1. It's all in the genes for stem cells

    jake on 2003.05.30
    at 08:01 pm

    Scientists have isolated a gene in mice that keeps embryonic stem cells young. It has been dubbed Nanog "after the land in Celtic myth called Tir nan Og." This is great news for the scientific community as it's a promising new way to avoid political implications in harvesting stem cells.

    "This discovery is very exciting," says Austin Smith, who led the ISCR team. "If Nanog has the same effect in humans as we have found in mice, this will be a key step in the developing embryonic stem cells for medical treatments."

    New Scientist

    Posted in: Science

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  2. The Photographer's Right

    jake on 2003.05.30
    at 07:29 pm

    Kottke posted about this a few days ago. Bert Krages has posted a downloadable flyer about what to do if you're confronted by someone while taking pictures in a public place.

    The right to take photographs is now under assault more than ever. People are being stopped, harassed, and even intimidated into handing over their personal property simply because they were taking photographs of subjects that made other people uncomfortable. Recent examples include photographing industrial plants, bridges, and vessels at sea. For the most part, attempts to restrict photography are based on misguided fears about the supposed dangers that unrestricted photography presents to society.

    Posted in: Photography · Service Announcement

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  3. Finding Nemo and Pixar

    jake on 2003.05.30
    at 07:12 pm

    Today Finding Nemo is coming out in theaters. I'm waiting till Sunday to see it with a small group of friends.

    There's a review of it at

    In the past, the partnership of Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios has brought us the "Toy Story" films, "A Bug's Life" and "Monsters, Inc." Their latest collaboration, "Finding Nemo" continues the amazing winning streak.

    And there's also a tour recap at The Salt Lake Tribune. The article relates some of the ideas that make the whole operation tick. Things like, the "bathroom effect" theory.

    Here's the "bathroom effect" theory, as Greenberg explains it: "If you have bathrooms that are scattered throughout the building, you use the bathroom nearest to where you're sitting. If there was one bathroom, all kinds of people would come together and talk with one another all the time -- you'd meet different people if you were waiting in line. It would enhance communication, and you'd be talking about things outside of work."

    Posted in: Movies · Technology

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  4. Lessig on OpenEducation

    brian on 2003.05.30
    at 03:32 pm

    Lawrence Lessig has an interview with Open Education available online here. I've been reading more and more Lessig of late. An interesting twist on his normal crusade to prevent the corporate control of everything technological is its effects on the education community. Recent events like the launch of MIT's OpenCourseware must give pause to the industry since text book profits make up 75% of book publishing profits, according to some reports. Publishers love captive audiences (to gouge).

    Posted in: Technology

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  5. Jon Gruber Interview

    brian on 2003.05.30
    at 03:17 pm

    Jon Gruber, Mac pundit and author of the excellent Daring Fireball weblog has been interviewed here on Waferbaby. An interesting comment when asked about "The Cult of Mac..."

    no one claims you're in a "cult" if you prefer hamburgers from friday's over those from mcdonald's, even though there are a lot more mcdonald's restaurants and their food is cheaper.

    Posted in: Apple

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  6. The Big Ten (media)

    brian on 2003.05.30
    at 03:12 pm

    Not a post about collegiate sports, this is all about the media. Ten major corporations control a huge amount of what you see daily.

    This is along the lines of They Rule and a post from about a week ago, here.

    Posted in: Politics · Technology · Television

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  7. University powered music service?

    brian on 2003.05.30
    at 03:04 pm

    In an attempt to stem colleges from being a hub for entertainment piracy, some colleges are considering running their own download services, which may even be paid for under a student's tuition.

    Posted in: Music · Technology

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