Alzheimers awareness takes the form of 'Alz': a haunting stroll among pixels -
More often than not, video games about illness involve surviving in a post-apocalyptic hellscape filled with zombies, not diseases typically associated with old age. But that’s just what you get…
This is short but quite moving.
Materials Science is About To Get Crazy -
There is an exciting development in the works regarding materials science, one that will have a huge impact on product design. Developing new materials has traditionally taken an extremely long time. For example, in 1991, SONY and Asahi Kasei launched the first commercial lithium-ion battery, which is now the most popular battery powering our portable electronics today. The process to get this thing right was long and chock full of failure, requiring thousands of researchers working over a 20-year span of fruitful moments and many more dead ends. This is, unfortunately, how materials science works. Researchers have hunches, leading to ideas, followed by years of testing with various compounds, new synthesis of molecules, experimental chemistry—it winds up being just a lot of frustrating trial and error. Meanwhile, companies invest billions in new materials design and the wins are rare.
Senators are asking the FDA to clarify how it regulates medical apps -
As Google, Samsung, and soon Apple offer technologies for consumers to track health information on the go, a group of bipartisan senators are calling for more clearly defined regulation of those…
We’re very likely on the cusp of a mobile health revolution, and it’s important for developers and consumers/patients that the role of FDA in regulating medical apps be clarified and transparent. While innovation must be fostered, safety is paramount.
Last week, I attended SPIE Medical Imaging in San Diego, where I presented a poster detailing our recent collaboration with NanoX Japan on a novel X-ray detector concept. SAPHIRE (scintillator avalanche photoconductor with high resolution emitter readout) optically couples a scintillator to an amorphous selenium HARP (high/gain avalanche rushing photoconductor) layer biased with sufficiently high electric field to induce avalanche gain, allowing for very low-dose performance. High resolution electron-beam readout is achieved by a field emitter array.
Color Oracle -
A handy utility for designing with color-blind viewers in mind. Useful for designing scientific posters.
This pretty much sums up my time in the lab.
FDA To 23andMe Founder Anne Wojcicki: Stop Marketing $99 DNA Test Or Face Penalties -