Wednesday, February 06, 2008

The Day After


Bernini, Ecstasy of St. Theresa 1647-52.

I'm trying not to post about politics today.

Two items of interest I came across this week:

First item: researchers are testing out an experimental simulation that would use laser pulses at specific frequencies to shake viruses to death
Scientists may one day be able to destroy viruses in the same way that opera singers presumably shatter wine glasses. New research mathematically determined the frequencies at which simple viruses could be shaken to death.

"The capsid of a virus is something like the shell of a turtle," said physicist Otto Sankey of Arizona State University. "If the shell can be compromised [by mechanical vibrations], the virus can be inactivated."

Recent experimental evidence has shown that laser pulses tuned to the right frequency can kill certain viruses. However, locating these so-called resonant frequencies is a bit of trial and error.
MSNBC

The second item: marketers are working on a new system that, relying on the GPS trackers in everyone's cell phones, will allow merchants and marketers to call or send text messages to the phones of potential customers who are, say, approaching certain retail locations:
Say you're walking down the street and your cell phone buzzes. Not a call. It's an ad. Maybe a dollar off a latte. Lo and behold there's a coffee shop right there. It's like they knew where you were. Well they do. GPS tells cell phone companies your whereabouts. That's old hat, but CBS Mobile announced a way for advertisers to sell into the mobile market.
Marketplace.

The last thing I'll offer today is a big shout out to the Great State of Connecticut.

Update: Also see the Tonic Blotter's latest for some good day-after analysis, along with some useful smacks to the NYT for their continued idiocy in their reporting and editorializing on this race.

2 comments:

MK said...

"Recent experimental evidence has shown that laser pulses tuned to the right frequency can kill certain viruses. However, locating these so-called resonant frequencies is a bit of trial and error."

Wouldn't it also be a bit of trial and error to to find a way to concentrate those pulses onto just the viruses without killing other vital cells nearby?

creative-type dad said...

#2 - wasn't there a Tom Cruise movie that did something like that?

I think he arrested people and then tried to sell them a car at a nearby dealership.