Archive for May, 2005

Particle Accelerator Used to Decipher Text – Yahoo! News

May 22, 2005

Particle Accelerator Used to Decipher Text – Yahoo! News: “BALTIMORE – A particle accelerator is being used to reveal the long-lost writings of the Greek mathematician Archimedes, work hidden for centuries after a Christian monk wrote over it in the Middle Ages.

Highly focused X-rays produced at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center were used last week to begin deciphering the parts of the 174-page text that have not yet been revealed. The X-rays cause iron in the hidden ink to glow.

‘One of the delightful things is we don’t know what it’s going to say,’ said William Noel, head of the Archimedes Palimpsest project at the Walters Art Gallery.”

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I think we all know what it will say: hidden treasure! Then some adventure seeking treasure hunter will decipher the clues and solve the puzzle while being chased by gun toting thugs.

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Major advance in stem cell research / Controversial step in regenerative medicine reported

May 20, 2005

Major advance in stem cell research / Controversial step in regenerative medicine reported: “Biologists in South Korea reported Thursday the creation of the first stem cell lines engineered to carry the DNA of patients with chronic disease and injury, a development hailed by some as perhaps the most significant technical advance for regenerative medicine since stem cells were isolated from human embryos in 1998.”

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Pretty wild. They must put patient DNA in host embryo’s (like they do with frog oocytes) and get them to differentiate. That way the cells match the host and could potentially be used as implants.