Jun. 24th, 2009

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2009/jun/23/stem-cells-placenta-cord-blood

interesting article in the Guardian this morning - a team of US scientists have worked out how to harvest versitile stem cells from the placenta. And this can be done post-natally, so there's no chance of harm to either mother or child. It also doesn't require the use of embryo tissue, therefore dealing with the main objection of the Right To Life movement. Good news.
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http://www.useit.com/alertbox/participation_inequality.html

Summary:
In most online communities, 90% of users are lurkers who never contribute, 9% of users contribute a little, and 1% of users account for almost all the action.


Interesting stuff from Jakob Nielsen as useful - though I really wish that

a) he'd join the 21st C. and get an RSS feed for his blog web column.
b) he'd realise that good design is part of usability.
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A beautiful piece of design - this inventor (a design student, I'm guessing) has taken the challenge of making the UK 3-pin plug thinner than the MacBook Air.

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