Scitech Briefs

Fly genes show sign of global warming

A recent sampling of fruit fly genes by a group of scientists revealed a startling verification of the global warming theory. The recent study found a higher instance of genetic code flips, called inversions. Inversions in fruit fly genetics have been historically linked to warmer temperature trends. The recent genetic sample led the scientists to report that climate warming will significantly impact the future ecological and environmental states.

Source: Scientific American

British researchers speed up fingerprint ID

A team at the University of Sheffield in England has developed a new data compression technique to speed up fingerprint transmissions. Typically, a fingerprint takes anywhere from four to 20 minutes to transfer from the crime scene to the lab. Using the new compression system, transmission takes only 30 to 60 seconds. The system also cuts identification lead time from an average of four days to less than two hours.

Source: Reuters

Record labels expand on mobile technology

Due to the success of ringtone products, record companies are expanding their offerings to include mobile videogames starring big-name artists on select carriers. The rationale behind the recent surge in the many record labels’ involvement in mobile services is that the target audiences can quickly associate the ringtones or videos with familiar artists. Many companies are banking on the cross-marketing strategy for mobile audio and video to bring in higher traffic to the mobile services market.

Source: Yahoo!

FDA approves new artificial heart

The FDA has approved a new implantable, artificial heart created by the company Abiomed. The device is for patients who are ineligible for heart transplants and are critically ill. The FDA has approved the technology for up to 4000 patients per year, though only 25 to 50 percent of candidates are expected to qualify for the transplant procedure.