Technology News Archive - October 18, 2005

By Delarm, Randy F; Eckert, Ronald Ready to put the pieces together.


Three days after closing the sale for close to $4 billion of the business he started two years ago, Skype's chief executive and co-founder Niklas Zennstroem said on Monday it was back to business as usual.

By Jeremy Pelofsky WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sen. John McCain said on Tuesday he would press for the transition to higher quality digital television signals to be completed by the end 2006 or early 2007 instead a proposal for April 2009.

Interactive health websites can help people live with their chronic illness, according to a UCL (University College London) review of studies on internet health.

Led by Professor Jukka Lekkala, the Wireless research project is developing miniscule subcutaneous sensors, which can be used to monitor, for example, the function of the heart or prosthetic joints even over long periods of time. The Academy of Finland is funding the project, whose goal is to provide the more accurate prediction of changes in patient condition and, in turn, even save lives. "For example, a subcutaneous EKG monitor will be able to detect cardiac arrhythmia, and the data for this can then be transmitted wirelessly to the physician's mobile phone or PC," explains Lekkala.

For many years, researchers have looked to develop organic materials as a reliable and cost effective replacement for inorganic materials in optical devices. The development of highly functionalized optical devices using photonics instead of optoelectronics has highlighted the need for greater control over the manipulation of optical signals.

Word of the Day
  • Of or relating to good digestion.
  • Cheerful.
The word 'eupeptic' comes from Greek roots meaning 'good' and 'digest'.