Flip Video Camera To Be Gone-Cisco To Shut Down Flip Video Business

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People loved Flip video cameras. For those who wanted a convenient pocket video camera as well as for those who could not afford a regular video camera, Flip video camera was the answer. But it is going to be history.

Bringing Light to Born Blind-Project Prakash Answers William Molyneux Question

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If a person born blind gets his eyesight restored in the adulthood will he be able to immediately visually distinguish between objects that he could previously identify by touch?  The studies of Dr Pawan Sinha at MIT, who leads the Project Prakash, does not have an affirmative answer. 

Stem cells make 'retina in a dish'- Retina made from mouse cells in Japan

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A complex biological tissue, retina, was created in a laboratory dish by scientists in Japan.  This may be the first step towards treatments for human eye diseases, including some forms of blindness.

An Artificial Leaf To Meet Your Energy Need- A New MIT Invention.

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Heard about creating an artificial leaf? That can be a revolution and you might think this would solve the food problem.   Wrong, this artifical leaf will generate electricity using sun' energy and some inexpensive components.

Haunting Past- Japan To Excavate World War II BioWarfare Unit- The Grisly Grave

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Apparently historians and study participants have documented that a unit at a former Japanese medical school conducted experiments on war prisoners.  The government have never acknowledged this, according to Associated Press.

Being Short Not That Bad- Are Very Short People Protected From Diabetes And Cancer?

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This week Science Translational Medicine published provocative results from an Eucador study that people who are genetically short may be protected from diabetes and cancer.  These patients had a genetic mutation that would not allow them to grow more than 4 feet tall -- their heights would be fixed to that of a 7-year-old for life.

Aging Increases Incidence of Epileptic Seizures- New Study

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Aging increases incidence of epileptic seizures.  A new study from Duke finds that repeated acute seizures lead to higher chance of chronic seizures in the aged individuals when compared to young adults.  This clearly demonstrates that aging increases disease burdens and as our population ages, we need to be ready to tackle new challenges.

Shrinking Human Brains Making Us Smarter

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Scientists say human brain in shrinking over the past 30,000 years and this is not that bad, this makes us smarter.

 Human brains have shrunk over the past 30,000 years, puzzling scientists who argue it is not a sign we are growing dumber but that evolution is making the key motor leaner and more efficient.