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Cell Transplant Enables Paralyzed Man to Walk Again

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  yesterday

Zothecula (1870348) writes "In 2010, Darek Fidyka was paralyzed from the chest down as a result of a knife attack that left an 8 mm gap in his spinal column. Now surgeons in Poland, working in collaboration with scientists in London, have given Fidyka the ability to walk again thanks to a new procedure using transplanted cells from his olfactory bulbs."
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Radical 4-in-1 Piston Engine Promises Hybrid-Like Efficiency

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  2 days ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "One of the many challenges facing engine designers is the need to increase power output while simultaneously retaining or improving efficiency. Although a four-cylinder engine is still an engineering marvel, there remain many friction points that reduce energy output. Namikoshi Electronics of Japan believes its unorthodox 4-in-1 concept engine could provide an alternative powerplant to the automobile industry."
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New Li-ion Anode Achieves 70 Percent Charge in Just Two Minutes

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  3 days ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "Researchers at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore have developed a new, proof-of-concept anode for lithium-ion batteries that can charge to 70 percent of its capacity in only two minutes and has a very long lifespan of ten thousand charge/discharge cycles. The advance could lead to the production of high-rate lithium-ion batteries, with interesting implications for personal electronics and, perhaps, even electric vehicles."
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Wasp's 3D Printers Produce Low-Cost Houses Made From Mud

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  4 days ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "A need to address a lack of housing for the globe's growing population has turned up some eye-catching efforts, blending creative architecture with new, sustainable technologies. And it is increasingly looking like 3D printing could have a role to play. Italian firm Wasp is the latest to explore the potential of additive manufacturing in this area, developing a super-sized 3D printer capable of producing low-cost housing made from mud."
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Turning up the Heat to Make Kelp a Viable Source of Biofuel

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  5 days ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "Biofuels may indeed offer a greener alternative to fossil fuels, but they do raise at least one concern – crops grown as biofuel feedstock could take up farmland and use water that would otherwise be used to grow crops for much-needed food. That's why some scientists have looked to seaweed as a feedstock. Kelp is particularly attractive, in that it's abundant and grows extremely quickly, although its fuel yields haven't been particularly impressive. That could be about to change, however, thanks to a newly-developed hydrothermal process."
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Scientists Create World's Thinnest Electric Generator

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about a week ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "Researchers from Columbia University and the Georgia Institute of Technology are laying claim to having observed piezoelectricity in an atomically thin material for the first time. The effect was demonstrated in the world's thinnest electric generator made from a two-dimensional molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) material, which had previously been predicted to exhibit such properties."
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Earth's Magnetic Field Could Reverse in Just One Lifetime

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about two weeks ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "A new study by a team of scientists from Italy, France, Columbia University and the University of California, Berkeley, demonstrates that the Earth's magnetic field could change polarity in less than 100 years. The last magnetic reversal occurred some 786,000 years ago and was previously thought to have taken several thousand years but, if the researchers are right, the real time it may take for the flip to occur could actually be closer to the span of a human life."
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Samsung Announces Super Fast, 4.6 Gbps Wi-Fi Technology

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about two weeks ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "Samsung Electronics has developed a new Wi-Fi technology that it says will soon allow users to download a 1 GB movie in less than three seconds, or stream uncompressed high-definition videos from mobile devices to TVs in real-time. The company also claims that the 802.11ad standard, 60 GHz Wi-Fi technology will to enable maximum speed irrespective of the number of devices connected to the same network."
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Submersible Exosuit Lets Divers Plunge to 1,000 ft Below the Surface

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about two weeks ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "Thanks largely to Hollywood blockbuster franchises, humanity seems to be in the grips of a global obsession with exosuits. The fixation is informing the designs of future military tech and may even play a role in how we operate in space. Canadian based Nuytco Research hopes to bring its own Exosuit to the sea floor, allowing divers to safely operate at depths of up to 1,000 ft (305 m) with none of the nasty pressure-induced side effects that so often ruin a deep sea diver's day."
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Prosthetic Hand Capable of Delivering Texture Sensations

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about two weeks ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "A new prosthetic system allows amputees to feel familiar sensations and also, somewhat unexpectedly, reduces their phantom pain. Researchers at Case Western Reserve University and the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center developed the system to reactivate areas of the brain that produce the sense of touch, but recipients of prosthetic hands reported their phantom pain subsiding almost completely after being hooked up to the system."
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New Tech Brings Together Real and Virtual in Augmented Reality Reflections

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about two weeks ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "Perhaps you've been in a situation where you noticed that your reflection in a window looked like it was actually standing amongst the items that were visible through that window. Now, scientists at the University of Bristol have taken that phenomenon and incorporated it into an experimental new interactive display. Among other things, it lets users select objects seen through a pane of glass, using the reflection of their finger on that glass."
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Signing Robot Developed as Chatty Companion for the Elderly

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about two weeks ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "Following in the footsteps of Hiroshi Ishiguro's eerily lifelike creations, Toshiba introduced its very own take on the human-looking droid at Japan's CEATAC electronics trade show this week. The communication android has been built to communicate in Japanese sign language, requiring fluid and precise movement of its arms and hands."
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European Scientists Developing a Robotic Tree

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about three weeks ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "The animal kingdom contains many examples of efficient forms of locomotion, so it's no wonder that we've been seeing a lot of animal-inspired robots. Plants, however, just sit there ... don't they? Actually, they do move, just not necessarily in a Point A to Point B manner. With that in mind, Europe's PLANTOID project consortium is now in the process of developing a tree-like robot. Its descendants might ultimately find use in the exploration of other planets."
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World's First Solar Battery Claimed to "Run on Light and Air"

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about three weeks ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "Researchers at Ohio State University (OSU) have created a dye-sensitized solar cell that stores its own power by "breathing" air to decompose and re-form lithium peroxide. Its creators believe the device, which effectively combines a battery and a solar cell in one, could reduce renewable energy costs by 25 percent."
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MIT Pioneers Drug Delivery System With the Potential to Replace Injections

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about three weeks ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "MIT, working together with the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), has pioneered a method of drug distribution with the potential to dispense with traditional subcutaneous injections. The system uses a small capsule coated with microneedles in order to administer medicines directly into the lining of the intestine."
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IPsoft's Amelia AI Platform Making its Way to Work

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about three weeks ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "The sinking feeling of calling a help line and discovering that there’s a robot at the other end may not be as sinky in the future. IPsoft’s "virtual service-desk employee" Amelia is designed to bring advanced artificial intelligence (AI) to help desks and other interactive operations by engaging callers in more intuitive and natural conversations."
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Scientists Plan on Turning the Moon Into a Giant Particle Detector

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about three weeks ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "What is the Moon good for? Aside from inspiring poets, helping you see at night, and giving Neil Armstrong some place for a stroll, what can you do with it? If you ask scientists at the University of Southampton, they’ll tell you that it makes a cracking particle detector. With the help of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope, the team hopes to use the mass of the satellite to detect the most energetic particles known; Ultra-High-Energy (UHE) cosmic rays."
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Discovery of New Molecule Suggests Origins of Life May Reside in Space

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about three weeks ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) group of radio telescopes have discovered a carbon-based molecule with a branched structure – a common feature in molecules that are required for life to form. Contained within a giant gas cloud in the star-forming region of Sagittarius B2, the molecule of isopropyl cyanide is the first hint that other complex molecules may form in space before finding their way to the surface of planets."
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Murata's Dancing Robotic Cheerleaders Showcase Advanced Group Control

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about a month ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "The only thing better than state-of-the-art robotics is when it's combined with Force 9 cuteness. Japanese electronics company Murata Manufacturing has given us one example with the unveiling if its robotic Cheerleaders. The squad of ten ball-mounted robots uses advanced ultrasonics, infrared, and group control technology to perform synchronized dance routines with perfect stability."
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Breakthrough in LED Construction Increases Efficiency by 57 Percent

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about a month ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "With LEDs being the preferred long-lasting, low-energy method for replacing less efficient forms of lighting, their uptake has dramatically increased over the past few years. However, despite their luminous outputs having increased steadily over that time, they still fall behind more conventional forms of lighting in terms of brightness. Researchers at Princeton University claim to have come up with a way to change all that by using nanotechnology to increase the output of organic LEDs by 57 percent."
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