Aug 21, 2014

Alzheimer's patients will be injected with the blood of young people

posted by Larra Morris

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It's not often that science confirms ideas straight out of vampire lore, but here you have one: aspate of studies in mice have found that infusions of young blood seem to reverse aging. So now we're moving to the next logical step: giving the blood of young humans to Alzheimer's patients.

The first very human trials testing the effect of young blood will start in October at the Stanford School of Medicine. Patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's will receive blood plasma donated by volunteers 30 or younger. Despite vampiric-sounding premise, approval for human trials were quite easy to get, the study's head Tony Wyss-Coray tells New Scientist. After all, we've been giving blood transfusions for long time—just without studying all the health effects.
via Gizmodo

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Aug 21, 2014

Brazilian architect Guto Requena 3D-prints unique shapes based on participants' emotions

posted by Larra Morris

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Brazilian architect Guto Requena launched a project that is very close to his heart at Design Weekend São Paulo. Through a special software developed by D3 Studio, personal emotions are captured to define new shapes for everyday objects. "The Love Project is a study in design, science and technology that captures the emotions people feel in relating personal love stories and transforms them into useful objects. The project suggests a future in which unique products will bear personal histories in ways that encourage long life-cycles, thus inherently combining deeply meaningful works with sustainable design," Requena writes on his website.

The design process is peculiar and involves three stages. First, three sensors are applied to the users in order to read their sudden reactions while they tell a love story that defined their lives. "Participants are isolated during this process so that they can more intimately expose their feelings and that data can be more accurately captured," Requena further explains. As users speak, data drawn from their changing emotion is captured by a software specially created for this. This data turns into a special design, that is then printed using a 3D printer.
via Cool Hunting

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Aug 21, 2014

First US patient receives cluster headache-stopping facial implant

posted by Larra Morris

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While they may not be quite as well-known as migraines, cluster headaches are even more painful, and can occur several times a day. There's presently no cure, although a new "neurostimulator" is claimed to help control them. A US clinical trial of the device has just begun, with a test subject recently having had one implanted beneath his cheekbone.

Developed by San Francisco-based Autonomic Technologies Inc (ATI), the "almond-sized" device was inserted through a 2-cm (0.8-in) incision in the recipient's gum, at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
via Gizmag

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Aug 21, 2014

Octopus-like camouflage can hide you in plain sight

posted by Larra Morris

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Octopuses and other cephalopods are masters of disguise -- their prey often doesn't realize the danger until it's too late. It only makes sense to model active camouflage after that behavior, then, and a team at the University of Illinois has managed just that. Their octopus-like material uses layers of photosensors, actuators and temperature-sensitive pigment to detect ambient light and change colors in response. Individual points on the unversity's test skin can turn from black to transparent within a second or two, letting it quickly blend into its surroundings -- or purposefully stand out, as you see above. The technology will ideally allow for many colors in the future, although that's not an immediate priority.
via Engadget

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Aug 20, 2014

Cities are making spiders grow bigger and multiply faster

posted by Laura Domela

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Something about city life appears to be causing spiders to grow larger than their rural counterparts. And if that’s not enough to give you nightmares, these bigger urban spiders are also multiplying faster.

A new study published today in PLOS One shows that golden orb weaver spidersliving near heavily urbanized areas in Sydney, Australia tend to be bigger, better fed, and have more babies than those living in places less touched by human hands.
via Wired

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Aug 20, 2014

'Video-less' 3D games developed for blind players

posted by Larra Morris

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Creating a video game bereft of any actual video might seem like an unusual idea.

But the concept is being adopted by a growing number of games designers, to help make the industry more accessible to blind and visually impaired people.

"Video-less" games use a production technique known as binaural recording, to construct an immersive, audio-only world.

The technique involves fitting a dummy with tiny condenser microphones that mimic the way our ears naturally hear sound. Each scene in the game is recorded using this method and the result is a more realistic, three-dimensional experience.
via BBC News

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Aug 20, 2014

3D-printed house concept offers blueprint for living on Mars

posted by Larra Morris

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If humans successfully colonize Mars in the future, what kind of homes will they inhabit? NASA and MakerBot recently hosted a competition which tasked people with making a 3D-printed model home suitable for the Red Planet. Noah Hornberger won with his Queen B (Bioshielding) concept home, which offers food-for-thought concerning the future of interplanetary architecture.
via Gizmag

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Aug 20, 2014

You can charge a phone battery by playing music at it

posted by Larra Morris

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There are any number of research teams trying to build alternative power sources for your cellphone. Do you want to put tiny windmills on it? What about plugging it into a solar-powered charging bench or just holding it up to the sun? Now, at the Queen Mary University of London, a group of scientists has created a prototype panel capable of charging a cellphone off environmental vibrations like music or dinner conversation.

Researchers call the device a "nanogenerator," and it looks like a flat metal plate with some wires attached. In reality, it's plastic sprayed with a sheet of tiny zinc oxide rods that generate electricity when squashed or stretched — as they would be in the presence of everyday background noise.
via The Verge

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Aug 20, 2014

Hitch-hiking robot ends 6,000km journey across Canada

posted by Larra Morris

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A robot sent out to travel across Canada by hitch-hiking has completed its 6,000km (3,728-mile) trip - apparently in one piece.

HitchBOT reached Canada's Pacific coast at Victoria, British Columbia nearly three weeks after leaving Halifax in Nova Scotia, far away on the Atlantic coast, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports. "I'm on a boat," one of HitchBOT's last tweets says. "Well, a ferry to be exact. Victoria, I'm on my way." An arrival event is due to be held on Thursday.

The robot was made by a group of Toronto researchers as an experimentin human-robot interaction and artificial intelligence technologies. Built from an old beer-cooler bucket, foam pool noodles, wellies, solar panels and a computer, it uses GPS technology to send its creators details and pictures of its location. "This project asks: can robots trust human beings?" researcher Frauke Zeller of Ryerson University says.
via BBC News

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Aug 19, 2014

Which cyborg implant should you get?

posted by Laura Domela

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