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October 21, 2014

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3:28 PM | This Printer Prints Self-Destructing Documents That Burst Into Flames?! (Video)
Artist and robotics enthusiast Diego Trujillo Pisanty has created a printing device capable of printing documents that self-destruct by bursting into flames. As cool as the idea of a printer that creates self-destructing documents may sound, this device wasn’t really designed to be all that functional, so don’t plan on seeing it available for purchase anytime soon. Instead, Pisanty created the printer as an art piece meant to provoke a discussion about […]
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2:09 PM | Turning Back Time: Repairing Water Infrastructure
By Marguerite Huber I am about to turn 25 years old—the quarter century mark! Yikes! While I may start to feel “old” when I consider that number, I am in considerably better shape than some of the pipes and sewer mains that make up the country’s water infrastructure, some components of which are more than […]
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12:20 PM | Graphene Neuro-electrode
This news item combines two technologies that I have been eagerly following, graphene and brain-machine interface. Researchers have developed a 1-molecule thick graphene electrode that is transparent and can be used for high-resolution electrophysiological recordings of brain cell activity. Before I explain why this is such a cool advance, I will quickly review these technologies. [...]
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7:30 AM | How super-resolution microscopy made me fall in love with science (again) | Steve Caplan
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a super-resolution image may be worth a thousand gigabytes and its changing the course of biomedical researchSeveral weeks ago I signed up for a workshop in super-resolution microscopy. In the meantime, before even arriving here at the US National Institutes of Health, the workshop took on dramatic additional significance, with the announcement of the three 2014 Nobel Prize winners for chemistry: Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell and William Moerner. These […]
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6:00 AM | Information Age: the radio transmitter that changed our world
The second in our series on the major inventions that shaped the information age revisits the London transmitter 2LO and the birth of British broadcasting Information Age: Six Networks That Changed Our World at the Science Museum, London, opens on Saturday 25 OctoberTwo hundred years of technology have transformed how we talk to each other, share our lives and learn about the world. On Saturday 25 October, the Science Museum in London opens Information Age: Six Networks That Changed Our World, […]

October 20, 2014

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11:18 PM | October 19, 2014: Creating Electricity From Food Waste, Arresting Poachers and More
This week on National Geographic Weekend radio, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they unearth the habits of the world's largest-ever carnivore, digest kitchen waste to cook dinner, eat like a 500 year old king, stalk Chernobyl's ruins, trace tree rings' roots, write a novel about elephants with a plot twist, kayak to protest dams, prosecute poachers in Mozambique, and see the unseen as a large format film.
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10:58 PM | Emory launches Ebola protocols website
Emory Healthcare has launched an external website that will serve […]
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10:19 PM | Next-gen technologies get down to Robo-business
By Emily Lehmann  A world in which robots and humans live side-by-side is no longer just stuff dreamed up in fantastical sci-fi movies (thank you very much James Cameron). ‘Cos if we’re talking about industry, the smart machine era is already here. Next-gen technologies like self-driving vehicles, remote augmented reality and fully-autonomous robots are now being used to […]
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8:50 PM | A Venusian Mystery Explored Once More
Venus, the place where women are from… supposedly. To say Venus has a harsh climate would be an understatement, this is one of many reasons why we will never (or […]

Harrington, E. et. Al (2014). The puzzle of radar-bright highlands on venus: a high-spatial resolution study in Ovda regio, Geological Society of America, Other:

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8:50 PM | A Venusian Mystery Explored Once More
Venus, the place where women are from… supposedly. To say Venus has a harsh climate would be an understatement, this is one of many reasons why we will never (or […]

Harrington, E. et. Al (2014). The puzzle of radar-bright highlands on venus: a high-spatial resolution study in Ovda regio, Geological Society of America, Other:

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7:44 PM | Draw Your Own 3-D Masterpiece With The “3Doodler” (Video)
The art community is never lacking in creativity or innovation. One new device is getting a lot of attention after turning heads with an impressive Kickstarter campaign last year. Wobble Work’s “3Doodler” is a 3-D pen that actually allows you to create three dimensional artwork using a two dimensional drawing technique. According to 3Doodler’s website… “As 3Doodler draws, it extrudes heated plastic, which quickly cools and solidifies into a strong […]
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7:35 PM | Is The Internet Really Up 24 Hours A Day?
The internet doesn't have an open or close time, but does access really keep going all day long? The answer, it turns out, may depend on where you live.Read more...
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1:53 PM | 3D printed masks offer new hope for facial cancer patients
Researchers have developed a fast and inexpensive way to make […]
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1:50 PM | Forget Goldilocks: Too hot and too cold is just right for particle assembly
Microscopic particles that bind under low temperatures will melt as […]
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1:46 PM | Thinking Globally about Science
by Rupa R. Ram and Paul Dominic B. Olinares There are many global challenges that have a foundation in science and technology including climate change, resource scarcity, infectious diseases, and international instability from nations in conflict. The role of scientists in resolving these challenges is not always clear. Science diplomacy (SD) is the conversation at […]
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11:32 AM | Psychiatry Should Switch From Symptom-based Prescriptions To Target-based
Psychology and psychiatry have a big problem - they are trapped in the past. While most areas of medicine have moved beyond symptom-based diagnosis, the mental health community is instead adding new symptom-based diagnoses, and as a result the National Institute of Mental Health has declared that the newest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders should be considered little more than a glossary of terms. To fix that, psychiatry needs to progress from symptom-based (e.g. […]
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10:55 AM | What is a flow cell?
Redox flow batteries were patented in 1976 for NASA...
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6:00 AM | Information Age: the Science Museum's ambitious new gallery
Londons Science Museum opens its largest ever gallery on Saturday. To celebrate the launch of Information Age, this week we unveil five of the greatest inventions in the history of communicationTwo hundred years of technology have transformed how we talk to each other, share our lives and learn about the world. On Saturday 25 October, the Science Museum in London opens Information Age: Six Networks That Changed Our World, a new permanent gallery of more than 800 objects that tell the story of […]
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5:19 AM | The Resource Curse: Science Cities Suffer
I just returned from the Asian Science Park Association conference in Shiraz, Iran.[1] One Science Park official asked me, “Companies in our park cannot get any cooperation from the big petrochemical firms. What can we do?”read more
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2:28 AM | watching comet siding spring approach mars
i work with a very interesting doer-of-all-astronomy-tech-things steve lee (of "Steve and the Stars" fame).  over the last couple nights, as comet siding spring has rushed towards mars at 56 km/s, steve has been taking images using two of his own telescopes that live near siding spring observatory in new south wales, australia.the distant astronomical objects i study in the universe do not really change or move noticeably in the time that i've been studying them (or even over a human […]
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12:10 AM | Social Media and Safety
Social Media and Safety and, Safety in Social Media There is no doubt that social media has changed the way we live, relationships, communication, politics and worldview. Hoffer (1951) The True Believer; Ellul, (1973) Propaganda; Sunstein (2006) Infotopia; Kirkpatrick (2010) The Facebook Effect ; Turkle (2011) Alone Together and Keen (2007, 2012) The Cult of […] The post Social Media and Safety appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.

October 19, 2014

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7:10 PM | An opportunity to cooperate
This is not simply a cheap call-back to Episode 6: “Iron Dad,” although if you go to teen inventor Chase Lewis’s YouTube channel, he is indeed a fan of Tony Stark, though his helmet is the movie version, not the animated Armored Adventures version.  Below is a message forwarded to the Greensboro Science Cafe Facebook page from … his mom? *** & [...]
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5:43 PM | DNA Nanotech: The First Large DNA Crystals
DNA is the stuff of life as we know it, but it is the potential as a programmable material platform that could spawn entire new and revolutionary nanodevices in computer science, microscopy, […]

Ke, Y., Ong, L., Sun, W., Song, J., Dong, M., Shih, W. & Yin, P. (2014). DNA brick crystals with prescribed depths, Nature Chemistry, DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2083

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5:08 PM | Using Space Suit Technology In Men’s Dress Clothes to Reduce Sweating
The Ministry of Supply (MoS) is an innovative clothing company that strives to incorporate modern technology into their designs to produce clothes that are both extremely comfortable and extremely functional. Here’s the “Our Purpose” section of their website: “We believe clothing should be an extension of your body, equipping you to realize your limitless potential. Using research-based design, we create purposeful products engineered to work for you in any […]
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4:30 PM | Digital Death And The Digital Afterlife: How To Have It And How To Avoid It
Image: the conversationBy David Glance, University of Western AustraliaIn 2012, the UK’s Sunday Times reported that actor Bruce Willis was going to sue Apple because he was not legally allowed to bequeath his iTunes collection of music to his children. The story turned out to be false (and shockingly bad journalism) but it did start a conversation about what we can, and can’t, do with our digital possessions. read more
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2:55 PM | ACA Lessons Learned: Cost Of Enrollment High Due To Website Issues
Though lots of people used the expensive government health insurance portal healthcare.gov to get information on the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, far fewer could successfully use it to sign up. As the stories of its flaws mounted, larger percentages instead talked to call centers or a navigator without using the website at all. That's a win for the government, which needed to show some success after expending a great deal of political capital and taxpayer money, but not […]
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2:00 PM | MI weekly selection #97
Breaking waves provide some warmth to surf zones. Breaking waves warm the water in the surf, and in some cases may provide more heat […] Read more The post MI weekly selection #97 appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:Satellite based quantum cryptography Selective ignorance in science The Oxford Questions on the foundations of quantum mechanics
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1:54 PM | ​Immersed in Violence: How 3-D Gaming Affects Video Game Players
Playing violent video games in 3-D makes everything seem more […]

October 18, 2014

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6:55 PM | Scientists Just Built A Robot That Performs Brain Surgery Through Your Cheek
3-D printing, robotics and other technological advances have been revolutionizing the field of medicine in the past few years. From 3-D printed prosthetics for amputee victims to the bionic pancreas, there is no denying that modern medicine owes many of its recent advances to technology. Now, researchers from Vanderbilt University have designed a robot that can perform brain surgery on people suffering from conditions that affect the hippocampus, a region of the […]
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4:07 PM | KAMRA Inlay: Reading Glasses May Soon Be A Thing Of The Past
Reading glasses have served us for centuries. Why fix a good thing? Because science and technology can.  Presbyopia, blurriness in near vision experienced by many people over the age of 40, could one day be relegated to olden days if a thin ring inserted into the eye gains popularity.read more
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