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Archives for October, 2006

One of the most hotly marketed supplements in the Complimentary/Alternative Medicine arena is DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone).  Just as a quick index, a Yahoo search for DHEA turns up over three million hits, and an impressive array of advertisements.   Many of the sites that promote the sale of DHEA state or imply that it is a…

Dead Zones

No, it is not the name of a new rock band.  It is a phenomenon that is increasing in frequency in the world’s oceans.  The dead zones are areas with very low oxygen content, so low that nothing can live there.   Neil Barry Rincover, writing on U.S. Politics and Other Nonsense, brings us notice…

Update on Remote Robotic Surgery

There has been talk of this for a while.  At first, I did not think it would be feasible, but it appears that progress is being made: Doc at a Distance By Jacob Rosen and Blake Hannaford Robot surgeons promise to save lives in remote communities, war zones, and disaster-stricken areas On a hot morning…

Answer: They both look the other way. A recent article in Wired details how Kevin Poulsen caught a registered sex offender by scanning  MySpace profiles.   MySpace Predator Caught by Code …I’ve been invited here to witness the end-game of a police investigation that grew from 1,000 lines of computer code I wrote and executed…

Screwed

Hedwig’s recent post got me to thinking.   Poverty, Nature and Progress Category: Cultural Observation • Environment • Ethics • Politics Posted on: October 15, 2006 1:56 PM, by “GrrlScientist” Wealth accumulated by First World countries is largely based on riches taken from Third World countries. For example, the destruction of India’s textile industry, the…

Speech Recognition with no Speech

NASA is working on a new type of speech recognition.  Rather than analyzing sounds, it detects nerve impulses in the throat.  The user does not have to speak out loud.  Instead, the user merely thinks about speaking, much as one does when reading silently.   This sounds pretty neat, although the accuracy is not very…

I can’t hear you

Look for even more pedestrian and bicycle accidents because of this: I can’t hear you: Sony’s new Walkman blocks out noise BY DANIEL DUNAIEF DAILY NEWS BUSINESS EDITOR Sony’s new Walkman wants to bring in ‘da music an throw out ‘da noise. The electronics giant is eagerly trying to take a bite out of Apple’s…

I ran across a press release (1 2) pertaining to a journal article (‘Hitting Highs at Rock Bottom’: LSD Treatment for Alcoholism, 1950–1970) on the use of LSD for treatment of alcoholism.  When I saw it, I thought I’d blog about it.  As it happens, several people beat me to it. Anyway, the topic is…

Good News

KDE 3.5.5 released. On 11 October 2006, the KDE Project released KDE 3.5.5. For packages, please visit the KDE 3.5.5 Info Page and browse the KDE 3.5 Requirements list. KDE is going to celebrate its 10th anniversary. On 14th October 1996, Matthias Ettrich announced the beginning of a project which is now one of the…

Patterns in Salt Desert

These are patterns seen in a salt desert in Iran.  I shrank the images.  In order to get the full effect, you need to see the full-size images.  Note these are multi-megabyte files, which is why I only show a little compressed snippet. Central Dasht-e Lut. May 13, 2003 (4.0 MB) Southeastern Dasht-e Lut. July…