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TSA Body Scans May go Beyond Airlines Soon

TSA Body Scans May go Beyond Airlines Soon

So the TSA may have plans to use the full body scan technology used at airport checkpoints in mobile scanning units that it can set up at public events and train stations, as well as using mobile x-ray vans to scan pedestrians on city streets. Yeah, you read that right. This is according to some newly uncovered documents published by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) on Wednesday. The documents were obtained from the Department of Homeland Security via a Freedom of Information Act request.

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First Millimeter Scale Computing System – Coming to an eye near you

First Millimeter Scale Computing System – Coming to an eye near you

The University of Michigan Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science has created a prototype for what is believed to be the first complete millimeter-scale computing system. The prototype is an implantable eye pressure monitor for glaucoma patients. The whole system measures just over 1 cubic millimeter, and has an ultra low-power microprocessor, a pressure sensor, memory, a thin-film battery, a solar cell, and a wireless radio with an antenna that can transfer data to an external device held near the eye.

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IBM and Nuance – “Dr. Watson is on his way”

IBM and Nuance – “Dr. Watson is on his way”

This week IBM's Watson has been going up against Jeopardy champs in the Jeopardy challenge. Now, IBM has announced that it will collaborate with Nuance to apply Watson's advanced analytics to the healthcare industry. The initiative will combine IBM's Deep Question Answering (QA), Natural Language Processing, and Machine Learning capabilities with Nuance's speech recognition technology and Clinical Language Understanding solutions. They hope to assist doctors in making patient diagnoses, by helping them to process large amounts of information more quickly.

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Doctors in Germany Create Swallowable, Remote-Controlled Stomach Submarine

Doctors in Germany Create Swallowable, Remote-Controlled Stomach Submarine

Right now, doctors only have a couple of choices when it comes to looking into the human body. Trying to discover a person's ailment in their intestines is tough, as it usually means that an endoscopy has to happen. Inputting a camera, connected to a long cable, down someone's throat isn't always what a patient is looking forward to, and the alternative isn't any better. And while capsules with cameras in them exist today, it's hard for doctors to see what's happening inside, as the movement is controlled by the person's innards. But, doctor's from Germany are looking to change that with a new remote-controlled capsule that can be swallowed.

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Israeli Hospital Using Apple iPad to Help Treat Patients with Help of Microsoft’s Chameleon

Israeli Hospital Using Apple iPad to Help Treat Patients with Help of Microsoft’s Chameleon

Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center is said today to be the first hospital to use the iPad to interact with Microsoft's Chameleon software for use in hospitals. Dr Yoram Liwer, chief executive of Mayanei Hayeshua, spoke with Reuters on the matter, saying they've now got access to the same program and database they'd have on their computers now on their iPads, working in a much more mobile manner: "The patients' data are in the computer ... so physicians who are out of hospital but on call can see X-rays and ultrasounds through their iPad and give more intelligent advice to staff in the hospital."

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The Daily Slash: December 14 2010

The Daily Slash: December 14 2010

Today you'll totally get your hands on a HP ENVY 17 3D Laptop when we totally unbox it. Get funky really quickly with Philip in an article by the name of Five 80s Tech Movies That Deserve a Refresh. Take a sweet ride through the world of Gingerbread on our Nexus S review. Then WIN A FREE Google Cr-48 Laptop in a SlashGear Google Chrome OS giveaway! Oh and what's this? Win a Google Cr-48 at Android Community too? That's wacky! It's a massive amount of exclusive content and a completely fantastical amount of everything else here on The Daily Slash!

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Voim Smartphone Concept for the Visually Impaired

Voim Smartphone Concept for the Visually Impaired

Behold a concept for a phone by the name of Voim (seeing in Korean.) This phone is designated as a smartphone by its designers Youngseong Kim & Eunsol Yeom, working both with braille via a full face silicon panel on the front and a camera and earpiece on the back. A simple concept whose implications are fantastic: the front of the phone changes form as new screens are reached, braille dots prodding upward into the panel for simple reading by the visually impared. And what's the camera and earpiece for? Such lovely things!

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Electronic Chip to Block Pain Signals Being Developed in Australia

Electronic Chip to Block Pain Signals Being Developed in Australia

Researchers in Australia are working on helping those in the world who suffer from chronic back pain with a chip that'll block that pain from reaching the brain. They've yet to try the device on humans, but they're confident that it'll work. I should hope so! Also this sort of thing frightens me. What happens if you get a giant stick jabbed into your back and you can't feel it? What then, science? You'll have stick-back syndrome. But this device will be more precise than all that - blocking only the pains that are useless to the human brain, the kind that never go away.

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AIDS cure with stem cell transplant found claim German doctors

AIDS cure with stem cell transplant found claim German doctors

As breakthroughs go, finding a cure for AIDS would be pretty high on the list, and that's what Berlin doctors believe they have achieved. US citizen Timothy Ray Brown was treated for acute myeloid leukaemia in 2007, with doctors carrying out a stem cell transplant using bone marrow resistant to HIV infection. That marrow lacked the CCR5 co-receptor on CD4 cells - to which the most common form of HIV initially binds with - and by replacing all of the patient's infected CD4 cells, the HIV has seemingly been eradicated.

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