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Technology, it's a wonderful thing. It's even better when used in a medical-based environment, the engineers who invented the microfluidic device are hopeful it can be used in developing countries.
Mehmet Toner who is a Harvard Medical School professor of biomedical engineering along with MIT aeronautical engineer Brian Wardle came up with adapting Toner's project (on which he worked on for four years) which is being used in hospitals currently. Wardle used his knowledge of aeronaturics to streamline the carbon nanotube-studded device, making it stronger and capable of collecting cancerous cells eight times better than Toner's original device was capable of.
According to Mike Lennon of Security Week, the tragedy of last night's earthquake off the coast of Japan wil lead to further proof the human race is full of terrible, terrible people.
[image courtesy of Trend Labs Malware Blog- Blackhat SEO attacks launched just minutes after news of the earthquake came in]
He writes, "Today's tragic events of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting Tsunami, as sad as it is, is a dream for scammers and fraudsters around the world. Tragic events are always something scammers use to their advantage, helping them prey on and exploit innocent victims...Scams are already spreading across Facebook, which started in a matter of minutes after the news broke of the earthquake in Japan. As I write this, scammers are hard at work, registering new domains and cranking out templates for their fake donation sites. This will be followed with massive volumes of email spam, Tweets through Twitter, and Facebook posts, as scammers gear up to solicit donations from around the world. Users also need to be aware that cybercriminals also use these events to help spread malware, via malicious links via spam, twitter and other fake Web sites.
Well, this video is quite interesting indeed. It has been on YouTube for a while but I have only just come across it and normally I wouldn't post something un-tech-related like this, but it's just so awesome to see how close he came to death and survived!
A bunch of people dive out of a plane, mis-judge where they are (above mountains) that look far away until you see the camera pan up and he sees the others pulling their parachutes, he looks down and most likely squeals like a little girl inside, pulls his chute and barely, just barely, misses the mountain and slides down into the ground.
Gail Davis from Orpington, England had received a call from Apple offering the prize of $10, 000 for the 10 billionth app downloaded from iTunes. She assumed it was a fake call and said "Thankyou very much, I'm not interested" and hung up. But it was real.
Her daughters had apparently told her the call was genuine and that one of them had just downloaded the PaperGlider app, Gail called Apple back, yet the person on the other end was not very helpful. Luckily, Apple called her back, Eddue Cue, Apple's VP of iTunes to be precise and this time she didn't hang up.
Tragedy has hit Queensland, Australia - mass flash floodings have hit the state with the death toll currently at 13 with an unknown amount of people missing.
There are various appeals and live Facebook feeds to visit and a scrolling message board at news.com.au - if you're in that area or know of people in that area, obviously you'll want to know that they're safe, there are various info lines and hot lines that you can call or visit.
Bit of random but fun news here, in the TV show "Lost", one of the characters (Hurley) won millions of dollars by playing the numbers that were famous in the TV show, 4-8-15-16-23-42.
In the Mega Millions Draw the numbers were 4-8-15-25-47-42. Many people play with Hurley's numbers and if you were one of them, you would've won $150 with the correct 4 digits.
Santa's run has already begun for those on the other side of the world from the U.S. and Google has teamed up with NORAD (North American Aerospace Defence Command) to keep up with his present giving and cookie and milk gobbling trip.
By checking out noradsanta.org (m.noradsanta.org for you on mobile browsers), you can check out which cities have already had their visit from Santa, where he's headed next, and check out "Santa Cam" videos to learn more about those locations. A Google Earth plugin is also available for those of you who prefer to view the trip from that aspect. Keep track of Jolly old St. Nick at the Source Link.
NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command has every year since 1955 counted down to Christmas Eve and tracks Santa's tracks as he delivers presents all across the world. Google also started this in 2004 and has since partnered with NORAD on this fun-filled adventure from 2007.
This year is no different, with today marking the kick off to this years countdown at http://www.noradsanta.org - on the NORAD site kids can play holiday-themed games (a new one released each day!) and get updates from the North Pole as Santa prepares his big sleigh ride.
Apple fan? Black Friday fan? Sales fan? Well, here's hoping - Apple are usually pretty tight with their sales and discounts, but right now the Black Friday sales are happening...
There's nothing huge on sale, but something off is better than nothing off, right? There's around $101 savings off various Mac systems and $41 off of an iPad, lots of accessories are on sale, but no iPhone deals? Bugger.
I'm really jealous right now - so many sales in the US with Black Friday sales going on right now. Here in Australia we pay around 3520X the price for everything compared to the US, even with our dollar either above parity or sitting right next to it eating a sandwich.
However, Engadget have a constantly updated Black Friday sales deals post - which I thought I'd let TweakTown readers know about, there are unbelievable amounts of points on it to buy things from Dell Incredible for free on two year contracts, Samsung 46" LCD 3D TV for $1250 (Blu-ray player and Shred 3D starter kit included), Kindle 2 for $89.99.