As part of a Sandia National Laboratories-led effort to create a worldwide disease-tracking network, hospital emergency rooms in three New Mexico cities and in a formerly secret Russian city have begun gathering and posting on the Internet data about an emerging disease, hepatitis C, that physicians say could have major world health implications. Although the Centers for Disease Control estimates that 3.9 million Americans are chronically infected with hepatitis C, very little is known about the virus and how it is transmitted. In all, 2,000 patients in Snezhinsk, Russia, and 2,000 in New Mexico will be tested for hepatitis C over the next several months. Statistically about 2%, or 40 to 50 people at each site, are expected to be infected. The tracking program stems from a "transparency regime" created for international treaties, such as the Biological Weapons Convention (BMC), which forbids experimentation or acquisition of biological agents or toxins for military purposes. Sandia provided additional emergency-room equipment, as well as video-conference and computer hardware needed for the hospitals involved to coordinate their work over the Internet. The lab also helped design the patient questionnaire and postulate its questions, along with hepatitis C experts at the New Mexico Department of Public Health and the UNM School of Medicine. E-mail email@example.com.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
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