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September 17, 2014

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3:37 PM | The New Mac iOS 8: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
I have no doubt IOS 8 will be great. In fact, that rhymes. But the nature of the beast dictates that certain Apple-endemic problems will arise for some people. Handoff Continuity One of the new features is “Handoff” which allows the seamless integration of all of your computing machinery, including regular computers, iPhones, iPads, etc.…
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2:54 PM | DARPA Asked This Grad Student To Design A Jetpack That Makes You Faster. He Delivered
Jason Kerestes is a graduate student studying engineering at Arizona State University. Not long ago, Jason was approached by a team from ASU’s Human Machine Integration Labs. They had heard that he owned his own welding business and wanted his help on a project they were working on designing robotic prosthetics to help amputees. The project was being funded in part by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the agency responsible for developing new […]

September 16, 2014

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10:39 PM | Do Those Wearable Activity Monitors Work?
Wearable electronic activity monitors are a popular fad. They constantly monitor activities and bodily responses and the information is organized into computer programs and mobile apps.  Given the large and quickly growing market for these devices, researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston analyzed 13 of these activity monitors - names like Fitbit, Jawbone or Nike - to try and see if the devices and their companion apps work to motivate the wearer or if they are […]
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6:29 PM | Emotion Recognition Software
Facial recognition software works pretty well. It measures various parameters, such as the distance between the person's eyes, the height from lip to top of their nose and various other metrics and then compares it with photos of people in a database. Why not create emotion recognition software that can use its own custom parameters?  Dev Drume Agrawal, Shiv Ram Dubey and Anand Singh Jalal of the GLA University, in Mathura suggest in the International Journal of Computational Vision and […]
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5:04 PM | First Water-Based Nuclear Battery Can Be Used to Generate Electricity
From cell phones to cars and flashlights, batteries play an […]
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5:02 PM | Scientists twist radio beams to send data
Building on previous research that twisted light to send data […]
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3:50 PM | Cool! 3D Printing In The Geosciences
Geological  Fabrication Laboratory!.. Yes.. the future is already here.and it is run by Franciszek Hasiuk of Iowa State University. He explains in a short note in GSA Today just why 3 dimensional  printing is so useful especially in the geosciences:In the geosciences, we struggle with a fundamental problem—we love nature, but its aspects can be truly enormous or fantastically miniscule, very far away or exceedingly rare. Our burden is to overcome these conditions and communicate […]
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2:28 PM | Brain Scans to Forecast Early Reading Difficulties
UC San Francisco researchers have used brain scans to predict […]
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2:26 PM | Wearable Computing And Privacy Invasions You Might Want To Think About Now
You lookin’ at me?Gareth Fuller/PABy Tom Foulsham, University of EssexAre you being recorded? Thanks to the ubiquity of CCTV and camera phones, the answer is more than ever before likely to be “Yes”. Add to this the growth of wearable technology such as Google Glass and people are increasingly exposed to devices that can monitor and record them, whether they realize it or not. read more
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12:00 PM | First Transplant using Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells: Treating Blindness
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) have enormous potential for being used in tissue transplants and therapies. Why is this? It’s because iPSCs can be made using virtually any cells from a person’s body — such as skin or fat samples that wouldn’t be missed. (And since they’re the patient’s own cells, the immune system should … Continue reading »
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9:21 AM | Data show that Germany’s grid is one of the world’s most reliable
As the share of enewables in Germany’s electricity mix approaches 30%, the country’s power grid appears to be going strong. According to data released Friday by the Bundesnetzagentur (Germany’s grid... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:00 AM | Forgive yourself for relaxing in front of the TV and the couch time might actually do you some good
There's a snobbishness about relaxation time. Tell someone your hobby is watching TV and chances are they'll look at you with derision. Mention meditation, reading or yoga and you're far more likely to attract nods of approval.And yet there is substantial evidence that time watching TV or playing video games can have a powerful restorative effect - just what many of us need after a hard day. This benefit isn't found for everyone, and in new paper Leonard Reinecke and his collaborators propose […]

September 15, 2014

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10:10 PM | This App Uses Your Phone To Help With Cancer and Alzheimer’s Research While You Sleep (Video)
A University of Vienna invention is turning our smartphones into a network of processing power. The Samsung Power Sleep App was developed by Samsung in Austria, as a collaboration with the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Vienna. Samsung Power Sleep lets you donate the processing power of your smartphone or tablet to assist researchers with the decryption of protein sequences. This decryption is an essential part of cancer and Alzheimer’s research (as well […]
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9:54 PM | Historic collections could be lost to ‘digital dinosaurs’
By Michael Brünig, CSIRO Australian’s museums, galleries and other cultural institutions must adopt more of a digital strategy with their collections if they are to remain relevant with audiences. Only about a quarter of the collections held by the sector have been digitised so far and a study out today says more needs to be done […]
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3:20 PM | MIT's Robotic Cheetah Can Now Run And Jump While Untethered
Well, we knew it had to happen someday. A DARPA-funded robotic cheetah has been released into the wild, so to speak. A new algorithm developed by MIT researchers now allows their quadruped to run and jump — while untethered — across a field of grass.Read more...
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2:32 PM | Gene Testing Identifies Men With 6X Risk Of Prostate Cancer
A third of the inherited risk of prostate cancer is closer to being identifiable with 23 new genetic variants associated with increased risk of the disease. But there are a lot of factors. The total number of common genetic variants linked to prostate cancer is about 100, and testing for them can identify men with risk almost six times as high as the population average - but that is still just 1%.read more
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2:28 PM | Cheetah robot can run and jump, untethered, across grass
Speed and agility are hallmarks of the cheetah: The big […]
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2:13 PM | Study sheds new light on why batteries go bad
Rapid charging and draining doesn’t damage lithium ion electrode as […]
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2:00 PM | DARPA Wants Orbital Satellite-Repairing Robots
The United States military's high-technology branch is hoping to test out on-orbit satellite servicing in orbit in the next five years.
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1:52 PM | Will Solar Float to the Rescue in Japan?
Land-constraints and a massive nuclear shutdown have intensified the debate over where to put new electricity generation capacity in Japan. Solar has risen to the forefront, as its panels take to the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:51 PM | Seeking Digital Volunteers to Search & Protect Namibia’s Wildlife (Using Aerial Imagery from UAVs)
Patrick Meier is using UAVs, popularly called “drones”, to map out archaeological sites and aid humanitarian and environmental efforts. He partners with institutions around the globe to bring us amazing, interactive community projects and, of course, stunning aerial photos. UAVs are increasingly used in humanitarian response. We have thus added a new Clicker to our…
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4:46 AM | The Smart Trash Can
Japanese engineer Minoru Kurata has designed a smart trashcan which moves itself to catch your garbage as you toss it (click here to watch it in action). The system includes a wall mounted Kinect sensor that was hacked to detect the motion of trash being tossed, send the information to a computer which calculates the […]

September 14, 2014

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6:24 PM | Biospleen Helps Clean Blood to Prevent Sepsis
When a patient has sepsis Things can go downhill fast. A life-threatening condition in which bacteria or fungi multiply in a patient’s blood — sepsis is often too fast for antibiotics to […]

Kang JH, Super M, Yung CW, Cooper RM, Domansky K, Graveline AR, Mammoto T, Berthet JB, Tobin H, Cartwright MJ & Watters AL (2014). An extracorporeal blood-cleansing device for sepsis therapy., Nature medicine, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25216635

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4:05 PM | So You Lost Your Drone Again?
This post is the latest in the Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series,  which profiles interesting information, thoughts and research into using  drones, UAVs or remotely piloted vehicles for journalism and photography, that Kike learns about during his travels.  One of the most shocking experiences for a pilot of Small Unmanned Vehicles is to face a fly-away. Whatever the…
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4:05 PM | So You Lost Your Drone Again?
This post is the latest in the Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series,  which profiles interesting information, thoughts and research into using  drones, UAVs or remotely piloted vehicles for journalism and photography, that Kike learns about during his travels.  One of the most shocking experiences for a pilot of Small Unmanned Vehicles is to face a fly-away. Whatever the…
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2:37 PM | The Figure Makes the Fossil
As I wrap up revisions on a manuscript, as well as continuing the day to day work in “my” museum collection, I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes a good figure of a fossil. The thought is driven in …The post The Figure Makes the Fossil appeared first on The Integrative Paleontologists.
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2:26 PM | OKCupid: Let’s Manipulate Matches in the Name of ‘Research’
Let’s imagine that, once upon a time, you signed up for an online dating service that you thought was going to provide you with the best possible matches it could based upon the information you gave it. Let’s also imagine that the guy who ran the site decided to play a game. He decided that, […]
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2:00 PM | MI weekly selection #92
Long extinct squirrel-like creatures hold clues to earlier mammal evolution. Mammals may have evolved much earlier than previously thought, according to researchers who’ve been […] Read more The post MI weekly selection #92 appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:MI weekly selection #86 Private health insurance: adverse or propitious selection? You have to learn how to die
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1:00 PM | The Keys May Be On Your Fingertips, But That Doesn't Mean Biometric Locks Can't Be Picked
Keys at your fingertips, but the technology isn't there yet. Credit: Rachmaninoff, CC BY-SABy Andrew Smith, The Open UniversityHow can we ensure that someone is who they say they are? How can be sure that the person in our system, both digitally speaking or physically in front of us, is who whom they claim to be? read more

September 13, 2014

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4:18 PM | 5 Cool Things About Artificial Hearts
Artificial hearts were invented at a time when progress in science couldn't come fast enough. In 1969, when they first went into human use, DDT hadn't been banned, vaccines were considered the medical highlight of the century, and the Green Revolution promoted genetic modification as the way to feed the world's poor in the future.read more
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