Iphtashu Fitz writes "When 63-year-old Brooke Zepp was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor she underwent both chemotherapy and radiation therapy. After both treatments failed she was given a few months to live because her doctors considered the tumor, buried deep in her abdomen, to be inoperable. The tumor, approximately 2 inches in diameter, was wrapped around her aorta and two other arteries. Not one to take "no" for an answer, Zepp eventually found a team of surgeons willing to operate on her. In a first-ever surgery a team of doctors removed five major organs: stomach, pancreas, spleen, liver and small and large intestines. For 90 minutes these organs were kept outside her body so the surgeons could reach and remove the tumor. Once the tumor was removed the organs were replaced with additional help from some artificial blood vessels made of Gore-Tex." top
Iphtashu Fitz writes "Starting next year, Israel will be requiring all airlines flying into its airports to use a new system to identify hijacked planes. The system is meant to specifically protect against 9/11 style attacks but can also identify "classic" hijackings as well. Although details are sketchy, pilots will apparently be required to use a Security Code System device that would require a PIN to be entered, and possibly a voice print as well. The device is the size of a credit card and not tied to a specific aircraft. Pilots that fail to input the proper PIN and/or voice print would be denied entry into Israeli airspace, and if they continue would be considered hostile. If a hijacker were to incapacitate the flight crew he would likely not know the PIN and also not have a voice print of the pilot. If the hijacker forces the pilot at gunpoint to enter the PIN and voice print the pilot could simply enter an alternate PIN that would notify air traffic controllers of the hijacking. In either case the device would notify controllers of a dangerous situation much sooner." top
Iphtashu Fitz writes "A new high tech company, vlingo, may put an end to trying to type text on tiny mobile phone keypads. Their speech recognition technology will allow any application on a mobile phone to accept spoken input. Most existing speech-enabled applications on mobiles limit you to a handful of commands such as calling an entry in your address book. vlingo, on the other hand, allows you to say anything and have it recognized. According to their technology summary they accomplish this by offloading the actual speech recognition to servers on the data network. Check out the video demo on their website to see for yourself how it works. They also have a demo application available for download to your own phone if you're on one of their seven supported carriers." top
Iphtashu Fitz writes "Would 15 seconds be enough warning time to prepare for an earthquake? It certianly wouldn't be long enough to evacuate from where you live, but it may be just long enough to get out of a building or brace yourself in a doorframe or under a solid desk. Italian scientists may have discovered a way to measure the shockwaves of an earthquake a mere two seconds after it starts. It typically takes ten to twenty seconds for these shockwaves to spread 40 miles, so sensors that can transmit warnings at the speed of light may provide just enough warning before a major quake for people to brace themselves. Even more importantly it could allow for utilities like gas companies to automatically close safety valves, thus preventing potential fires or explosions in the aftermath of the quake." top
Iphtashu Fitz writes "In order to provide the U.S. Military with water in places like Iraq, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency gave millions of dollars in research funding to companies like LexCarb and Sciperio to try to extract water from the air. Amazingly, a company that DARPA didn't fund, Aqua Sciences, beat them all to the punch by developing a machine that can extract up to 600 gallons of water a day from thin air even in locations like arid deserts. The 20 foot machine does this without using or producing toxic materials or byproducts. The CEO of Aqua Sciences decliend to elaborate on how the machine works, but said it is based on the natural process by which salt absorbs water."