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Posted 2002-10-21 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
According to this report, American company Myriad Genetics owns a patent on two breast cancer-related genes, and therefore controls all research using those genes. Now that Myriad Genetics has a monopoly, they have dramatically hiked the price of screening tests involving the genes. Due to legal threats from Myriad, the B.C. government has ordered the B.C. Cancer Agency to stop doing the tests themselves, forcing local residents to pay for the test out of pocket. Thanks, Myriad Genetics for holding cancer patients hostage so you can make a few bucks.
 
     
 
   
 
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  Science: 1, Fear: 0  
 
 
Posted 2002-10-16 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
I can't even begin to think of the ramifications of discovering a "molecular key" to overcoming fear, but they say it's been done. Certainly, this has some applications for the treatment of human anxiety disorders. Other options include fearless law enforcement agents, soldiers, and suicide bombers. Now that scientists can prevent fear, can scientists also *cause* it using the same principles?
 
     
 
   
 
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  Duct tape cures all ills.  
 
 
Posted 2002-10-16 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
In addition to being the most useful adhesive on the planet, duct tape has now entered the healthcare arena. Cover up that wart with duct tape, then scrub the gnarly nodule with an emery board. Repeat. For two months. Yeah, that's the awesome power of duct tape. Note that the researcher that came up with these findings didn't use a control, such as other types of tape, or even a glob of peanut butter as a substitute. [story]
 
     
 
   
 
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  Whither the Whizzy whebsite?  
 
 
Posted 2002-10-04 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
I've seen other such devices before, but this Whizzy is a new one. "Whizzy is a device that enables a woman to urinate from a standing position like a man," and promises to be "fun." [link>wendy] Believe me, the novelty of standing up to pee wears off quickly. I think men should sit down on toilets and stop hosing down the general area of the toilet every time they take a leak. No wonder public bathrooms are so disgusting.
 
     
 
   
 
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Dinozoiks wrote:
Wow! Thanks for that Tony. Just posted a bunch of other tips here... http://www.dino.co.uk/labs/2008/45-tips-when-designing-online-content-for-kids/ Hope it helps someone... Dino...
in Dino Burbidge's '10 Things To Remember When Designing For Kids Online'


yes, many of the free little games are crappy. but as an artist who has recently published free content on the itunes app store,…
in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


I vote for popup radial menus. Highlight a bit of text, the push and hold, Sims-style radial menu pops up with Copy, Paste, etc....
in More iPhone Gestures, Please


Hey Tony! A client of mine is looking to hire an internal Flash game dev team to build at a really cool Flash CCG…
in Dipping Into Toronto's Flash Pool


Yeah, there's a lot of weird common sense things I've noticed they've just omitted from the design. No idea why though....
in More iPhone Gestures, Please


It also bears noting there's no mechanism right now for a developer to offer a free trial for the iPhone; the App Store isn't…
in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


@GeorgeR: It's on my shopping list :) I've heard good things about it as well. And Cro Mag Rally. @andrhia: meh, I don't know…
in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


...you get what you pay for, you know? I actually bought Trism based on early buzz, and it's truly a novel mechanic. I've been…
in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


The only one I've heard good things about is Super Monkey Ball. Have you given that a whirl yet?...
in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


Advance warning: this frivolent comment is NOT RELATED or even worth your time ... But whenever i hear "Collada", i think of that SCTV…
in Electric Sheep Builds Its Own Flock


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