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  • 'Rebuilt' immune system shakes off diabetes

    04/11/2007 8:54:44 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 34 replies · 1,158+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 4/10/07 | Roxanne Khamsi
    Diabetics appear to have been cured with a one-off treatment that rebuilds their immune system, according to a new study. The technique, which uses patients' own bone marrow cells, has freed 14 of 15 patients with type 1 diabetes from their dependence on insulin medication. So far, participants in the trial have gone 18 months without insulin therapy following the procedure, on average. One patient has lasted three years without needing such injections. In patients with type 1 diabetes, which typically strikes in early childhood or adolescence, the immune system appears to erroneously attack cells in the pancreas that produce...
  • Missile-defense system test succeeds

    04/06/2007 9:16:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 452+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/6/07 | Audrey McAvoy
    HONOLULU - The military shot down a Scud-type missile in this year's second successful test of a new technology meant to knock down ballistic missiles in their final minute of flight, the Missile Defense Agency said Friday. A ship off Kauai fired a target missile before 9 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time Thursday. Three minutes later, soldiers with the U.S. Army's 6th Air Defense Artillery Brigade launched an interceptor missile from Kauai that destroyed the target over the Pacific, according to the agency. The military says it already can shoot down missiles in their last stage of flight by using Patriot...
  • Walter Reed Breaks New Ground With 3-D Vision System

    04/03/2007 6:01:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 177+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 3, 2007 – Virtual reality made its way into the operating room last week when an Army doctor performed the military’s first three-dimensional minimally invasive surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here. Armed with a state-of-the-art helmet, Col. (Dr.) Ernest Lockrow, director of the Telerobotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, used the 3-D capabilities to perform a hysterectomy. Minimally invasive surgery, also known as laparoscopy, uses tiny incisions to operate and typically involves a telescopic lens that is connected to a video camera. The operation last week was the first time the military has used the...
  • Officials Test Improved Parachute System (Blood on the Risers)

    03/26/2007 5:01:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 34 replies · 1,117+ views
    TransFormation DoD ^ | Debi Dawson
    Paratroopers, riggers, jumpmasters will make more than 3,200 test jumps. FORT BELVOIR, Va., March 26, 2007 – The Program Executive Office Soldier is testing a new parachute system that the Army plans to use to replace the system in use since the 1950s. The new parachutes address increased weight requirements and provide additional safety benefits. Beginning in 2008, all T-10 parachutes in the Army inventory for more than 50 years will be replaced with the Advanced Tactical Parachute System T-11. Although the T-10 is a proven system, today's paratroopers face increased requirements beyond the T-10's design. Paratroopers are required to...
  • Afghans Launch Security System; Raids Nab Suspects, Weapons

    09/06/2006 6:08:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 285+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2006 – The Afghan government is implementing a new national security system designed to strengthen the country’s security apparatus, U.S. officials reported. The entire National Security Coordination System is to be fully operational by the end of 2008, officials said. The system will improve coordination among Afghan military and law enforcement agencies and enhance regional stability. The system will consist of a National Coordination Center, five Joint Regional Coordination Centers and 34 Joint Provincial Coordination Centers. The centers will provide Afghan army and police leaders with operational information they can use to better-allocate security forces. Current and...
  • Bagram C-130s Use High-Tech Cargo Delivery System

    09/06/2006 5:54:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 692+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Maj. David Kurle, USAF
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2006 -- The same global positioning technology that helps fighter and bomber pilots deliver smart bombs with pinpoint accuracy now allows bundles dropped from cargo planes to steer themselves to drop zones. A new GPS-guided “Screamer” bundle from the Joint Precision Air Drop System falls out the back of a C-130 Hercules over Afghanistan Aug. 26. The drop was made from 17,500 feet above mean sea level and was the first joint Air Force-Army operational drop of JPADS in the Central Command area of responsibility. Four bundles were dropped from the Alaska Air National Guard C-130....
  • US Missile Intercepts Ballistic Target in Test

    09/01/2006 9:23:01 PM PDT · by familyop · 19 replies · 526+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 01SEP06 | Al Pessin
    Pessin report (Real Media) - Download 212k Listen to Pessin report (Real Media) The U.S. Defense Department says it conducted a successful test of its land-based ballistic missile defense system on Friday.Officials say a missile launched from California intercepted a target missile from Alaska 23 minutes after it was launched on Friday, in outer space somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. Before the test, officials said the goal was not necessarily to intercept the Alaska missile, but rather was to gather data about the system's performance. The director of the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency, Lieutenant General Henry Obering, says the exercise...
  • Tamir: Public Schools Take Precedence Over Hareidi System (Israeli Religious Schools)

    08/28/2006 9:25:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies · 225+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | Aug 28, '06 | Hana Levi Julian
    Education Minister (Labor) Yuli Tamir announced her decision on Monday to fund long school days at kindergartens in public schools – but not in the hareidi preschool system. Tamir told the Knesset Education Committee that the public school system would take priority over non-governmental education associations, most of which are hareidi Orthodox schools. United Torah Judaism (UTJ) Knesset member Rabbi Moshe Gafne responded angrily to the decision, accusing Tamir of declaring “war against the hareidi Orthodox education system.” “The former education minister didn’t do this, [Meretz education ministers Shulamit] Aloni and [Yossi] Sarid didn’t do this,” noted Gafne. He asked...
  • Military justice on trial: More protections for accused than in civilian system

    08/21/2006 4:31:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 474+ views
    AP on North County Times ^ | 8/21/06 | David Wallace
    The military justice system is largely unknown to the American public. Other than an occasional, and usually inaccurate, depiction of a court-martial or other military proceeding on a TV show or movie, most people do not have an understanding of or appreciation for the military justice system. This is not surprising, since relatively few Americans have contact with the military, let alone the military justice system. By any measure, the military justice system compares very favorably to any civilian justice system. The cornerstone of the military justice system is the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Congressionally enacted after World War...
  • AFSO 21 breathes new life into old system

    08/14/2006 5:29:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 259+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Senior Airman Clark Staehle
    8/14/2006 - ROYAL AIR FORCE MILDENHALL, England (AFPN) -- The 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron here has streamlined the way its receiving shop conducts business using the Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century concept. The material maintenance flight began by assembling a team from the traffic management, vehicle operations and supply offices here. The flight is responsible for receiving cargo from commercial shippers, processing and inventorying the cargo, and distributing it to customers on base. The first step for the team was to draft a value-stream map. Senior Master Sgt. Jude Hebert, the flight superintendent, said a value-stream map...
  • Mirror system successfully demonstrated (A Little Star-Trek Stuff)

    08/11/2006 7:26:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 605+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Eva Blaylock
    8/11/2006 - KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFPN) -- A dual-mirror system, designed to extend the range of high-energy lasers by receiving and redirecting laser energy, is being tested here. The system, a prototype called the Aerospace Relay Mirror System, or ARMS, is being developed at the Air Force Research Laboratory's Directed Energy Directorate. The operational version might be suspended from a high-altitude airship at an altitude of 70,000 feet, where atmospheric turbulence, or jitter, is less of a problem for beam quality. For testing, the dual-mirror prototype is suspended 100 feet above the ground using a mechanical crane, to...
  • America's new Alamo -- we must not lose again

    08/09/2006 12:29:33 PM PDT · by KevinNuPac · 12 replies · 981+ views
    Renew America ^ | August 8, 2006 | Kevin Fobbs
    Almost two centuries ago, a small band of national patriots joined Texans to launch a battle for freedom and sent a unifying rallying cry through out our nation "Remember The Alamo!" Our nation is being threatened by a new Alamo, and the army is between 12 million and 20 million strong. The army is one that is creeping, walking, swimming and being driven in shadowy caravans across our nation's state borders. Instead of being armed with weapons of violence, this army is simply overwhelming American health care, education, and justice systems by refusing to enter our country legally. But the...
  • Deployed Soldiers test Body Ventilation System

    08/08/2006 6:17:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 632+ views
    FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Army News Service, Aug. 8, 2006) – The Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF) delivered 500 Body Ventilation Systems to heat-stressed Soldiers in Iraq and Kuwait last month. The portable, lightweight ventilation system will help reduce heat-related injuries, and will undergo one of year assessments by such Soldiers as drivers, military police and machine gunners. Another 1,700 vests will be shipped and issued to Soldiers in similar units and duty positions in upcoming months. “The BVS project is another example of how the Army culture is changing in order to provide warfighter solutions in a timely manner,” said...
  • UF professors create system to help during hurricanes [power, water & refrigeration from one system]

    08/04/2006 10:57:45 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 8 replies · 469+ views
    Gainesville Sun ^ | 8/3/06 | Katie Burns
    A system that provides electricity, refrigeration and water - the three vital elements of emergency situations such as hurricanes and war - has been created by two University of Florida professors. William Lear, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and S.A. Sherif, a mechanical engineering professor, combined a gas turbine power plant with a heat-operated refrigeration system. The cool air from the refrigerator makes the turbine more efficient and powerful, Lear said, while waste heat from the turbine then powers the refrigeration. The engine, which runs on conventional fossil fuels, biomass-produced fuels or hydrogen, also forms about one...
  • CA: Audit finds wasteful spending in California prison health system

    08/02/2006 5:50:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 345+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/2/06 | Don Thompson - ap
    A urologist charged California's prison system $2,036 an hour to treat inmates. An orthopedic surgeon billed the state for 30 hours' work - for a single day. The examples are contained in an audit released Tuesday that found rampant waste in how California's prison health care system spends money on outside doctors, nurses and laboratories. The lax spending practices have cost California taxpayers millions, according to the audit by the state controller's office. Prison health care spending soared from $153 million in 2001 to $821 million this year - an increase of $668 million, or 437 percent. "Waste, abuse and...
  • Self-Cooling Soda Bottles? [thin-film technology may make conventional A/C obsolete]

    07/11/2006 3:21:09 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 41 replies · 1,383+ views
    Researchers work to shrink technology that harnesses sun's energy to both heat and coolEvery day, the sun bathes the planet in energy--free of charge--yet few systems can take advantage of that source for both heating and cooling. Now, researchers are making progress on a thin-film technology that adheres both solar cells and heat pumps onto surfaces, ultimately turning walls, windows, and maybe even soda bottles into climate control systems. On July 12, 2006, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) researcher Steven Van Dessel and his colleagues will announce their most recent progress--including a computer model to help them simulate the climate within...
  • Asia Tsunami Warning System Ready

    06/29/2006 1:41:37 PM PDT · by blam · 1 replies · 167+ views
    BBC ^ | 6-29-2006
    Asia tsunami warning system ready Most had no warning of the 2004 tsunami until giant waves appeared A tsunami warning system covering the Indian Ocean region is now "up and running", Unesco has said. The UN organisation, which has overseen the project, says the whole region can now receive and distribute warnings of possible tsunamis. The system is in place 18 months after the devastating tsunami of December 2004 that killed more than 200,000. The Pacific region has had a system for 40 years and others are planned for the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Caribbean. Work unfinished Koichiro Matsuura, director-general of...
  • Buckeye System Brings New Digital Capability to Warfighters

    06/13/2006 5:49:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 305+ views
    FORT BELVOIR, Va., June 13, 2006 – A system initially adopted to help the Army Corps of Engineers detect invasive vegetation growing in coastal waterways is giving warfighters an edge in the global war on terror. "Buckeye," a digital imaging system that's installed on an aircraft, gives ground commanders a bird's-eye view of the area in which they're operating, Army Capt. Jed Richards, research and development coordinator for the Army's Topographic Engineering Center here, told American Forces Press Service. Featuring a high-quality digital camera with an extra-large focal frame, Buckeye "looks" nearly straight down from an aircraft and captures images...
  • Stennis' New Missile System Right on Target [USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)]

    06/12/2006 6:41:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 1,171+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Journalist 2nd Class Christopher Gethings
    USS JOHN C. STENNIS, At Sea (NNS) -- As part of a weapons testing phase, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) fired both of its new Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) systems at a remote-controlled drone for the first time, June 8. The ship’s two RAM launchers each fired one missile at a BQM-34 Firebee drone, which was about four miles out and incoming and had been launched from Point Mugu, Calif. Both missiles successfully hit the infrared beacons the drone was carrying from its wings. “They gave us a green light on both RAM missiles,” said Stennis’ Commanding Officer Capt....
  • Employee verification system would affect all workers, privacy experts say/'No-work list' predicted

    06/12/2006 10:24:20 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 1,535+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 6/12/06 | Lisa Friedman
    WASHINGTON - Remember the Department of Homeland Security's "no-fly'' lists that erratically flagged 3-year-old children and dozens of men named David Nelson as terrorists seeking to board commercial airplanes? Well, now privacy experts are warning America to prepare for the "no-work'' list. As Congress debates immigration reform, experts say a little-discussed aspect of the bill, mandatory employee eligibility verification, is likely to have a colossal impact on the lives of every person in the U.S. labor market -- citizen and foreigner alike. "Everyone who wants to work will feel this provision,'' said Tim Sparapani, legal counsel for the American Civil...