first buy your cyclotron

Links to three science stories I’ve covered lately.

Advocates of proton therapy are careful not to make it sound like a panacea, but for certain cancers in certain places it could be a valuable treatment option. Unfortunately the first step is wheeling the patient into the vicinity of a particle accelerator, a concept capable of bringing healthcare accountants out in a cold sweat. Lasers might provide an answer.

Companies involved in 3D printing are among the fastest growing technology companies around. I asked the VP of 3D Systems what the big picture behind some recent acquisitions was, and what might be coming next.

Thermal imaging on an iPhone. No one yet knows quite what it might be used for, but surely it’s only time.