Bionic hand: From a galaxy far, far away to Georgia Tech lab
In Gil Weinberg’s lab, science fiction has moved closer toward reality. The director of Georgia Tech’s Center for Music Technology has developed an ultrasonic sensor that allows amputees to individually move the fingers of their prosthetic hands. It’s a movement that even the most state-of-the-art, commercially available prosthetic devices... Read more
Careless callers: Lawmaker wants to get tougher on distracted driving
State Rep. John Carson started thinking hard about distracted driving a year ago, when he heard data about car insurance rates in Georgia. Auto premiums in Georgia had just gone up 12.2 percent in 2016, a spike that led the nation. “They were increasing at an alarming rate,’’ says... Read more
Peer mentors: A lifeline to ex-inmates with mental health, drug issues 
At 54, Lorenzo Hardy finally feels like a productive member of society. He usually wears a three-piece suit — fedora and all, fluently discusses civil disobedience theory, and estimates that he has read more than 2,000 books. He is also a twice-convicted felon, three years out of prison after... Read more
Sex and the Georgia teenager: Data finally on the way
Every two years, the nation’s high school students are asked about their use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco, and about sexual intercourse, physical activity and diet. The survey, run by the CDC, aims to monitor risky teenage behavior that can lead to health problems. This month, the Atlanta-based public... Read more
Sudden meat allergy may come from surprising source
It all started with a chili dog: A beef frankfurter laid across a doughy white bun, with beans and a bit more beef strewn across the top. Plus a few onions sprinkled around, along with squiggly lines of mustard and ketchup. Carole Cape had the tasty dog during lunch... Read more

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