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What Amazon’s decision to retrain a third of its employees means for the future...

Amazon’s announcement that it will invest US$700 million to retrain 100,000 employees – a third of its U.S. workforce – in new technologies is the latest reminder that the much-heralded future of work is...

Smokey (the) Bear is still keeping his watchful eye on America’s forests after 75...

Smokey Bear turns 75 on Aug. 9. The star of the longest-running public-service advertising campaign in U.S. history is now big on social media, with Facebook, Flickr, Instagram and Twitter accounts. Americans are also still sending...

Brain machine interfaces are getting better and better – and Neuralink’s new brain implant...

Elon Musk grabbed a lot of attention with his July 16 announcement that his company Neuralink plans to implant electrodes into the brains of people with paralysis by next year. Their first goal is...

Are Syrian refugees a danger to the West?

While today’s news is full of stories about refugees and migrants to the U.S. from Central America, the plight of those particular refugees is only part of an international migration crisis that has been...

Have We Hit Peak Podcast?

This is from the New York Times this morning. Have We Hit Peak Podcast? It’s no wonder that the phrase “everyone has a podcast” has become a Twitter punch line. Like the blogs of yore,...

Cartel kingpin El Chapo is jailed for life, but the US-Mexico drug trade is...

The infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera – aka “El Chapo” – has been sentenced to life plus an additional 30 years for drug trafficking, conspiracy, money laundering and weapons charges, among...

Withings Releases Two Fashionable Wireless Blood Pressure Monitors

July 18th, 2019 Medgadget Editors Cardiology, Medicine, OTC, Sports Medicine Withings is releasing two new wireless blood pressure monitors, the BPM Core and BPM Connect, one of which is a bit more than just...

Super Sensitive Electronic Skin for Prosthetic Devices

Artificial skin with the ability to feel is a major research goal for engineers working on improving prosthetic technology. Researchers in the past have created materials with sensors spread over a few square inches,...

Omega Speedmaster and the Human Experience

This is a pull quote is from an Atlantic article discussing Buzz Aldrin’s Omega Speedmaster watch that he wore on the moon. This very watch worn by Aldrin is available today in its original...

New High-Res Holographic Microscope to Study Live Cells

July 18th, 2019 Medgadget Editors Genetics, Pathology Nanolive, a spinoff company of École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, has just introduced a holographic microscope that can image live cells at high resolution...

Why the federal government isn’t prosecuting the officer who choked Eric Garner

The Justice Department won’t file federal charges against the New York City police officer who put Eric Garner into the chokehold that led to his death. With the statute of limitations having run out,...

Better design could make mobile devices easier for seniors to use

A loud “bing” sounded as we drove onto the highway access ramp. I didn’t see a message on our car’s screen. Was it my phone or my wife’s? Was it a calendar alert, or...

The dysfunctional debt ceiling and why we should kill it: 5 questions answered

Editor’s note: The U.S. government maxed out its national credit card in March and has been moving money around ever since to avoid running out of cash. Very soon the Treasury Department will reach...

The debt ceiling and why we should kill it: 5 questions answered

Editor’s note: The U.S. government maxed out its national credit card in March and has been moving money around ever since to avoid running out of cash. Very soon the Treasury Department will reach...

How the Volkswagen Beetle sparked America’s art car movement

With a mariachi band playing along, the last Volkswagen Beetle rolled off the assembly line of a Mexican factory on July 10. Originally created in Germany at the behest of Adolf Hitler, the Beetle ended...

A giant leap for humankind — future Moon missions will include diverse astronauts and...

As NASA celebrates the 50th anniversary of the historic Moon landing with a live TV broadcast and events, there is a focus on recognizing the contributions of the thousands of men and women who...

Justice Stevens, Babe Ruth and the best law clerk assignment ever

When I saw Justice John Paul Stevens this May at a gathering of his former law clerks to celebrate his 99th birthday, we discussed what he told me was the “easiest” assignment he ever...

Voices from an age of uncertain work – Americans miss stability and a shared...

On the surface, the well-being of the American worker seems rosy.Unemployment in the U.S. hovers near a 50-year low, and employers describe growing shortages of workers in a wide array of fields. But looking beyond...

Chemo Tester Identifies Which Formulation Works for Each Patient

July 17th, 2019 Medgadget Editors Oncology, Pathology, Surgery Chemotherapy is challenging for patients, as it can be terribly brutal on their bodies, but also for physicians trying to figure out which medication to deliver....

Trump wasn’t the first president to confront the Supreme Court – and back down

A key presidential election is approaching. The U.S. Supreme Court hears a case with powerful political implications. The court rules, but the populist president doesn’t care. Our national commitments – to the Constitution, to...

Pancreas on a Chip to Study Causes and Treatments of Diabetes

Dysfunction of the pancreas is related to a number of diseases, most famously diabetes. Conditions such as cystic fibrosis-related diabetes (CFRD), are particularly difficult to study in a laboratory setting, but researchers at Cincinnati...

Robert Hooke: The ‘English Leonardo’ who was a 17th-century scientific superstar

Considering his accomplishments, it’s a surprise that Robert Hooke isn’t more renowned. As a physician, I especially esteem him as the person who identified biology’s most essential unit, the cell. Like Leonardo da Vinci, Hooke...

New Nanoparticles to Stop Growth of HER2-Positive Breast Cancer

July 17th, 2019 Medgadget Editors Ob/Gyn, Oncology HER2 (human epidermal growth factor receptor 2) is a protein that is associated with some particularly aggressive forms of breast cancer. The presence of high concentrations of...

The Bible says to welcome refugees

The Trump administration will stop accepting asylum applications from migrants who could have claimed asylum in a different country before entering the U.S., it announced on July 15. The new interim immigration rule upends a...

Can protecting land promote employment? In New England, the answer is yes

Protecting land from development provides numerous ecological and social benefits, but many people debate whether it hurts or helps local economies. Some worry that land protection will inhibit economic growth by restricting local resource...

How immigrants give American companies a powerful boost against Chinese rivals

The ongoing trade war is the most visible front in America’s struggle with China for global influence. Oddly, it may be immigration policy, as much as tariffs and trade deals, that determines which country...

Counting 11 million undocumented immigrants is easier than Trump thinks

It is now clear that there will be no question about citizenship on the 2020 U.S. Census. After the Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration, President Trump vowed to find a way to include...

5 things parents need to know about ‘summer loss’

When it comes to news articles about the impact that summer has on student learning, the news is often bad. For instance, The Economist proclaimed in 2018: “Long summer holidays are bad for children, especially...

3 myths to bust about breaking up ‘big tech’

As the public and government regulators around the world discuss whether and how to manage the power of technology companies, one idea that keeps coming up is breaking up these large conglomerate corporations into...

What Do Your Ideas Look Like?

We need to pay attention to what our ideas look like.  Recently I was working on a project with a colleague. We were shaping an idea and he put together a concept sheet — a...
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