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July 16, 2018

BehindTheMedspeak: First-ever 3-D color X-rays of living human body

From Slashgear:


MARS Bioimaging last week revealed the first 3-D color a-ray of a human body, using a device called the MARS spectral scanner, AKA the MARS spectral x-ray scanner.

This scanner uses an adaptation of technology first used by CERN in the hunt for the "God particle."


The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) developed the Medipix3 technology on which this new color scanner, developed by Professors Phil and Anthony Butler from Canterbury and Otago Universities, is based.

Butler and Butler are father and son scientists.

They've been working on this new scanner for the past ten years, and have now captured and shared the first (public) images of the insides of a human body scanned in color.


The scanner is closer to a commercialized product than ever before, but it's still a ways away from hitting store shelves, so to speak.

"Hybrid pixel-detector technology was initially developed to address the needs of particle tracking at the Large Hadron Collider, and successive generations of Medipix chips have demonstrated over 20 years the great potential of the technology outside of high-energy physics," said Cristina Agrigoroae of CERN.

"Medipix is a family of read-out chips for particle imaging and detection. The original concept of Medipix is that it works like a camera, detecting and counting each individual particle hitting the pixels when its electronic shutter is open," said Agrigoroae. "This enables high-resolution, high-contrast, very reliable images, making it unique for imaging applications in the medical field."

July 16, 2018 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

"Fortitude" broke my streak

Ever since I discovered — only last year, believe it or not — all these terrific multi-part multi-season series on Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Hulu, Showtime et al., I've watched every season of each.

Until now, when I decided last night to end my "Fortitude" viewing with Season 1, even going so far as to remove Season 2 from my Amazon Prime watchlist.

The final few episodes of Season 1 just got bloodier and bloodier and more violent and just plain weird  to the point where I had enough.

No worries, though: Season 3 of "Humans" and

"Colony" await,

along with Season 2 of "Fauda."

July 16, 2018 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

bookofjoe's Favorite Thing: Whirlpool Refrigerator


Mine was purchased from Best Buy in 1995; I don't recall what I paid but it was the absolute bottom of the line — no bells and whistles like an ice maker, etc.

My philosophy on appliances — a carryover from the O.R. — is that the simpler the better.

Because if it can go wrong, it will go wrong.

Works a treat outside the O.R./appliance spaces for life in general, for what that's worth.

But I digress.

Here it is 2018, 23 years later: the fridge works perfectly just like it did out of the box last century.

It freezes, cools, runs quietly, and has never required service.

Yesterday I decided to clean it really well, so I took out all the removable shelves, drawers, and frames supporting them along with the glass.

What I found remarkable was how well thought out each component is: no sharp edges or tight inaccessible areas. 

It took me maybe 15 minutes once I'd removed everything to wash it all off and replace it, all shiny and nice.

Big ups to the designers.

July 16, 2018 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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