Fail: Computerized Clinical Decision Support Systems for Medical Imaging

By Emily Waltz Photo: Ron Levine/Getty Images Computerized systems that help physicians make clinical decisions fail two-thirds of the time, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). With the use of such systems expanding—and becoming mandatory in some settings—developers must work quickly …

Graphene Heating System Dramatically Reduces Home Energy Costs

By Dexter Johnson Photo: Xefro Breakthroughs in energy generation using nanomaterials—like their enabling of better supercapacitors or photovoltaics—often grab the headlines. But it is in the unheralded area of energy savings that nanomaterials are perhaps making the biggest inroads. A startup in the UK called Xefro is bridging this divide …

Stuxnet-Style Virus Failed to Infiltrate North Korea’s Nuclear Program

By Jeremy Hsu Illustration: iStockphoto The famous Stuxnet computer virus that sabotaged Iran’s nuclear program apparently had a cousin designed to do the same to North Korea. But this other U.S. cyber attack failed because agents could not physically access the isolated computers of North Korea’s nuclear program. Several U.S. …

NanoMRI Gets Real

By Dexter Johnson Illustration: B.A. Moores Many of us are acquainted with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), but you may not have heard of nanoMRI a technology that can image viruses and cells for in-depth analysis. Up until now, nanoMRI has been a long and laborious process, in which a single …