1. Bluetooth locates small children in zoo

    jake on 2003.06.30
    at 11:56 pm

    The Aalborg Zoo in Denmark is beginning to use a new technology to keep track of little ones. Using Bluetooth they have built a wireless network that keeps track of the "pods" attached to the child's clothing. Luckily they plan on implementing a wristband that will sound an alarm when removed.

    This is a new idea that I see taking hold in many zoos and theme parks around the world. Imagine a little Mickey themed bracelet that keeps track of children in the Magic Kingdom. If it was included with the ticket or like $5 bucks a day I'd more than likely use it.

    Now I just need to find some kids...

    c|net [from Gizmodo]

    Posted in: Hardware · Technology

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  2. Move over antibody #3, we're sending in the phage assassin

    jake on 2003.06.30
    at 11:35 pm

    Used for decades in Eastern Europe and Russia, bacteriophage looks to replace antibiotics. The phage attaches to a specific bacteria and destroys it.

    The word bacteriophage comes from bacterium, plus the Greek phagein, to eat. Phages, as they're also called, were never thoroughly studied as therapies in the West, mainly because antibiotics proved to be so effective. But with resistance mounting fast, researchers have begun aggressively studying phage therapy, and the first treatment could enter the Western market as soon as 2004.

    Wired News

    Posted in: Science

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  3. Soy endangering Brazilian rainforest

    jake on 2003.06.30
    at 10:40 pm

    Interesting twist... Soy, used in foods, and in environmentally safe ink, among other things, is destroying the rainforest.

    Much of the destruction has been blamed on the illegal logging of land for soya production, say experts at Nature Conservancy in Brazil. Only the US now produces more of the profitable crop.

    New Scientist

    Posted in: Science

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  4. Tribes' eyes adapt to see underwater

    jake on 2003.06.30
    at 10:30 pm

    A recent study finds interesting adaptative qualities in humans. Our brains develop based on what we use regularly. Anna Gislen and her team found that a tribe on the west coast of Thailand have developed their eyes to see better underwater.

    Her[Gislen] work offers new proof of the body's remarkable capacity for adaptation -- its ability to go beyond standard biological bounds and even physically remodel itself when novel needs arise. It could also invigorate efforts to protect the threatened sea gypsy culture.

    Washington Post [from BluesNews]

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