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Are you a net-head?

Are you a net-head?

Monday, November 29th, 2010

I had a moment today where I was acting like a net-head; I was using the Internet during real-time conversation to instantly learn about what I was talking about, as I was talking about it. Now, I’ve been programming computers since I was 7 years old, back when a 2400bps modem cost a fortune and […]

New RFID virus infects media more than it does computers

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Dr. Mark Gasson of the University of Reading in England shows the BBC that the storage space on his RFID implant could be used to house a specially crafted “virus” which could “infect” other systems. Technically this would be classified as a worm, not a virus, however the bottom line is quite simply this is […]

No pain, no gain à la MythBusters

No pain, no gain à la MythBusters

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

MythBusters recently did a show on pain, and who’s better at dealing with it… men or women. On the show, women won by a narrow margin. I think it had to do with the fact they couldn’t actually hurt anyone for the purposes of the show, so they used a simple ice bath to induce […]

Implantable continuous glucose monitoring sensor

Implantable continuous glucose monitoring sensor

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Just a few days ago I noted the future of implants really is going to be medical sensors that use the same passive power and data transmission methods as passive RFID, and now I hear about these guys doing exactly that for glucose measurement. Not quite at the “lab on chip” level yet, but this […]

Killing mosquitoes with lasers!

Killing mosquitoes with lasers!

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Now this is something I can really get behind. It involves lasers (very cool) and killing mosquitoes (the only animal I wish didn’t exist… ok, mosquitoes and fleas). The idea is to stamp out malaria by tracking mosquitoes in flight by IDing them based on their flight/wing noise, and shooting them down using lasers. I […]

The first really interesting news about cancer in a long time

The first really interesting news about cancer in a long time

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Something that’s always bothered me is this feeling that everyone in the cancer industry (yes, it is an industry) is hiding something. Like they are keeping the simple truth in the shadows, while searching desperately for a more complicated “cure” that only they can make/control, and does not involve something people could easily do on […]

The future of implants: Lab-on-a-chip

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Some BYU dudes created a “lab-on-chip” that uses slots like a coin sorter to detect specifically sized particles, which could be proteins, viruses, etc. The chips work like coin sorters, only they are much, much smaller. Liquids flow until they hit a wall where big particles get stuck and small particles pass through a super-thin […]

More fMRI fun... actually reading minds

More fMRI fun… actually reading minds

Monday, February 8th, 2010

PopSci put out an article today about modern day mind readers. If a few very smart neuroscientists are right, with enough number crunching and a powerful brain scanner, science can pluck pictures—and maybe one day even thoughts— directly from your brain Since the 1950s when people were shoving blunt electrodes directly into brain tissue through […]

If I ever become a vegetable, hook me up to a computer!

If I ever become a vegetable, hook me up to a computer!

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

The BBC reports that new research, carried out in the UK and Belgium, involved using an fMRI brain scan to assess whether vegetative patients could answer yes or no questions. Astoundingly, awareness was detected in three patients previously diagnosed as being in a vegetative state. What’s interesting to me is, I thought we’d come a […]

Human cloning couldn't get easier than this

Human cloning couldn’t get easier than this

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Apparently, some dudes were able to directly reprogram skin cells to become neurons. No stem cells required. The results are still waiting to be validated and confirmed, but if this really is possible then it shouldn’t be that difficult to take a skin cell and reprogram it to be a single embryonic cell similar to […]

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