Podcast Gems 6 – Dec 23, 2011: HIV Fix, US Supreme Court Cases, Grand Challenge Canada, Music Therapy, Implants with Software Bugs, Munger stories, and the Hand-Cranked MP3 Player

Calimmune, a company that engineers immunity(it says), has developed a way to stop the Human Immunodeficiency Virus that sounds simple and effective. The company CEO, Louis Breton, talks about how this is done in a presentation at http://bit.ly/ta4trt.

“The Oyez Project at Chicago-Kent is a multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work. It aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955. The Project also provides authoritative information on all justices and offers a virtual reality Tour of portions of the Supreme Court building, including the chambers of some of the justices.” Audio files are available of lawyers arguing cases and the court’s decisions. Here’s the link to files for the 2011 cases as a starting point, http://www.oyez.org/cases/2011.

At the end of the last World Technology Podcast(http://bit.ly/vSvKWG) is a short interview cut from the BBC with Dr Peter Singer who talks about a project to develop applications and equipment for smart phones to bring inexpensive medicine to the world. It’s part of a project called the Grand Challenges Canada and can be found at this short link, http://bit.ly/rPGOjD. Grand Challenges is part of project called the 5 Grand Challenges supported by the Gates Foundation and discussed at this short link, http://bit.ly/udyt5A. You’ll note that the site, http://www.impatientoptimists.org/, is also part of the Gates Foundation. Google has supported a project for an open web phone, called the Mozilla Seabird, and it’s described at http://mozphone.com/ but so far is still only a concept. If that work could be combined with the Grand Challenge.

“More and more hospitals and clinics now offer music therapy as a supplementary treatment for everything from anxiety to Alzheimer’s, but its efficacy varies for different conditions. Neurologist Oliver Sacks and several music therapists discuss the science and practice of music therapy.” http://www.musictherapy.org/ is the site to visit for contacts, but NPR’s Science Friday has an audio file available with Oliver Sacks, other practitioners and telephone callers who present a well-rounded discussion about treating stress and speech disorders with music: http://bit.ly/vearYT. Holiday singalongs probably help offset the stress of the season, a good reason to participate.

Karen Sandler has a defibrillating implant for a heart condition, but knows all software contains bugs, so she wants access to the software for such devices in order to find and fix the bugs before they cause problems. She discusses this in a presentation at http://bit.ly/tPdTg9.

Mike Munger is an economist who uses stories to make the subject easier to follow in an hour-long discussion with Russ Roberts, another economist, while explaining different types of profit, at http://bit.ly/tuBTGM. Roberts is at George Mason University while Munger is at Duke University and has his own site at http://www.duke.edu/~munger/.

New York Times Tech Talk podcasts are a collection of current news items(http://nyti.ms/uGOXBd). The last edition at the end announced the availability of a hand-cranked MP3 player for the survivalists out there, or technologically challenged, or wherever power is lacking. It sounded like a new item, but actually has been available in several forms, mostly from England, for several years as the Trevor Baylis Revolution Eco Media Player. The cost ranges from $60 to $180 and examples can be seen at http://bit.ly/vwgYIc.

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