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Submission + - Crowdfunding Your Medical Bills (

amkkhan writes: Jennifer Anderson, 33, knew her entire life that she would be unable to have kids naturally. But when she and her husband decided to try in vitro fertilization, the price was far higher than she ever expected, and it seemed as though having a family would be out of her reach.

“IVF is expensive, and for that type of procedure they won’t let you make payments,” Anderson says. “It costs nearly $20,000 and they want their money upfront, before the procedure begins.”

Submission + - The Doctor Will Skype You Now (

amkkhan writes: Next time you need to go to the doctor, instead of making an appointment, why not just fire up your smartphone? New programs by companies such as Doctor on Demand and the University of Pittsburgh’s AnywhereCare offer one-on-one conferencing with doctors, either over the phone or through video on your phone or computer – giving you all the medical advice you need without having to set foot in a doctor’s office.

This new breed of checkup, known as telemedicine, has the opportunity to revolutionize personal health, says Pat Basu, chief medical officer of Doctor on Demand and a former Stanford University physician. “Two of the most important skills we use as physicians are looking and listening,” he says. “Video conferencing lets me use those skills and diagnose things like colds, coughs and even sprains in a manner more convenient for you.”

Submission + - How 3-D Printing Will Revolutionize Prosthetics (

An anonymous reader writes: As technology improves, inventions that were once seen as merely science fiction are becoming reality and providing new solutions to health problems. One area of technology revolutionizing health is in the field of prosthetics, where 3-D printing allows doctors and engineers to partner to rebuild limbs faster and cheaper than ever before – especially for children.

3-D printing works by melting thin plastic filament and squeezing it through a nozzle, building up computer-generated renderings layer by layer, says John Rieffel, assistant professor of computer science at Union College in Schenectady, New York, who specializes in 3-D printing. “You can think of a 3-D object as being composed by numerous 2-D slices,” he says. “3-D printers build those slices from the bottom layer up.”

Submission + - How The Mayan Calendar Works: Why The World Won't End On Friday (

amkkhan writes: The Mayan Apocalypse. December 21, 2012. The end of the world. We've been hearing about the Mayan Apocalypse for years now, but to anyone who understands how the Mayan calendar works, it's clear that the Mayans never predicted the end of the world, and they certainly didn't predict that any type of catastrophic event would occur on December 21, 2012.

How the Mayan calendar works may seem daunting at first, but it's really quite simple. The Mayans used three different calendars. The first, the Tzolk'in, lasted 260 days and then started over again, much like our 365 day calendar, and was used to schedule religious ceremonies. The second, the Haab', lasted 365 day, but did not take into account the extra quarter-day our modern calendar does.

The third calendar, and the most important to understand, is the Long-Count Calendar. The Long-Count Calendar, which ends on (or about) December 21, is the one that has stirred up all of the doomsday fears, but understanding how this Mayan Calendar works should put all of that fear to rest.

Submission + - The Samsung Galaxy S4 Will Have An "Unbreakable Screen" (

amkkhan writes: The Galaxy S4 phone, next in the Samsung Galaxy S line, will likely have an "unbreakable screen," according to new reports, so if you're someone who's planning to get the Galaxy S4 on its release date, but is worried about dropping it, fear no more.

The unbreakable screen of the Samsung Galaxy S4 would be made of a flexible plastic, and would be a major departure from the "Gorilla Glass" screens that Samsung currently uses on its Samsung Galaxy S phones, according to Yahoo! News.


Submission + - Apple CEO Tim Cook To Bring Mac Manufacturing To The United States In 2013 ( 1

amkkhan writes: Apple will begin to manufacture a line of Mac computers in the United States, according to NBC News. Apple CEO Tim Cook broke the news that Apple will manufacture Macs in the USA to NBC's Brian Williams in an interview that will air on NBC's Rock Center tonight at 10 p.m.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said that one line of Macs will begin being manufactured in the United States next year, but Apple fans wondering which Mac line will be produced in the USA will have to wait and see. The announcement, however, confirms rumors that have been swirling online, sparked by iMacs seen with the words "Assembled in USA" on the back.


Submission + - Do Not Track: Why You Have No Say In Your Internet Privacy (

amkkhan writes: "Do Not Track." Most internet browsers have a button hidden deep in their settings that says "Do Not Track," and when you click it, you would expect that you regain some control over your internet privacy, as advertisers must adhere to the "Do Not Track" request. But does it actually work?

Nine months ago, the Obama administration agreed to create a "Do Not Track" mechanism in browsers, and while many already have a "Do Not Track" button in place, until the government and advertisers come to agreement, the "Do Not Track" button will have no effect.

The parties have been meeting regularly to try to agree how the "Do Not Track" button should work, but according to CNN, they can't even agree what the "track" in "Do Not Track" means. While some want the "Do Not Track" button to make targeted ads would be a thing of the past, advertisers won't budge on that.


Submission + - SpaceX Founder Sets Sights On Martian Colony (

amkkhan writes: Elon Musk, founder of the private spaceflight company SpaceX, is has his eye on forming a Mars colony, and you can be part one of the first Martian explorers for only $500,000. The Mars colony would be part of a Mars settlement program, and Must envisions ferrying up to 80,000 people to the red planet as part of the first Mars colony.

The Mars settlement program would start with 10 people, who would journey on to Mars on a reusable rocket created by SpaceX powered by liquid oxygen and methane, according to Yahoo! News.

"At Mars, you can start a self-sustaining civilization and grow it into something really big," Musk said, according to


Submission + - Next Microsoft Gaming System May Be The 7-Inch "Xbox Surface" (

amkkhan writes: The Xbox 720 may have to wait. Rumors are now swirling that the next Microsoft gaming system won't be the Xbox 720, rumored to be the name of the successor to the immensely popular Xbox 360, but that the next Microsoft gaming platform will be a 7-inch tablet called the Xbox Surface.

If the Xbox 720 is put on hold for the Xbox Surface, it would mark a foray into the world of legitimate mobile gaming — the likes of which have not yet been seen. Hardware finalization for the Xbox Surface is currently underway, according to The Verge, and early rumored specs were leaked back in June.


Submission + - Verizon Windows Phone 8 Cancelled Over Privacy Invasion? (

amkkhan writes: Verizon spying on its customers isn't limited to their new privacy policy — they want to be able to remotely control your devices as well, and Microsoft isn't happy about that. The new line of Windows Phone 8 that is slated to launch in the coming weeks may not after all, as the two sides continue their dispute.

According to a report by the Daily Mobile, Verizon is unhappy over the lack of control it has over HTC's Windows Phone 8X, Nokia's Lumia 920 and Nokia's Lumia 820. Verizon requires the company be able to remotely manage all handsets — a request Microsoft is refusing.

Submission + - 1,000 MPH Car Passes First Test ( 1

amkkhan writes: Scientists aiming to create a car that can break 1,000 mph cleared a large hurdle yesterday when they successfully tested their rocket engine. The engine will power the supersonic car known as the Bloodhound SSC — meant to become the fastest car in the world.

The British team tested the engine in an aircraft shelter in Newquay Cornwall Airport, originally designed to protect fighter planes from bombs. Although the data hasn't fully been analyzed, the researchers said the engine reached 30,000 horsepower during the 10-second burn. Given enough time, they expect the engine to reach 80,000 horsepower and 27,500 pounds of thrust.


Submission + - Using Bee Brains To Make Robots Smarter (

amkkhan writes: The key to helping robots be more autonomous may lie in bees, according to new research from the University of Sheffield, in the United Kingdom. Researchers said that future robots mimic the sensory systems of a bee, which would allow it to act autonomously, instead of carrying out a set of instructions.

Researchers anticipate using such robots for a wide range of applications, such as search and rescue missions and crop pollination.

Until now, research into the recreation of biological brains has focused on larger animals, such as monkeys and mice. However, the researcher said the bee brain is surprisingly complex, and would be a good target to recreate.


Submission + - Largest Moon Rock Ever Auctioned Expected To Sell For $380,000 (

amkkhan writes: One lucky space-lover with some extra cash could become the proud new owner of the largest moon rock ever to be auctioned, according to the auction house Heritage Auctions. The moon rock, known as Dar al Gani 1058, is part of a lunar meteorite that was found on Earth in 1988 and is expected to fetch as much as $380,000 at auction.

Submission + - Penny-Sized Thrusters Developed To Propel Satellites [VIDEO] (

amkkhan writes: In the near future, satellites could be powered by tiny thrusters the size of pennies, according to new research presented at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics' Joint Propulsion Conference. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology created a tiny propulsion engine they say can power the smallest satellites in space.

The devices are a departure from current satellite thrusters, which are a jumble of valves, pipes and tanks. Instead, the thrusters are small, flat squares — much like a computer chip — which are covered with 500 microscopic tips that emit tiny ion beams. When all of the tips are fired at the same time, the thrusters can power a shoebox-sized satellite.


Submission + - Robotics pioneer Garrett Fisher now running F5 Innovations (

An anonymous reader writes: I had the pleasure of being one of the first testers of the world's first video relayed paintball turret. The design and fabrication were the work of Garrett Fisher, a self taught robotics engineer and euntrapeneur. Garret went on to design the most affordable and capable EOD robots and sold them to more than 13 countries and became renown for his designs world wide. The last few years we quiet as he unknowingly took on a criminal partner that ran the company into the ground. Garrett left his company and partner and has started over with F5 Innovations Inc. His latest work is nothing short of ground breaking and dwarfs his previous designs.
    With a number of companies already using his new autonomous UAV software and artificial muscle powered prosthesis, his new ventures are as exciting as his previous ones. Garrett also promised to return to the EOD military robot market in the first quarter of 2013 with a whole new concept design for an EOD robot that he says will render all current designs obsolete. If history repeats itself, Garrett's new robots will again set a new standard of innovation paving the way to smarter and more capable robots that help save lives and keep our soldiers safe.

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