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UMass Computer Scientist On The Case Of Hackable Pacemakers

Hackable pacemakers? Not quite yet. But the next generation of implanted defibrillators (pacemakers) will be wireless-programmable and communicate data over the Internet. What does that mean? Susceptibility to hacking... which, as you might imagine, can open confidential medical information to the public and even cause physical harm to the pacemaker patient.

Russian and Japanese Barcodes: A New Venue For Artistic Expression

Most would agree that these ubiquitous, plain parallel lines are merely emblems of our consumer oriented cultures. Whoever would have thought they would have become roses among the thorns of commercialism and tower as artistic creations especially in Japan and Russia? Read on, if you don’t believe and read on if you do.

Wall Street Journal Announces Innovation Awards For 2008

The Wall Street Journal announced the recipients of its 2008 Technology Innovation Awards. The top award went to Vidacare, a U.S. firm, that created the EZ-IO device, a high-speed drill that delivers medications and other fluids directly into bones.

Phonevite® Gets Best In Show From Public And ITEXPO West

Phonevite™, an Internet-based telephone messaging system that debuted last year, has won Best of Show at the 2008 Technology Marketing Corporation's Internet Telephony Conference and Expo (ITEXPO) West, beating 150 other competitors for this prize. This already very popular service is just getting its recognition from the technology community.

9 Design Lab '08 Finalists: Brilliant Kitchen Appliances For The IGeneration

Wow! The finalists in the 2008 Electrolux Design Lab competition sure are some tough competition for their more seasoned colleagues. These undergraduate and graduate students in industrial design programs have created some awesome designs for the techie kitchen. I don't know how the judges will pick a winner this year. See if you have a favorite.

Russian Mind-Control Research: Have They Found It Or Lost It?

A dungeon-like room located at the end of a Moscow subway line is the home of the Psychotechnology Research Institute. There, it is said, human subjects submit to experiments aimed at manipulating their subconscious minds. Learn some facts about this fascinating place that seems like something out of a science fiction novel.

Russian Engineers Design New Pet Tracker Collar

A four-year old Labrador named Sheldon has the honor being the first dog in the world to wear this special new device. Read on and learn more about this amazing GLONASS satellite navigation system.

God Bless My Computer!

Antivirus software may cure most cranky computers but that's not enough for a growing number of Japanese techies whose mantra is "in God we trust".

Russians Develop Hardware For Forecasting Earthquakes From Space

The “Vsplesk” (Burst) Experiment, which will involve a crew at the International Space Station, is expected to yield new methods for the real-time forecasting of earthquakes. Read on and…be amazed.

Lisco: Multi-purpose USB Cable and Bracelet

Though I know that I require USB cables to do almost anything from charging my mobiles, iPod, to transferring pictures from my camera to the laptop, I wish there was an innovative way to use and carry these cables.