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NIH Record  
Vol. LXVII, No. 2
  January 16, 2015
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Internet Founder Invites World to New Version of Net

Dr. Vint Cerf speaks at recent NLM conference.
Dr. Vint Cerf speaks at recent NLM conference.
Almost 20 years ago, one of the fathers of the Internet, Dr. Vint Cerf, and colleagues built a new version of the Internet, complete with HOV lanes, E-ZPass access and sprawling exurbs of new IP (Internet protocol) addresses. But so far, very few people have taken advantage, even though your iPhone, your tablet, your Mac and most likely your PC are set up to handle what’s known as IPv6, or Internet protocol version 6.

Recently, in NLM’s Lister Hill Amphitheater, Cerf, an avuncular, irreverent figure with a Sigmund Freud beard, wondered aloud about why only 3 percent of the world is using a fast-lane Internet that has been around since 1996. His talk opened a daylong HHS symposium on IPv6, including how it is being implemented across federal government.


Disaster Medicine
Assessing Health Effects of Japan’s Quake, Tsunami, Nuclear Accident

NCI’s Dr. Kiyohiko Mabuchi
NCI’s Dr. Kiyohiko Mabuchi
Nearly 4 years ago, a three-part disaster ravaged Japan. On Mar. 11, 2011, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake caused widespread damage and triggered a series of tsunamis and a nuclear accident. The earthquake, the largest to hit Japan in modern times, occurred 230 miles northeast of Tokyo, off the coast of Honshu. The subsequent tsunamis devastated coastal areas, particularly in the Tohoku region, and sparked a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, the largest nuclear accident since Chernobyl. The earthquake and tsunami killed more than 15,000 people and injured thousands more.

Within days of this catastrophe, NIH investigators arrived on the scene to help assess radiation levels; NIH continues to assist with recovery efforts. Recently, researchers from Japan and NIH gave a health assessment update, part of a 2-day NIH-Japan symposium co-sponsored by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.