Scientists Figure Out How to Make Muscles from Stem Cells

For the past several years, Nenad Bursac has been trying to make muscles from scratch.

A biological engineer at Duke, Bursac came close in 2015, when his lab became the first to grow functional human skeletal muscle in culture. “Functional” being the operative word. Like the muscle fibers in, say, your bicep, the tissues could contract and generate forces in response to things like electrical pulses and shots of chemicals.

But to produce the tissue, the researchers had to isolate their starting materials from pea-sized globs of muscle, which they sliced from human test subjects. The lab was, in effect, growing muscle from muscle. It was a significant accomplishment, but also kind of a letdown: Biopsied cells don’t proliferate well in the lab, so producing a large, consistent supply is difficult. What’s more, Bursac is interested in developing models of muscular disorders (muscular dystrophies, for example). But for the 2015 study, his lab sampled healthy tissues; read more

SFGATE: Olympic skater loses her costumes, skates in SF car burglary

Olympic skater loses her costumes, skates in SF car burglary
Published on January 09, 2018 at 11:40PM by By Heather Knight
Everything from guns to pricey tech gadgets to urns with ashes inside have been stolen in San Francisco’s notorious epidemic of car break-ins. Now, add one-of-a-kind ice skating costumes to the list. Marissa Castelli, a pair skater who competed in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, was participating in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose over the past week and spent Monday sightseeing in San Francisco before flying home to Rhode Island Monday night. The SUV her parents had rented was parked in Japantown while she and her family were at a restaurant eating ramen. When they returned after about 90 minutes, they found a window was smashed and several pieces of luggage were missing.

KODAKOne platform and KODAKCoin cryptocurrency

The KODAKOne image rights management platform will create an encrypted, digital ledger of rights ownership for photographers to register both new and archive work that they can then license within the platform. KODAKCoin allows participating photographers to take part in a new economy for …
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Kohler student and teacher to visit Normandy, France

The final leg of their journey is to Normandy, France where they will tour Omaha and Utah Beaches, walking in the footsteps of history. After visiting museums, sites of historic battles, and churches that were used as field hospitals, the journey will conclude at the Normandy American Cemetery. There …
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CES 2018: Kodak soars on KodakCoin and Bitcoin mining plans

Shares in photo firm Eastman Kodak soared nearly 120% after it revealed plans to mint its own crypto-currency, the KodakCoin. The US firm said it was teaming up with London-based Wenn Media Group to carry out the initial coin offering (ICO). It is part of a blockchain-based initiative to help …
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NASA, Partners Discuss Power for Future Space Exploration

NASA and its partners will host a news conference at noon EST (9 a.m. PST) Thursday, Jan. 18, at the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, to discuss a recent experiment involving a new power source that could provide the safe, efficient and plentiful energy needed for future robotic and human space exploration missions.

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Apple Planning New, ‘Robust’ Parental Controls To Help Protect Children, Teens

Apple Planning New, ‘Robust’ Parental Controls To Help Protect Children, Teens
Published on January 09, 2018 at 11:20PM
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: An open letter to Apple from some investors sparked the tech giant to respond by promising new software tools for parents to restrict and monitor their kids’ smartphone use. In a report by The Wall Street Journal, Apple states it has plans to create new software features that will make its current parental controls on iPhone and other devices “even more robust.” “We think deeply about how our products are used and the impact they have on users and the people around them,” Apple said in its statement to The Wall Street Journal. “We take this responsibility very seriously and we are committed to meeting and exceeding our customers’ expectations, especially when it comes to protecting kids.”

Apple didn’t provide details on its planned, improved parental read more

Apple CarPlay vs Android Auto

Whether you’re in the market for a new car or just looking for a way to spice up the way your current car works with your phone, odds are you’re going to be faced with a choice between Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The choice might be simple for anyone who’s faithful to their phonemaker and could care less about the make and model of their car. But, anyone who wants to have the best experience based on their needs should weigh the differences between the two.

Here will took a look at the basics of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and look at the advantages of each.

Apple CarPlay

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