- Okay, this is getting crazy. Nokia has patented a type of tattoo that syncs with one’s cell phone to vibrate when receiving an incoming call. The idea is that one could customize the vibration — like a custom ring tone for different types of calls or people — so the receptor would know who’s calling without even looking at the phone itself. Combine this with augmented reality contact/glasses Skyping and you’ve got science fiction, to say the least.
- Nice to hear some goods news when it comes to meat production around the globe; the University of Illinois has discovered a new molecule that acts as an antibiotic for bovine mastitis. It is found in milk, and apparently attacks a variety of bacteria that causes food-borne illnesses.
“It’s good to know that there are natural products added to our food that protect us from diseases,” said lead researcher Wilfred van der Donk, a chemistry professor at Illinois. “Many people probably don’t even realize that, or think it’s some kind of a non-natural chemical. Last summer we had the listeria outbreak, and that’s a good example of people dying from pathogens in food. You don’t hear of such outbreaks often, and that’s in part because of the compounds that are added to food to kill the pathogens.”