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TED MED: Bringing medicine home for better care

Eric Dishman, a behavioral scientist, was holding a battered cardboard box with a mailing label on it. He promised the audience a preview of a wonderful tool for improving elderly health care and independence at home...

October 29, 2009 — Mariette DiChristina

Countdown to Copenhagen: Despite doubts about a treaty, 2009 shapes up as pivotal year for renewable energy

Beginning with the Obama administration's $70-billion commitment to ramping up the U.S.'s reliance of wind, water and solar power (not to mention hybrid vehicles) in February through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and ending with December's international climate conference in Copenhagen, this year promises to be pivotal in the worldwide development and adoption of renewable energy sources...

October 28, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

Why your doctor should know where you have lived

Genes and how you live are important to good health—but where you live is also critical, and its importance has been overlooked in the past. At the TED MED conference yesterday, Bill Davenhall, global marketing manager, health and human services solutions at ESRI, a geographic information system developer, made a compelling plea to add a history of places to medical information that doctors review...

October 28, 2009 — Mariette DiChristina

Medicine looks ahead at TED MED

“If you open your minds and let your imaginings run wild, you can see.” J. Craig Venter, the genomic scientist and founder of the J. Craig Venter Institute, was speaking yesterday about the potential for techniques involved in the field of synthetic life to improve medicine, but his words could have been applied to the all the talks during the opening session of TED MED (“TED” is for technology, entertainment, design)...

October 28, 2009 — Mariette DiChristina

Could too many home workers during a pandemic cripple the Internet?

Telecommuting has long been touted as an effective way to alleviate rush-hour traffic congestion (and pollution), help companies save money by using less office space and resources, and provide workers with a great deal of flexibility in their schedules...

October 27, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

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