Sunday, July 20, 2008

He's back...on 60 Minutes

On July 20, "60 Minutes" brought back Kanzius and the hot dog, and included a fluorescent light.

Refer to
Fool born every minute? Lesley Stahl's shameful piece on Kanzius.

Note how the question about whether or not the adjoining tissue was damaged was answered.

The website noted:

This segment about John Kanzius, who invented a machine that kills cancer cells with radio waves, was a rerun. It originally aired in three months ago. But shortly after the show aired on the East Coast, there were so many searches for "John Kanzius," "John Kansas" and "Kanzius machine" that Google labeled the trend "volcanic."

IPBiz makes two points:

#1. Although the basic propositions of the July 20 show were previously presented in the April 13 show, the details of the presentation had changed somewhat.

#2. Although the searching trend on July 20 may have been volcanic, there was no upsurge of hits to IPBiz posts on Kanzius on July 20. If a site is on the 100th page of a Google search, few people will read the site. In this case, Google itself may have controlled the perceptions of what people have of the Kanzius work.

An IPBiz reader wrote of the 20 July show -->

I just saw the 60 Minutes. I just kept thinking:
a) in the hot dog experiment, he injects copper sulfate (ie, not a
metal), and then appears to insert a thermocouple into the solution-so
the thermocouple is being heated!!!
b) I have to wonder if he is heating the water, not just the
c) In SWNTs, there are metal and semiconducting versions...and
they are very difficult to separate. So many of the carbon tubes may
not be heating, because they are semiconducting. (Smalley would have
known this, and thus he was skeptical at first.)
d) And, the medical (liver cancer) guy shows a bogus video, "here is
how the gold nanoparticles with antibodies work", and shows the cells
dying, etc. At least at the end of this segment, he admitted it was
"science fiction" for now.

IPBiz notes that the "gold nanoparticles" used were actually simply colloidal gold,
which has been around for a long time. Nobody is going to be sticking carbon
nanotubes in humans any time in the near future.

See also

Will "60 Minutes" be selling a print edition at the supermarket checkout?


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