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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

Lucas123 So much for a free market (256 comments)

These outdated statues were originally designed to protect little dealerships from the threat of big auto opening their own dealerships if one of their indirect dealers refused to carry their lemons. So dealers under pressure from Detroit were forced to sell the crappy next to the good cars.

Today, prohibiting direct sales protects only the dealerships and harms the consumer. There’s no reason to prohibit a consumer from buying directly from the manufacturer.

about a month ago
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Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

Lucas123 So now he has no nose? (161 comments)

How does he smell?

Terrible.

(Forgive me. The first image that came to mind when I read this story was the movie "Sleeper", when they were trying to clone the assassinated leader using his nose.)

about a month ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

Lucas123 Perhaps I'm naive... (478 comments)

It seems to me the best way (every time) to alleviate fear is by spreading truth. The CDC should set itself the task of disseminating as much information about Ebola and how it's spread as possible.

about a month and a half ago
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Michigan Builds Driverless Town For Testing Autonomous Cars

Lucas123 I'm thinking (86 comments)

This is the same autonomous driving city that was reported on by all the news outlets this past spring. Is there something new here?

about a month and a half ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

Lucas123 I just want to say one word to you (308 comments)

Just one word. 3D food printing.

OK. Three words.

about 2 months ago
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Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist

Lucas123 That's not what she's saying (356 comments)

She's not saying the things are not "very very dense" rather just that they never collapse further than the state that gravity can overcome the speed of light. I believe she's saying a black hole's mass would be "evenly" (or not) spread out over the volume encompassed by the event horizon, rather than in a singularity.

about 2 months ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

Lucas123 Re:I'll just let my sig do the talking (478 comments)

So the quote is "The U.S. will always be at war now, until the government is bankrupt." -- Dwight Eisenhower. I've never once seen that. When did he use that in a speech?

about 2 months ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

Lucas123 Then it happens less in science than in general (460 comments)

The study the level of sexual assault of trainees in academic fieldwork environments... was 26% of women and 6% of men reported experiencing sexual assault. According to a study by the CDC, 51.9 percent of surveyed women and 66.4 percent of surveyed men said they were physically assaulted as a child by an adult caretaker and/or as an adult by any type of attacker. More than half (54 percent) of the female rape victims identified by the survey were younger than age 18 when they experienced their first attempted or completed rape. Violence against women is primarily intimate partner violence: 64.0 percent of the women who reported being raped, physically assaulted, and/or stalked since age 18 were victimized by a current or former husband, cohabiting partner, boyfriend, or date. In comparison, only 16.2 percent of the men who reported being raped and/or physically assaulted since age 18 were victimized by such a perpetrator. Study: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles...

about 2 months ago
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

Lucas123 Familiar story line (326 comments)

The Stardate is 5423.4. The Federation starship Enterprise arrives at the planet Gideon to begin diplomatic relations and invite the inhabitants to join the Federation. Gideon is reported to be a virtual paradise where the people live incredibly long lives in a nearly germ-free environment, but they refuse to allow anyone but Captain James Kirk from the Enterprise, to beam down. Upon beaming down, however, Kirk learns that the population has exploded to the point where the planet can barely contain the populace. Gideon's leaders plan is to infect the people with a human virus in an attempt to "control" the overpopulation problem caused by the people's long lifespans in a germ-free environment. So, as I see it, the problem is easily solved. Find a alien with a virus for which we have no cure.

about 2 months ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Lucas123 Of course they do (981 comments)

When people learn critical thinking skills, they tend to automatically dismiss ignorant, hate-centered dogmas.

about 2 months ago
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Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

Lucas123 Does any one see it? (269 comments)

The irony. The smart people couldn't figure out what makes someone smart... perhaps because they were using the wrong parameters.

about 2 months ago
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Fish Raised On Land Give Clues To How Early Animals Left the Seas

Lucas123 Re:Seriously? (62 comments)

How very open-minded of you. You see someone questioning the conditions of a "scientific experiment" and immediately attempt to reduce them to a social stereotype. I'm sure you're a marvelous scientist in your own mind.

about 3 months ago
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Fish Raised On Land Give Clues To How Early Animals Left the Seas

Lucas123 Seriously? (62 comments)

You put an amphibious fish on land and it develops its fin muscles for walking and you keep one in water and their muscles develop for swimming... and this was the big discovery?

about 3 months ago
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Artificial Pancreas Shows Promise In Diabetes Test

Lucas123 Warning: Snarky comment (75 comments)

Over the past four decades, we've seen squat in the form of treatment for diabetes other than improving the delivery of insulin delivery for diabetics, which has been around since the 1920s. Honestly, it almost seems as if the insulin market is just too lucrative to allow a real cure for Type 1 diabetes. We march on continuing to watch little children struggle with this disease through adulthood and often succumb to an early death because of it. C'mon scientific community. Get your collective heads our of your arses and curse this.

about 5 months ago
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UK Ballistics Scientists: 3D-Printed Guns Are 'of No Use To Anyone'

Lucas123 Actually, a gun is a useful machine (490 comments)

As the company Solid Concepts discovered, 3D printing metal guns demonstrates the ability to create fined machine parts that are also durable.

about 6 months ago
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'Curiosity' Lead Engineer Suggests Printing Humans On Other Planets

Lucas123 Honestly? (323 comments)

This is the best idea the lead engineer on the NASA JPL's Curiosity rover mission could come up with? Find worm holes or send 3D printers to other planets. Ugh.

about 6 months ago
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Why I'm Sending Back Google Glass

Lucas123 Prototype? (166 comments)

You don't sell prototypes to the public. That's called a production model.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved?

Lucas123 Rocky V (403 comments)

Another Star Wars sequel shouldn't be made in the first place. You can only take a movie story line so far and then you're just milking nostalgia for the sake of box office returns with no art or soul. The first three movies were perfection. Enough already.

about 6 months ago
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Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

Lucas123 Wouldn't that be a shame (626 comments)

So no more end-of-the-month speed traps by police departments to balance their budgets? Whatever will our police departments do for money? Reminds me of the outcry when The National Maximum Speed Law was eventually disregarded by almost every state and they raised their respective speed limits back up to 65mph on most highways -- because lowering it to 55mph did nothing to reduce accidents. Oh, the funds staties lost.

about 6 months ago

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Consortium roadmap shows 100TB hard drives possible by 2025

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  2 hours ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "An industry consortium made up by leading hard disk drive manufacturers shows they expect the areal density of platters to reach 10 terabits per square inch by 2025, which is more than 10 times what it is today. At that density, hard disk drives could conceivably hold up to 100TB of data. Key to achieving greater bit density is Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR) and Bit Patterned Media Recording (BPMR). While both HAMR and BPMR will increase density, the combination of both technologies in 2021 will drive it to the 10Tbpsi level, according to the Advanced Storage Technology Consortium (ASTC)."
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Rooftop solar to reach price parity in the U.S. by 2016

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about a week ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "The cost of rooftop solar-powered electricity will be on par with prices of coal-powered energy and other conventional sources in all 50 U.S. states in just two years, a leap from today where PV energy has price parity in only 10 states, according to Deutsche Bank's leading solar industry analyst. The sharp decline in solar energy costs is the result of increased economies of scale leading to cheaper photovoltaic panels, new leasing models and declining installation costs, Deutsche Bank's Vishal Shah stated in a recent report. The cost of solar-generated electricity in the top 10 states for capacity ranges from 11-15 cents per kilowatt hour (c/kWh), compared to the retail electricity price of 11-37 c/kWh. Amit Ronen, a former Congressional staffer behind legislation that created an investment tax credit for solar installations, said one of the only impediments to decreasing solar electricity prices are fees proposed by utilities on customers who install solar and take advantage of net metering, or the ability to sell excess power back to utilities."
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Data Center Study Reveals Top 5 SMART Stats that Correlate to Drive Failures

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about two weeks ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Backblaze, which has taken to publishing data on hard drive failure rates in its data center, has just released data from a new study of nearly 40,000 spindles revealing what it said are the top 5 SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) values that correlate most closely with impending drive failures. The study also revealed that many SMART values that one would innately consider related to drive failures, actually don't relate it it at all. Gleb Budman, CEO of Backblaze, said the problem is that the industry has created vendor specific values, so that a stat related to one drive and manufacturer may not relate to another. "SMART 1 might seem correlated to drive failure rates, but actually it's more of an indication that different drive vendors are using it themselves for different things," Budman said. "Seagate wants to track something, but only they know what that is. Western Digital uses SMART for something else — neither will tell you what it is.""
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HP Does Not Plan On Making a Desktop 3D Printer

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about three weeks ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "After announcing its first industrial 3D printing machine last week, HP this week expounded on its plans for the technology saying it sees it as a method for making production parts in limited runs and one-off parts. What it doesn't ever see happening is a desktop model of the printer for the consumer market. During a live webcast this yesterday, Steve Nigro, senior vice president of HP's Inkjet and Graphics Solutions Businesses, said the new Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer will likely be built in varying sizes to address any number of production applications needed by manufacturers and service providers. Some of those new models will likely be in collaboration with partners who want to build machines for specific industries. But, the printer will play in the $100,000 to $1 million 3D printer market, not machines for home use. The printer, he said, will be ten times faster and 50% cheaper than industrial 3D printers on the market today. The machine combines the attributes of binder jet printing, where a liquid fusing agent is selectively deposited to join the powder materials, and sintering technology, where layer upon layer of powder material is melted and fused together with heat."
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Some Researchers Agree With Musk That A.I. Could Be Dangerous

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about a month ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Researchers from some of the top U.S. universities said Elon Must wasn't so far off the mark when he said last week that artificial intelligence poses a threat to humans. "If I were to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it's probably that... With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon." Musk said at an M.I.T. symposium . Musk's comments came after he tweeted in early August that AI is "potentially more dangerous than nukes." Andrew Moore, dean of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon, Musk has "a valid concern and it's really an interesting one. It's a remote, far future danger but sometime we're going to have to think about it." AI researchers disagree on when the technology will be available, some saying 20 years, others believe 50 or, even 100 years away. Stuart Russell, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the UC Berkeley, compared AI research to that of nuclear fusion. "The first thing you think of is containment. You need to get energy out without creating a hydrogen bomb. The same would be true for AI. If we don't know how to control AI it would be like making a hydrogen bomb.""
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HP Unveils Industrial 3D Printer 10X Faster, 50% Cheaper Than Current Systems

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about a month ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "HP today announced an 3D industrial printer that it said will be half the cost of current additive manufacturing systems while also 10 times faster, enabling production parts to be built. The company also announced Sprout, a new immersive computing platform that combines a 23-in touch screen monitor and horizontal capacitive touch mat with a scanner, depth sensor, hi-res camera, and projector in a single desktop device. HP's Multi Jet Fusion printer will be offered to beta customers early next year and is expected to be generally available in 2016. The machine uses a print bar with 30,000 nozzles spraying 350 million drops a second of thermoplastic or other materials onto a print platform. The Multi Jet Fusion printer uses fused deposition modeling, an additive manufacturing technology first invented in 1990. the printer works by first laying down a layer of powder material across a build area. Then a fusing agent is selectively applied with the page-wide print bar. Then the same print bar applies a detailing agent at the parts edge to give high definition. The material is then exposed to an energy source that fuses it."
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XYZPrinting Releases All-In-One 3D Printer with Internal Laser Scanner

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about a month ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "XYZPrinting today released the first 3D printer with embedded scanner that has the ability to replicate objects between 2-in and 6-in in size and print objects of up to 7.8-in square from .stl files. The printer's retailing for $799. A review of the new da Vinci 1.0 AiO all-in-one 3D printer revealed the 3D scanning capability, which is supposed to have a .05mm resolution, captures overall size and some finer features of an object but it falls short when it comes to precise details; thin protrusions and through-object holes are often missed in a scan. The mechanics — the printing head, two laser scanning/camera pods and turntable, and the motorized print table — are fully enclosed in a sleek-looking blue and white cubical case with a large transparent, hinged-front door. The front of the printer has a simple push button keypad for traversing a menu on a 2.6-in LCD black-and-white display. The printer is about 18-in. x 20-in. x 22-in. in size and weighs 60.6 lbs. While this is a desktop printer, it takes up a sizeable amount of room on your desk. It can print with either ABS or PLA thermopolymer."
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Haier Plans to Embed Area Wireless Chargers in Home Appliances

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about a month ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Haier, arguably the world's largest maker of home appliances, has signed a development agreement with Energous, a maker of the WattUp wireless charging router. Haier plans incorporate the technology in appliances allowing enabled mobile devices and wearables to take a charge at up 15 feet away. The white goods maker is expected to come out with the enabled appliances in the next 14 months or so. The WattUp router uses radio frequency (RF) transmissions to send up to 4 watts of power in a 15-ft. radius. Within 5 feet of a WattUp wireless router, a mobile device can be charged at the same rate as if it were plugged into a wall socket, but as the distance increase the charging capability dissipates. For example, aa a range of 5-to-10 feet, charging capability drops to 2 watts per device and at 10-to-15 feet, the router puts out 1 watt per device (4 watts total). Pleasanton, Calif.-based Energous raised nearly $25 million when it went public earlier this year. Its chief marketing officer said the company has joint development agreements in the works with battery makers, smartphone sleeve and wearable device manufacturers. Haier hasn't disclosed what products it plans to enable with wireless charging."
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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners for Selfie Figurines

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about a month ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Walmart-owned ASDA supermarkets in the UK. are beta testing 3D full-body scanning booths that allow patrons to buy 6-in to 9-in high "selfie" figurines. Artec Group, a maker of 3D scanners and software, said its Shapify Booth, which can scan your entire body in 12 seconds and use the resulting file to create a full-color 3D printed model, is making its U.S. debut this week. The 3D Shapify booths are equipped with four wide view, high-resolution scanners, which rotate around the person to scan every angle. Artec claims the high-powered scan and precision printing is able to capture even the smallest details, down to the wrinkles on clothes. The scanning process generates 700 captured surfaces, which are automatically stitched together to produce an electronic file ready for 3D printing. Artec offers to print the figurines for booth operators (retailers) for $50 for a 6-in model, $70 for a 7.5-in model, and $100 for a 9-in figurine."
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Samsung admits to software bug on 840 EVO SSDs

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about a month ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Samsung has issued a firmware fix for a bug on its popular 840 EVO triple-level cell SSD. The bug apparently slows read performance tremendously for any data more than a month old that has not been moved around on the NAND. The 840 EVO is one of the companies most affordable SSDs, as it retails for under 50 cents a gig. Samsung said in a statement that the read problems occurred on its 2.5-in 840 EVO SSDs and 840 EVO mSATA drives because of an error in the flash management software algorithm. Some users on technical blog sites, such as Overclock.net, say the problem extends beyond the EVO line. They also questioned whether the firmware upgrade was a true fix or just covers up the bug by simply moving data around the SSD."
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Ethernet is coming to cars

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about a month ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Automobile industry support for Ethernet as an interconnect specification for all electronics in the car and for the car to connect to the Internet outside the car is growing quickly. Additionally, one of the largest suppliers of silicon to the industry — Freescale — today announced its first automotive-grade Ethernet modules. The 100Mbps modules will offer up to four separate video ports and can connect together instrument clusters, infotainment systems and telematics all on the same ring topology. Driving Ethernet adoption in vehicles are trends such as such as federally mandated backup cameras, lane-departure warning systems, traffic light recognition and collision avoidance sensors, and in-vehicle WiFi as well as streaming video on embedded displays. While Freescale's not the first to offer an automotive-grade Ethernet chipset, it is the largest supplier to date. By 2020, many cars will have 50 to 60 Ethernet ports and even entry-level vehicles will have 10, according to a study by research firm Frost & Sullivan. (Premium vehicles will likely have more than 100 Ethernet nodes by then.)"
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Researchers Scrambling to Build Ebola-Fighting Robots

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about a month ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "U.S. robotics researchers from around the country are collaborating on a project to build autonomous vehicles that could deliver food and medicine, and telepresence robots that could safely decontaminate equipment and help bury the victims of Ebola. Organizers of Safety Robotics for Ebola Workers are planning a workshop on Nov. 7. that will be co-hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Texas A&M, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the University of California, Berkeley. "We are trying to identify the technologies that can help human workers minimize their contact with Ebola. Whatever technology we deploy, there will be a human in the loop. We are not trying to replace human caregivers. We are trying to minimize contact," said Taskin Padir, an assistant professor of robotics engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute."
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Tesla teardown reveals driver-facing electronics built by iPhone 6 suppliers

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about a month ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "There's a lot to like about the Tesla Model S. It's an EV that can go from from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.2 seconds and can travel 265 miles on a single charge. But, a tear down of the vehicle by IHS Technology has also revealed that Elon Musk avoided third-party design and build routes used traditionally by auto makers and spared no expense on the instrument cluster and infotainment (head unit) system, which is powered by two 3, 1.4Ghz, quad-core NVIDIA Tegra processors. IHS called the Tesla's head unit the most sophisticated it's ever seen, with 1,000 more components than any it has previously analyzed. A bill of materials (BOM) for the virtual instrument cluster and the premium media control unit is also roughly twice the cost of the highest-end infotainment unit examined by IHS. Andrew Rassweiler, senior director for materials and cost benchmarking at IHS, said the use of large displays in the cabin, the touch-screen-based controls, and the mobile microchips make "the Tesla experience more like a media tablet or high-end smartphone than a traditional automobile.""
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Tiny Wireless Device Offers Tor Anonymity

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "The Anonabox router project, currently being funded through a Kickstarter campaign, has surpassed its original $7,000 crowdfunding goal by more than 10 times in just one day. The open source router device connects via Wi-Fi or an Ethernet cable making it harder for your IP address to be seen. While there have been other Tor-enabled routers in the past, they aren't small enough to fit in a shirt pocket like the Anonabox and they haven't offered data encryption on top of the routing network. The device, which is being pitched as a way for consumers to securely surf the web and share content (or allow businesses to do the same), is also being directed at journalists who may want to share stories in places where they might otherwise be censored."
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Snapchat Says Users Were Victimized By Their Use of Third-Party Apps

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Reports that the servers of photo messaging site Snapchat were hacked are being denied by the company, which is now is saying its users were instead victimized by their use of third-party apps to send and receive Snaps. Hackers on 4chan have said broke into the site and they're preparing to release 200,000 photos or videos in their own database that will be searchable by Snapchatter name. According to one report, the third-party Snapchat client app enabled access for years to the data that was supposed have been deleted. The hackers have said they have a 13GB photo library. For its part, Snapchat in a statement reiterated its Terms of Use Policy, that "expressly prohibits" third-party app use "because they compromise our users' security.""
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Are eHealth Records Responsible for Docs Missing Ebola Diagnosis?

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Thomas Eric Duncan died this morning at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Duncan had first visited Presbyterian's ER on Sept. 23 with fever, headache and stomach pain, and even though he told a nurse he'd just returned from Liberia, he was sent home. Five days later, Duncan returned via ambulance. Initially, the hospital reported that a flaw in its eHealth records system was responsible for physicians misdiagnosing Duncan. A day later, it retracted that statement. Experts, however, say instead of improving work flow, electronic health records (EHRs) often eat healthcare worker time and distract physicians from patients, creating cognitive dissonance that leads to mistakes. Errors in patient care due to EHRs are "incredibly common," according to a report released last year by the American College of Physicians. Hospitals that are under EHR vendor contracts, however, can prevent physicians from speaking publicly about those problems by using gag clauses. Dr. Randall Case, an emergency room physician and data infomatics expert who has worked for EHR makers such as Cerner and Siemens, said the problem with EHRs is multifaceted. The systems are "thrust" on physicians and nurses, who sometimes receive minimal training and then must adapt their workflows around them. While workflows, user interfaces and the learnability of their systems have improved, the improvements have been marginal, he said."
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Solar Could Lead In Power Production By 2050

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Solar power could be the leading source of electricity compared with other renewables and conventional sources of power, such as oil and coal, according to a pair of reports from International Energy Agency. PV panels could produce 16% of the world's electricity, while solar thermal electricity (STE) is on track to produce 11%. At the end of 2013, there had been 137GW of solar capacity deployed around the world. Each day, an additional 100MW of power is deployed. One reason solar is so promising are plummeting prices for photovoltaic cells and new technologies that promise greater solar panel efficiency. For example, MIT just published a report on a new a material that could be ideal for converting solar energy into heat by tuning the material's spectrum of absorption. Ohio State University just announced what it's referring to as the world's first solar battery, which integrates PV with storage at a microsopic level. "We've integrated both functions into one device. Any time you can do that, you reduce cost," said iying Wu, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Ohio State."
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New HDMI Stick Based on Firefox OS Challenges Chromecast

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "A new HDMI streaming media stick is preparing to launch and it's taking on Chromecast in both price and hardware performance. The new HDMI dongle from San Jose-based Matchstick will retail for $25 when it begins shipping in February. The dongle runs on a dual-core Rockchip 3066 processor. It has 4GB of onboard storage capacity and 1GB of DDR3 memory. Google's Chromecast uses a single-core Marvell Armada 1500-Mini CPU and has 2GB of flash and 512MB of DDR3. Matchstick said Mozilla recently certified the dongle and the first of the devices will ship in February. The Matchstick project is based on an open hardware and software platform and has launched a developer program called "Matchstick for Apps." The company is raising money for the project through Kickstarter. After three days, it surpassed its 30-day, $100,000 goal with more than $224,000."
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Mercedes-Benz Reveals Self-Driving Semi-Trailer Truck

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Mercedes-Benz displayed an 18-wheel semi-trailer truck that can drive itself on highways. The Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 was demonstrated at the 2014 International Commercial Vehicle show this month. Like other self-driving vehicles, the truck uses sensors and exterior cameras to stay within lanes and detect objects around it in order to adjust speed. The inside of the truck's cab looks like a lounge. The driver's seat rotates 45 degrees to allow autonomous driving away from the steering wheel, and instead of the speedometer and tachometer digital displays, monitors and tablets are placed in the cockpit. Because acceleration and braking is optimized, creating a constant flow of traffic, gas consumption and emissions of the Future Truck 2025 can be reduced, the company said. Transport times are also predictable."
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3D Printer Able to Produce Skin w/Hair Follicles and Sweat Glands

Lucas123 Lucas123 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Lucas123 (935744) writes "A 3D printer developed by researchers at the University of Toronto is capable of using a patient's own cells to print skin. The technology could be used to treat burn victims and patients with other types of injuries, as well as to test pharmaceutical drugs. While still in pilot mode, the new PrintAlive Bioprinter is in the process of being commercialized by MaRS Innovations in collaboration with the Innovations and Partnerships Office (IPO) of the University of Toronto, whose labs have filed two patents on the device. The 3D skin printer works by placing the patient's cells along with other biomaterials into a micro-device, which then pushes them out through several channels. The biomaterials are then mixed, causing a chemical reaction that forms a "mosaic hydrogel", a sheet-like substance compatible with the growth of cells into living tissues. The hydrogel allows the various dermis cells to be seeded in precise and controlled patterns. The resulting thin film is then rolled up to crease thicker layers of tissue."
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