May 27, 2015

Researchers may have discovered fountain of youth by reversing aging in human cells

posted by Christy Wilding

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Researchers in Japan have found that human aging may be able to be delayed or even reversed, at least at the most basic level of human cell lines. In the process, the scientists from the University of Tsukuba also found that regulation of two genes is related to how we age.

via Gizmag

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May 27, 2015

Mutant bacteria will test you for disease and color your pee accordingly

posted by Christy Wilding

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From sophisticated imaging tools to cancer-sniffing dogs, researchers are constantly seeking better ways to detect disease, which could lead to earlier and more effective treatment. In recent years, genetically manipulated bacteria seemed like promising indicators, but they never made it to the clinical setting because they couldn’t reliably distinguish important chemical signals in complex samples. Now, two research teams have engineered E. colibacteria to accurately detect the telltale chemical signs of diabetes and liver cancer in urine. The two studies were published today in Science Translational Medicine.

via Popular Science

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May 27, 2015

A 12-legged pod you can ride

posted by Christy Wilding

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Scott Parenteau wanted a cool vehicle he could ride around in. He also liked the geodesic domes of Buckminster Fuller and the many-legged Strandbeests created by Theo Jansen. So he combined the two designs to create his "walking pod," a steel shell that trundles along on 12 legs, and can be entered via an elevator.

via Popsci

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May 27, 2015

A book made of synthetic skin allows novice tattoo artists to hone skills

posted by Christy Wilding

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Tattoo Art Magazine has come up with an ingenious idea to help aspiring tattoo artists practice their skills without fear of damaging people’s skins. 

‘The SkinBook’ contains pages that resemble artificial skin so that artists have an appropriate material on which to practice. 

via Design Taxi

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May 27, 2015

This inflatable plane could explore the clouds of Venus

posted by Larra Morris

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Northrop Grumman has a new idea for exploring Venus. Announced earlier this month, the Venus Atmospheric Maneuverability Platform (or VAMP) would let NASA skim Venus's upper atmosphere with an inflatable aircraft, deployed from space.

Since the craft is self-inflated, it would be light enough to stay aloft with little to no energy, but still be maneuverable enough to navigate Venus's significant atmospheric winds and durable enough to withstand the sulfuric acid in the atmosphere. The VAMP is designed for NASA's New Frontiers program, which looks for innovative approaches to space exploration. If NASA likes the craft enough to fund it, the VAMP could be exploring the clouds of Venus in just ten years.
via The Verge

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May 27, 2015

Octopus senses light with its skin, no eyes required

posted by Larra Morris

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We already knew cephalopods are amazing creatures—how many of us can go from colored to invisible in a blink? Hell, octopuses can even operate cameras. Still, sensing light with one’s skin is a pretty impressive trick, even for the rock stars of the invertebrate world.

And yet, as we’re now discovering, the octopus can do just that. In effect, these animals seem to have evolved a body-wide eye.

That’s the extraordinary conclusion of a study published this week in the Journal of Experimental Biologywhich shows that the California two-spot octopus (Octopus bimaculoides) senses light with its skin directly, no input from the central nervous system needed.
via Gizmodo

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May 27, 2015

Breakthrough bionic leg prosthesis controlled by subconscious thoughts

posted by Larra Morris

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Biomedical engineering company Össur has announced the successful development of a thought controlled bionic prosthetic leg. The new technology uses implanted sensors sending wireless signals to the artificial limb's built-in computer, enabling subconscious, real-time control and faster, more natural responses and movements.
via Gizmag

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