Stem-Cell Teeth

No details given on the world of vagina dentata possibilities that this opens up:
Dr. Jeremy Mao, the Edward V. Zegarelli Professor of Dental Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, has unveiled a growth factor-infused, three-dimensional scaffold with the potential to regenerate an anatomically correct tooth in just nine weeks from implantation. By using a procedure developed in the university's Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory, Dr. Mao can direct the body's own stem cells toward the scaffold, which is made of natural materials. Once the stem cells have colonized the scaffold, a tooth can grow in the socket and then merge with the surrounding tissue. Dr. Mao's technique not only eliminates the need to grow teeth in a Petri dish, but it is the first to achieve regeneration of anatomically correct teeth by using the body's own resources.

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The Spider-Women of Turkey

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I, Lobot: A Day In The Life of Lando Calrissian's Assistant

7:00 p.m: Lay out Mr. Calrissian's evening cape and escort fresh batch of hos from the landing pad to Mr. Calrissian's chambers.
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Chicken costumes banned at Nevada polling places

"Before there's a solution, there was a problem", I guess:
State election officials on Friday added chicken suits to the list of banned items after weeks of ridicule directed at Republican Senate candidate Sue Lowden.

The millionaire casino executive and former beauty queen recently suggested that people barter with doctors for medical care, like when "our grandparents would bring a chicken to the doctor." Democrats responded by setting up a website, "Chickens for Checkups," and by sending volunteers in chicken suits to her campaign events.

Under the new rule, chicken costumes will be banned along with political buttons, shirts, hats and signs within 100 feet of polling places.

Washoe County Registrar of Voters Dan Burk said such a costume would be an "inappropriate and obvious" advocacy message against Lowden.

Lowden campaign manager Robert Uithoven [pictured at right] hailed the decision.

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Today in BP Oilpocalypse News

While BP's Oil Gushes, Company Keeps Information to a Trickle
BP hasn't yet been able to stop the flow of oil, but it's been more successful at controlling the information coming out about the Gulf disaster.

McClatchy reported on Tuesday that BP has been withholding the results of "tests on the extent of workers' exposure to evaporating oil or from the burning crude over the Gulf." The data is important to determining whether current conditions are safe for workers in the Gulf, researchers told McClatchy. BP said it's sharing the data with "legitimate interested parties," but would not release it publicly. [...]

BP has maintained there's "just no way to measure" the oil flow, even as the company turned down scientists offering to measure it with techniques that could yield a more accurate result. A BP spokesman told The New York Times that calculating the flow is "not relevant to the response effort."

Coast Guard Now Enforcing BP's Oil Spill Viewing Rules

When a crew from CBS News tried to film an oil-covered beach in Louisiana, they were stopped and threatened with arrest by a group of BP contractors and members of the Coast Guard. "This is BP's rules, it's not ours."

Besides lying to everyone about the extent of the damage, and the company's culpability in the spill, BP has started to wield its power over the US government by having the Coast Guard keep prying journalists from seeing the effects on Louisiana's shoreline. Governor Bobby Jindal had recently visited the site, telling reporters, "This wasn't just sheen, we were seeing heavy oil out there." When the CBS News crew arrived to film the area, BP's muscle showed up, too.

Gulf oil spill leak now pegged at 95,000 barrels a day

The latest video footage of the leaking Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico show that oil is escaping at the rate of 95,000 barrels -- 4 million gallons -- a day, nearly 20 times greater than the 5,000 barrel a day estimate BP and government scientists have been citing for nearly three weeks, an engineering professor told a congressional hearing Wednesday.

The figure of 5,000 barrels a day or 210,000 gallons that BP and the federal government have been using for weeks is based on satellite observations of the surface. But NASA's best satellite-based instruments can't see deep into the waters of the Gulf, where much of the oil from the gusher 5,000 feet below the surface seems to be floating. [...]

He said the calculation could be off by 20 percent -- meaning the spill could range from between 76,000 to 104,000 barrels a day. But Wereley said he would need to see videos that were not compressed and showed the flow over a longer period so that it would be possible to get a better calculation of the mix of oil and gas from the wellhead.

"The true extent of this spill remains a mystery," Markey said. He said the BP had said that the flow rate was not relevant to the cleanup effort. "This faulty logic that BP is using is... raising concerns that they are hiding the full extent of the damage of this leak."

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Australian travellers to be searched for porn

"We always use the indefinite article: THE porn, never YOUR porn."
Australian customs officers have been given new powers to search incoming travellers' laptops and mobile phones for pornography, a spokeswoman for the Australian sex industry says.

Customs confirmed the new reference to "pornography" on the Incoming Passenger Cards and the search powers, acknowledging that searches conducted by officers may involve the discovery of "personal or sensitive possessions".

A spokesman said officers were trained to apply "tact and discretion" in their dealings with passengers.

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DNA Lounge: Wherein we win.

Woo, we have again won the SF Weekly Best of San Francisco Reader's Poll:

Best Dance Club:   DNA Lounge
Best Club Theme Night:   Bootie SF

Thanks to everyone who voted!

(And as has become traditional, the party they are throwing for the winners is happening at a club other than the Best Dance Club. Seriously guys? We're not even open that night.)

Voting is still open in the Chronicle's "Best of the Baylist" poll until the 29th.

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