Wired reports Harvard researchers have managed to create "living lasers" out of human embryonic kidney cells re-engineered to create a protein used by jellyfish to create light:
When the team ran pulses of blue light through the kidney/jellyfish combo, a visible laser beam shot out. It only lasted for a few nanoseconds, but the light could be easily detected and carried useful information on... Read more
Turns out you can now rent researchers and labs for designing new drugs, and a new breed of small-scale entrepreneurs are doing just that, WBUR reports:
Dennis Goldberg runs a drug company out of one corner of his living room.
Xconomy reports on the FDA giving the nod to Vertex's Incivek, designed to inhibit the liver-destroying virus. Approval means potentially big sales and a move to the South Boston waterfront.
Boston's startup scene constantly gets compared, negatively, to San Francisco & NYC. A group of Bostonians had enough and decided to show everyone that we might not be the biggest or most famous innovation center but we are the loudest and nothing can stop us when we work together.
Bostonians from all over are uniting tonight to show that not only is our startup scene... Read more
John Halamka, in charge of network computing at both Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, considers recent public cloud outages (from Amazon to Blogger), says he remains optimistic about the basic concept, in part because:
Problems on centralized cloud architecture that is homogenous, well documented, and highly staffed will be more rapidly resolved than problems in distributed, poorly staffed one-off installations.... Read more
UPDATE: Four minutes after I posted this, from my phone, the service was back up.
Hey, these things happen. But it would be nice if the network techs would tell the support techs so they and customers wouldn't waste amazing amounts of time going through fruitless exercises like rebooting modems and running line diagnostics.
Not that I'm bitter after 40 minutes online and on the... Read more
A Boston man who claims he was threatened with a lawsuit when he refused to buy software he didn't want has turned around and sued the application's maker for privacy violations, claiming the software "phoned home" and gave a company consultant enough information to track him down.
In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Miguel Pimentel is seeking to become the... Read more
Mike Champion sees reason for optimism in a town where companies often seem to flee for the other coast or get bought up by companies from far away. Even if you could care less about high tech, check out his post for a little bit of Storrow Drive nostalgia.
My Life List, which lets people post lists of things they want to accomplish, then mark them off, was named winner of the city's Innovation District: Welcome Home Challenge, the mayor's office reports.
The company, which now lists its headquarters in Marina del Rey, CA, but which has an office in Boston, gets to choose either $25,000 in cash or a $50,000 venture... Read more
Here's an interesting tale of how a guy waiting for the Red Line at Park Street got his iPad back after it was snatched out of his hands (while composing e-mail), thanks to a local company that provides IT management services:
Once the officers were in the area, McGowan enabled the iPadâ€™s location alert. The alarm wasnâ€™t loud enough to draw the attention of... Read more
Connie Loizos provides the tweet by tweet of a fight between some outsider and our own Scott Kirsner on whether Boston's tech scene could give a Hoover a run for its money.
These are the people who will have to deal with global warming, major economic dislocations, war, global hunger, predatory politicians, and all the rest of it.
The Lion senses... Read more
An Open Boston City Council
Xconomy reports on the latest wrinkle to the local high-tech set: Web sites that let you customize everything from T-shirts to home decor; quotes one venture capitalist:
We [in Boston] are good at assembling - taking raw components and building blocks, and then fashioning them into something whole greater than its parts. Mass customization is a natural extension of our strength because it's assembling... Read more
The Herald reports Twitter is blocked on computers at the State House because "the site is vulnerable to viruses."
One wonders how they deal with e-mail. Maybe it all comes into one central office where staffers spend the day transcribing it onto paper.