Google Health

» Google Health: Is It Good For You? – DiabetesMine| diabetes, life, health, community

What about the MyCareTeam diabetes management application that Google already offers? Is it mainly a program to connect and download data off our glucose monitors?

“MyCareTeam is a full disease management program with logs for tracking glucose, meals and nutrition information and insulin and other meds. You can upload your data automatically using LifeScan OneTouch® meters, and I’m sure they’ll be adding other models in the near future.

MyCareTeam also offers secure messaging to what they call your ‘provider team,’ so you can list your doctors and other health professionals and start corresponding with them if they provide their email addresses. They have to give consent, of course, and the messaging must be on a secure platform.”

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Kawasaki Concours 14

Handlebars – Borrowing From a Sporty Sibling – NYTimes.com

THE thing that annoyed me most about riding the new Kawasaki Concours 14 was the fatigue factor. Continually checking the mirrors to see whether I had attracted a police escort nearly wore me out.

That exhaustion was offset somewhat by the grin this swift sport-touring motorcycle plastered across my face. But even that became a bit wearing, because in my time with the Concours 14, the grin seldom faded.

Future planes, cars may be made of `buckypaper’

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — It’s called “buckypaper” and looks a lot like ordinary carbon paper, but don’t be fooled by the cute name or flimsy appearance. It could revolutionize the way everything from airplanes to TVs are made.

Buckypaper is 10 times lighter but potentially 500 times stronger than steel when sheets of it are stacked and pressed together to form a composite. Unlike conventional composite materials, though, it conducts electricity like copper or silicon and disperses heat like steel or brass.

“All those things are what a lot of people in nanotechnology have been working toward as sort of Holy Grails,” said Wade Adams, a scientist at Rice University.

That idea – that there is great future promise for buckypaper and other derivatives of the ultra-tiny cylinders known as carbon nanotubes – has been floated for years now. However, researchers at Florida State University say they have made important progress that may soon turn hype into reality.

Buckypaper is made from tube-shaped carbon molecules 50,000 times thinner than a human hair. Due to its unique properties, it is envisioned as a wondrous new material for light, energy-efficient aircraft and automobiles, more powerful computers, improved TV screens and many other products.

Location-Based Dating: Not New, Still Creepy?

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Among the social uses of location-based services is in helping new people meet each other. Many people would like a device that identifies serendipity by alerting you when a friend—or someone who should be a friend—is nearby. Technology can serve as a virtual cupid, given the right information.

For example, imagine if your dating profile information was accessible on your phone and able to be broadcast to those nearby. Then imagine if the phones of single people were constantly comparing attributes, in an attempt to connect two people with similar interests, a shared friend, or maybe just an equal level of desperation.

It turns out this is not a new idea, and it has been in practice for some time. Our sister publication Wired wrote about it over ten years ago. In Japan, a little device called the Lovegety became quite popular. Owners could set the type of interaction they were looking for and it would alert them whenever a match is found.

Lovegety only had three settings, but it was followed by several similar devices. Wireless protocol Bluetooth has been used to create services similar to Lovegety. MIT has even studied location-based dating.

As fun as it is to consider the possibilities, many people are uncomfortable with this connected a future. Privacy and security are major topics in most sessions at WhereCamp. To gain utility often means giving up something. Could it be that we’re just not used to it yet, but it will be normal, the way mapping directions is now? Or, will this sort of random meet-ups always be creepy?

Notebook Hacking

Cheap, Easy-to-Mod NetBooks Are a Hacker’s Paradise | Gadget Lab from Wired.com

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Cheap, Easy-to-Mod NetBooks Are a Hacker’s Paradise
By Brian X. Chen EmailOctober 15, 2008 | 8:01:08 PMCategories: Hacks, Netbooks, Notebooks

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Thanks to their utilitarian design and low prices, netbooks are inspiring a booming subculture of hackers souping up their liliputers with touchscreens, GPS and unauthorized operating systems like Apple’s Mac OS X.

Eeepcopened_2As netbook sales continue to soar, more and more tech-savvy grease monkeys are dismantling netbooks to add fancy features including back-lit keyboards, GPS and longer-lasting batteries.

“I’d say it was a work of passion and love for computing,” said San Diego resident David Winter, who has crammed three solid state drives into a netbook, upping the capacity to 128 GB. (Normally, netbooks only ship with solid state drives in double-digit capacities.) His next project? A laser espionage microphone that he plans to implant into a netbook, which will enable him to record sound from behind someone’s window.

Eeepcundermotherboard_3 Netbooks may seem like unlikely devices to attract the interest of hardware hackers, who traditionally have been drawn to bigger iron. Compared to full-size laptops, netbooks are low-powered and have limited feature sets. But in the face of a broad economic meltdown, hacking a $400 netbook makes more sense than risking a pricier, full-featured laptop.

Netbook modding is becoming so popular, Winter has launched a netbook-modding business: Winter Computer Solutions, which mods customer’s netbooks with GPS, Bluetooth, DVD readers or HDTV tuners.

Confederate Fighter

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Limited-Edition Fighter Motorcycle – Core77

45 Limited-Edition Confederate Fighter motorcycles are available from the 2009 Neiman Marcus Christmas book.

Like the Wraith, the Confederate Fighter uses a girder-style front suspension made up of titanium, aluminum and carbon fiber bits and a 120ci 45-degree air-cooled V-Twin. From there, things diverge rather rapidly, with the Wraith’s carbon fiber monocoque chassis being replaced with a backbone unit made from titanium connected to front and rear bulkheads cut from solid chunks of billet aluminum.

Here’s a breakdown of what you’ll get if you fork over the $110,000.

2020

Just Imagine: 2020 – Stories and Video from CNN.com International

World renowned industrial designer Ross Lovegrove talks to CNN about his latest project, which involves creating a “bed under the stars” on the peaks of Italy’s Dolomite mountains.

Blending design and nature