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Following my recent post on the initiatives now in place to rebalance the demographics of the #Linux #Kernel community, I would like to share a set of specific training activities to get beginners, specifically college students, involved in the kernel.

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This explains why I'm so energized at the wildlife center (always standing and moving) but tired as hell after sitting all day at the museum. 

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This is amazing. Hopefully this will allow other organs that are in high need/demand to survive while in transport.
Organ Transplant

Forty-six years ago South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard conducted the first human heart transplant Approximately 5,000 heart transplants are performed worldwide each year. In the U.S. the overall survival rate is nearly 90 percent after one year and 74 percent after five years.

However demand for human hearts far exceeds those that are available for transplant.

The current standard of transporting donor hearts in iceboxes in a non-functioning state, which has been used for decades, requires the restarting of the heart once it has been placed inside the recipient. Eight out of 10 hearts never reach patients who need them due to numerous complications. One major complication is time. A heart on ice is only viable for approximately six hours. The greater the distance between hospitals, the great the risk. By the time donor hearts reach potential recipients they are often damaged and so cannot be used.

The Organ Care System (OCS) is a device developed by medical device company Transmedics. After a heart is removed from a donor's body, it is placed in a high-tech box and is immediately revived to a beating state and maintained at an appropriate temperature. 

"The concept of transplanting a donor heart in a beating state is revolutionary," said Dr Abbas Arde hail surgical director of the heart and lung transplantation program at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and principal investigator of the OCS trial. "This promising technology may improve the function of the donor heart, because it remains in a near-physiologic state. It can also help us better assess the suitability of a potential donor, since we can test the heart in the device."

Eight countries outside of the U.S. have hospitals using the OCS it hoped that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will approve use of the OCS beyond clinical study within the United States in 2014.
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This is amazing and a long awaited promise fulfilled. Let's hope that they stay on into the future!!
The White House is going solar again!

The #Obama administration confirmed yesterday that the installation of solar panels has begun. Read more about what this might mean for a renewable energy future.

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This is amazing!! We need to have more science articles and publishers put their works out into Open Access so that everyone can read the materials. And yes, I do recognize that some materials are classified and/or sensitive - in which case, I think that it is a case-by-case matter of whether they should be released... then again, that could be stretched to all articles...
The University of California has put all of their scientific publications from every campus online,  _free to everyone_.  Just searching the archive for "carbon fiber" returns a raft of journal articles, theses and dissertations that used to be sitting on private servers or behind a publishers paywall.  Outstanding.

Thanks, UC...or should I say thanks to myself and all the others who pay/paid tuition, fees, and taxes to fund this research in the first place.

(BTW, yes, I am aware of the NSF, DOD, DOE, NASA...)


Currently up in Beacon, NY talking about financial law, Pink Slime, and other various topics with my boyfriend, my roommates & my roommate's dad. This is gonna be interesting!
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