• Engineering Partially Synthetic Stem Cells
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    Engineering Partially Synthetic Stem Cells

    The stem cell debate rages on. Many states and countries outright ban stem cell research because of how stem cells are harvested. What if we were able to engineer our own (partially) synthetic cells for research purposes? Surely this would alleviate ethical concerns surrounding stem cell research. A Madison based company called Cellular Dynamics are pushing the boundaries of induced pluripotent stem cell (iPS) research to the limits to bring them into the limelight and dissolving the controversy that springs forth from concerns related to harvesting these types of cells from a human foetus. Sounds like an easy fix? Well, to some extent yes.

    Induced pluripotent stem cells start out as cells harvested from adults. The cells are then introduced to certain genes that are generally only found active in embryos. These cells can do exactly the same things as what a regular stem cell that has been harvest from an evolving human foetus. The beauty of iPS cells is that they are not only useful for treating disease or injury but are also excellent test cells for tracking the progress of a disease on a molecular level. At the moment, Cellular Dynamics are creating iPS cells that are transformed into heart muscle cells to pharmaceutical companies that wish to have an untainted test bed to test the reaction of drugs to human body tissue.

    Cellular Dynamics are currently developing brain and liver cells to enable a greater range of cells to test drugs on. There is no telling how far the technology can progress as a means of testing and treatment on a wider scale however. These cells can be developed from people that come from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds as well – this gives researchers the opportunity to test how cells react depending on the …

  • The Latest Gadget, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10
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    The Latest Gadget, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

    Sony has produced a rather intriguing product with the launch of Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. This innovation is seen as Sony’s competitor to the nexus one, HTC desire and even the iPhone. The company announced its release in November 2009, whereas, the product came into the market around March 2010. The question that arises here is that is it truly worth all that hype or will all those high expectations only lead to a disappointment?

    Some interesting new Xperia X10 features involve the fact that it supports 2g and 3g networks. Also, its screen is scratch resistant, has a proximity sensor for automatic turn-off and even an accelerometer which speeds up the auto-rotate. If you use your phone roughly but still desire a touch screen, this might be the phone for you.

    The phone has wi-fi, Bluetooth, infra-red port and USB data cable connection. As previously mentioned it supports 3G and 2G networks as well. The camera is an important feature of this phone and tests have proven it to be quite successful in terms of image quality. This is one category where Sony never disappoints; their products produce sharp and clear images. Although, when you take a closer look at the camera you realize it has no LED flash. This is something one expects from an 8 megapixel camera with smile detector, touch focus, geo tagging and image stabilizer. Adding an LED flash will make the camera better.

    One more major blunder on Sony Ericsson’s part is that the input is a bit dodgy. If you want to delete anything you have typed, the back button tends to delete the whole words and not just that one letter. Also, while typing a letter, the key pops up to show that the phone has registered your command but if you …

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    Best Gadgets for Motorcycles

    Best Gadgets for Motorcycles

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    Motorcycle fanatics love to juice up their Harleys and make them look incredible. If you know someone who loves to ride a motorcycle, you probably already know about some of the best gadgets to give them as gifts. For those of you who are not aware of the coolest gifts for motorcyclists, read on to find out how to steal a motorcyclist’s heart.

    Motorcycle Radar Detector

    Yes, speed demons and police haters alike love to install radar detectors in their vehicles to help them avoid cops pulling them over. What you might not know is that there are also radar detectors for motorcycles. It can be awful to run into a speed trap in the middle of nowhere, so having a handy dandy radar detector will help you avoid a ticket or ten. The great thing about motorcycle radar detectors is that, since they are specifically designed for motorcycles, they are easy to use with gloves on and are also easy to attach to your bike.

    The Moto-Hanger

    While this device is not attached to your motorcycle, it is definitely a must have for chopper enthusiasts alike. Use the Moto-Hanger to hang your helmet or tank bag on the table where you are sitting. You avoid getting other surfaces dirty, and you also have peace of mind because you know someone will not walk off with your precious cargo. The hanger folds up easily to fit in your pocket, and works much like a purse hanger you might see a lady use in a restaurant.

    Cover Alarm

    Let’s say you are staying at a hotel for the night, and you rode there on your motorcycle. You put your motorcycle cover over your bike before you go check in at the hotel, and sleep restlessly because you are not …

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    Wise Phone Purchasing Ideas and Electronic Gadgets

    There are plenty of different motives for a person to buy a Wise Telephone. It might be as a result of enterprise, or they might have to have a sensible telephone for various motives. Here are some smartphone acquiring suggestions for you personally to consider when searching at smartphones. 1st, before you obtain a phone, you should know the characteristics in the phone such as OS, shape and size, and intuitiveness. You can also must realize your causes for buying a phone of this sort and what characteristics that you will likely be using once you are applying the telephone.

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    You may also need to decide on a carrier, what form of plans you can require for your new phone, form and style of wise telephone, characteristics that you simply will need and want as well as use, your definition of “Unlimited” and should you will be texting or emailing or both. They are several of the primary considerations which you need to comprehend before you could obtain a telephone that can match your needs and needs. Other considerations with all the smartphone will be the operating technique, memory, screen, Bluetooth possibilities, GPS, recording capacity like audio and video and Wi-Fi selections.

    Carrier alternatives, synchronization choices and applications availability are the final three considerations that you just ought to take into account before you purchase. Take your time and comparison shop for the phone that may ideal suit your requirements. You are able to go with all the industry leader or pick yet another phone. Size and shape may also be critical choices if you choose the telephone that may be the top match. Some jobs will give you a totally free smartphone though other people will require you to purchase one. Figuring out what you’re going to …

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    Great Gadgets to Help You Survive Your Family Camping Trip

    Great Gadgets to Help You Survive Your Family Camping Trip

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    If you are like me, you are totally dependent on technology. Don’t take away my cell phone or other electronic devices, because I simply do not want to unplug, ever for any reason. Unfortunately for me, I have a few over zealous outdoorsy types in my household. They hanker to get back to nature and avoid electronics at every turn, while I long for my Kindle and other creature comforts. Inevitably it seems that we end up camping at least four times a year.

    What is a city slicker like me to do?

    Find a way to survive my family camping and backpacking trips with going crazy. There is no denying that I get a bit cranky without the comforts of home. I can deal with a shower every few days, even if it is not particularly hot, cook over a campfire with the best of them and trek through the wilderness, but do not ask me to go without my iPad, cell and Kindle for any length of time less you risk my extreme displeasure!

    Last year I got a Votiac Systems Off-Grid Backpack for my birthday and have never looked back. This is an ingenious invention which has made charging electronic necessities of life a piece of cake while roughing it. When car camping, having the ability to recharge is a great option.

    Of course, if you are an avid reader like I am, you will need a good light source to read by. It is easy enough to get a propane lantern if you are not backpacking or hiking, but if a bit further out reading is usually not going to happen after sundown. Every backpacker knows that weight is the last thing you want in you pack, but some luxuries are a necessity. I …