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How The X-Box Kinect Tracks Your Moves

November 19, 2010 9:37 am | Podcasts | Comments

Kinect uses depth sensors, cameras and microphones to track the movements of players, and it's surprisingly good at weeding out distractions. Ira Flatow and guests discuss the development of the gaming technology -- and how movement can influence players' moods.

Science Diction: The Origin Of The Word 'Atom'

November 19, 2010 9:37 am | Podcasts | Comments

The British poet and alchemist Thomas Norton used the word "attoms" in his 1477 poem, The Ordinal of Alchemy. Historian Howard Markel explains how Norton came to use the word, and points out earlier philosophers who raised the concept of indivisible units of matter.

Are Airport Scanners Safe?

November 19, 2010 9:37 am | Podcasts | Comments

Some airport body scanning machines use X-rays to generate images. How much radiation is a traveler exposed to? Should frequent fliers opt for a pat down instead? Radiation expert David Brenner explains the possible public health concerns of scanning millions of passengers.

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From Bach To Beer Bottles, The Physics of Music

November 19, 2010 9:37 am | Podcasts | Comments

Why does a saxophone sound different from an oboe? How do tiny flutes produce such loud sounds? Dr. John Powell, author of How Music Works: The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds explains musical acoustics and more.

Locking Up Antimatter

November 19, 2010 9:37 am | Podcasts | Comments

Scientists at CERN, the European nuclear research facility, say they have produced and trapped molecules of antihydrogen, a form of antimatter. Physicist Jeffrey Hangst explains how they were made and captured. Will trapping antimatter help scientists learn about the construction of the universe?

Untangling The Hairy Physics Of Rapunzel

November 19, 2010 9:37 am | Podcasts | Comments

Kelly Ward, senior software engineer for Walt Disney Animation Studios, was tasked with bringing Rapunzel's locks to life in Disney's new movie, Tangled. The hair had to look realistic, but not too real -- otherwise Rapunzel would be towing 80 pounds of hair behind her.

AVEO releases data on cancer drugs

November 19, 2010 9:36 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

AVEO Pharmaceuticals has presented results on a pair of cancer treatments at the Symposium of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer-National Cancer Institute-American Association for Cancer Research in Berlin, Germany.

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Containers to Clinics opens pilot facility in Haiti

November 19, 2010 9:35 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Containers to Clinics Inc., a Dover startup focused on converting shipping containers to health care clinics, has opened a pilot site in Haiti, associated with Port-au-Prince-based Grace Children’s Hospital, which was about 80 percent destroyed in the January earthquake.

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Okla. death row inmates protest new execution drug

November 19, 2010 8:45 am | by SEAN MURPHY - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Two death row inmates in Oklahoma asked a federal judge on Friday to stop their pending executions after the state said it planned to substitute the anesthetic used during lethal injections because of a drug shortage.Oklahoma is one of several states that have been scrambling after the sole...

Propoxyphene: Withdrawal - Risk of Cardiac Toxicity(2)

November 19, 2010 8:31 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

New data shows that Propoxyphene and Propoxyphene-containing products can cause serious toxicity to the heart, even when used at therapeutic doses.

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Propoxyphene: Withdrawal - Risk of Cardiac Toxicity

November 19, 2010 8:30 am | News | Comments

New data shows that Propoxyphene and Propoxyphene-containing products can cause serious toxicity to the heart, even when used at therapeutic doses.

ECRI Institute PSO Chosen by Tennessee Hospital Association for Patient Safety Services

November 19, 2010 7:35 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., Nov. 19, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization (PSO) today announces an agreement to provide patient safety services to the Tennessee Center for Patient Safety established by the Tennessee Hospital Association. ECRI Institute PSO...

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Boston Scientific to Acquire Sadra Medical

November 19, 2010 7:34 am | by Boston Scientific | News | Comments

Innovative percutaneous aortic valve replacement system provides entry into emerging market of structural heart disease

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Xanodyne Agrees to Withdraw Propoxyphene From the U.S. Market

November 19, 2010 7:34 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

SILVER SPRING, Md., Nov. 19, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals Inc., which makes Darvon and Darvocet, the brand version of the prescription pain medication propoxyphene, has agreed to withdraw the medication from the U.S. market at the request of the U.S. Food...

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FDA Approves Xgeva to Help Prevent Cancer-Related Bone Injury

November 19, 2010 7:34 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

SILVER SPRING, Md., Nov. 19, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Xgeva (denosumab) on Thursday to help prevent skeletal-related events (SREs) in patients with cancer that has spread (metastasized) and damaged the bone. Skeletal-related events...

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