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Comment: Re:It should have been phased out... (Score 4, Informative) 460

by Bester (#31303262) Attached to: Will the Serial Console Ever Die?
Funny, I just walked around my ICU and everything is connected via ethernet. Monitors (philips), ventilators (dragers) and of course the computers (windows). Even the dialysis (prismaflex) machines hook via ethernet.

The ultrasound has an ethernet cable attached as do the image intensifiers. The biochem lab also works over TCP.

Certainly nothing major in the hospital that I work in uses serial connections.

Maybe the older equipment used to use serial but given the amount of data shuttled around I don't think it would be feasible so use serial. Of course I can only draw experience from where I work, other hospitals may be different.


Comment: Re:Still suits next? (Score 5, Insightful) 226

by Bester (#28273329) Attached to: Frank Herbert's Moisture Traps May Be a Reality
From a quick googling it seems that the reason that water tanks are illegal in the above states is not to do with affecting the local environment but more to do with the fact that it 'deprives' downstream users of their share.

I get the feel from the articles that downstream providers are farmers and not parched wildlife.


+ - 'Kryptonite' discovered in mine

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acidrainx writes "
Kryptonite is no longer just the stuff of fiction feared by caped superheroes. A new mineral matching its unique chemistry — as described in the film Superman Returns — has been identified in a mine in Serbia.
Dr Chris Stanley, a mineralogist at London's Natural History Museum, was astounded with the finding:

"Towards the end of my research I searched the web using the mineral's chemical formula — sodium lithium boron silicate hydroxide — and was amazed to discover that same scientific name, written on a case of rock containing kryptonite stolen by Lex Luther from a museum in the film Superman Returns.

+ - Disposable Nano Insulin Pump to Reach Market

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An anonymous reader writes "Medgadget is reporting on a new disposable, wearable nano-insulin pump that has the potential to improve the lives of millions of diabetics: The Nanopump, which relies on microfluidic MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical System) technology, is a breakthrough concept that allows a tiny pump to be mounted on a disposable skin patch to provide continuous insulin infusion. The Nanopump will enable substantial advancements in the availability, treatment efficiency and the quality of life of diabetes patients. The original technology was awarded the Swiss Technology Award in 2006 and this agreement brings it closer to the market. (Press Release)"

+ - High schooler is awarded $100,000 for research

Submitted by wired_LAIN
wired_LAIN (974675) writes "A teenager from Oklahoma was awarded $100,000 in the Intel Science Talent Search competition for building an inexpensive and accurate spectrograph that can identify the specific characteristics of different kinds of molecules. While normal spectrographs can cost between $20,000 and 100,000 to build, her spectrograph cost less than $500 dollars. The 40 finalists' projects were judged by a panel of 12 scientists, all well established in their respective fields. Among the judges were Vera Rubin , who proved Dark Matter, and Andrew Yeager, one of the pioneers of stem cell research. My only question is: why aren't these kids given more media coverage?"

Enormous Amount of Frozen Water Found on Mars 442

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the or-at-least-way-more-than-before dept.
schweini writes " is reporting that the Mars Express probe's MARSIS (Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionospheric Sounding) experiment has detected and measured an enormous amount of water ice near Mars' south pole, which would be sufficient to submerge the whole planet's surface underneath approximately 10m of water on average."

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.