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iRobot Corp., makers of the beloved Roomba (and a lot more), announced that it would be investing $6 million in InTouch Health, a telemedicine company operating in 80 hospitals around the world. Though $6 million represents just a minority stake in the company, it’s–needless to say–a substantial investment, and a strong expansion of a joint development and licensing agreement the two companies had announced last summer.
Though the Roomba robo-vacuum is probably what put iRobot on your radar, it’s just the tip of the iceberg of what the company does. iRobot. I attended an iRobot event last year, and was surprised to learn that much of what the company makes is for the military–for instance, the 510 Packbot, which is tasked with disarming bombs. iRobot Packbots have also been at hand at Fukushima in the wake of last year’s tsunami.
Given the company’s broad interests (and success–it brought in $465 million in revenues last year, per InformationWeek), it makes sense for iRobot to set its sights on the hospital ward as a new frontier. InTouch is a good partner, “as one of the first developers of FDA-cleared telemedicine devices,” iRobot CEO Colin Angle said in a press release.
What sorts of products will a stronger iRobot/InTouch partnership yield? It’s too soon to say for sure, but Angle and others have dropped hints that the team will be wanting to build on iRobot’s Ava, a tablet-compatible telepresence robot. ForbesVideo was at CES this year, and gives a good introduction:iRobot Forbes Video
Part of the idea of the partnership, to judge from Angle’s statements, is simply to make telemedicine bots more user-friendly. Currently, the real technophiles among physicians’ ranks may use InTouch Health’s current robot. “But more sophisticated technology would make these robots easier to use by a broader class of physicians,” Angle told InformationWeek, “not just the technological enthusiasts.”
Healthcare robotics is rapidly becoming a crowded field–Toyota showed off some if its robotic nurses recently, and robotic exoskeletons are restoring mobility to the paralyzed–but with iRobot’s track record and name brand, combined with InTouch’s experience already doing Grand Rounds, the two have an early-mover advantage.
Indeed, Angle already seems so certain of the new venture’s success in the hospital that he appears to be looking into the next, related, and potentially much larger market: home-care. “If we have proven technologies that work in a hospital setting, we’ll be looking at a cost-reduction exercise to translate that experience to the home,” he said. In the not-too-distant future, medical telepresence robots may not just be a staple in hospitals, but in the homes of the ailing and elderly, too.
All of which points to another instance in which new technology enables a throwback: With telepresence bots in the home, maybe we’ll see a resurgence (and modification) of an almost extinct medical practice–call it the robotic house call.
(source:http://www.innovationamerica.us/index.php/innovation-daily/19192-irobot-goes-to-the-hospital-technology-review)iRobot Corp., makers of the beloved Roomba (and a lot more), announced that it would be investing $6 million in InTouch Health, a telemedicine company operating in 80 hospitals around the world. Though $6 million represents just a minority stake in the company, it’s–needless to say–a substantial investment, and a strong expansion of a joint ...
Whoa, glamazon! It’s a wedding, not a burlesque show. Tone down the makeup to be a well-groomed guest.
You might wear a uniform or follow an office dress code Monday through Friday, and on the weekend, you like to have a little fun with fashion. Your friend’s wedding isn’t the place to test drive your new romper or rock those $200 jeans you just splurged on. But you already knew that, right?
There are a few gray areas when it comes to appropriate wedding guest attire. Maybe that cocktail dress has a questionable hemline — or it might be the same color the bridal party is wearing. There are plenty of clothing options that’ll turn you into an unintentional eyesore at any union, but you don’t have to earn the ire of every bride and groom you know. Just follow this list of 10 things you should never wear to a wedding, and you’ll keep receiving those invitations!
It’s always in style and looks flattering on almost everybody, but according to some, it should never be worn to a wedding. Up first, find out the dos and don’ts about wearing nature’s darkest color to one of life’s brightest events.
Did You Know?
After Queen Victoria’s consort, Prince Albert, died in 1861, she wore black everyday as a sign of mourning until her own death in 1901.
Yes, tuxedos are black, and you’ll almost certainly see an abundance of dark sport coats at any union, but black is traditionally a no-go color at weddings — especially for women.
Black dresses connote mourning and death for many people, but there’s a difference between showing up to your best friend’s nuptials in funeral garb and wearing a sleek, little black number to an evening wedding. As long as the dress feels fun and light, regardless of how dark it is, you should be fine. Sequins usually work, as do black cocktail dresses for formal ceremonies. However, if there’s even the slightest chance it could fit into a procession for the deceased, put it back on the rack and slip into something more colorful.
Did You Know?
Although people have been wearing thong sandals for thousands of years, it’s believed that the modern flip-flop is derived from the zori, a form of traditional Japanese footwear.
Jeans and a T-shirt
We don’t care how casual the wedding is and how laid-back the bride in question might be, attending in jeans and a T-shirt is not an option.
It doesn’t matter if it’s on the beach, in your mom’s backyard, or even if you don’t know the couple very well. If you’re bothering to show up, the least you can do is throw on a dress or a pair of khakis and a button-up shirt — again, assuming it’s a casual ceremony. Also, just to be clear, don’t even think about slipping on a pair of flip-flops. Pumps, heels, flats, loafers and sandals are a go, but plastic footwear is a huge wedding no-no. (Possible exception: If the wedding invite explicitly states that it’s a “flip-flop casual” beach event, you may wear them.)
Did You Know?
The U.S. Navy introduced bell-bottoms to the world in 1817 when they became part of enlisted sailors’ standard uniform. The wide-bottomed pants could be easily rolled above the knee while washing the decks and were easily removed if one was swept overboard.
Bellbottoms and Other Dated Attire
Bellbottoms may work for a stylish night out on the town. But try sporting these wide-legged pants at your college roommate’s wedding, and you might as well shake, shake, shake your booty back to your place for a change of clothes. Disco isn’t cool when people say “I do.”
That’s not to say that you can’t invoke other styles and eras with your wedding guest garb. A 1960s pencil skirt will allow you to turn heads without causing a distraction, and a dress with an empire waist and cap sleeves will invoke the 1940s without making you look like a has-been. Just remember to adhere to the style of the wedding — we’ve established that bellbottoms won’t fit into even the most casual ceremonies, but a vintage sundress won’t do at a black-tie affair, either.
Hillary Clinton swapped her trademark pantsuit for a beautiful dress on Chelsea’s wedding day.
You’re going to a wedding, not a meeting at the office!
Drop the business persona and show your style in a skirt, dress or any kind of clothing that would look out of place with a coffee stain. This is a celebration of two people choosing to unite their lives together forever, so the least you can do is find something that isn’t overly stuffy and businessy to wear. We’re not just talking about your standard black or charcoal suit. This rule also applies to pretty pastel skirt-jacket combos. They might work for a dinner event, but they just set the wrong tone for weddings.
Yes, we know some very powerful women frequently wear pantsuits, but even Hillary Clinton wore a vibrant dress on Chelsea’s big day, and if she can do it, you can, too.
We’d also advise staying away from businessy accessories — trade the giant bag or briefcase for a clutch, and don’t wear any scarves that scream “I belong in cubicle No. 4!”
(source : http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/weddings/10-things-never-wear-to-wedding10.htm)
The birth of three monkeys from a stem cell research program is being hailed as a major breakthrough in genetic engineering. It appears that the mouse stem cells widely used in studies, follow a different developmental process, that was previously thought to be identical to primate and human.
Scientists have opened a window to a new strategy, and one which has seemed out of reach for more than ten years. Now it is possible for cloning primate and even human stem cells, into living breathing organisms.
The monkeys were all male and appear to be healthy. The work, by developmental biologist Masahito Tachibana of the Oregon National Primate Research Center, was reported in the journal ‘Cell’.
Instead of using embryonic stem cells cultured from lines of cells grown in petri dishes, the researchers used early-stage stem cells taken directly from monkey four-cell embryos to create 10 chimeric, or genetically mixed, embryos. The cells were combined from the early stage embryos, so the DNA was mixed, and the fetuses were incubated in female monkeys.
Three out of the four survived full term and are currently between four and six months old. They carry mixed DNA from six different genetic lineages. Genetically, it’s as if they had as many as six parents, an impossibility naturally.
More interestingly, although they have both male and female DNA, they are all developing as males, because masculine genes have dominated the monkeys development.
The three rhesus monkeys, named Chimero, Roku and Hex, are said to be normal and healthy.
The researchers were able to make monkey chimeras only when they mixed cells from very early stage embryos, in which each individual embryonic cell was “totipotent”. That means the cells are capable of growing into a whole animal as well as the placenta and other life-sustaining tissues.
It seems that scientists made a mistake by assuming that mimouse development would mirror human or primate development. The study also suggests that cultured primate and human embryonic stem cells, some of which have been frozen in labs for as long as two decades, may not be as potent as those found inside a living embryo.
Dr. Mitalipov one of the team members said :
“We cannot model everything in the mouse … If we want to move stem cell therapies from the lab to clinics and from the mouse to humans, we need to understand what these primate cells can and can’t do.
The work with stem cells is one of the holy grails of genetic engineering because it holds the possibility to grow new body parts, including replacement organs, and initially new nerve fibres for those who have suffered paralysis. It also bodes well for curing Parkinson’s disease.
( Source : http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/240036.php)The birth of three monkeys from a stem cell research program is being hailed as a major breakthrough in genetic engineering. It appears that the mouse stem cells widely used in studies, follow a different developmental process, that was previously thought to be identical to primate and human. Scientists have opened a window to a new ...