Some Day I’m going to have to do a review of the series, but until then if you like down to earth sci-fi about the people who fly space ships, take a look at this series. Hell, even if it’s not normally your thing, take a look at it as well! [via WarrenEllis.com]
Among our journies into the internet, sometimes you stumble upon something that somehow has just the right combination of science, humor, and snark… and sometimes it’s not xkcd. Surviving the World is one such ‘photo comic’ like that. Each strip is set up like a lesson in school, with topics ranging from Alaska, to cyborgs and gun nuts. Night Trains to Comebacks, Zombies to… you know what, just read it already!
Lesson #403 – Power
Due to its large surface area, expanded PVA is expected to be particularly useful as tissue scaffolds that are used in medicine to help regenerate human tissue.
“This expanded version allows us to incorporate bioactives,” explained Avtar Matharu, who is developing the technique with colleagues James Clark and Andrew Hunt at the University of York, U.K.
“We’re effectively creating a bioactive sponge which then could be used to aid wound healing.”
With researchers estimating that 2.5 million LCDs are approaching their end of life, environmentally friendly device disposal is a growing concern. While Matharu is saying “In terms of cost, we’re not looking at this as a commercial venture,” there are definiately people who are going to be happy to hear about this ‘green’ alternitive to tossing their old LCDs into a landfil. [iTnews]
“Johns Hopkins biomedical engineering students have demonstrated a practical way to embed a patient’s own adult stem cells in the surgical thread that doctors use to repair serious orthopedic injuries such as ruptured tendons. The goal, the students said, is to enhance healing and reduce the likelihood of re-injury without changing the surgical procedure itself ….
The students believe this technology has great promise for the treatment of debilitating tendon, ligament and muscle injuries, often sports-related, that affect thousands of young and middle-aged adults annually. “Using sutures that carry stems cells to the injury site would not change the way surgeons repair the injury,” said Matt Rubashkin, the student team leader, “but we believe the stem cells will significantly speed up and improve the healing process. And because the stem cells will come from the patient, there should be no rejection problems.” “