The Weird, Creepy World of Medical Simulation Models

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Oh yeah BABY!
Technology is great. It’s given us TiVo, the George Foreman Grill and a wide array of manikins and faux body parts that medical students can practice on so that they don’t practice on YOU. But wow, are they creepy. Here are some of the strangest and most nightmare-inducing examples.
Medical students practicing the birthing process might use the NOELLE Maternal and Neonatal Simulator (pictured above), which has a removable stomach cover, dilating cervix and multiple vulva for postpartum suturing. It comes with one “birthing baby” (with umbilical cord and placenta) and one newborn. If that’s too extravagant, you can get a working model of just the vaginal area:
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Night with a Futurist Ponders the Prospects for Innovation

Night with a Futurist Ponders the Prospects for Innovation

Dr. Todd Siler speaking at  the Night with a Futurist about Future of Innovation

June’s Night with a Futurist saw Todd Siler discussing the future of innovation. Siler believes that the key constraints to innovation lie in the limitations individuals place around their thinking and creativity added to the subsequent inability to communicate ideas effectively to other people. Siler noted that people “live in a highly compartmentalized world” where different knowledge is siloed. Yet in order to innovate, people must “stand back and reintegrate.” This process can be frightening given the chaos that exists within the human mind but is necessary because inspiration results from the “chaotic moment of piecing elements together.” Siler urged people to “take time to reflect” which allows this integration of ideas to happen.

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Ford’s “MyKey” Feature Will Let Parent’s Set Limits On Teens

Ford’s “My Key” Feature Will Let Parent’s Set Limits On Teens

 MyKey controlled by a computer chip in the key, that allows parents to limit the car’s
speeds to 80 mph and set a maximum volume for the audio system on some 2010 models.

So you think junior is a little too lead-footed when he drives the family car? Starting next year, Ford Motor Co. will give you the power to do something about it.

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Pacman Helmets Hit The Runway

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Ghostly Safe

Sometimes, it seems like high fashion is all about putting something silly on your head – take designer Giles Deacon’s Spring/Summer 2009 collection, for instance. He’s got his models wearing Pacman-inspired headgear. There’s the iconic yellow Mr. Pacman helmet, Blinky the ghost, and chrome versions of both, as well as a Pacman dress. Ms. Pacman, oddly enough, was not in attendance.

Check out the gallery below for more Pacman-helmeted models.

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Tata Motors in India Planning Five Electric Models

 Tata Motors in India Planning Five Electric Models

Tata electric cars will have a range of approx 130 miles

Tata Motors, which plans to deliver its first electric car by the end of this fiscal, has turned to its tried and tested Indica platform for the vehicle. According to industry sources, the company is currently working on five prototypes of electric vehicles on the Indica platform. (Pics)

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