Wyly Wade

Month: July 2013

Heart Surgery in India for $1,583 Costs $106,385 in U.S.

Living through many aspects of the Indian health system from helping develop parts of RSBY, the largest health insurance system in the world, to the needs of my daughter, who has cochlear implants, I have seen first hand what the system is good and and what it is not. Indian in general is good at…

Giant Mirrors to Light Up One Dark Norwegian Town

In the midst of five months of darkness this coming winter, the Norwegian town of Rjukan will have one bright spot: a town square illuminated by sunlight bounced off giant mirrors placed atop the town’s neighboring mountains. Three mirrors with a total surface area of about 538 square feet will sit at an angle to redirect winter sun down into the…

Nambia Better and Quicker SME finance needed

Oshana Region governor Clemens Kashuupulwa is concerned about access to Small and Midsize Enterprise (SME) Bank finance and the Equipment Aid Fund which are taking too long to roll out to the northern regions. He has also noticed with INCOME concern that low demand for products and services, as well as distances to markets are perceived in…

Extremely strong shrew

A new hero emerges: another exceptional mammalian spine and its potential adaptive significance. The hero shrew, Scutisorex somereni (Soricomorpha: Soricidae), was discovered in equatorial Africa in 1910, but its most fascinating feature was not noted for another 7 years, when discovered a massive spine with interlocking bony tubercles that fortify the lumbar region and are the only bone-on-bone articulation known in…

A major new technology has been developed by The University of Nottingham, which enables all of the world’s crops to take nitrogen from the air rather than expensive and environmentally damaging fertilisers.

Nitrogen fixation, the process by which nitrogen is converted to ammonia, is vital for plants to survive and grow. However, only a very small number of plants, most notably legumes (such as peas, beans and lentils) have the ability to fix nitrogen from the atmosphere with the help of nitrogen fixing bacteria. The vast majority…

Don’t Panic: Google has prototypes for ‘real-time’ translation device, ‘near perfect’ in some uses

Hugo Barra, Google’s vice president of Android product management,revealed to The Times of London that Google was working on building real-time translation into Android phones. This would mean a person could speak a sentence of phrase into their phone and the person on the other side of the call would hear the words in his native tongue. The tech is held back by more…

3D-Printed Rocket Parts Excel in NASA Tests

A continuation of the 3D printed rocket engine injector story a few weeks ago. It has now out performed the milled traditional manufactured injector. The traditionally constructed injectors used in the SLS tests cost about $10,000 each and took six months to build; the 3D-printed versions cost less than $5,000 and only took 40 hours…

Drone show attendees flock to new $700 model

3D Robotics new quadcopter, or four-rotor helicopter, can be controlled from a tablet running an Android flight system or other similar app. The as-yet-unnamed drone will cost about US$700 and is aimed at an audience of hobbyists, even wedding photographers, who could attach a camera to the front and get sweeping shots from the sky.…

The physics of the world’s fastest man

Scientists say they can explain Usain Bolt‘s extraordinary speed with a mathematical model. His 100m time of 9.58 seconds during the 2009 World Championships in Berlin is the current world record. Their model explains the power and energy he had to expend to overcome drag caused by air resistance, made stronger by his frame of 6ft 5in. John Barrow…

Chef to fat NZ pulls visa and deports

New Zealand kicks obese man out of the country because at 290lbs he is too heavy even after losing 66 pounds in the past 6 years. Basically the new New Zealand immigration rules require 35 or lower Body Mass Index score. Which means if you are 6 feet tall you can weight no more than…

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