Saturday, October 16, 2010

An Unintended Benefit of War

USA Today is reporting that the US Army has developed a blood test that can detect mild brain damage or concussion.

Army Col. Dallas Hack, who has oversight of the research, says recent data show the blood test, which looks for unique proteins that spill into the blood stream from damaged brain cells, accurately diagnosing mild traumatic brain injury in 34 patients.

The Army Vice Chief of Staff states accurately that "This is huge".

This is more than huge. This could be a total game changer for my kid's generation. No longer will a child with a concussion play when they should sit a game out, nor will a healthy child have to ride the bench when they can play. From middle school to the Majors or the NFL, athletes will have better protection. More importantly our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines can be more accurately screened; troops who are well can stay in the fight while those who need care can be quickly identified.

The Army worked with a company in Florida called Banyan Biomarkers. There will be a final set of clinical trials that will run through 2013.

If this pans out and makes it's way into general use, I think some of the scientists involved should get Nobel Prizes. Because "This is huge".

Monday, October 11, 2010

Real Music, Fake Subtitles

Apparently there's a quite a few music videos from India that have been "translated"... that is to say, English subtitles added with humorous effect. OK, it's not quite "What's Up, Tiger Lily?", but it will do for a Monday morning.

I present to you, the Nipple Song:

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Google Car

So Google knows where I live, (Google Maps, complete with property lines), who I call (Android user and Google Voice user), who I e-mail (GMail), where I go (Google Locale), what I'm shopping for (Google Shopper), what I'm looking at (Google Goggles,Google Image search), and what I'm interested in (Google Search, Google News, Google Books, Blogger, YouTube, Google Earth, etc.).

Well, now Google is experimenting with cars that drive themselves. I for one, welcome our new overlords from Mountain View.

I think it's great. I can't wait to buy a car that has this technology. Google knows everything about me anyway, now Google can get me where I need to go. And since I use Google Calendar, they know when I have to be there. And I can spend that extra time using more Google products. Genius.

I wonder if they'll use it to make their Street View/Spy cars into fully autonomous SkyNet patrol vehicles...