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The Shocking Truth About Defibrillators

The defibrillators in airports, malls, and offices can save your life—but too many have failed at the crucial moment

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Photo: Dan Saelinger; Prop Stylist: Ariana Salvato

In November 2007, Anna Malofiy awoke in her Southampton, Pa., home to find her husband, Eugene, shaking and unresponsive. She called 911 and attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation. A few minutes later, a police officer arrived with an automated external defibrillator (AED), the Powerheart model, made by Cardiac Science Corp. By administering an electric shock, such devices can save your life if your heart stops beating.

When the officer turned on the device, Anna’s lawyers claim, it displayed an error message and failed to operate. Officers and paramedics attempted to save Eugene Malofiy without the device but were ultimately unsuccessful.

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Paying Tribute to Computer Science Pioneer Frederick Brooks, Jr.

He helped develop the IBM System/360 and its operating system

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University of North Carolina

Frederick P. Brooks Jr., a prolific computer scientist and longtime professor of computer science, died on 17 November at the age of 91.

While working as a project manager at IBM in the 1960s, the IEEE Life Fellow led the development of the System/360 computer family. It was the first vertically compatible family of mainframe computers. Brooks also developed IBM’s OS/360, the world’s largest software project at the time. He is credited with coining the term computer architecture, which is used to describe how hardware and software are organized to make up a computer system and the operations which guide its function. He wrote The Mythical Man-Month, a book of essays published in 1975 that detailed lessons he learned from challenges he faced while developing the OS/360.

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NYU Tandon Exploring “Megabase-Scale” Genetic Engineering

A team led by David Truong is building technology to rewrite large chunks of DNA cheaply, safely, and efficiently

7 min read
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This is a sponsored article brought to you by NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

The human genome is built from 23 chromosomes. Within those chromosomes are around 3 billion base pairs of DNA. Within these base pairs are every subtlety of what makes you uniquely you — the way your eyes change color in different lighting, the sound of your laugh, your freckles.

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