MIT proton treatment could replace x-ray use in radiation therapy – MIT News Office

By , September 18, 2006 7:35 pm

MIT proton treatment could replace x-ray use in radiation therapy – MIT News Office

Scientists at MIT, collaborating with an industrial team, are creating a proton-shooting system that could revolutionize radiation therapy for cancer. The goal is to get the system installed at major hospitals to supplement, or even replace, the conventional radiation therapy now based on x-rays.

The fundamental idea is to harness the cell-killing power of protons — the naked nuclei of hydrogen atoms — to knock off cancer cells before the cells kill the patient. Worldwide, the use of radiation treatment now depends mostly on beams of x-rays, which do kill cancer cells but can also harm many normal cells that are in the way.

What the researchers envision — and what they’re now creating — is a room-size atomic accelerator costing far less than the existing proton-beam accelerators that shoot subatomic particles into tumors, while minimizing damage to surrounding normal tissues. They expect to have their first hospital system up and running in late 2007.

Room-size atomic accelerator.  Now there is a downsized item for you.  And gonna have it in the same room as the patient being treated.  I hope they make it work.  From a couple of things I have read the proton systems do a lot less damage to the surrounding tissue than the x-ray systems now in use.

First penis transplant patient hated it

By , September 18, 2006 7:00 pm

First penis transplant patient hated it

You got to wonder:

Was it too big.

Was it too small.

Was it the wrong color.

How he lost his in the first place.

And why after getting another one he had it cut off… 🙁

Tinselman: Staring at the Sun

By , September 18, 2006 6:56 pm

Tinselman: Staring at the Sun

Shuttle and Space Station in front of the sun

Awsome photography!

Deep-sea oil rigs inspire MIT designs for giant wind turbines – MIT News Office

By , September 18, 2006 6:36 pm

Deep-sea oil rigs inspire MIT designs for giant wind turbines – MIT News Office

Interesting concept.  Though I wonder if tidal or wave energy wouldn’t be better use than wind.  Though as the article states the wind that far off shore (100 miles) will  be much more constant.

Treehugger: Escopetarras: Riffs not Rifles, Ballads not Bullets

By , September 18, 2006 6:30 pm

Treehugger: Escopetarras: Riffs not Rifles, Ballads not Bullets
Interesting looking things. Whatever you want to call them.

Update:  Steve notes in the comments that this is a “Life Rifle”!  Thanks Steve!

Fish is used to detect terror attacks – Yahoo! News

By , September 18, 2006 6:26 pm

Fish is used to detect terror attacks – Yahoo! News

Bluegill, canary of the water system.  Interesting use of fish.  And reasonable.  But wait till PETA gets involved…

Engine on a chip promises to best the battery – MIT News Office

By , September 18, 2006 6:23 pm

Engine on a chip promises to best the battery – MIT News Office

Looks like MIT is close to getting the micro turbine functional. Article states that they hope to have it operational by the end of the year. 20,000 rpm revolutions per second (thanks for the correction Steve). Sucker is booking!

3D rock carvings recorded with simple equipment – tech – 18 September 2006 – New Scientist Tech

By , September 18, 2006 3:07 pm

3D rock carvings recorded with simple equipment – tech – 18 September 2006 – New Scientist Tech

Sounds like a step in the right direction. Wonder if using a solidstate laser with a refraction grid would give any better resolution? Since the article is so sparse info wise there isn’t really much to speculate with though…

Update:  Guess I should have looked harder for a link.  There actually is one!  Company is SINTEF and there is quite a bit more than in the article including a downloadable PDF with some stuff that isn’t on the page.  Says that the resolution is 1/10,000 of the object scanned.  Not shabby at all!

Is Ubuntu Linux a Sensible Alternative for Mac Users?

By , September 18, 2006 1:22 pm

Is Ubuntu Linux a Sensible Alternative for Mac Users?

I do and don’t agree with his reasoning. While it is true that Ubuntu and other linux variants that will work on the mac may not do things better or even easier than OS X, my biggest complaint is the DRM that is now entwined throughout Apples wonder os.

If you don’t like supporting a company that is doing its damnedist to take away your right to do what you like with files on your own machine, then YES make the move away from anything Apple as fast as you can.

I am still hanging on mainly because the airport software in Ubuntu wasn’t (5 days ago when I tried the latest release) (though to be honest I tried the latest Kubuntu so I guess I need to try Ubuntu now) able to connect at the distance that the native Mac OS X software would.

Actions > Mouth… I have just started downloading the latest Ubuntu to try. As soon as I can get the wifi thing working even close to what I am used to then bye-bye OS X and restrictive DRM!

Scientists study ways to safeguard water

By , September 18, 2006 1:05 pm

Scientists study ways to safeguard water

Really bad example of a reporter or editor rewriting what was said.  Scientest says to reduce waters loses to evaporation store water underground, headline says scientest calls for letting water run into the ground. Maybe I am just having a bad day but this is just stupid reporting…

The Top 10 Foods to Eat Organically

By , September 18, 2006 12:58 pm

The Top 10 Foods to Eat Organically

This is a real good news/bad news thing.  The most used foods have the highest pestiside levels.  These are some of them and a selection of foods to replace them.

Evangelists oppose Leaky’s fossil exhibition | The Register

By , September 18, 2006 12:55 pm

Evangelists oppose Leaky’s fossil exhibition | The Register

Talk about narrow minded, pinheaded idiots…  But then again maybe all that evidence doesn’t mean a damn thing.  No, the folks who can’t see the evidence of the fossils for the blinders imposed by their faith need to be kept out of polite society and in a small locked closet somewhere…

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