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Be Bluu! June 4, 2010

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I have just come across a new Hungarian search engine called Bluu! It makes searching for travel, whether much easier than any other search engines, it is also a handy dictionary, and it is very handsome 🙂

  • Check out their blog for more info – Hungarian only!
  • Here is an interview with the lead designer.

– András

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21 things that became obsolete this decade December 31, 2009

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When was the last time you used your PDA, fax machine, VCR, CD player, etc? Oh yeah, we have left many gadgets behind this decade.

Read on here!

Via: Businessinsider.com

USB fun March 11, 2009

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Here are two interesting USB designs that caught my attention on a rainy morning. The first one is called You-SB and it gives a new meaning to the word personal portable storage drive:

While the second one reminds me a bit of Wall-E, because it is just so darn cute:

Robot USB flash drive launches

– Andras

The 2008 Medical Weblog Awards: The Polls Are Open! January 6, 2009

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The 2008 Medical Blog AwardsGreat news, friends! Tomographyblog.com has been nominated in the Best Medical Technologies/Informatics Weblog category at the Fifth Annual Medical Weblog Awards.

Every vote counts, and your vote may be the difference between 1st and 2nd place, so please, vote here!

Other contestants in this category are:

– Andras

My new toy: Google SketchUp December 18, 2008

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Google SketchUpIf you enjoy drawing or creating 3D models on computer, then you must try Google SketchUp. It is a lightweight, yet very powerful application that allows you to sketch virtually anything in 3D. For instance you can make a plan of your office or living room before you set out to change the flooring or apply new colors to the walls.

But it may be used for medical purposes as well.  With a large collection of already available models,  you may explore 3D models of various medical devices (similar to Second Life the virtual world), thought this might be a more hands on approach for students and patients.  Here are two of my favorites, a linear particle accelerator:

Linear Particle Accelerator (machine that delivers radiation to paitents with cancer)

and a GE gantry:

Innova 3100 Gantry

– Andras

Whole body scan at the airport June 20, 2008

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TSA millimeter scanners

Next time you are flying to a conference make sure to keep an eye out for yet another technological wonder near you: whole body scanners have already been installed at 10 major U.S. Airports! Unfortunately, these won’t find enlarged lymph nodes, nor will they tell the security guard whether you have scoliosis, but then again, he would care very little about that. He would be much more interested instead in whatever you are hiding under your clothes. With these so called millimeter scanners it is literally possible to look under someone’s clothes! Freaky, isn’t it?

As far as the technology behind it, I could not find any explanations about it anywhere except for this:

  • “The scanners bounce harmless ‘millimeter waves’ off passengers…”
  • “You can actually see the sweat on someone’s back…”
  • The scanners do a good job seeing under clothing but cannot see through plastic or rubber materials that resemble skin…”

That is not a thorough explanation, but it is scary. Especially if you read that these will eventually replace metal detectors.

I don’t know about you, but I would rather see more effort put into medical imaging.

Further reading:

– Andras

Bloggers: your boss is watching! May 7, 2008

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I have been blogging for about a year now, and as a student I do not have to face this issue, yet, but soon, hopefully in about a year, I may also have a problem with my boss. I have come across two interesting articles both going into detail on how to write a medical blog and not get fired.
Why should bloggers even deal with this issue? Because a blog is a means of communication, a medium of self expression, and all that is written in a blog is considered to be not only the work, but also the opinion of the author him/herself.

So, here is a good general guideline for bloggers as appears on casesblog.blogspot.com.

– Write as if your boss and your patients are reading your blog every day
– Comply with HIPAA
– Do not blog anonymously. List your name and contact information.
– If your blog is work-related, it is probably better to let your employer know.
– Inquire if there are any blogging guidelines. If there are, comply with them strictly.
– Use a disclaimer, e.g. ” All opinions expressed here are those of their authors and not of their employer. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice.”
– Get your blog accredited by the Heath on the Net Foundation”

There is no need to be frightened by this, just keep in mind these guidelines when writing your next post and most importantly, check with your boss!

References, and more on this topic:

– Andras

Discoverer Of LSD Dies At Age 102 May 3, 2008

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Albert Hofmann, Swiss chemist and discoverer of LSD died at the age of 102 due to a hearth attack in his home. He discovered LSD or lysergic acid diethylamide by accident while conducting research on the alkaloid compounds of ergot. He himself experienced a trip when he accidentally digested a small amount of the compound. He would have liked to see the compound used in psychiatry as a means to access the fundamentals of human consciousness. Unfortunately, LSD was never used for such purposes, since shortly after its discovery, it took off as one of the most powerful hallucinogenic drug, and was deemed illegal afterwards.

While Hofmann is understandably most well known for LSD, his work was also key to developing many new drugs for treating postpartum hemorrhaging, stabilizing blood pressure, and improving circulation and cerebral function.

Make sure to read the following articles about the work and life of Mr. Hofmann:

– Andras