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December 19, 2014

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10:35 PM | A First: Amputee Controlling Two Prosthetic Arms
ByThe Toombst   A new advance in medical technology. A Colorado man have become the first amputee controlling two prosthetic arms at the same time. In the last couple of years there have been many advances with prosthetic limbs. Earlier this year I mentioned one such advance, an extremely precise way amputees managed to control an artificial limb to eat a grape and using it for other fine motor skills. Now Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory report a new engineering […]
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10:00 PM | Eeek! A Writhing Robot Snake
This slithering, contortionist robot is named the “Series II - X125 system.” The robot snake-arm is over 7 feet long, and can carry over 13 pounds. It has a flexible tip,…
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9:06 PM | Instant-start computers possible with new advance
To encode data, today’s computer memory technology uses electric currents – a major limiting factor for reliability and shrinkability, and the source of significant power consumption. If data could instead […]
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8:21 PM | The First Person To Ever Receive Two Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arms
Meet Les Baugh, a double amputee from Colorado who lost both his arms in an electrical accident nearly 40 years ago. He's now entered into the history books by becoming the first person to ever receive two shoulder-level prosthetic arms that he can control with his mind. Read more...
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2:00 PM | W-Band Wireless: High Speed Internet, Outdoors And Everywhere
A European team is working on the world’s first W-band wireless system -  millimeter wave technology for high speed wireless mobile and fixed point Internet - as part of a £2.8 million TWEETHER project.Millimeter waves - found in the spectrum between microwaves and infrared waves - are considered the most promising and cost effective solution for the future. The TWEETHER project will result in a powerful and compact transmission hub, based on a traveling wave tube power […]
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1:00 PM | Big Data Arrives on a Small Lake in Vermont
While visiting Vermont in late July, I took a day to catch up with colleagues who are studying lakes. University of Vermont (UVM) Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory director Jason Stockwell arranged for me to go out on a sampling run with two interns. Our destination was Shelburne Pond, a shallow lake located about ten miles south…

December 18, 2014

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9:30 PM | This Lightweight Snowblower Breaks Ice, Not Your Back
Normally, homeowners must choose between two types of snowblowers: a light, maneuverable single-stage model or a large, powerful two-stage one. The 922EXD combines the best…
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9:19 PM | Top ten weirdest science stories of 2014
It was another big year for science capped off with the successful Rosetta mission to land a probe on a comet. But as usual, there were also plenty of quirky science stories that captured our attention too. My colleagues at the Australian Science Media Centre rounded up a list of the some of the quirkiest. [...]
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7:30 PM | Mars, Ancient Water, Deep Hydrogen, and Life
Two billion year-old water pockets and a revised deep hydrogen content are good news for Earth’s vast subsurface biosphere, and could offer clues to life on Mars and much further beyond.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:00 PM | World First: Man Controls Two Prosthetic Arms With His Mind
Until recently, losing both arms in an accident would probably have meant the end of a patient's two-fisted grip. Not so for Leslie Baugh, the first shoulder-level double…
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3:45 PM | Pilot Project For Removal Of CO2 From Deep Waters
In the former mining area Herrerias in Andalusia, the deep waters of Pit Lake Guadiana show extremely high concentration of dissolved carbon dioxide (CO2).  Levels are so high that if it were to bubble up, human beings close-by would be jeopardized. To demonstrate a possible fix, scientists of the Spanish Institute of Geology and Mining, the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU, Bilbao) and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) constructed a pilot plant for […]
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2:40 PM | A Quadriplegic Woman Used Her Mind To Move This Robotic Limb In '10D'
For the first time ever, a quadriplegic woman has used her thoughts to move a robotic hand across 10 degrees of freedom. The remarkable system allowed her to pick up a variety of objects, including skinny tubes and oddly shaped rocks. Read more...
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2:16 PM | From Smartphones to (Playful) Smart Devices?
If you were a techie nerd in the 80s, you might have used a Casio Databank wristwatch: a bulky device that had a small LCD screen, capable of acting as a calculator, address book, as well as a simple gaming … Continue reading →
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12:00 AM | In A Real World Test, 49 Percent Of Patients Don't Want Health Care Providers To Have Their Info
In an era where hackers can easily hack into department store credit card records or Sony Corporation and the US National Security Agency is spying on everyone, it's no surprise people with a choice opt not to have all of the electronic medical records available - even if it puts them at risk. The first real-world trial of the impact of patient-controlled access to electronic medical records found that 49 percent of the patients who participated withheld clinically sensitive information in […]

December 17, 2014

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11:13 PM | Is Big Data Taking Over The Fashion Industry?
Big data may be taking over the fashion industry's runways, according to an analysis of relevant words and phrases from fashion reviews. At the Workshop of Information Technology and Systems in Auckland, researchers analyzed 6,629 runway reviews of 816 designers from Style.com, covering 30 fashion 'seasons' from 2000 to 2014, and have able to identify a network of influence among major designers and track how those style trends moved through the industry, said Heng Xu, associate […]
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8:54 PM | How 3-D Printing Made The Perfect Prosthetic Legs For Derby The Dog
You should see this dog run. Derby was born with deformed front legs, but recently received a pair of 3-D printed prosthetics, which he is quite good at maneuvering…
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7:17 PM | Microscope Uses Holograms Instead Of Lenses To Diagnose Disease
This new prototype microscope doesn't use lenses to magnify objects. Instead, it makes holograms that a computer digitally records and magnifies.
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5:21 PM | New Synthetic Molecules Mimic Antibodies
New molecules known as synthetic antibody mimics (SyAMs) attach themselves simultaneously to disease cells and disease-fighting cells. The result is a highly targeted immune response, similar to the action of natural human antibodies;  with both the targeting and response functions.read more
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3:30 PM | 3D Printing Has Turned This Canine Into A Cyborg
Meet Derby, a Husky mix born with underdeveloped legs and paws. To help, tech firm 3D Systems has printed a pair of prosthetic front limbs that now allow him to outrun his owners. Read more...
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3:23 PM | The Felton Annual Report: A Year's Worth Of Communication In One Chart
For nearly a decade, Nicholas Felton has been observing himself and using the information he collects to create a mock corporate annual report. In 2013, he tried to record and render all of his communication. Some channels, like text messages, were easy to track. Others, like phone calls or in-person conversations, required him to write down the length, topics, and participants of every encounter—a huge task. Here, each dot is one of the 1,000 people Felton talked with most. The […]
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3:09 PM | Technology & Deafness
What can the history of technology tell us about the lived experiences and cultural history of the hearing impaired? During the nineteenth century, acoustic aids became ubiquitous objects, varying in design, form, and amplification. The “Deafness in Disguise” exhibit at … Continue reading →
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3:04 PM | Informed choices through Machine Learning-2: Pitting together Kumble, Kapil, Chandra
Continuing my earlier ‘innings’, of test driving my knowledge in Machine Learning acquired via Coursera,  I now turn my attention towards the bowling performances of our Indian bowling heroes. In this post I give a slightly different ‘spin’ to the bowling analysis and hope I can ‘swing’ your opinion based on my assessment. I guess that […]
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1:44 PM | Rocky Mountain Institute and Carbon War Room Join Forces
Today Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), brain-child of famed energy thinker Amory Lovins, and Carbon War Room (CWR), the five-year old climate change outfit of Sir Richard Branson, merged to create a... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:44 PM | Rocky Mountain Institute and Carbon War Room Join Forces
Today Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), brain-child of famed energy thinker Amory Lovins, and Carbon War Room (CWR), the five-year old climate change outfit of Sir Richard Branson, merged to create a... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:00 AM | See The Most Sophisticated Mind-Controlled Robot Arm Yet
This mind-controlled robot arm now moves in more ways than ever.
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12:29 AM | 2015: The Year Virtual Reality Finally Reaches Living Rooms
A handful of VR devices in development will soon make their way to consumers.
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12:28 AM | What To Expect In 2015: Robots Join The Open-Source Revolution
Android for androids…
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12:25 AM | What To Expect In 2015: Ultrafast Data Transfer Speeds Up Science
All aboard the fiber-optic express…

December 16, 2014

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10:02 PM | Scientists use drones to monitor surf zone
When ocean scientists visit the beach they pack more than sunscreen and a towel – they pack drones. Researchers show in a new study that drones can be used to cheaply and accurately monitor the movement of water in the surf zone in the Gulf of Mexico. The drones provide a new way of documenting the movement of plant and animal plankton, sediments and pollutants, including spilled oil, near the shore.
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5:06 PM | The simplest element: Turning hydrogen into ‘graphene’
New work from Carnegie’s Ivan Naumov and Russell Hemley delves into the chemistry underlying some surprising recent observations about hydrogen, and reveals remarkable parallels between hydrogen and graphene under extreme […]
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