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Medicine

And now, the parts of the brain…

An anatomy lesson provided by The Brain, of Pinky and the Brain fame. That ought to keep the little squirts happy. Thanks, Pinky

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“Venti Americano with an extra shot, please.”

You can find lots of things on the internet. But potentially none will be more important than this. It is a link to the Developing Intelligence blog over at ScienceBlogs and a post called “Caffeine: A User’s Guide to Getting Optimally Wired”. For those of you that are too wired to pay attention through the … Continue reading »

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A touch screen tattoo that is fueled by your blood

It looks like that future we have heard about has arrived. At the Greener Gadgets Conference in New York, there was a Bluetooth enabled touch screen that is designed to be inserted between the skin and the muscle. That’s right, an animated and interactive tattoo. But that is not the awesome part. The basis of … Continue reading »

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Lawsuits, the FDA, and Medical Devices

Turns out that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Medtronic today, saying that a company that manufactures an FDA approved device can not be sued under state laws if that device causes injury. The Supreme Court upheld the lower federal courts on Wednesday, with Justice Antonin Scalia writing for the majority that Medtronic and … Continue reading »

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Grand Engineering Challenges for the 21st Century

The National Academy of Engineering has listed the grand challenges for engineering in the 21st century. You can even go to their web site and vote for which you think is the most important challenge to meet in the next 100 92 years They listed challenges in four areas: sustainability, health, vulnerability, and joy of … Continue reading »

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PCR Salute Song

A tribute song to Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplfication for DNA samples. I know it is an ad from Bio-Rad, but this is damn funny. My favorite line: “PCR- When you need to find out who you daddy is…”

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Forget Surgical Steel, give me Surgical Copper!

I was using the downtime during this time of year to catch up on some reading. In the Machine Design trade magazine there was an interesting article that caught my eye. Testing of copper as an anti-microbial surface. The comparisons with stainless steel are interesting, because most of the metal surfaces in an operating room … Continue reading »

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