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Stem Cells vs Open Source: The 2012 Millennium Tech Award

Stem Cells vs Open Source: The 2012 Millennium Tech Award

It's no secret that this year's candidates for the Millennium Technology Prize are set to be controversial outside scientific circles. On the other hand, the prize committee at the Technology Academy Finland are quite sure of themselves: Linus Torvalds and Dr Shinya Yamanaka are this year's laureates. The prize this year for this prestigious award will exceed a a lovely 1 million Euros - certainly a pot to be sought after.

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Harvard researchers highlight robots made from DNA

Harvard researchers highlight robots made from DNA

Scientists have managed to create a robot created entirely out of DNA, an advancement that could make it possible to effectively kill cancer cells or other diseases that don't have a simple cure. The microscopic robots use incredibly sophisticated directives that seek out specific cells. Then, based on the robot's programming the cells are either destroyed or reprogrammed.

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European researchers use 3D-printed jaw in successful human surgery

European researchers use 3D-printed jaw in successful human surgery

Instead of traditional reconstructive surgery, an 83-year-old patient was outfitted with a new jaw that came not from another human body but from a 3D printer. Doctors had decided it was too risky to perform the more common form of surgery because of the patient's age and fraile condition. And believe it or not, it appears to have been a resounding success.

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Urology journal finds robotic prostate surgery not meeting expectations

Urology journal finds robotic prostate surgery not meeting expectations

It was perhaps one of the biggest hopes in the advancement of robot-assisted medical surgery, but expectations have been too high, according to a new report from the research journal Urology. We're talking about surgery for prostate removal, for those afflicted with prostate cancer. The study shows outcomes of the robotic procedure are not that different than those done by human hands.

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Research suggest web addicts brains really are wired differently

Research suggest web addicts brains really are wired differently

Researchers in China have been conducting research on a group of men and women ranging in age from 14-21. All 17 of the people in the study are classified as internet addicts. The researchers scanned their brains and looked for differences in the brain of the alleged addicts and those of normal people that aren't considered web addicts.

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Fit pill could treat obesity and related disorders

Fit pill could treat obesity and related disorders

If you watch the health reports on the news or read any health related material online or in print and you will generally run across some articles that are talking about the obesity epidemic in America and other countries. There are a number of health issues that come from being overweight and many of them can be lethal if not treated. One of the best treatments for the obese and the disorders that go with being overweight is exercise.

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