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FDA Approves First Retinal Implant

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Thursday approved the first retinal implant for use in the United States. The FDA’s green light for Second Sight’s Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System gives hope to those blinded by a rare genetic eye condition called advanced retinitis pigmentosa, which damages the light-sensitive cells that line the retina.For Second Sight, FDA approval follows more than 20 years of development, two clinical trials and more than $200 million in funding—half from the National Eye Institute, the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation, and the rest from private investors...

February 14, 2013 — Larry Greenemeier

Quantum Daughter

Video of the Week #79, February 14th, 2013: From: Quantum Shorts: Winners of the 2012 Competition by Jennifer Ouellette at Cocktail Party Physics .

February 14, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

I Can Typing

Image of the Week #79, February 14th, 2013: From: The Intelligent Use of Animations by Kalliopi Monoyios at Symbiartic and Commenting threads: good, bad, or not at all...

February 14, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

How to Mend a Broken Heart

Listen up, Lonely Hearts Club. Before you get all frothy about the holiday that rubs salt in the wounds of your failed attempts at love, take a page out of Beth Croce's book on How to Mend a Broken Heart, will ya?...

February 14, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Chocolat Anyone!

Most of us enjoy one form or another of chocolate. Sometimes we eat a warm chocolate chip cookie or a good piece of chocolate cake with chocolate frosting with a cold glass of milk (or maybe chocolate milk)...

February 14, 2013 — Joel Taylor

"A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for."

A year and a half ago, the decision to pack up shop at ScienceBlogs and begin blogging at Scientific American was an easy one. The inimitable Bora Zivkovic had assembled a blogging dream team, a group of people I respected and admired and couldn't wait to call networkmates...

February 14, 2013 — Christie Wilcox

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