• Short Summary

    A SMALL GREY BOX THAT CAN ANALISE AND RADIO DATA ON GERMS AND LIFE FORMS OVER VAST DISTANCES WAS UNVEILED FEBRUARY 8.

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    A SMALL GREY BOX THAT CAN ANALISE AND RADIO DATA ON GERMS AND LIFE FORMS OVER VAST DISTANCES WAS UNVEILED FEBRUARY 8.THE DEVICE, A BIOTELESCANNER, IS DESCRIBED AND DEMONSTRATED BY ITS DEVELOPER, DR.WILLIAM G.GLENN, A RESEARCH IMMUNOBIOLOGIST IN THE SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE'S ASTROBIOLOGY BRANCH.

    SOME 400 TOP MILITARY AND CIVILIAN SCIENTISTS ATTENDING THE SCHOOL'S FOURTH ANNUAL LECTURES IN AEROSPACE MEDICINE WERE AT THE DEMONSTRATION.THE X-63B BIOTELESCANNER IS THE FIRST WORKING MODEL.IT WEIGHS ABOUT 12 LBS, HA ITS OWN POWER SUPPLY AND IS ROUGHLY THE SIZE OF A BEDSIDE RADIO.

    FIRST DEMONSTRATION: FIRST IN PUBLIC: SCANNER SCANS AND TRANSMITS DATA ACROSS AUDITORIUM TO RECEIVER AND RECORDER.

    SIMPLY STATED, BIOTELESCANNER RELIEVES FIELD RESEARCHERS OR ASTRONAUTS OF NEED TO CARRY A COMPLETE LABORATORY FOR IDENTIFICATION OF SAMPLES.A TECHNICIAN IN JAPAN, FOR INSTANCE, WANTS TO IDENTIFY AN UNKNOWN BIOLOGICAL SUBSTANCE.HE TAKES A SAMPLE OF THE SUBSTANCE, MAKES A SOLUTION AND PLACES IT IN A SLENDER GLASS TUBE WITHIN THE BIOTELESCANNER.HE PUSHES A BUTTON.THE DEVICE SCANS THE SOLUTION AS IT REACTS IN THE TUBE.VARIATIONS IN THE REACTION ARE CHANGED INTO ELECTRONIC IMPULSES.THESE IMPULSES CAN THEN BE SENT BY RADIO AND TELEPHONE OVER VAST DISTANCES TO A CENTRAL POINT.THERE THEY ARE CONVERTED TO TRACINGS ON A GRAPH AND MATCHED WITH PRE-RECORDED PATTERNS.THUS THE SUBSTANCE CAN BE IDENTIFIED BY SPECIALISTS FAR REMOVED FROM THE TECHNICIAN IN THE FIELD.

    DR.GLENN REPORTS THAT A PROTOTYPE BIOTELESCANNER HAS SUCCESSFULLY SENT DATA FROM BROOKS TO WIESBADEN, GERMANY, AND TO IWAKUWI, JAPAN.THE DATA WENT FROM BROOKS TO NEARBY RANDOLPH A.F.B.BY TELEPHONE.AT RANDOLPH IT WAS PICKED UP BY A MILITARY RADIO STATION AND BEAMED TO ANOTHER STATION IN MOROCCO AND THEN TO GERMANY.THE ROUTE TO JAPAN WAS FROM RANDOLPH TO HICKAM A.F.B., HAWAII, AND THEN TO IWAKUWI.

    SPACE APPLICATIONS: BIOTELESCANNER WOULD ALSO HAVE VARIETY OF USES IN SPACE EXPLORATION.WITH IT ABOARD A SPACE SHIP IN ORBIT OR EN ROUTE TO ANOTHER PLANET, THE ASTRONAUT CAN PROVIDE FLIGHT SURGEON ON EARTH WITH DATA ON HIS PERSONAL HEALTH.FROM DATA GRAPHS BEAMED IN VIA TELEMETRY FROM THE BIOTELESCANNER, THE SURGEONS CAN MONITOR THE ASTRONAUT'S LEVEL OF RESISTANCE TO POSSIBLE INFECTIONS.ALSO, THEY CAN DETERMINE WHETHER HE IS BECOMING DANGEROUSLY FATIGUED.

    USED ON ANOTHER PLANET BY AN ASTRONAUT, THE SCANNER COULD HELP DECIDE WHETHER HARMFUL ORGANISMS ARE PRESENT, AND WHETHER THE PLANET SUPPORTS LIFE FORMS.BUT THIS "ON THE SPOT" ANALYSIS WOULD BE INTERPRETED BACK ON EARTH.THE SCANNER COULD ALSO INDICATE TO SCIENTISTS ON EARTH WHETHER IT IS SAFE FOR THE ASTRONAUTS TO BRING BACK SPECIMENS OF LIFE FROM OTHER PLANETS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1U8TJLCZR81K8B1PSW1Q8MXY2
    Media URN:
    VLVA1U8TJLCZR81K8B1PSW1Q8MXY2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/02/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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