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July 30, 2012

Morton’s Toe

greek foot

Morton’s toe (or Greek foot) is the common term for the condition of a shortened first metatarsal (big toe) in relation to the second metatarsal. It is a type of brachymetatarsia (a condition in which there is one or more abnormally short metatarsals).

The name derives from American orthopedic surgeon Dudley Joy Morton. Although commonly described as a disorder, it is sufficiently common to be considered a normal variant of foot shape (its prevalence varies with different populations).

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July 30, 2012

Machine-to-Machine

Internet of things

Machine-to-machine (M2M) refers to technologies that allow both wireless and wired systems to communicate with other devices of the same ability. M2M uses a device (such as a sensor or meter) to capture an event (such as temperature, inventory level, etc.), which is relayed through a network (wireless, wired, or hybrid) to an application (software program), that translates the captured event into meaningful information (for example, ‘items need to be restocked’).

Such communication was originally accomplished by having a remote network of machines relay information back to a central hub for analysis, which would then be rerouted into a system like a personal computer. However, modern M2M communication has expanded beyond a one-to-one connection and changed into a system of networks that transmits data to personal appliances.

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July 30, 2012

Lithuania Basketball

lithuania basketball

Basketball is the most popular and successful team sport in Lithuania. Luke Winn wrote in ‘Sports Illustrated,’ ‘Basketball is the only sport the 3.2 million Lithuanians truly care about—it’s their second religion, after Catholicism—and their success is proportionately stunning.’ The Lithuanian national basketball team won the European Basketball Championship in 1937, 1939 (led by Frank Lubin, the ‘Grandfather of Lithuanian Basketball’), and 2003.

They won a silver medal in 1995, and bronze in 2007, and again hosted EuroBasket 2011. Having been part of the Soviet Union, Lithuanian players frequently formed the core of the Soviet national team. This was especially so for the 1988 Olympic basketball gold medal-winning team. After the restoration of Lithuanian independence in 1990, the national team was resurrected. Lithuania won bronze medals in the first three Olympics to include NBA players – 1992, 1996, and 2000, finished fourth in 2004 and 2008, and qualified to play at London 2012 Olympics.