Artificial jellyfish created from heart cells

Scientists in the US have created a free swimming artificial jellyfish. The team members built the replica using silicone as a base on which to grow heart muscle cells that were harvested from rats. They used an electric current to shock the Medusoid into swimming with synchronised contractions that mimic those of real jellyfish. The […]

NATO terrorism defendants kept in ‘observation’ cells (a.k.a sensory deprivation chambers)

A spokesman for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says three anti-NATO protesters accused of planning terrorist actions have been held around-the-clock since Saturday in white-walled “observation” cells, where they are isolated from each other and the rest of the inmate population and kept from writing materials, books and all other media. “It’s for their own […]

NATO terrorism defendants kept in ‘observation’ cells

ShareThis NATO terrorism defendants kept in ‘observation’ cells —One of their lawyers says the jail conditions amount to ‘sensory deprivation’ intended to hamper the defense. 22 May 2012 A spokesman for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says three anti-NATO protesters accused of terrorism conspiracy have been held around-the-clock since Saturday in white-walled observation cells, where […]

Fake Meat Grown In Lab: Recipe For Disaster?

The quest to grow meat in a lab rather than on an animal is due to reach its climax this fall, with the first-ever culture-dish hamburger served to a celebrity taster after a $ 330,000 development effort. [It] will be created by growing bovine stem cells in a vat, transforming them into thousands of thin […]

US awards $215 million pacts for flu vaccines made with insect cells, e.coli

28 Feb 2011 Drug makers Novavax Inc. and VaxInnate Inc. have won contracts worth a combined $ 215 million to develop flu vaccines for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In the wake of the[ir] swine flu pandemic, the World Health Organization has said health authorities need to ramp up the speed and […]