Wednesday, June 24, 2009


RIP Ed McMahon. The actor died Tuesday at 86 after a long illness. Sources: Zap2It, SF Gate, and many more.

RIP Dr. Jerri Nielsen FitzGerald. The doctor who diagnosed and treated her own cancer at the south pole 10 years ago died this week at 57.

The Best Picture Oscar will now have 10 nominees (like it did ~60 years ago). I'm sure they will still nominate stuff I don't like and leave off movies I think are great even if they get more slots. Sources: NY Times, SF Gate, etc.

Bryan Fuller is leaving Heroes (again), at least as a writer, to focus on his new projects for NBC.

Scrubs will change format a bit to cover for staff availability issues in the 9th season.

Ronald D. Moore's pilot that Fox didn't pick up, Virtuality, will be airing this Friday night.

SciFi Wire has an interview with Michael Bay about how they handled Shia LaBeouf's hand injury while filming Transformers 2.

The Chelsea Award nominees have been announced. Follow the links for some great artwork. Source: SF Signal.

Concept art for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland is now available.

Stanford researchers have found a new compound that might replace silicon for smaller, faster computing as we reach the limits of Moore's Law.

The iPhone 3G S and 3.0 software were released.
* Improvements in software update.
* Review of the new phone from SF Gate.

Recent articles of interest:
* Evidence suggests that Saturn's moon, Enceladus, has an ocean under its crust.
* "Definitive" evidence of a shoreline of an ancient lake has been found on Mars.

Health news:
* Studies show the most common pediatric cancer (lymphoblastic leukemia) can be successfully treated without radiation.
* Apparently stem cells from placentas are just as useful as from cord blood, but in larger quantities (enough to treat an adult, not just an infant).

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