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February 17, 2009

LOTD for February 17

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 6:17 pm

Reptiles might overheat as temperatures rise due to global warming:
http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/02/17/cold-blooded-warming.html

IBM withdrew its patent application for its bionic bullet-dodging body armor:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2009/02/so-much-for-bio.html

Interesting procedure to heal athletes quicker uses their own blood…platelet-rich plasma therapy avoids the need for surgery and the body doesn’t reject it because it is the patient’s own blood. Due to the much lower cost of this procedure as compared to surgery and the short recovery time (and the procedure takes just 20 minutes, much quicker than surgery!), insurance companies might not only authorize it but might require it as a first course of treatment before surgery is approved:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/17/sports/17blood.html?_r=2&hp

Vietnamese researchers have discovered how to defeat the biometric facial authentication systems used in laptops:
http://www.darkreading.com/security/vulnerabilities/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=213901113

11 people were arrested for H-1B Visa fraud, using the visas to undercut the wages of US workers. The H-1B workers were victims in this fraud–some hired for jobs that didn’t exist! One man was hired from Pakistan for a programming job and ended up pumping gas:
http://www.infoworld.com/article/09/02/13/Indictments_tell_how_H1B_visas_were_used_to_undercut_wages_1.html?source=NLC-GOV&cgd=2009-02-17

Vodafone unveiled the HTC Magic, its first Android-based smartphone:
http://www.fiercewireless.com/press-releases/vodafone-and-htc-unveil-android-powered- htc-magic?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal&cmp-id=EMC-NL-FW&dest=FW

Acer unveiled its smartphone lineup:
http://www.fiercewireless.com/press-releases/acer-rhythm-mobility-unveiling-first-set-acer-tempo-smartphone-series-gsma-mobile-wor?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal&cmp-id=EMC-NL-FW&dest=FW

This Taliban member sure loves his iPhone:
http://valleywag.gawker.com/5152559/even-the-taliban-now-loves-the-iphone

The NYPD is testing the use of velcro handcuffs on children who need to be restrained in 22 schools. The father of the 5-year-old who was handcuffed after a tantrum is not happy!
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2009/02/13/2009-02-13_nypd_okays_velcro_handcuffs_for_use_on_u.html

Man was in the basement of his home when he heard burglars upstairs, so he snuck out of his house and drove the burglars’ van away so that they couldn’t take any of his big stuff away…leaving his TVs, laptop, and jewelry box at his front door:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29203563/

Overcooking a Pop-Tart in a toaster resulted in a fire at this Michigan home:
http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2009/02/fire_damages_home_in_blackman.html

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