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Technologies Review | September 22, 2017

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Everyday Devices and Gadgets Used By Brain Surgeons

November 21, 2013 |

Brain surgeons use a variety of high-tech devices and gadgets every day in the operating room, employing classic, standard tools as well as innovative ones to diagnose and treat patients. Brain surgeons, also called neurologists, are responsible for diagnosing and treating brain injuries and illnesses. They conduct neurological exams, gather medical history, do research on the latest technologies, prescribe medicine, interpret tests, and perform surgeries. The outlook for this particular job sector is good, with a higher-than-average growth of 24 percent from now until 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Gadgets and Devices

From hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) staining (designed for diagnosing brain tumors) to laser microscopes, brain surgery instruments are common in the operating and emergency rooms. Common instruments include endoscopes, MRI and CT scan equipment, scalpels, forceps, blades, retractors, hemostats, magnetic stereotaxis systems, neurosurgery imaging and neuronavigation systems, cranial sets, high-speed drills, wire saws, … Read More

The Rise and Fall Of The Quotron Device

September 26, 2013 |

The Quotron device is an ominous sounding blast from the past, but many readers don’t even know what it is or what it does. It sounds like science fiction, perhaps a power cell or some kind of torture instrument. What it actually is sounds much less glamorous. The Quotron is described in its first December 11, 1959 patent application as an “electronic memory device for storing and displaying information.” It was the future for stock traders, who were using antiquated stock tickers that updated too slowly to give them the competitive edge they really needed when they needed it. Older people already knew this, especially if they worked in business or stock enterprises before the late 80s or early 90s.

The History of the Quotron Device

The stock market has been around for a long time, since the 12th century, in fact. Back then predictions and readouts were … Read More

Coolest Gadgets From The “Star Wars” Films

September 24, 2013 |

The symphonic music, the interplanetary vistas, and the alien creatures are just some of the many aspects of the Star Wars films that enthrall its audiences. But the movies’ gadgets have an allure all their own. Simply put, the George Lucas serial wouldn’t be nearly as persuasive without its somewhat retro, somewhat futuristic technology.  The following are particular examples.

Droids

Science fiction films have frequently showcased robots in daily life. But few cinematic robots are as entertaining as those Lucas and his team created. The humanoid C-3PO, as fussy and as annoying as he can be, speaks more than six million languages. R2-D2, meanwhile, is a reliable spaceship copilot despite the fact that he is shaped like a garbage can. And throughout the saga, droids are employed as soldiers, surgeons, and manufacturers.

In fact, Lucas’s mechanical characters have even inspired real world robotics engineers. To take … Read More

Are Boomers Less Involved With Social Media?

September 14, 2013 |

You may think baby boomers are a hopeless generation when it comes to the advancement of technology in general and social media sites in particular. But you may be wrong in those assumptions. While it may be true that many baby boomers are resistant to social media — given that it’s not something they grew up with like today’s kids — they are more eager to accept this part of technology than many people realize. First, a little history. The U.S. Census Bureau defines baby boomers as those born between the years of 1946 and 1964. About nine months after the end of World War II, the first babies of this popular generation were born, starting an astounding trend that would continue for years. In fact, more babies were born in 1946 than ever before in history — a whopping 20 percent more than just the previous year in 1945, according to the … Read More

Will European and American Power Outlets Ever Be Merged?

September 7, 2013 |

If you like to travel abroad, you may run into a very common problem should you bring electronics with you. There are different power outlets in America, England, the rest of Europe and the rest of the world outside of Europe. Standard American outlets are 110 volts and have a grounding slot. In most of Europe, however, outlets carry 220 volts and do not have a grounding slot. In England, the voltage is even higher (240 volts) and is grounded.

If you are an American traveling in Europe, you won’t be able to get the plug into the outlet to begin with if it is a standard, three-pronged plug. If it is a two-pronged plug, the current will likely fry your device instantly. While converters are available online and in stores, it is wisest to simply check the hertz rating on the device’s label if you still have it. If it … Read More

An In-Depth Review Of Bejeweled 3

September 6, 2013 |

The newest game in the Bejeweled series is Bejeweled 3 and it is lots of fun. It features a variety of different play modes for different types of players as well as interesting badges and rewards for a significant investment of time and effort. This version also compiles a variety of player statistics such as total time spent, high scores, most frequent gem color selected, and the total number of specialty gems (flame gems, supernova gems, etc.) that have been used. For those unfamiliar with the Bejeweled series the game provides simple instructions as well as vibrant interactive menus and level transitions. It is a beautifully crafted game that is easy to spend hours playing without noticing.

Play Modes

This game features classic Bejeweled, an untimed match-3 game where the goal is simply to play until you run out of moves, Zen mode, an untimed infinite match-3 game … Read More