You should have seen the one that got away
Dr. Karen Sciascia came back from her Montana fishing trip with a whopper of a fishing tale: how she helped rescue a 25-pound moose calf that was being swept away.
Seems Sciascia, a gynecologist who hails from Red Hill, Pa., was on the Big Hole River in southwestern Montana recently when she and a guide spotted a cow moose with a calf trying to cross the river.
“We were watching this adult female struggling back and forth, and we didn’t see a baby until we got close,” Sciascia told the Missoulian newspaper. “Mom kept pushing—the current was pretty swift. The mother bolted and took off across the river. She was trying to get across the main portion of the channel, and even she struggled.”
When the calf stepped off the gravel bar into the water to follow its mother, it was swept downstream. “It was small, and the river was swift,” Sciascia said. “We lost sight of the baby. It was hurtling downstream and was being pushed by the river. It was too small to ever fight the current.”
Sciascia and guide Seth McLean with Four Rivers Fishing Co. in Twin Bridges followed downriver, finally spotting the tiny moose’s nose just above the water. “We got up alongside it, and I just grabbed the little bugger. I scooped it up from the river under its front legs,” Sciascia said.
McLean rowed the raft upstream and snapped a photo before they dropped off the calf at the side of the river. The mother had disappeared into the woods but returned to the river after hearing the crying of her young calf. “The mother was heading toward it. She had come out of the woods and was heading toward her baby.”
If you think you can fly … a robot
Sure, almost anyone can have a robot these days. But can you control yours with your mind? And make it fly?
A study suggests that mere humans may be able to engage in a little telekinesis after all—and fly robots by sheer will. And Outliers thought drones were something to get freaked out about.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering have developed a noninvasive system that’s as effective at reading the brain’s signals as an implanted device.
In the study, published in the Journal of Neural Engineering, subjects wore a 64-electrode cap that worked as an EEG machine to record electrical activity in the brain’s motor cortex.
They were asked to imagine moving their right hand, left hand or both hands together—thoughts that triggered neurons to fire in the motor cortex. The EEG cap recorded those signals and sent them over Wi-Fi to the quadcopter, which was then instructed to turn right or left or lift or fall.
Subjects faced away from the quadcopter but could track its flight on a screen that relayed images from an onboard camera. After several training sessions, they were able to fly the quadcopter through two rings suspended from the ceiling. A group of subjects using a keyboard to fly the robot served as the control group.
The coolness factor aside, the researchers said the device has the potential to help patients suffering from paralysis or neurodegenerative diseases.
Lights, action, CDC!
It’s not all public health wonk work at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Seems the federal agency has won the grand prize at a film festival. Not quite Cannes, but cheers, nonetheless.
The CDC and the Safe Injection Practices Coalition took the honors last week at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology’s third annual film festival in conjunction with the group’s 40th annual conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The winner is “Safe Injection Practices—How to Do it Right.” The video—which runs a little more than 4 minutes and can be viewed on YouTube at bit.ly/11Fs90J—portrays the experiences of Joe, an animated character with hip pain who acquires an infection from unsafe injection practices. As the narrator explains, the bacteria from an already-used vial “easily hitched a ride” with the injection into Joe’s hip.
“Given the impact of unsafe injection practices have on the spread of infections, we feel that this video can be a great tool to raise awareness among healthcare providers and consumers,” Karen Hoffman, chair of the APIC 2013 Annual Conference, said in a news release.
And if you’re in the mood for more healthcare on the silver screen, the AFI Docs Film Festival’s lineup includes nine documentaries on healthcare and mental health themes. The fest runs June 19-23 at various locations in Washington, D.C., and will feature the latest from Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple, “Running From Crazy.” The film looks at the family of author Ernest Hemingway and their struggles with mental illness and substance abuse. Other films delve into late-term abortion providers, Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury and the uninsured. More info at afidocs.com.
Sciascia helped out a new-found friend during her trip to Montana.
The CDC video talks about the dangers of reusing “one-dose” vials, which can become contaminated after the initial use.