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Researchers restore vision in rats after retinal cell transplant

Researchers restore vision in rats after retinal cell transplant

Health
Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Transplanted fetal retina cells successfully restored vision in blind rats by restoring neurons in the vision centers of their brains. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine found that sheets of fetal cells integrated into the retina -- which is in back of the eye -- can generate nearly normal visual activity in their brains. The findings were published Monday in JNeurosci, the Journal of Neuroscience. "It's been known that retinal sheet transplants can integrate into the degenerated eyes and allow the animals to detect light," Dr. David Lyon, associate professor of anatomy and neurobiology at UCI School of Medicine, said in a press release. "But, beyond rudimentary light detection it was not known how well the visual system in the brain fun...
Workers urge Amazon boss to restore share schemes

Workers urge Amazon boss to restore share schemes

Technology
Dozens of UK Amazon warehouse workers have sent emails directly to Jeff Bezos urging him to restore their employee share and incentive schemes, which they say have been cut in order to fund a promised pay rise. Sky News has seen some of the emails, which mainly come from longer-term workers, who say they have been hit hard by the changes.In one, a worker at a fulfilment centre in Dunfermline warns Mr Bezos that the move "may receive major backlash and some disappointed workers".The email continues: "We take great pleasure in receiving our shares as that is what makes Amazon unique and for people that have children it is a delight to have that extra bonus."In another, a worker who says they have worked for seven years in Amazon's fulfilment centre at Doncaster, tells Mr Bezo...
Musk in talks to restore power to Puerto Rico

Musk in talks to restore power to Puerto Rico

Technology
Puerto Rico's governor says he is "exploring opportunities" with billionaire Elon Musk to restore the island's shattered electrical infrastructure using solar energy technology.Less than 10% of Puerto Ricans have power, weeks after the US territory was hit by Hurricane Maria.Responding to a message on Twitter, Mr Musk, the Tesla co-founder, said his Powerwall renewable energy technology, which powers several smaller islands, could be scaled up to work for Puerto Rico.Ricardo Rossello, the island's governor, revealed he'd had a "great initial conversation" with Mr Musk and that their teams "are now talking, exploring opportunities".Image:The category five storm destroyed power lines and communications infrastructureMeanwhile, Mr Musk said he was sending "experienced installers from continen...