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'GhostExodus' Hacker Sentenced to Nine Years in Federal Prison

In June 2009, federal authorities arrested William McGraw (alias "GhostExodus") on charges of hacking into 14 computers at W.B. Carrell Memorial Clinic in Dallas, where he worked as a security guard. According to prosecutors, McGraw gained access to the network as part of his plot to attack Anonymous on or before the Fourth of July -- which he called "Devil's Day." His master plan, however, nev...

With Groom in the Hospital, Couple Gets Married via Skype

Share On her wedding day, 27-year-old Helen Oh found herself standing alone at the altar, in front of 500 friends and family. Samuel Kim, her husband-to-be, wasn't by her side, and wasn't even in the same building. But the Big Day still ended on a high note, thanks to some resourceful improvisation, and a Skype connection. A few days before the wedding, Kim came down with a serious lung infe...

$200 Scanner Detects Cancer Cells, Diagnoses With iPhone App

Researchers at Harvard University and MIT have developed a handheld scanner that can detect potential cancer cells and diagnose them with an iPhone app -- all in about an hour. According to Physorg, the scanner uses antibodies and magnetic particles to identify suspicious lumps. But rather than biopsy the entire mass, the scanner, which costs just $200 to create, extracts cells from all over th...

The New Digital Delivery Room, 'Minecraft' Coming to iOS

Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Read: Texting While Birthing A sheet was draped in front of her, protecting the sterile field while shielding her eyes from the cutting below, none of which she could presumably feel, except for vague sensations. In the woman's left hand, she held a cell phone-which she was using ...

Study: Electronic Health Records Don't Improve Quality of Patient Care

President Obama has devoted up to $27 billion in federal funds to digitize health records at hospitals across the country, but a new study suggests that he probably shouldn't bother. In the nationwide study, a team of researchers from Stanford University analyzed data from more than 250,000 patient visits between 2005 and 2007. According to their findings, digital record-keeping systems didn't ...

Prisons Testing Computers Capable of Detecting, Defusing Riots

Part of any prison guard's job involves breaking up fights or riots that invariably erupt when you put a bunch of convicts in close physical contact with each other. Defusing these spats can be a messy, and sometimes dangerous task, but it may be getting slightly easier, thanks to new computer vision systems that can automatically detect brewing violence from above. As the New York Times explai...

The Week in Design: A 'Thimble' for the Blind, Rethinking the Soda Siphon

The Web is teeming with the unrealized ideas of both students and established designers who set out to produce astonishing renderings and prototypes for unusual products. Unfortunately, due to the lack of time, money, or technology, many of those products never move from the planning stages to the mass market. But that doesn't mean we can't salivate over their creations, nevertheless. Getting ...

Drug Vending Machines Dispense Prescriptions in U.K.

In the U.S., most vending machines provide only corn syrup confections. Vending machines in the U.K., however, may soon deliver something substantially more healthy: medicine. Sainsbury's, a U.K. supermarket chain, has already begun testing one drug delivery machine in its Essex stores. In order to use the device, customers have to use a unique ID or fingerprint, along with a special PIN cod...

Nerdy Do-Gooder Brings R2-D2 to Hospitals, Much Better Than Animatronic Seals

Usually when hospitals want to cheer up patients who are suffering from terminal diseases and spending large amounts of time within the confines of a medical institution, they turn to man's best friend. Bringing dogs to hospitals is old news, though. If you don't want to deal with the unpredictability of a live animal, you can bring in Paro, the rather creepy animatronic seal. But, if you've got ...

U.S. Unveils New Guidelines for Electronic Health Records Plan

Back in January, President Obama outlined a five-year plan in which all of the country's medical records would be digitized. By streamlining and introducing electronic standards to health data, mistakes like duplicate tests could be avoided. But, considering that only "20 percent of doctors and 10 percent of hospitals use even basic electronic health records," -- according to Kathleen Sebelius, th...

Detroit Marathon Using Electronic Medical Records, Nation Should Follow Suit

Not only can electronic medical data and records save time, but they may even be able to save lives. According to Scientific American, researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit are collecting electronic health data to help prepare for this October's Detroit Free Press Marathon. By learning about runners' medical conditions before the race, organizers can strategically place doctors at appropri...

Doctors Without Borders Constructs 'Plug-and-Play' Hospital in Haiti

With disease and untreated wounds being the largest threats to victims of the recent Haitian earthquake, doctors are struggling to provide adequate health care in the disaster zone. Clean water is scarce, electricity is unreliable, and the environment isn't sterile. But the aid group Doctors Without Borders has found a temporary solution to these problems. According to Boing Boing, the group h...

Woman to Stream Her Child's Birth Live on the Web

For some women, giving birth is an intimate experience. But for a 23-year-old Minneapolis mom-to-be, it's a chance to teach and share with the world -- live on the Internet. According to Boston.com, a woman named Lynsee was approached by Moms Like Me, a site that lets women blog about their pregnancies, and asked about filming the birth of her first child and streaming it on the Web. After confer...

'Paperless' Hospitals Found to Be Safer

There's a constant and ongoing struggle to get hospitals -- and the health industry as a whole -- to modernize and go digital. Many have resisted, thinking that digital records will result in the same leaks of personal information we've seen in the repeated hackings of Monster.com. However, a new study should give those digital supporters a little more ammunition. According to that study, publishe...

Medical ID Theft Growing Concern, Security Experts Say

When most people think about ID theft and fraud, their concern is over bank accounts and credit ratings. But have you thought about the security of your medical identity? It turns out medical ID theft is a major and growing concern among security pros, who say that once your medical ID is compromised it can take years to undo the damage. Most hospitals, they say, don't do much to confirm identi...