Archive for April, 2011
Here is a collection of free transparent wallpapers for the Windows Phone 7 (WP7) lock screen. This gallery will be updated as new images become available.
Instructions: To set one as your wallpaper you must click on a thumbnail to view an image, save the image to your PC. Send your an email from your PC to your cellphone with the image attached. Once the email/attachment has been loaded, click to open the attachment. Touch and hold the screen until the menu pops up. Set as your wallpaper and your ready to go!
Note: Won’t see transparency apparently if you use a password on your lock screen. Only for regular slide to unlock. Also, Mango does not support transparent wallpapers so if you upgrade, you will lose this feature (least of your worries though…).
Wallpapers brought to you by http://www.pocnetwork.net
A while back I had written something that found it’s way into a magazine (in Europe of all places). The advice it offered wound up helping friends and certain family, and I thought I would open it to the public.
This is a simple eBook that gets right to the point when it comes to relationships. It offers a number of points in which can help find the right relationship or strengthen the one you have now.
The price is simple (it’s only $0.99 cents). Click the buy now button and you will be taken to paypal. Upon completion, you will be brought to where you can download it via a unique link.
Thank you, and I hope you find it useful.
Author: Evan Ackerman (DVice) and TheSa|nt (me, heh)
Bacteria are clever little buggers. Every time we hit them with a new drug that kills 99.9% of them, that left-over 0.01% regroups and breeds and we’re back to square one. We’re going to run out of drugs before the bacteria run out of evolution — which means we need some new weapons in our arsenal.
IBM Research and Singapore’s Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology have teamed up to develop a self-assembling nanoparticle that can selectively seek out and destroy even the most drug-resistant bacteria by not trying to do anything clever with chemicals or DNA and instead just ripping the bacterial walls to shreds. It’s a bit like an old school Terminator’s approach: show up in a human outpost with a bunch of guns and just start shooting everything.
They’ve been testing out these nanoparticles on MRSA, a highly drug-resistant bacteria that kills tens of thousands of people in hospitals every year, and, well, here’s a before and after pic of what happens when the nanomedicine gets sent after the MRSA bacteria:
The nanoparticles are made of plastic, and when they’re injected into the bloodstream, they self-assemble into blobs about 200 nanometers across. These blobs have a slight positive charge, and are attracted only to bacteria, which have a negative charge that differs from all the other cells in our bodies. The nanoblobs stick to bacterial membranes, and poke big holes in them, and then all those bacterial guts just spill out and bacterial DEATH ensues. Then, the nanoblob can move on to attack another bacteria.
Since each nanoblob can kill multiple bacterial cells, you don’t need to use it in high concentrations. And after a few days, the nanoparticles naturally break down into little building blocks of alcohol and carbon dioxide, and your body removes them on its own with no toxic chemicals to worry about.
Now, I don’t know if we can say that nanotech methods like this will spell the end for evil bacteria; there’s always the threat of newly evolved defenses like stronger cell walls or maybe a change to electric charge that would make the bacteria blend in with our own cells. In any case, targeting and attacking the bacteria physically seems to be an extremely promising way of dealing with infections, and the next step is for IBM to figure out how to get their nanoparticles into human-safe testing.
I personally am amused by this. I was wondering when the day will come that we start testing such technology. As much as I fear the rebellion of tech against humans (joke…kind of), I have a mother who has Fibromyalgia who would benefit from this greatly if it leads to something she could use. One tech always opens doors for other possibilities. So I am on board with rooting for this one! “Go IBM!!”Tweet