Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Google used to discover ancient ruins and save baby from having a blood transfusion













"Google literally saved our newborn son from having to endure an extremely dangerous, and totally unnecessary, blood transfusion.”


The above quote is from a letter sent to Google by Howard and Melissa, who come from Florida. Some doctors wanted to give their baby a blood transfusion because the hemoglobin, which takes oxygen to the brain, was low. Howard used his cell phone to do a Google search and found out that β€œit's perfectly normal for preemies to have their hemoglobin levels drop to 7 between the first and third months of life, and apparently this is especially true with twins.” The neonatalogists then did some research and came to the same conclusion.

This article from nature.com describes how an Italian computer programmer discovered the remains of and ancient Roman villa using Google earth. Luca Mori was studying maps of the region around his town of Sorbolo, near Parma, when "his eye was caught by unusual 'rectangular shadows' nearby. Curious, he analysed the image further, and concluded that the lines must represent a buried structure of human origin. Eventually, he traced out what looked like the inner courtyards of a villa." Experts at the National Archaeological Museum of Parma confirmed the find. Inspection of the site turned up ceramic pieces that indicated it was a Roman villa.

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