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New image of woman who rode the beast for 2013 Euro notes

“One of the seven angels that had the seven bowls came to speak to me, and said, ‘Come here and I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute who is enthroned beside abundant waters, with whom all the kings of the earth have prostituted themselves, and who has made all the population of the world drunk with the wine of her adultery.’ He took me in spirit to a desert, and there I saw a woman riding a scarlet beast which had seven heads and ten horns and had blasphemous titles written all over it.” -Revelation 17:1-3

Europa riding Zeus in the guise of a bull

In ancient Greek mythology, Zeus — the god of sky and thunder and “Father of Gods and men” who rules the gods on Mount Olympus — was enamored with the Phoenician princess Europa and decided to seduce or ravish her. He transformed himself into a tame white bull and mixed in with her father’s herds. While Europa and her female attendants were gathering flowers, she saw the bull, caressed his flanks, and eventually got onto his back. Zeus took that opportunity and ran to the sea and swam, with her on his back, to the island of Crete. He then revealed his true identity, and Europa became the first queen of Crete. [Wikipedia]

Nikolaj Nielsen reports from Brussels for the EUobserver, Sept. 11, 2012, that in place of the present pictures of windows and doors, Euro banknotes will sport a new image next year, of the mythological Phoenician princess Europa.

Mario Draghi, the head of the European Central Bank (ECB), said, “Portraits have long been used in banknotes around the world and research has shown that people tend to remember faces. Is there any better figure than Europa to serve as the new face of the euro?”

Europa’s face will be shown as a watermark and as a hologram. Until now, euro notes carried pictures of windows and doors in various architectural styles in a symbol of openness designed not to offend national sensibilities.

Europa will first appear on the €5 note in May, with other notes introduced in ascending order in the next few years. The new notes will also carry an emerald-colored number.

I found these images of Europa for the new 2013 Euro banknotes, from the European Central Bank website:

Portrait hologram

When you tilt the banknote, the silvery stripe reveals a portrait of Europa, the same as in the watermark. The stripe also shows a window and the value of the banknote.

Emerald number

When you tilt the banknote, the shiny number displays an effect of the light that moves up and down. The number also changes color from emerald green to deep blue.

H/t Sage_brush



FDA just approved pill with computer chip inside

Are you forgetful about taking your meds?

Never fear! Enter the age of Digital Healthcare!

Here’s this new-fangled nifty little pill imbedded with a computer chip that’ll help you keep track of your meds! All because we just want to help you!

Erin Kim reports for CNN Money, Aug. 3, 2012, that a medical tech startup named Proteus Digital Health in the California S.F. Bay Area town of Redwood City, scored a big victory this week when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted approval for the company’s “ingestible sensor” invention. It’s a 1 square millimeter computer chip — roughly the size of a grain of sand — imbedded into a pill which can relay information about your insides to you, and if you choose, to your doctor or nurse.

When you swallow the imbedded pill of your medication of choice, it will go to work inside you, recording the time you took your dose. It transmits that information through your skin to a stick-on patch, which in turn sends the data to a mobile phone application and any other devices you authorize.

Andrew Thompson (pic on left), the kind and oh-so-helpful CEO and cofounder of Proteus, explains that the “system device” chip-inside-a-pill is intended to overcome our forgetfulness. “People live busy and complex lives, and as a result often don’t take their medicines correctly,” Thompson says. “We wanted to develop a solution that would help make existing medicines more effective in real life.”

The European Union (of course!) approved Proteus’ “system device” in 2010. The company plans to bring its first product, called “Helius,” to market later this year in the U.K. in partnership with the Lloydspharmacy chain.

Helius includes Proteus’ mobile health app, a supply of its stick-on patches (they last 7 days, then need replacing) and a stash of its sensor-equipped placebo chips. The company declined to comment on the system’s planned price tag.

Clockwise from left: mobile app, a stick-on patch that tracks your body data, pills with embedded chips.

The first wave of Proteus products will rely on placebo pills taken at the same time as the patient’s medication. The company hopes to eventually get its sensors built straight into common medications, Thompson says.

Proteus’ spent four years working through the FDA approval process. Now that it’s got a green light, it plans to begin working on a U.S. version of its Helius system.

The dictionary gives 3 definitions for “proteus”:

  1. The satellite of Neptune that is 6th in distance from the planet.
  2. A sea god in Greek mythology who could change his shape at will.
  3. A gram-negative, rod-shaped bacteria of the genus Proteus, certain species of which are associated with human enteritis and urinary tract infections.

The word “helius” is the Latinized version of “Helios,” which is the sun god in Greek mythology. Given that, the “proteus” of the medical tech company Proteus Digital Health probably refers to the mythological Greek sea god who could change his shape at will.

A pill with an imbedded computer chip that could change its shape at will. Hmmm….

Would I swallow such a pill?

Not on your life.