The Extreme Light Infrastructure will be built in Eastern Europe
By Jennie WaltersPosted 04.26.2011 at 2:07 pm 22 Comments
Who knew it would take so long to approve a project to build the world’s most powerful lasers? Lasers are awesome. But after reconciling some paltry funding issues, the European Commission finally approved the Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) project, which plans to build three superlasers by 2015.
By Mike RosenwaldPosted 04.20.2010 at 10:27 am 5 Comments
Every day for the past three years, 600 or so additional British citizens file into medical offices around the country. They are responding to a letter, stamped “BioBank” in blue letters, that begins: “We are writing to ask for your help in studying the prevention and treatment of cancer, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, dementia, and many other serious diseases.” The British government wants to collect peoples’ blood, urine and saliva; measure their waistlines and heart rates; sequence their DNA; and ask them questions like “How hot do you drink your tea?”
For more than a decade, researchers have touted stem cells as the most promising advance in medicine since antibiotics. And this winter, when President Obama lifted the Bush administration's ban on federal funding for embryonic-stem-cell research, talking heads buzzed that his decision could bring scientists that much closer to cures — not just treatments — for conditions like heart failure, spinal-cord injuries and Alzheimer's disease. Biologists around the world toasted their new prospects with champagne. "Lifting the ban will free us up to use additional cell lines," says Jack Kessler, director of the Feinberg Neuroscience Institute at Northwestern University. "It's very important for science."
Reports surface that GM uses human cadavers as crash dummies—but is that anything new?
By Mike SpinelliPosted 05.13.2008 at 2:57 pm 7 Comments
Does GM use human bodies as crash test dummies? That's not the plot of a 1970s cult classic; it's the claim of one car-safety specialist in Sweden, who told newspaper Expressen that GM recently wrapped up a multiyear research study using human cadavers in car-crash simulations. The man says Saab cars were involved in the project, which reportedly involved people who had donated their own bodies—assumedly in the name of scientific research—not political dissidents. Well, that's a relief.