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  • Mussel Glue Could Help Repair Birth Defects

    02/23/2013 9:05:00 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 16 February 2013 | Dan Ferber
    Enlarge Image Quick seal. Adding a glue modeled on the biochemistry of mussel attachment quickly sealed a punctured fetal membrane in rabbits, protecting the fetal bunnies inside. Credit: Martin Ehrbar from University Hospital Zurich BOSTON—When it comes to hanging on tight, the lowly mussel has few rivals in nature. Researchers have sought the secrets behind the bivalve's steadfast grip on wet, slippery rock. Now, reporting here today at the annual meeting of AAAS (which publishes ScienceNOW), a researcher said he has used the mollusk’s tricks to develop medical applications. These include a biocompatible glue that could one day seal...
  • U.S. Senator [Ted "Tubes" Stevens, R-AK]: It's time to ban Wikipedia in schools, libraries

    02/15/2007 4:49:32 PM PST · by John Jorsett · 101 replies · 2,141+ views
    Computerworld ^ | Feb 14, 2007 | Preston Gralla
    Here's the newest from Sen. Ted Stevens, the man who described the Internet as a series of tubes: It's time for the federal government to ban access to Wikipedia, MySpace, and social networking sites from schools and libraries. Early in January, Stevens introduced Senate bill 49, which among other things, would require that any school or library that gets federal Internet subsidies would have to block access to interactive Web sites, including social networking sites, and possibly blogs as well. It appears that the definition of those sites is so vague that it could include sites such as Wikipedia, according...