Corsair DHX+ Mod Winners Annouced

January 11, 2009

The DHX+ memory mod competition, in conjunction with Corsair Memory, has finally come to a close with some excellent entries to redesign additional tops to the triple channel Core i7 memory kits.

And the three winners chosen by Corsair are:1st place goes to – Bradley Joslin for the Dominatrix. Corsair loved the modularity and level of detail in his design, and greatly respect the amount of effort that he put in!

2nd place goes to – Kyle Lunau for the xCM. Corsair thought his idea of being able to attach LGA775 cooling devices to the xCM was innovative
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Sony CEO demos flexible OLED technology

January 11, 2009

CES 2009: Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer demonstrated the world’s first flexible OLED technology today during his keynote at CES.

Stringer recited the progress his company has made with the technology over the last couple of years and explained that the next step was to create a marketable screen with a “20 to 30 inch diagonal”.

However, rather than demonstrate the next logical step forwards, Stringer wanted to go one step further with a glimpse into the future.
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ASHP, Infectious Disease Specialists Take New Look At Vancomycin

January 10, 2009

A consensus statement recently published in the January 1, 2009 , issue of the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy (AJHP), sheds new light on the appropriate use and monitoring of vancomycin in adult patients.

Vancomycin is one of the most-widely used antibiotics for the treatment of serious gram-positive infections involving methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus ( MRSA ). The practice of routine monitoring and adjusting of drug dosages based on serum vancomycin concentrations has been the subject of intense debate for many years.
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Protecting Against Parasites With A Good Night’s Sleep

January 10, 2009

Animal species that sleep for longer do not suffer as much from parasite infestation and have a greater concentration of immune cells in their blood according to a study published in the open-access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology.

The question of why we sleep has long puzzled scientists. Brian Preston from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, led an international team of researchers who tested the theory that sleep improves immune function. He says, “Sleep is a biological enigma. Despite occupying much of an animal’s life, and having been scrutinized by numerous experimental studies, there is still no consensus on its function. Similarly, nobody has yet explained why species have evolved such marked variation in their sleep requirements (from 3 to 20 hours a day in mammals). Our research provides new evidence that sleep plays an important role in protecting animals from parasitic infection.”
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Flu Dampens Web Users Enthusiasm For Sex, UK

January 10, 2009

Colds and flu have overtaken sex as the number one most viewed asthma trigger on the Asthma UK website for the first time since the updated site went live, 3 years ago.

There is no doubt that the recent outbreak of flu is behind the change, widely reported to have depleted workforces across the country in the first week back to the office. But this titillating stat does highlight what can otherwise be a serious problem for people with asthma with 90% reporting colds and flu as a trigger. Combined with current freezing temperatures, which three quarters of the 5.4 million people with asthma in the UK say makes their asthma worse, the current cold snap is a potential recipe for disaster.
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Folic Acid Supplements Help To Prevent Certain Birth Defects For Which Hispanic Women Have Increased Risk

January 10, 2009

Twenty-one percent of Hispanic women are consuming enough folic acid to prevent certain birth defects before becoming pregnant, compared with more than 40% of white women, the North Denver News reports. Consuming adequate amounts of the dietary supplement before becoming pregnant can help prevent neural tube birth defects — serious defects of the spine and brain. According to the News, roughly 3,000 infants are born with neural tube birth defects annually. The effects of the conditions occur within the first few weeks of pregnancy, often before a woman is aware that she is pregnant.
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Half-Life 2 gets graphical overhaul

January 10, 2009

This is why PC gaming is better than console gaming in our opinion; because of excellent mods like this which keep on improving on the games we all know and love.

When it comes to mods in fact it’s tough to get more well known FakeFactory, the modder who’s been working to improve the visual impact of the Half-Life games ever since their first release. The FakeFactory mods have been upping the polygon count (and amount of cleavage) on Read the rest of this entry »