The talk about early diagnosis and saving lives is simply a lot more sexy and easier to sell than antibiotic stewardship. The grandstanding about this particular application aside, though, the technique itself is interesting.
Try writing the author. They will almost always send you a pdf free of charge.
and in violation of copyright.
Not that it would (or should) stop me or another author, but rules is rules -- best at least acknowledge them before we break them.
I'd clarify, though, that social skills are learnable to a large degree rather than exclusively an innate trait. I've found that those who stubbornly refuse to accept social skills as a valuable indicator of 'fitness' for employment/advancement are simply arrogant, immature, and/or suffer from a delusion of geek grandeur. Some of these people will go on to be extremely successful; others are content to wallow in envy and self-effacement. A key differentiating point is the time which the former group recognized accepted that relationships are necessary to accomplish something of value and put their effort into learning how to establishing those relationships.
There is no shortage of CEO's, actors, prominent scientists, or what-have-you, that describe their intense shyness and their efforts to overcome the detrimental effects to their career.
imagine the uproar if a Math teacher was not functionally proficient in English.
Do you see the problem now?
Do you mean english (proficiency in the spoken english language) or English (historical and rhetorical knowledge of english literature)?
There would be justified criticism (though not, necessarily, uproar) about the former, but none about the latter in any region I've ever lived in.
And while we're at it: if you think teachers should be competent a significant portion of your job requirements, why are there 'computer professionals in a school district'? Would you, with your 'knowing a little about most things' be held responsible if you had incorporated incorrect chemical formulae on a school website provided by the chemistry teacher, or be sought after to serve as a replacement for him?
It's most absolutely desirable for every person to have general (or tangential) knowledge relevant to their field, but it is not their core proficiency. I certainly don't value my children's teacher's primarily for their computer skills.
I have a Dyson.
If something is lethal when swallowed, I don't see why there's a difference between the effector being magnetic force or a biochemical cascade.
There is a potentially lethal and non-obvious route for accidental misuse. Why would anyone be against putting a warning making this risk more obvious, or making arguments that might persuade retailers to voluntarily stop carrying them? It IS in the governments purview to ensure that commercial products are honest about the risks involved in use -- this includes the risks involved in using them in improper, but anticipated, manners.
a clever method of concealment at airport security
And the human body works pretty well for concealing such things. Just pay the airfare (and a small bit for the family) of a (likely) terminally ill individual and VOILA -- intercontinental transmission. Bonus points if you can get them to stop off in Madagascar first.