Strip away the interference that ultrasound scanners ordinarily pick up from muscle and skin and you have a better chance of saving not only images of the body's inner workings, but also a great deal of space, time, and money. Engineers at the University of Rochester (Rochester, NY) have devised a way to store such slimmed-down ultrasound scans. The patented technique junks the unneeded echoes from soft tissue and saves data only from the underlying organ, all the while whittling the size of a digitized ultrasound file image to one-twentieth of what's now required. "While existing JPEG and MPEG technologies work from the assumption that an image has a photographic origin, our technology recreates an image based on the assumption that it's working with data gathered through a pulse-echo system," explains Kevin Parker, professor of electrical engineering at Rochester. "It's a method of reconstructing images that's in step with the way ultrasound scanners collect data," and about 20 times faster. Phone (716) 275-4151.
It won't be too much longer and hardware design, as we used to know it, will be remembered alongside the slide rule and the Karnaugh map. You will need to move beyond those familiar bits and bytes into the new world of software centric design.
People who want to take advantage of solar energy in their homes no longer need to install a bolt-on solar-panel system atop their houses -- they can integrate solar-energy-harvesting shingles directing into an existing or new roof instead.
Kaspersky Labs indicated at its February meeting that cyber attacks are far more sophisticated than previous thought. It turns out even air-gapping (disconnecting computers from the Internet to protect against cyber intrusion) isn’t a foolproof way to avoid getting hacked. And Kaspersky implied the NSA is the smartest attacker.
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