Did you know?
- that researchers say 2001 was a particularly deadly year
for earthquakes, with 65 significant quakes worldwide blamed for killing more
than 21,000 people. The toll was significantly higher than in 2000. On average
10,000 people die in earthquakes each year. During a typical year, 18 major
earthquakes (magnitude 7.0 to 7.9) and one great earthquake (8.0 or higher)
- that immigration to Israel dropped by nearly 28 percent in
2001. Immigrants from the former Soviet Union made up 77 percent of the total,
but their number fell by 34 percent from the previous year. The drop has been
attributed to, "two different factors: the economic situation and the
security situation," says Jewish Agency Chairman Sallai Meridor.
- that Applied Digital Solutions, the inventor of Digital
Angel technology, have developed "a miniaturized, implantable identification
chip -- called VeriChip(TM) -- that can be used in a variety of medical,
security and emergency applications. VeriChip is an implantable, 12mm by 2.1mm
radio frequency device about the size of the point of a typical ballpoint pen.
Each VeriChip will contain a unique identification number and other critical
data. Utilizing an external scanner, radio frequency energy passes through the
skin energizing the dormant VeriChip, which then emits a radio frequency
signal transmitting the identification number and other data contained in the
VeriChip."..." Inserting the VeriChip device is a simple procedure
performed in an outpatient, office setting. It requires only local anesthesia,
a tiny incision and perhaps a small adhesive bandage. Sutures are not
necessary. "..."A great deal of focus has been trained on so-called "biometric"
technologies -– which identify individuals by their unique biological or
physical characteristics, such as fingerprints, voiceprints, retina
characteristics, and face recognition points. VeriChip, by contrast, relies on
imbedded, tamper-proof, microchip technology, which allows for non-invasive
access to identification, medical and other critical data. Use of advanced
VeriChip technology means that the threat of theft, loss, duplication or
counterfeiting of data is substantially diminished or eliminated."... "Commenting
on the announcement, Richard J. Sullivan, Chairman and CEO of Applied Digital
Solutions stated: "With VeriChip, Applied Digital has taken another
significant step in developing leading-edge personal security technologies for
a rapidly evolving marketplace. VeriChip joins Digital Angel(TM) and Thermo
Life(TM) in our repertoire of breakthrough technologies. All of these are
designed specifically to save lives, enhance personal security and improve
quality of life. We're looking forward to working with the medical community
and other potential partners to bring VeriChip to market as quickly as
possible." See www.adsx.com for further information.