China reports four more bird flu deaths, toll rises to 31
BEIJING - Four more people in China have died from a new strain of bird flu, bringing to 31 the number of deaths from the mysterious H7N9 virus, with the number of infections rising by two to 129, according to Chinese health authorities.
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German Ministry of Education Throws Away PCs For 190,000 € Due To Infection
An anonymous reader writes "German IT magazine Heise reports (original in German) that the Ministry of Education in Schwerin had a Conficker virus infection on 170 machines, that was dealt with by simply throwing them on the trash. Other German authorities have now decided that 'the approach taken is not up to the principle of efficiency and economy' and that the 187,300 Euro invested in this radical form of virus removal were inappropriate. The ministry had earlier estimated the cost of cleaning their desktops and servers by more conventional means to 130,000 Euro."
Hong Kong virologists: Bird flu cases may be double that reported
As the death toll from the H7N9 bird flu strain in China reached 21 and infections continue to increase, Hong Kong authorities now believe the virus may have already infected double the known figure.
UK Paraplegic Woman First To Take Robotic Suit Home
An anonymous reader writes "It might be a ways off, but every day we get closer to the possibility of William Gibson's short story The Winter Market becoming a plausible reality. Viable consumer exoskeleton for the paralyzed? Check, finally. Quoting Reuters: 'The exoskeleton is activated by the wearer tilting their balance to indicate the desire to take a step. It supports the body's weight and also allows the person to go up or down stairs, as well as sit or stand up independently. It costs 45,000 pounds and although clinical studies are ongoing that could back a case for health authorities to fund purchases of the device, the developers argue that savings on the treatment of ailments related to inactivity could offset the cost.'"
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Dr. Emily Gibson calls for an end to 'war on pubic hair'
Dr. Emily Gibson, a physician, has challenged the "war on pubic hair." The doctor advises against pubic hair removal, saying hair removal often leads to genital boils, abscesses and infection.