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  • Does High-Tech Medicine Mean Higher Health Care Costs? (No, and you can live longer too.)

    09/29/2009 9:36:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 616+ views
    Reason ^ | September 29, 2009 | Ronald Bailey
    A new report finds that medical innovation boosts life expectancy, but doesn't cost more "About half of all growth in health care spending in the past several decades was associated with changes in medical care made possible by advances in technology," declared(pdf) a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report last year. "Health care economists attribute about 50 percent of the annual increase of health costs to new technologies or to the intensified use of old ones," writes bioethicist Daniel Callahan in his new book, Taming the Beloved Beast: How Medical Technology Costs Are Destroying Our Health Care System. Conventional wisdom holds...
  • Israel's Friends with Benefits

    08/23/2009 2:00:07 PM PDT · by Ari Bussel · 6 replies · 571+ views
    Israel’s Friends with Benefits By Norma Zager “See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land that the Lord swore He would give to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—and to their descendants after them.” Deuteronomy 1:8 (New International Version) If the Lord closed the deal thousands of years ago, why is Israel still looking for a cosigner? Israel must survive but American Jews are “over it.” AIPAC sold out for a glass of lemonade in the Oval Office and J Street is as pro-Israel as David Duke. It is time to wake up...
  • Innovation: As With Moon Landings, So With Medicine

    08/07/2009 8:59:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies · 243+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 6, 2009 | Ross Mackenzie
    Space and health, seemingly disconnected, join to provide important lessons about the nation. (In violation of a longtime columnar stricture against the first-person singular - in this age of the rat-trap of me, a stricture violated in columns and blogs and on television every day before breakfast - today's column includes some personal references.) Many in their 50s and older recall vividly where they were when Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon. My wife and I and our 6-month-old son spent the night at a vacationing neighbor's house that had a color TV and ours didn't. Because of the...
  • The Israel Test

    07/31/2009 12:17:15 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 5 replies · 664+ views
    Campus Report ^ | July 31, 2009 | Alana Goodman
    The Israel Test by: Alana Goodman, July 31, 2009 How do you view the material success of others? Do you see it as a product of classist exploitation—a selfish triumph that one attains at the expense of his neighbors—or do you see it as an inspiring achievement that enriches the community as a whole? If you chose the latter, then you have passed “The Israel Test,” the title of a new book by David Gilder that examines the fundamental differences in how cultures view achievement. “The essence of the Israel test [is to] avoid envy and give way to...
  • Make health care better by limiting innovations that make it better?

    07/29/2009 10:26:01 AM PDT · by SpeakToPower · 191+ views
    Oh No You Didn't Say That! ^ | 7/29/09 | SayWhat
    Would you be happy to hear that advances that could save your or your loved ones lives are being deliberately held back, in order to satisfy governmental demands to reduce spending on the care we all receive?
  • Transparent Aluminum is "New State of Matter"

    07/28/2009 11:02:53 AM PDT · by redpoll · 39 replies · 2,034+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | 27 July 2009 | University of Oxford
    Oxford scientists have created a transparent form of aluminium by bombarding the metal with the world’s most powerful soft X-ray laser. ‘Transparent aluminium’ previously only existed in science fiction, featuring in the movie Star Trek IV, but the real material is an exotic new state of matter with implications for planetary science and nuclear fusion.
  • Study finds patent systems may discourage innovation

    07/27/2009 4:27:26 PM PDT · by sourcery · 15 replies · 451+ views
    PhysOrg.com ^ | 27 July 2009 | Sherry Main
    (PhysOrg.com) -- A new study challenges the traditional view that patents foster innovation, suggesting instead that they may hinder technological progress, economic activity and societal wealth. These results could have important policy implications, because many countries count on patent systems to spur new technology and promote economic growth.
  • When it comes to Green, ignore Gore, listen to the real inventor of the Internet (Bob Metcalfe)

    06/30/2009 10:42:38 AM PDT · by energylover · 3 replies · 567+ views
    4 Your Country ^ | June 30, 2009 | Jim Bell
    There is a popular myth that Al Gore invented the Internet. Never to be out done, he went on to be the father of Green, won a noble prize, Emmy etc. The man is a genius, so he thinks. Bob Metcalfe, is the inventor of Ethernet (as in he has the patent, not a noble prize) which is a critical foundational technology for the Internet. His classmates at MIT were key players in Email, FTP, TCP/IP, etc. And no, Al gore was not in their graduating class at MIT. Metcalfe's perspective on how to solve the energy problem is radically...
  • McCain Tech Plan to Continue Hands-Off Approach to Regulation

    08/14/2008 9:39:39 PM PDT · by FocusNexus · 15 replies · 292+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 14, 2008 | ELIZABETH HOLMES and AMY SCHATZ
    Under fire for being a technophobe, John McCain will unveil a technology agenda that bundles previously announced pro-business proposals with continued support for a hands-off approach to regulation. The plan, dubbed "John McCain and American Innovation," is set to be released Thursday on the Republican presidential candidate's campaign Web site. It will call for a 10% tax credit on wages paid to all research-and-development employees. At the same time, it will reiterate Sen. McCain's opposition to Internet taxes and new laws guaranteeing net neutrality, the idea that Internet providers must treat all legal Internet traffic equally.
  • Plastic Eaters

    06/17/2008 5:22:19 AM PDT · by Renfield · 8 replies · 99+ views
    Reality Sandwich ^ | 6-16-08 | Morgan Maher
    The problem and plague of plastic bags was eating away at Daniel Burd. So, for his science fair project he decided to find out what eats away at plastic bags. After testing various methods and reaching the formidable goal of isolating two strains of plastic-eating microorganisms (Sphingomonas and Pseudomonas), Burd found that plastic bags could be significantly decomposed in about six weeks, with total decomposition taking around three months. Scaling this to industrial applications should be easy, Burd says: "all that's needed is a fermenter, a growth medium and plastic, and the bacteria themselves provide most of the energy by...
  • U.S. Patent Chief: Applications Up, Quality Down

    04/21/2008 10:26:58 PM PDT · by anymouse · 9 replies · 91+ views
    EE Times ^ | 04/16/2008 | George Leopold
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently received an application seeking a patent for what was claimed to be a better way to stand in line while waiting to use an airplane toilet. Jon Dudas, director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, said the example may be extreme, but it illustrates the declining quality of U.S. patent applications his agency has seen since 2000 as more applicants attempt to game the system. Speaking at an IP symposium here on Wednesday (April 16), Dudas said the quantity of applications for U.S. patents is skyrocketing--more than 500,000 applications are expected this...
  • Face of Defense: Navy Cook’s Innovation Improves Food Service

    02/11/2008 3:45:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 54+ views
    LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Feb. 11, 2008 – The Afghan kitchen opened the sailor’s eyes and the smoke made them sting. Even fans that run 24 hours a day can’t keep up with the smoke from a dozen or more wood-burning stoves at the new Afghan National Army dining facility here. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class David Crabb, of Navy Embedded Training Team 3-205th Garrison, makes a suggestion to Abdul Sami, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the Afghan National Army’s Shorabak Garrison dining facility. Crabb advises Sami and other Afghan kitchen staff on sanitation, hygiene and proper food preparation...
  • Move Over US -- China To Be New Driver Of World's Economy And Innovation

    01/28/2008 3:31:25 PM PST · by blam · 40 replies · 63+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 1-28-2008
    Move Over US -- China To Be New Driver Of World's Economy And InnovationChart shows the change in technological standing for several nations from 1993 to 2007. (Credit: High Tech Indicators study) ScienceDaily (Jan. 28, 2008) — A new study of worldwide technological competitiveness suggests China may soon rival the United States as the principal driver of the world's economy -- a position the U.S. has held since the end of World War II. If that happens, it will mark the first time in nearly a century that two nations have competed for leadership as equals. The study's indicators predict...
  • Dashing Finns were first to get their skates on 5,000 years ago

    12/24/2007 1:13:30 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 18 replies · 168+ views
    The Times ^ | 12/24/07 | Mark Henderson
    The origins of ice-skating have been traced by scientists to the frozen lakes of Finland about 5,000 years ago, when people used skates made from animal bone. Researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University have calculated that skating on the primitive blades would have reduced the energy cost of travelling by 10 per cent, suggesting that it emerged as a practical method of transport and not as recreation. Southern Finland has been identified as the most likely home of skating through an analysis of the shape and distribution of lakes in central and northern Europe, which shows that the early Finns would...
  • Nicole Richie backs Swedish dog urinals

    11/22/2007 10:54:55 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 43 replies · 1,162+ views
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 11/22/2007 | Paul O'Mahony
    Hollywood socialite Nicole Richie has lent her voice to a campaign to stop dogs peeing on lamp posts. When Paris Hilton's dog-loving pal learned of Swedish inventor Lennart Järlebro's plans to design a urinal for dogs, she immediately vowed to spread the word in the United States. "This invention is just so clever. It's a cute rubber cup attached to the post and a hose that pipes urine into the gutter," Richie, 26, told the Daily Star. Lennart Järlebro began designing a toilet for dogs after reading a newspaper report about the corrosive effects of dogs' urine on lamp posts....
  • EDITORIAL: Escaping the medical bureaucracy

    06/10/2007 7:54:30 AM PDT · by gpapa · 16 replies · 868+ views
    Las Vegas Review Journal ^ | June 10, 2007 | Unattributed
    The career tracks of Drs. Jeffrey Duckham and James Taylor and the reactions they've faced from advocates of socialized medicine say a lot about the future of health care in the United States.
  • Prizes for Solutions to Problems Play Valuable Role in Innovation

    01/26/2007 10:55:05 AM PST · by anymouse · 3 replies · 301+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 25, 2007 | DAVID WESSEL
    The U.S. and other modern capitalist economies rely on a handful of approaches to stimulate innovation. Big corporate research-and-development shops invest shareholders' money in the search for future profit. Small entrepreneurial start-ups do the same with venture capital. Academics toil in big universities, sometimes for profit, sometimes for glory. Open-source software wizards mend and tend shared software that no one owns, the high-tech equivalent of a barn-raising. Government steps in where private money fears to tread. Now, a proliferation of prizes is attracting bright minds to stubborn problems. InnoCentive, a company spun off six years ago by drug maker Eli...
  • How a Santa Fe Woman Made the Back-Seat Caddy She Couldn't Buy

    01/18/2007 11:44:34 AM PST · by CedarDave · 51 replies · 2,400+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 18, 2007 | Andrew Webb
    After fruitlessly searching for a way to safely keep her kids' things within their reach in the back seat of the family minivan, Dawn Winters-Rizika of Santa Fe did what a lot of us have probably done. She thought to herself, "I could make something like that." The steps she took next could likely mean the difference between an actual product and the all-too-common fate of so many useful inventions left cooling on the cranial backburner. A year's worth of support from a network of local nonprofits, two trade shows and about $45,000 in home equity loans later, a shipment...
  • Keys to Innovation

    09/27/2006 12:49:29 PM PDT · by bkepley · 5 replies · 355+ views
    Dr. Dobbs Portal ^ | September 25, 2006 | Jon Erickson
    To me, it sounds a little like Monty Python and the search for the Holy Grail. Nevertheless, IBM and the University of Georgia have launched a research initiative to find the answer to the question of what is key to innovation -- great inventions, business models, technology and profit.
  • Amid spying scandal, HP sponsors award for `privacy innovation'

    09/21/2006 2:00:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 355+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 9/21/06 | Brian Bergstein - ap
    BOSTON Insert your own punch line: Hewlett-Packard Co., the technology company facing federal and state investigations for spying on board members and journalists, is co-sponsor of an award for "privacy innovation." Nominees are currently being accepted for the fourth annual HP/IAPP Privacy Innovation award, which Hewlett-Packard gives in conjunction with the Maine-based International Association of Privacy Professionals. According to the award's Web site, the prize was created to honor "strong and unique contributions to the privacy industry." "At present, there is not sufficient recognition for organizations that have embraced privacy as a competitive advantage, and as a business/governmental imperative," the...