Oct 31, 2014

Tiny human stomachs created from stem cells

posted by Larra Morris

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Three-dimensional "mini-stomachs" have been created from human stem cells. The tiny organs measure about 3 millimeters in diameter and can be used as models for the infections that are often precursors to peptic ulcers and stomach cancer.

"This represents the first in vitro model of the human stomach," says James Wells, a stem cell biologist at Cincinnati Children’s and a co-author of the study, which is published in Nature today. And "it’s not a cute little term — they really do look like ‘mini stomachs.’"
via The Verge

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Oct 31, 2014

In a heartbeat: Ambulance Drone designed to cut cardiac arrest response times

posted by Larra Morris

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If there's anything we can take from the barrage of delivery drones to emerge recently, its that the technology has the potential to transport objects with unprecedented efficiency. Graduate student Alec Momont from Holland's Delft University of Technology is looking to tap into this ability to reduce emergency response times to cardiac arrest incidents. His Ambulance Drone prototype carries a defibrillator to the scene and promises to dramatically increase the rate of survival.

Receiving treatment quickly can be the difference when it comes to heart attacks, with every passing minute lowering the chances of survival. Although public defibrillators are becoming more common, they aren't everywhere and the public often doesn't know how to use one or hesitates through lack of confidence. Momont says that his solution can transport the necessary equipment to the victim and provide instructions to those in a position to help within a fraction of the time it currently takes emergency services to arrive.
via Gizmag

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Oct 31, 2014

Analog wrist watch can call emergency numbers even without a phone

posted by Larra Morris

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There are some smartwatches out there like Will.i.am's Puls that can make voice calls without having to connect to a phone. But have you ever heard of an analog watch with the same capability? No? Well, now you will: the GPS-equipped Limmex emergency watch looks like a perfectly old-fashioned Swiss timepiece, except it has an emergency button you can press that calls preprogrammed contacts. You don't even need to wear an earpiece to use it, as it comes with built-in mic and loudspeaker. In case you've saved more than one number to call during emergency, the device rings 'em all up in sequence until someone picks up. Also, the watch automatically sends your contacts a text message with a link to a map that shows them where you are.
via Engadget

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Oct 30, 2014

Wi-Fi hotspots turn New York subway musicians into a wireless orchestra

posted by Larra Morris

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Wi-Fi in New York City Subway stations makes it easy to burn through your inbox during your commute, but did you know it can also be used to make some great music? Director Chris Shimojima paired eleven musicians in different subway stations with composer and conductor Ljova using the public Wi-Fi hotspots for his latest video. Each of the musicians were set up with a music stand and an iPhone, while the conductor stationed himself in Bryant Park with nearly a dozen MacBooks to receive all the different video streams. The result is an exceedingly odd use of public space as well as an intriguing look at how each separate line of music combines to form one cohesive whole.
via The Verge

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Oct 30, 2014

Stop-motion video recreates Psycho's shower scene using carved pumpkins

posted by Larra Morris

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In anticipation of Halloween, Brooklyn-based artist Yuliya Tsukerman made this neat stop motion recreating the iconic shower scene in Psycho using only carved pumpkins.
via Gizmodo

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Oct 30, 2014

An interactive ranking of the most popular Halloween costumes in America from 2009 to 2013

posted by Larra Morris

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NPR’s Planet Money blog has an interactive ranking of the most popular Halloween costumes in America from 2009 to 2013. Users can hover over a specific costume, like zombie, in order to see its rise and fall in popularity over time. Witches, vampires, and pirates seems to be a constant favorite but there are a few interesting additions. The chart — created by Quoctrung Bui and LA Johnson — uses data from theNational Retail Federation.
via Laughing Squid

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Oct 29, 2014

NASA releases massive library of sounds recorded in space

posted by Laura Domela

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NASA has released a huge library of recorded sounds, everything from rockets to space shuttles to individual planets. You can listen at the NASA SoundCloud page.  

NASA put up special instruments which recorded electromagnetic vibrations on the Voyager space probe and converted that into actual sound. The recordings include the sounds of Saturn’s rings, Neptune, Jupiter and Uranus as well as what Earth would sound like millions of kilometres away.
via The Daily Kos

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