Breast ultrasound comes to MacBook laptops:
Terason released its t3200 Ultrasound System – Breast Series, an imaging system built around an Apple Inc. (NSDQ:AAPL) MacBook Pro laptop that provides easy sharing of images and access to an electronic medical record (EMR). The device can also still be used as a standard laptop for other tasks, according to the Burlington, Mass.-based company.
Indian vasectomy technique developed to kill sperm, prevent clogs:
A reversible vasectomy technique being developed in India, according to Wired. Unlike traditional vasectomy, fluids are allowed to flow through the vas deferens, but an injected polymer made of styrene maleic anhydride and dimethyl sulfoxide interacts with passing sperm to effectively destroy the tireless chromosome mules.
Inexpensive color-changing sensor identifies bacteria by smell:
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers are using color changing pigments to identify infectious bacteria by their smell. Well practiced microbiologists with trained noses are known to be able to do that for some bacteria, so the researchers decided to adapt their technology to look for the byproducts of bacterial metabolism that are responsible for different scents using medicinal gadgets.
Roger Ebert chronicles the development of his new voice:
In this video from TED 2011, film critic and thyroid cancer survivor Roger Ebert explains the development of his replacement voice, from typing into the Macintosh’s Alex text-to-speech program to incorporating his own recorded voice for CereProc’s voice building technology (and eventually back to Alex again for the time being). In addition, he traces the evolution of human communication throughout history, eventually explaining how the internet has allowed him and others with speech impediments to find their true voice again. Ebert ends with a charming, but real proposal: if you can improve computer voices to the point where they can deliver comedy as well as real comedians, Ebert will be your first customer.
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