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Submission + - Urinalysis by Smartphone (

Rambo Tribble writes: The BBC is reporting from the TED Conference on a new app for Apple products which, purportedly, can analyze urine samples for various medical conditons. Does this mean the smartphone pissing contest just got real?
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Submission + - Rats to the Rescue (

Rambo Tribble writes: Specially trained African giant-pouched rats are proving remarkably effective at land-mine and tuberculosis detection. The rats have an exceedingly keen sense of smell, are fairly easy to train and require little resources to sustain. The article compares their performance to more standard approaches, with amazing results.

"Consider a spherical bear, in simple harmonic motion..." -- Professor in the UCB physics department