No Pulse? No Problem!

Simply amazing, I find the notion of not hearing your own pulse fascinating and very eerie.

A 65-year-old Quebec man who received a new long-term mechanical heart last month is being described as the only living Canadian without a pulse.
Dr. Renzo Cecere implanted the “Heartmate II” mechanical heart into Gerard Langevin in an three-hour operation Nov. 23.
Officials at the McGill University Health Centre say the device, which is about the size of a flashlight battery, could last up to 10 years

[via jwz]
Man with no pulse considered a medical breakthrough

Cheap, Safe Drug Kills Most Cancers

Wow…

It sounds almost too good to be true: a cheap and simple drug that kills almost all cancers by switching off their “immortality”. The drug, dichloroacetate (DCA), has already been used for years to treat rare metabolic disorders and so is known to be relatively safe.

If this works then it could change the future of mankind. Now, if the university can only find funding to continue their research. Turns out the drug, dichloroacetate can’t be pantented. Umm, will someone out there stop thinking with their wallets and think about their fellow humans? If you want to make a donation follow this link. You can also keep up with the latest research efforts there.

Cheap, safe drug kills most cancers – health – 17 January 2007 – New Scientist

Happy Groundhog Day!

I’d like to wish everyone a happy Groundhog Day and from what I gathered to be an accurate report, it’s going to be an early spring as Punxsutawney Phil failed to see his shadow (His Canadian counterpart Wiarton Willie also reported the same. It’s important to get as much data as you can for such a scientific survey). Just what is Groundhog Day? Well the best answer to that was wound in Wikipedia:

Groundhog Day is a traditional festival celebrated in the United States and Canada on February 2. It is a cross-quarter day, midway between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox. In traditional weather lore, if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day and fails to see its shadow because the weather is cloudy, winter will soon end. If the groundhog sees its shadow because the weather is bright and clear, it will be frightened and run back into its hole, and the winter will continue for six more weeks.

If your having a Groundhog Day party, as many do, you might find these crafts and activities useful. Heck, you might even learn a thing or two about our noble friend, the Groundhog. Oh yeah, go rent a copy of the movie ‘Groundhog Day‘ while your out getting party supplies. The film is great!

Moving up!

Over the next few days TeamDroid will be migrating to a larger server so things might not work or get updated for a few days. Everything will be back up and running once the DNS caches get refreshed. Until then, be seeing you.

Mard Recon Probe Spots Viking Landers

It’s the spot in the center. For an idea of the size of the lander take a look at this photo of Carl Sagan posing next to a one to one scale model of a Viking lander. The two bright points on either end must be the wind covers over the RTG and propellant tanks.

NASA’s Viking Lander 2 landed on Mars on Sept. 3, 1976, in Utopia Planitia. The lander, which has a diameter of about 3 meters (10 feet), has been precisely located in this image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Also, likely locations have been found for the heat shield and back shell. The lander location has been confirmed by overlaying the lander-derived topographic contours on the high-resolution camera’s image, which provides an excellent match.

The camera on the probe is amazing, it was even able to capture pictures of Opportunity and Spirit as they were hanging out on the surface. I wonder if NASA will image the area where the Mars Polar Lander was lost so see what might be there.

[via New Scientist]

Viking Lander 1 (Thomas A. Mutch Memorial Station) Imaged from Orbit

Viking Lander 2 (Gerald A. Soffen Memorial Station) Imaged from Orbit