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Doctors booting up iPads, Vestal booting up telescope

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iPads: turns out you can use them for more than just taking pictures of your head.

Doctors at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse are using iPads to monitor the progress of patients remotely, reports James T. Mulder at the Post-Standard:

At Crouse and other Syracuse hospitals, the iPad tablet computer and other similar devices are taking their place alongside stethoscopes and thermometers for doctors like Ciciarelli. Crouse has distributed a dozen iPads to doctors since it began providing remote access in October to fetal monitoring, X-rays, lab results and other electronic patient information. “The doctors are loving it,” said Randy Williams, Crouse’s manager of network and engineering services. “It’s light, it’s small. It’s like carrying a clipboard.”

On an unrelated note, while I was looking for art for this story I found a bunch of pictures of people doing weird stuff with their iPads.  Here are a couple of gems:

Night sky
The Kopernik Observatory & Science Center in Vestal is getting ready to pull back the curtain on the spring night sky, reports Debbie Swartz at the Press & Sun-Bulletin.  Here are some upcoming programs (the observatory is open every Friday night, March through November):

  • March 18 and March 25: "Looking for Martians," will provide information on how individuals can help the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Explore Mars for signs of life.
  • April 1: "Making us WISE -- The WISE Mission," will feature Professor Andrew Telesca, a NASA Solar System Ambassador. Telesca will discuss the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, launched one year ago, and talk about what it has discovered so far.
  • April 8: "Cutting-edge Astronomy in the 21st Century," will feature Greg Sloan of Cornell University who will talk about the future of astronomy. If the skies are clear, individuals will get a chance to view Saturn and the Moon.

Game on
The Rochester Institute of Technology is booting up a School of Interactive Games and Media, to offer degrees in game design, reports the Henrietta Messenger Post:

Andrew Phelps, who taught RIT’s initial game programming courses, will serve as the director of the new school. “Our graduates are employed at top-tier media firms, software companies, development studios, educational institutions, government agencies and throughout the public and private sectors,” said Phelps. “The formation of this new school will help position our students to continue to advance the field of interactive media.”

Night sky, part II
This final note isn't really a tech story per se, but it's still brilliant.  Daniel Lippman at Infrastructurist opened his morning round-up on Friday with this beautiful YouTube clip of an MD-80 landing at LAX at twilight.  Best four minutes of the day so far:

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