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- The Hack That Created an Underground Market for Old Medical DevicesOne day last June, Doug Boss pulled into a police station parking lot to meet a stranger from Craigslist. His purpose: to buy used insulin pumps. Boss has type-1 diabetes, and he relies on a small pump attached to his body to deliver continuous doses of insulin that keep him alive.To be clear, he didn’t need to buy used medical equipment on Craigslist. Boss, who is 55 and works in IT in Texas, has health insurance. He even has a new, in-warranty pump sitting at home. But he was thrilled to find on Craigslist a coveted old model made by the medical device company Medtronic and discontinued years ago. What makes these outdated Medtronic pumps so desirable is, ironically, a security flaw. Boss was looking for a pump or two he could hack.He’s not the only one. In 2014, a few hackers realized that the security flaw in certain Medtronic… ..... Read More.3 weeks ago
- The Art of Interpreting Screen-Time RecommendationsLast week, the World Health Organization issued new guidelines on how much time parents should permit young children to spend absorbed in digital screens, whether phones, tablets, or TVs. Kids younger than one year old, the organization advised, shouldn’t have any screen time, and kids ages 2 to 4 should have their passive screen time capped at an hour per day. “Children under five must spend less time sitting watching screens,” the WHO stated in a press release.“Sitting” is a significant word here, as this advice comes in conjunction with the recommendation that parents limit their children’s “sedentary” time and instead promote “active play,” so that those children grow up to be physically and mentally healthy.[Read: Parenting like an economist is a lot less stressful]Juana Willumsen, a children’s-health expert at the WHO, noted that the recommended limits on sedentary screen time didn’t include videochatting with relatives, viewing programs that have… ..... Read More.3 weeks ago
- New report calls for urgent action to avert antimicrobial resistance crisisIf no action is taken - warns the UN Ad hoc Interagency Coordinating Group on Antimicrobial Resistance who released the report - drug-resistant diseases could cause 10 million deaths each year by 2050 and damage to the economy as catastrophic as the 2008-2009 global financial crisis. By 2030, antimicrobial resistance could force up to 24 million people into extreme poverty. ..... Read More.3 weeks ago
- Retrospective: 1968-1973 Honda CL350 Scrambler1968 Honda CL350 Scrambler. Owner: Jack Wagner, Grover Beach, California.Honda motorcycles opened for business in the American market in 1959, when the four-stroke 50cc Super Cub came on the market. And over the next 10 years the company acquired a very positive reputation, well deserved, for having high revving, hard hitting, highly dependable products, especially with its 305 series, like the CB77 Super Hawk and CL77 Scrambler. But, as we say about horses, the 305s were getting a bit long in the tooth. What to do? Shouldn’t cost too much because lots of money was going into the carefully kept secret–the four-cylinder CB750. Having a different number would be good, from 305 to 350. The bore was increased from 60 to 64mm, the stroke reduced from 54 to 50.6mm, the true size of the “new” engine being only 325cc. No matter, as minor exaggeration is considered to be quite acceptable… ..... Read More.4 weeks ago
- Daimler CEO: Diesel Trucks Are Dying And “The Future Is Electric”There’s a war going on in truck technology. Diesel trucks have reigned supreme, but new technologies are emerging that could challenge their dominance. Hydrogen fuel cell trucks, electric trucks, natural gas trucks, and hybrid trucks are currently derided by many in the industry as far-fetched and a long way off. But according to the CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, diesel trucks will be going the way of the dodo – and sooner than people think. Daimler CEO Roger Nielson spoke at the ACT Expo this past week and told a crowd gathered there that Daimler is already planning how they will transition to fully electric vehicles. Daimler is so confident that electric trucks are coming – and soon – that they’re converting an existing Freightliner factory in Portland in order to be able to manufacture electric trucks. The company says they’ll be ready to begin production there… ..... Read More.4 weeks ago
- Trucker Who Passed Out While Driving Saved By His TrainerDemetrice Reeves and his trainee had been together for over four weeks when the incident happened. Reeves said the trainee was doing well and he trusted him to be safe, but, like a good trainer, Reeves kept an eye on him. That watchful gaze may have saved both of their lives. Reeves and his trainee were on I-74 in Illinois when the incident occurred. His trainee had told him the day before that he wasn’t feeling well, so Reeves had been keeping a closer watch on him than usual. “After a break, when we were back on the road, he began slowing down as we approached a curve,” Reeves said. “As I looked over at him, his head suddenly flopped to the left, and he went into seizure-like convulsions with his hand locked onto the steering wheel.” Acting fast, Reeves grabbed on to the wheel and held the… ..... Read More.4 weeks ago