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  • Yikes: cell phones causing cancer again

    Yikes: cell phones causing cancer again

    Well, this latest news is less than thrilling, since I started using a cell phone at about 15 (it was a brick). Swedish researchers have found that children who started using cell phones before the age of 20 were five times more likely to develop cancer. The quote, please: “People who started mobile phone use before the age of 2 had more than five-fold increase in glioma”, a cancer of… Read More

  • NEC launches Atom-powered touchscreen PCs

    NEC launches Atom-powered touchscreen PCs

    Little Atom-equipped touchscreen PCs are dropping from more and more companies with NEC being the latest. These two models come in either 12- or 15-inch sizes and are obviously powered by Intel’s Atom processor clocking in at 1.6GHz. The units can be configured with either 512MB or 1GB of ram and comes with a sizable 80GB hard drive. Users have to deal with Vista Business Embedded via the… Read More

  • New MRI technique works at near-cellular-level resolution

    New MRI technique works at near-cellular-level resolution

    Oh, those crazy biologists! Their MRI techniques are unstoppable. The MRI is often cited in popular media as being this magical cure-all or way to see “the exact location of love” or some such nonsense, when it is actually a limited tool with very specific applications and limitations — for example, interference from water and tissue makes it a slightly imprecise affair. Eric… Read More

  • Hospital software allows docs to view complex medical data anywhere

    Hospital software allows docs to view complex medical data anywhere

    Say you get in a car accident and they need to do an MRI to determine if there’s damage to this or that in your brain. That MRI generates a ton of data, and until recently the only way you could view that data was on a specialized workstation meant just for that purpose. FiatLux, a Microsoft offshoot with modest funding, has created a way to take advantage of the extremely powerful GPUs and… Read More

  • Microbot sticks gently in your gut, snaps pictures

    Microbot sticks gently in your gut, snaps pictures

    A Nanorobotics professor at Carnegie Mellon has created a little pill-sized robot that he says can travel safely through the gut and snap good pictures along the way. The problem in the past has been that the adhesive required to stick a camera to an intestinal wall (or whatever) has been permanent. Meaning you’d have to rip out a piece if you wanted to remove the camera. So if you need… Read More

  • Smart trousers detect wobbly walks, imminent falls in elderly

    Smart trousers detect wobbly walks, imminent falls in elderly

    If we can’t build a pair of pants yet that can prevent someone from falling, I guess the best we can do is make a pair that lets you know when you’re about to fall. These “E-Textile” pants are shot through with accelerometers, gyroscopes, bend sensors, all with a common 9V battery as a power source. They exchange information with a nearby hub, which can alert someone if… Read More

  • IV drip stations in Japan are good for what ails ya

    IV drip stations in Japan are good for what ails ya

    After a night of “hard living” back in my days as a bachelor in the exciting city of Minneapolis (circa 2002), my buddy and I were picking up our cars from the parking lot of the bar we’d been drinking at the night before. The bar was inside a quasi-mall-type-thing (Calhoun Square, for those of you familiar with Minneapolis) and we’d caught wind of a new oxygen kiosk gone… Read More

  • Super strong artificial silk almost here

    Super strong artificial silk almost here

    Apparently there’s something about spider silk that makes it really strong and really hard to replicate. Scientists have gotten closer to being able to make silk-like material that’s “five times stronger than steel,” according to the BBC. In the past, it’s been too difficult to produce artificial silk in large enough quantities to make it worthwhile, but scientist at… Read More

  • U.S. bionic eye recently tested successfully in Europe

    U.S. bionic eye recently tested successfully in Europe

    I bet we’ll start to see more and more of these types of stories in the next two to three years. Apparently two British men have received successful eye operations that have restored their sight. I saw another story on a 60 Minutes-type show (might have actually been 60 Minutes) about a guy in Colorado (maybe it was California) that got a similar operation and then wondered if he was better… Read More

  • Hackers could hack your defibrillator and make you and your family die

    [photopress:defib.jpg,full,center] Hackers, those pesky critters that little the Interwebs with malicious code that steals your credit card numbers and casserole recipies, have now turned their attention towards something a little scary: defibrillators. OK, not really, but it’s possible. Many Americans are outfitted with devices that send wireless data to their doctors, reducing the number… Read More