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2011-04-19 09:09:22

Technology developed for space missions to study the most distant objects in the Universe is now finding a host of practical applications back on Earth. QMC Instruments Ltd., in partnership with the Astronomical instrumentation Group at Cardiff University, has built instruments for many major space missions, including Herschel and Planck. Now, expanding on that experience they are developing KIDCAM, a kind of detector that could have applications in hospitals, factories and airports. Ken Wood...

2008-07-30 12:01:16

By Devin Rose, The Wisconsin State Journal Jul. 30--To aid critically ill patients in need of round-the-clock care, UW Hospital unveiled a system Wednesday called the e-ICU that will allow physicians to remotely monitor patients' conditions with a camera, microphone and several computer screens. The electronic intensive-care unit monitoring system, which will be manned 24-7 by a critical-care nurse and physician, is able to monitor functions such as heart activity and blood pressure from...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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