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Four Georgia Tech biomedical engineering students behind CauteryGuard “redesigned an electrocautery device by adding a retractable tip.” It eliminates cautery based fires and burns in the surgery room when the device isn’t in use. Reportedly by surgeons who have used the prototype the retraction feature actually enhances manual surgical dexerity vs. the opposite. The team nicely quantified the frequency of cauterization in hospitals and also dental practices, and statistics on injury and fires from equipment burns.

“I think the essence of science—what really makes it so much fun—is to do what others aren’t doing…rather than doing what everyone else in the pack is flocking to…I think it’s a problem when the word ‘useful’ is treated as a synonym for something that can be commercialized in the next few years.”

–Yoshinori Ohsumi

Japanese biologist and winner
of 2016 Nobel Prize in
physiology or medicine
for elucidations on cellular waste recycling (autophagy)
and the body’s ability to recycle proteins

For some business models I lack enthusiasm, especially at a certain scale.  Webvan was one.  In 3 tweets is decent capture of both my low appreciation for, if another’s foreseen long-term viability of, the grocery delivery start-up Instacart.

Also, research indicates most groceries and other items in a home were brought there by the lady of the house–the home’s “primary shopper.” Purchases she didn’t make often still required her approval. I know her. I am her. She’s picky.  She won’t outsource everything.

Dutch design studio Tjep. has rendered skeletal furniture from bronze to create a design collection “totally opposite to the technology-driven trends.”

The back of a head has never been more interesting. The songwriter and singer phenomenon known as Sia is exemplary for something rare in the business: Rejectionism for a conventional music industry alongside extraction from it of mass appeal. See the comments:

Despite capsules like, Why Sia is a marketing genius…not a reluctant star, she can legitimately be both. Sia is smart enough to know it wouldn’t work if it wasn’t authentic. Her back to the audience you have no choice but to listen–what we once did with music–as you can’t see her. Her album debuts tomorrow.

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