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  • Student creates iPhone app

    Carnegie Mellon’s Jahanzeb Sherwani, a Ph.D. student in computer science, has developed a new application for the iPhone and iPod Touch that enables screen sharing and full control of one’s PC or Mac from virtually anywhere in the world. The application, called Jaadu VNC (Virtual Network Computing), allows users to view their computer screen through the iPhone interface and “click” on their machin...

    SciTech | November 17, 2008
  • Health Talk: LASIK Surgery

    Sometimes, all it takes to fix eyesight is a laser. For people with poor vision, LASIK surgery may permanently and dramatically correct vision. LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, which basically means surgery on your eye with a laser. “In situ” means in place and “Kerat” in medical terms refers to the cornea of the eye.

    SciTech | November 10, 2008
  • Foreign professionals undergo speech therapy

    Attention, Pakistani doctors and Indian engineers with fuzzy speech: American accents are now only 13 weeks and $2200 away.
    Accents help us identify a person’s racial and ethnic heritage by the sound of their voice and serve as an audio ID tag for our cognitive system. However, they can also slow down the speaker’s climb up the corporate ladder. More foreign-born professionals from South Asia are...

    SciTech | September 29, 2008
  • Radio Frequency Ablation treats cancer

    A new procedure called Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA) uses radio waves to fight the onslaught of cancer in the lungs. While RFA is mostly a palliative treatment, the good news is that the procedure is non-invasive; heat directly applied to the tumor through a needle-fine probe does the job.

    SciTech | September 15, 2008
  • International enrollment up at Carnegie Mellon

    International and non-resident alien students compose 28 percent of Carnegie Mellon’s student body, according to university enrollment data. Foreign student enrollment has increased 5.5 percent since 2005, according to statistics released by Carnegie Mellon’s Office of International Education.

    The term “international” or “foreign” student has a variety of definitions.

    News | November 19, 2007