My thoughts on social and scientific issues
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Nanotubes May Heal Broken Bones Carbon nanotubes could buttress brittle or broken human bones. New research brings the buckytubes one step closer to the clinic. By Aaron Dalton.
[via Wired News: Technology]
HIV Treatment Raises Cure Hopes A strategy to awaken dormant HIV gives a glimmer of hope for patients to get off the lifelong regimen of meds and consider themselves cured. Some experts warn it's doubtful the treatment will be that effective.
[via Wired News: Technology]
A Blank Czech for Nanotech While Malta and Lichtenstein may be lagging in the euronanotech league (although probably not losing too much sleep over it) the Czech republic has just announced a major raft of funding in a program called "Nanotechnology for Society." The funding...
[via TNTlog]
Egypt: Millennium Development Goals, Second Country Report
[via Development Gateway Topics | Capacity Development for MDGs | Latest Resources]
The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning
[via Development Gateway Topics | Knowledge Economy | Latest Resources]
Cheap internet calls for Kenyans The Kenyan government is set to issue licences for firms to offer phone calls over the internet, officials say.
[via BBC News | Technology | UK Edition]
RFID: The Future Is in the Chips The market for tiny electronic data markers has been developing for years but has yet to hit on a clear commercial formula. Still, opportunities abound for the cautious investor. Commentary by Joanna Glasner.
[via Wired News]
Whew! Your DNA Isn't Your Destiny If you're not thrilled about your gene pool, don't worry: DNA may not seal your fate. The epigenome could come to the rescue. By Brandon Keim.
[via Wired News]
US brand name drug prices up, generics level: AARP WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Prices for the brand name prescription drugs most commonly used by older patients rose at a clip three times higher than inflation during the first quarter of this year, while generic drug prices were nearly flat, a report released Tuesday found.
[via Reuters Health eLine]
Biotech companies scramble to develop brain-related products (Seattle Times) The prospect of a billion people nearing the age when they risk brain-related illnesses like Alzheimer's disease or chronic pain is helping...
[via Yahoo! News - Search Results for "Brain machine"]
National Cancer Institute wants to end lung cancer by 2015 With two high-profile cases in public eye, National Cancer Institute commits to employing nanotechnology and simple antismoking effort
[via Blogdigger search for nanotechnology]
Urine Powered Battery Developed

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Saeed al-Sahaf writes “Research investment into developing smaller and cheaper chips to process information in disposable health tests has been significant, but they were still reliant on an external power source. The researchers at Singapore’s Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology think they have overcome this problem with their latest urine powered battery. From the article “The battery is composed of paper, soaked in copper chloride, sandwiched between layers of magnesium and copper. The whole thing, once laminated in plastic, is just a millimeter thick, and 6cm by 3cm in size.” The breakthrough promises a cheap and disposable power source for home health tests.”

Couch potatoes rejoice!!! - by lcllam (Score: 4, Funny) Thread
Great! Now I don’t even have to get off the couch to change the batteries in my remote anymore. And as a side benefit, I don’t have to *share* the remote anymore.

Are they sure that it’s urine powered? - by ChiralSoftware (Score: 5, Informative) Thread
It sounds like it’s using urine as an electrolyte. That’s like a “potato battery”, which again is just using the potato as an electrolyte, and is not getting any power from it.

mobile search - try it on your phone

End of sentence missing - by Tom7 (Score: 4, Interesting) Thread
The breakthrough promises a cheap and disposable power source for home health tests. … that you pee on.

Wrong - by Anonymous Coward (Score: 5, Informative) Thread
1 battery outputs 1.5 mW / 1.5V = 1mA 
theoretically you could get 1A at 1.5V by wiring them in parallel, OR 1mA at 1500V by wiring them serial, both outputting 1.5W of power.

Logical extension: - by GeneralEmergency (Score: 5, Funny) Thread
A Pee-Powered Peltier Six Pack Cooler! 
Ok, so the first two beers are warm. I could live with it. 

[via Blogdigger search for nanotechnology]
'Smart' Nanoprobes Light Up Disease: Quantum Dots Programmed To Glow In Presen via Medical Buzz: Researchers from Rice University's Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology (CBEN) have developed a "smart" beacon hundreds of times smaller than a human cell that is programmed to ...
[via Blogdigger search for nanotechnology]
Human Body 2.0 - The future of the body
Better . . . Stronger . . . Faster . . .

Brain chips that enable us to control machines with our thoughts. Kidneys and lungs built to order in the lab. Pills to make you smarter and more creative. An implant that gives you a tan and protects against skin cancer. All these innovations are in development; some are already being tested on human subjects.

The next technological frontier will be our own bodies. Genetics, materials science, tissue engineering and nanotechnology are already yielding products to help the sick and injured, including a Band-Aid-like heart patch and the C-leg prosthesis for amputees. But we are entering a century in which medical science...

[via Blogdigger search for nanotechnology]
Cyberonics Neurodevice Receives Approval Recommendation For Depression Correction: The FDA didn't approve the device yet, the panel recommended approval after they meet certain requirements for labeling, protocols for dosing, and a few other things - final approval/launch expected in late May. Cyberonics shares soared Thursday after the...
[via Brain Waves]
Mental Illness in Europe Reinstitutionalization in Europe and Acculturation in the U.S....
[via Brain Waves]
NeuroWiki, Really. NeuroWiki is yet another example of how wikis are transforming how humans collaborate and share information. Wikis are being used for everything, including: music, gmail, business and education. While wikipedia is perhaps the best public example of their potential, many...
[via Brain Waves]
NBIC 2005 - Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance As nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, and cognitive science advance, researchers are now discovering new ways to integrate their findings (see NBIC research grants) This convergence will bring new approaches to what are currently very diverse areas of research - converging...
[via Brain Waves]
Interpreting the Political Brain Steven Johnson wrote a nice piece in the NYTimes Magazine this past weekend on the Political Brain. While I've covered this research a few month's back in neuromarketing our next President, Steven adds one very important point to the value...
[via Brain Waves]

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I am a social Entrepreneur a social-Preneur. I am a thalidomider and a wheelchair user. I am a biochemist and a bioethicist. I am a scientist and an activist. I work on issues related to bioethics, health research, disabled and other marginalized people's and human rights, governance of science and technology and evaluation of new and emerging technologies. I am the founder of the International Centre for Bioethics, Culture and Disability and of the International Network on Bioethics and Disability. I believe that a wide open public debate on how the above issues affect society and marginalized groups is the only way to develop safeguards against abuse. I believe that so far marginalized groups are rarely heard in this debate. Therefore I try to increase the visibility of marginalized groups on governmental, academic, civil society, national and international level. I hope that the tools I offer (webpage, listserves, briefing papers, workshops, lectures and online courses) help people from marginalized groups to increase their knowledge and I hope my tools help others to obtain a more differentiated picture of people from marginalized groups and how the issues affect them.

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