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Hanging With the Polonator

If you've been dying to get a look at a Polonator, Keith Robison has a picture of one on his blog. Robison got a look at it at the CHI Next-Gen meeting last month and he says that "the truly intriguing angle on the Polonator is that it is a completely open architecture." He adds that is "pretty enticing from a techie angle, but it's also a pretty risky business strategy." He's also thinking about what projects he could do if he were to have a Polonator. "Not enough notions to be able to justify buying one, but certainly if I could rent some time on one at a reasonable price I'd jump at the notion," he says.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.