Laser Defense Offense


Similar to the U.S.’s new laser defense being deployed aboard the USS Ponce in the Gulf, there is a promising new missile defense technology–“Iron Beam”–using lasers from Rafael in Israel. 



This augments Israel’s “Iron Dome” anti-missile defense system using intercept missiles. 



Iron Beam functions with air defense radars and thermal camera tracking that identifies incoming targets and uses 2 lasers with 100’s of kilowatts of directed energy to destroy the attacking projectiles with 90% success rate. 



For a more surgical, faster, and economically capable military–next up laser defense goes offense. 



It’s got to, we’ve all seen the movie. 😉

Rethinking How Blood Work Is Done

Rethinking How Blood Work Is Done

The Wall Street Journal has a fascinating interview today with Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of a new company that has rethought how we do blood work for medical diagnosis.

Her company, Theranos, has certified phlebotomists for taking patient’s blood, but instead of taking vials and vials of blood, they just take a pinprick worth–1/1,000 of a typical draw–from the tip of your finger.

Moreover, unlike with conventional blood work testing, “only about 62% of tests that doctors order are ultimately carried out,”partially because there is still not enough blood drawn, but with Theranos the tests are able to be done with only small drop sample sizes.

With advanced, patented technology, Theranos does the tests (blood, urine, other) faster–in 4 hours or less, rather than in days, so you, the patient, can get the results quicker, and treatment for your condition sooner.

Moreover the results are said to be more precise to within a 10% variation–in contrast to typical labs tests that are within plus-or-minus 30% allowable error–a 60% error range!

With faster and better technology, Theranos helps your doctor to make a more accurate diagnosis and provide targeted treatment.

The testing results are provided securely and electronically to the doctors in this very cool dashboard (pictured above) in which blood measurements can be quickly and easily seen on a scale of low-to-high, as well as whether something is deficient, insufficient, or at toxic levels.

Also, Theranos provides trending of results over time, so the physician can quickly see whether the patient’s condition is worsening or improving, and can make treatment decisions accordingly.

And when the doctor releases the results, you’ll be able to logon and see them for yourself as well.

Further, Theranos is committing to conduct the blood work at a 50%-off discount on Medicare fees–they are saying, “we want to bill you at less than you’re willing to reimburse.”

I really like when someone bold and bright like Elizabeth Holmes comes around and breaks the old broken paradigms–really rethinking how something could/should be done better.

In general, it often seems that the medical field is change/risk adverse (like with adoption of electronic health records), but Ms. Holmes has brought a better, faster, and cheaper testing and diagnostic process to all of us.

I noticed that Theranos has a very impressive roster on it’s board, including former Secretary of States Henry Kissinger and George Schultz and former Secretary of Defense, William J. Perry to name just a few.

Theranos seems to be the company to watch in this medical diagnostic laboratory field.

No more scary big needles–just a pin-prick and a few drops of blood…that’s blood worth taking and testing. 😉

(Source Photo: Theranos Website)

Hyperloop Takes Us Supersonic

Hyperloop Takes Us Supersonic

Elon Musk in a genius — from SpaceX to Tesla to Paypal — he has us inventing like almost no one else can.

Now his concept of the Hyperloop is once again breaking all preconceptions of travel on Earth.

Forget planes, trains, automobiles, and boats–Musk’s promised open source plans would take us from New York to Los Angeles in under 45 minutes!

The system would be built based on the following premises:

– Safer in that it never crashe and is immune to weather

– Faster than any Earth transportation available today

– Cheaper than air travel

– Better using self-powered solar panels and energy storage

In business school, we were taught to think in terms of better, faster, cheaper–what’s amazing about Musk is he has a track record of not just thinking it, but making it so.

While the Hyperloop doesn’t exist today, I find it awfully exciting to think that one day, it will.

On the plus side, Elon Musk makes George Jetson our reality; on the minus side, now we have no reason not to visit the in-laws. 😉

(Source Photo: here with attribution to booknews)

Benefits of Coffee

Benefits of Coffee

So we went to see Bruce Willis’s new Die Hard Movie today–“A Good Day To Die Hard.”

Lot’s of action, shooting, awesome weapons, attack copters, and car chases.

We stopped on the way for a cup of coffee–but it wasn’t Starbucks–which is sort of so cliche and boring already, but a mom and pop place–and it was nice.

They had a refreshing variety of coffees, cozy tables, and good eats.

One thing, I couldn’t help noticing was this funny sign on the wall touting the benefits of coffee–“Do stupid things faster with more energy.”

I guess with compact energy shots like 5-Hour Energy, you can do stupid things not just faster and with more energy, but for longer periods of time as well. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)