Babies’ Cells Stay With Mothers

… and linger for decades. It’s too soon to know what, if any, role they play in the mother’s health after birth, but some evidence points toward them behaving like stem cells, repairing and replenishing when she is sick.

It’s such an enticing idea that even the scientists who came up with the idea worry that it may be too beautiful to be true.

Robert Krulwich, NPR

Babies’ Cells Stay With Mothers

… and linger for decades. It’s too soon to know what, if any, role they play in the mother’s health after birth, but some evidence points toward them behaving like stem cells, repairing and replenishing when she is sick.

It’s such an enticing idea that even the scientists who came up with the idea worry that it may be too beautiful to be true.

Robert Krulwich, NPR

Wal-Mart: The New Southern Plantation



An interesting comparison between Wal-Mart and the southern plantation:

Throughout its career, at home and abroad, Wal-Mart has maintained two key policies: a paternalistic attitude and a powerful aversion to trade unions. To attract outside investors, the poorest southern states (…) often boast of their low wages. For Wal-Mart’s 1.3 million US associates, the situation is simple: there are no unions. Mona Williams, Wal-Mart spokesperson, explains: “Our philosophy is that only an unhappy associate would be interested in joining a union, so that’s why Wal-Mart does everything it can to make sure that we are providing our associates what they want and need.” Always assuming they do not need too much. (…)

Jesse Jackson, the civil rights leader and former presidential candidate, was only slightly exaggerating when he said that Wal-Mart was a modern plantation, with workers toiling in its stores rather than in the fields of the deep south.

Wal-Mart: The New Southern Plantation



An interesting comparison between Wal-Mart and the southern plantation:

Throughout its career, at home and abroad, Wal-Mart has maintained two key policies: a paternalistic attitude and a powerful aversion to trade unions. To attract outside investors, the poorest southern states (…) often boast of their low wages. For Wal-Mart’s 1.3 million US associates, the situation is simple: there are no unions. Mona Williams, Wal-Mart spokesperson, explains: “Our philosophy is that only an unhappy associate would be interested in joining a union, so that’s why Wal-Mart does everything it can to make sure that we are providing our associates what they want and need.” Always assuming they do not need too much. (…)

Jesse Jackson, the civil rights leader and former presidential candidate, was only slightly exaggerating when he said that Wal-Mart was a modern plantation, with workers toiling in its stores rather than in the fields of the deep south.

Touchlight

The last post on multi-touch interaction reminded me of the Touchlight interface I saw at last year’s SIGGRAPH. Here’s some video I took of its creator, Andrew Wilson, explaining a prototype, and an earlier clip of him outlining the workings in more detail.

Multi-Touch Interaction



While touch sensing is commonplace for single points of contact, multi-touch sensing enables a user to interact with a system with more than one finger at a time, as in chording and bi-manual operations. Such sensing devices are inherently also able to accommodate multiple users simultaneously, which is especially useful for larger interaction scenarios such as interactive walls and tabletops.

Lots more at his personal website:

Touchlight

The last post on multi-touch interaction reminded me of the Touchlight interface I saw at last year’s SIGGRAPH. Here’s some video I took of its creator, Andrew Wilson, explaining a prototype, and an earlier clip of him outlining the workings in more detail.

Multi-Touch Interaction



While touch sensing is commonplace for single points of contact, multi-touch sensing enables a user to interact with a system with more than one finger at a time, as in chording and bi-manual operations. Such sensing devices are inherently also able to accommodate multiple users simultaneously, which is especially useful for larger interaction scenarios such as interactive walls and tabletops.

Lots more at his personal website:

Pleix



Pleix is a virtual community of digital artists based in Paris. Some of us are 3D artists, some others are musicians or graphic designers. This website is the perfect place to share our latest creations.

A lot of their work has been in circulation around the internet lately. One I haven’t seen yet is Sometimes, which literally made be say “whoa” out loud just now. I also like Netlag (a visual representation of activity on Earth depicted by aggregated webcams), e-baby (a take on either offspring simulation or remote parenting, I’m not sure), and the Cish Cash video for Basement Jaxx (“You want it? You take it. You take it? You got it.”).

Pleix



Pleix is a virtual community of digital artists based in Paris. Some of us are 3D artists, some others are musicians or graphic designers. This website is the perfect place to share our latest creations.

A lot of their work has been in circulation around the internet lately. One I haven’t seen yet is Sometimes, which literally made be say “whoa” out loud just now. I also like Netlag (a visual representation of activity on Earth depicted by aggregated webcams), e-baby (a take on either offspring simulation or remote parenting, I’m not sure), and the Cish Cash video for Basement Jaxx (“You want it? You take it. You take it? You got it.”).