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Once, long ago, I used to be in a radiology department in a famous hospital. I liked radiology quite a bit and even before becoming a doctor I worked in them. Later I did research on the kinds of errors radiologists make when they read x-rays. One of the errors that was extremely well known…

With health care costs growing without bounds, the medical devices industry and President Obama are hard at work. Not hard at work reducing costs. Hard at work convincing us that the solution to the cost crisis is more technology. Right, Mr. President. And John McCain is a maverick and Sarah Palin is a genius. Almost…

Living through a revolution

Markos Moulitsas is the founder and publisher of DailyKos, the world’s largest political blog. He travels quite a bit and is dependent on his laptop and the internet. So I read his first experience with the iPad with a great deal of interest. Go read it (like they need the traffic; on a quiet Sunday…

How to make an iPad float

Add milk and ice cream:

The iPad and the more things change

I haven’t bought myself an iPad yet, but I’ll probably do it before heading off on vacation in August. By that time it will have passed its shakedown phase and we’ll know the best and worst. But from what I see and hear it looks pretty good, especially if you travel a lot. My trusty…

Fifteen years isn’t a long time. Most of us can remember what we were doing 15 years ago. Often it’s the same thing we are doing now, job-wise. Sure our kids were just kids, not adults. But 15 years isn’t a historical epoch. At least not when you are living through it. But the fact…

The mosquito star wars defense system

The mosquito is the vector for diseases like malaria, yellow fever and West Nile. They are major scourges of public health, and while we have sunk a fair amount of money in drying to eradicate them, we haven’t put as much money into developing the technology for the war on mosquitoes as the war on…

A scientific ethics of code

I’m a scientist and my research is supported by NIH, i.e., by American taxpayers. More importantly, the science I do is for anyone to use. I claim no proprietary rights. That’s what science is all about. We make our computer code publicly available, not just by request, but posted on the internet, and it is…

Many years ago we had a terrific carpenter build stairs in our old house using a technique called housed stringer construction. This guy was fairly young but a skilled wood worker. He was also missing several fingers on his right hand. Table saw.

Want to improve your memory? Call me.

Yet another cell phone and disease story, and while this one is on the “good news” side, it doesn’t reassure me: