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So, you missed these 5 awesome stories this week

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Technology really pushed humanity forward this week. IBM released findings of its latest gel invention that can attack bacteria in a completely new way. It has the potential to save lives, and even fight uncurable diseases such as HIV.

But did y’all see Chrissy Farr go on that OK Cupid blind date? Because that was hilarious.

So, maybe not all our technology favorites this week pushed the humanitarian envelope, but we’ve got some awesome stories that you’ll be sad you missed when the daily grind of a new work week starts.

Check them out and if we leave you wanting more, you can always hop on over to our Editor’s Pick tag, where our top, awesomely reported stories wait for your attention.

Now on to this week’s cream of the crop!

IBM vastly improves delivery of nanomeds that kill bacteria where antibiotics fail

ibm hydrogels

In 2011, IBM researchers and a research group in Singapore showed off a new kind of synthetic, biodegradable nano particle that doctors could use to attack bacteria cells that are resistant to antibiotics. Now, the same group of researchers have made the “nanomedicine” much more practical by delivering it in the form of a cream or gel that you can rub on wounds or inject into infected regions.

Call them nanomeds. They could save your life one day.

Why I’m dumping OkCupid’s blind dating app

OK Cupid Blind date app

OkCupid CEO Sam Yagan wants to bring back a vestige of the past: the blind date. So we decided to give OkCupid’s new app, Crazy Blind Date, a whirl.VentureBeat teamed up with ABC7 News reporter Jonathan Bloom for this project: Chrissy Farr would go on an actual blind date, and the San Francisco network affiliate of ABC would interview her date on the spot. Check out how the date went.

5 reasons you should buy Windows 8 now

Windows 8

While it’s easy to hate on Windows 8, it’s time to stop nagging about the changes and buy the upgrade before it gets way more expensive.

Windows 8 has sold more than 60 million licenses to date, but Microsoft has not revealed how many of these copies have been activated. Still, these are generally good numbers, and it is keeping pace with initial Windows 7 sales. Microsoft has invested a lot of time and money into Windows 8 and will continue to update the software to make it run better.

Myspace’s newest problem: Credibility

Myspace

Strapped for cash and fighting for relevance, the relaunched Myspace already has enough problems. But it looks like the company and its music-focused revamp have another, potentially bigger issue: credibility.

Life after Epic: Getting to know Cliff Bleszinski (exclusive interview, part one: his past)

cliff bleszinski headshot

Turns out people want to hear what Cliff Bleszinski has to say. Every word. The brash and outspoken 37-year-old developer is certainly polarizing enough to warrant such attention. You might hate him for his pretty Barbie-doll wife and his two hot-rod Lamborghinis that cost more than most people’s annual salaries. You’ve probably spent more than a few hours of your life, however, totally lost in games like Unreal Tournament and Gears of War. Games that he helped create.

Dog reading newspaper image via Geoff Livingston/Flickr; Gel image via IBM; OK Cupid app image via ABC7; Microsoft 8 image via Microsoft/YouTube; Myspace image via Tom Cheredar; Cliff Bleszinski photo via Cliff Bleszinski


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