Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Technological Takeup

To the left a DIY HIV test.

A technological grab bag in this week's EuroQuest. No rhyme or reason, just new tech or tech related items. Check it out.

Segment 1 - EU Parliament Website
If we are to believe the most recent EuroBarometers, 3 out of 4 EU citizens dont trust most of the European bodies. Which is one reason why the European Parliament has a launched a new website. It aims to be accessible and transparent. Cordelia Hebblethwaite reports from Brussels.
Click here to actually see the website of the European Parliament.

Segment 2 - DIY HIV Test
What if you think you might be HIV positive, but are too scared to go to the doctor to find out? Medical professionals are urging people who are worried about possible risks they may have run, to take a test. For those who don’t want to go to the doctor, there is a solution. Thijs Westerbeek reports.
Thijs made an excellent web article on the subject. Check it out!

Segment 3 - Milipol
A few months ago, France held one of the world’s largest homeland security fairs. In times of increasing fears over terrorist attacks, the exhibition and its armored vehicles and 007 type gadgets are more popular than ever. Jan Van der Made reports from the Milipol.
This year's Milipol will be in Qatar. Gun nuts please click here.

Segment 4 - The Next Einstein
Germany ranked below average in the OSCE’s PISA study benchmarking educational systems throughout Europe. But some people are doing something about it. Ben Fajzullin reports from Duesseldorf.
Last year was the 100th anniversary of the death of Albert Einstein. The commemorative site is still active. Click here for a link to the OSCE's PISA Study.

Segment 5 - Winter Blues Lamps
2% of Northern Europeans suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. In London, the technology is finally catching on and people have been visiting a special light lounge to try to lift their spirits. Michaela Graichen has been trying it out.
The American Mental Health Association has an excellent description of SAD.

Click here to download this week's program as a high quality mp3.


At 7:08 PM, Blogger Borscht said...

I have to admit that Thijs' reportage on the MiraTes product is what prompted me to go out and purchase it in the first instance.

I have personal and direct experience in using it, and was highly satisfied.

I can go on singing the product's praises, but it would then seem as though I'm in their employ trying to pull a sychophantic plug. Not my bag...

All in all, if the emergence of a DIY/HIV test prevents the spread of the virus, we should all raise our glasses in 'cheers' to the advent of these newers technologies. Heck, I'll even buy you a shot of Czech Becherovka.


In my experience with it -- speaking of the technology -- I'd have to say the steepest curve for potential clients will be in getting them to believe the company's bold claim that the accuracy of their test is 99.7% true.

Some will wish to see MiraTes' 'exhaustive research,' and a negative result may still cause some to believe that the 'negative' is in fact a 'false negative.'

BTW, I found their collateral and explanatory inserts to be very helpful in explaining away potential risks.

Okay, enough...you get what I mean.

At 4:25 PM, Blogger Borscht said...

JG -- I was wondering if you had any other feelings, necessarily, about Shuessel as Austria's rotating EU president? You hadn't mentioned anything about it, nor of the prevalence of other factors endemic to the Austrian political reality (read: the Freedom Party) which go totally unmentioned in a piece about the 'reflection' period for the EU Constitution -- I was wondering if we could get a little bit of that 'JG-wit' on the subject?

At 5:00 PM, Blogger Borscht said...

JG -- you were also asking on the last show for additional listener suggestions for the new EQ/EUB Quiz...

Something came to me as I was shaving...of all things...

How about you select old photographs (black and whites) from the 20s and the 30s -- seeking submissions from the listenship, and emailed to your good offices in Hilversum.

Then what you do is you post them to the blog, having us guess as to their whereabouts (city, country, locale, event, what have you...). Of course, each photo will have demonstrable landmarks and such -- no dead giveaways like the Eiffel Tower either! -- and we have to guess...correctly hopefully.

The week following, what you do is have a short blurb about the photo, and award a VERY SPECIAL PRIZE to the contestants who guess correctly.

Can basically be from anywhere in the 25 Member States...

Variation on the same theme: take modern digital photos, slap a B&W tinge on 'em, then have us guess at these famous personalities. They can basically hail from anywhere in the 25 Members Countries.

You like?

It's a way of boosting the photoblogging component of EQ/EUB...that's always got to be a good thing!



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