Movement-space: The changing domain of thinking resulting from the development of new kinds of spacial awareness

Abstract This paper is an attempt to describe the nature of a new calculative background that is currently coming into existence, a background that will both guide and constitute what counts as ‘thinking’. It begins by providing a capsule history of how this background has become a more and more pervasive quality of Euro-American cultures as a result of [...]


International Research and Development in Biosensing

Abstract This report reviews international research and development activities in the field of biosensing. Biosensing includes systems that incorporate a variety of means, including electrical, electronic, and photonic devices; biological materials (e.g., tissue, enzymes, nucleic acids, etc.); and chemical analysis to produce detectable signals for the monitoring or identification of biological phenomena. This is distinct [...]


Personal carbon monoxide exposure levels: contribution of local sources to exposures and microenvironment concentrations in Milan

Abstract In the framework of the EXPOLIS study in Milan, Italy, 48-h carbon monoxide (CO) exposures of 50 office workers were monitored over a 1-year period… The effect of gas cooking and smoking and different methods of commuting on the microenvironment and exposure levels of CO were investigated… These findings indicate that high short-term exposures [...]


Roadmapping a disruptive technology: A case study: The emerging microsystems and top-down nanosystems industry

Abstract If technological roadmapping is important in the process of rapid technology commercialization, and if a method tailored to roadmapping nascent disruptive technologies does not exist, and if these very same disruptive technologies portend to be the future economic engines for firms, countries, and regions, then there is cause for concern. This article seeks to [...]


Biosensors for life quality: Design, development and applications

Abstract Biosensors, combining a selective biological recognition element and a sensitive transducer, are versatile analytical tools applied more and more in different fields, such as medicine, food quality and safety control, and environment pollution monitoring. They are expected to play an increasingly important role in the improvement of life quality. In this context, the present [...]


Mindless statistics

Abstract Statistical rituals largely eliminate statistical thinking in the social sciences. Rituals are indispensable for identification with social groups, but they should be the subject rather than the procedure of science. What I call the “null ritual” consists of three steps: (1) set up a statistical null hypothesis, but do not specify your own hypothesis [...]


Why Are Innovations in the Health Field Needed?

Abstract After the experience gained from initiating the Child-to-Child programme the author is convinced that innovations such as these offer an opportunity for Primary Health Care and Pritnary School Education to work together to improve both health and numeracy. This will help in community development and also be in keeping withl the recommendation of Alma [...]


Big Brother’s Little Helpers: How ChoicePoint and Other Commercial Data Brokers Collect and Package Your Data for Law Enforcement

Abstract Traditionally, law enforcement officers obtained information by speaking with suspects’ neighbors, employers, or friends. They would analyze paper arrest records and crime reports. In order to obtain personal information stored in private databases, they would have to call a variety of different vendors. The shift to a digital environment has brought many changes to [...]