Archive for January, 2013

Letter from the Editors

January 27, 2013

In addition to snow and ice, winter brings a much more serious threat: influenza. Although for most people the flu is little more than an inconvenience, for infants and the elderly, it can result in death.  In fact, nearly every winter the flu accounts for over 7% of all reported deaths in the United States. [...]

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“Space Jellyfish”

January 24, 2013

    Professor Yoichiro Kawaguchi of the University of Tokyo Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies is building a robot. But it is not just any robot. This contraption was inspired by jellyfish. Professor Kawaguchi strives to capture the elegance and fluidity of swimming jellyfish in his robot. Eventually, he would like his artistic interpretation of [...]

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Biophotonics: Structured-Illumination Microscopy

January 18, 2013

How Structured-Illumination Microscopy Is Revolutionizing Molecular Medicine by Divya Bhaskar Though research in medicine has proliferated over the years, currently no vaccination for the H.I.V. virus exists. However, recently researchers have begun utilizing microscopes that join the technique of Structured-Illumination Microscopy (SIM) along with high-speed scientific cameras. These microscopes can produce images of moving cells [...]

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Injectable Oxygen

January 12, 2013

Oxygen is critical to life.  Without oxygen, animals can die in minutes.  Oxygen typically enters the body through the lungs, but what happens if the lungs are incapacitated or if the passages to the lungs are blocked?  A group of doctors at the Boston Children’s Hospital have discovered a new way to inject oxygen directly [...]

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Star Trek Replicator Becoming a Reality

January 11, 2013

The science fiction of today becomes the science reality of tomorrow.  The 1960′s TV show Star Trek is an excellent example.  Many of the gadgets on the TV show have become real items today.  For example automatic doors that slide to open, wireless communications ear piece (think bluetooth headsets today), and electronic tablets that you [...]

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Mathematic Models Used to Project Obamacare Costs

January 11, 2013

The entire country is buzzing about the rising costs of healthcare, especially when it comes to large-scale programs like Obamacare and union retiree medical benefits. It is the job of professional actuaries to develop complex and detailed mathematical models that can accurately project future healthcare costs. One can imagine the complex relationships that need to [...]

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