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Bacteria Used To Fix Cracked Concrete

kkleiner Why use bacteria? Just insert glue directly! (177 comments)

Why do you need bacteria to make glue in the cracks when you can simply insert glue directly into the crack without bacteria? What am I missing?

more than 3 years ago
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Doctors Skirt FDA To Heal Patients With Stem Cells

kkleiner Re:Misleading Summary (394 comments)

Good point. Should have been "allowing many patients to easily walk or run who have had difficulty doing so for years

more than 4 years ago
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Impressive Robot Hand From Shadow

kkleiner Re:no wrist? (101 comments)

The video is not of their latest model - it shows a model from a few years ago. Presumably the latest model is more advanced

more than 4 years ago

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Scientists Reconstruct a 3D Structure from a Single Image

kkleiner kkleiner writes  |  about a week ago

kkleiner (1468647) writes "Scientists have developed a method to determine the 3D positions of atoms in a crystal from a single image. Using an electron microscope, a high resolution scan is taken of a magnesium oxide crystal aligned such that the atoms fall into columns. Quantum interactions with the electron wave are detected and mapped by depth. The method is even able to differentiate the magnesium and oxygen atoms as well as atoms from impurities."
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Burger Robot Poised to Disrupt Fast Food Industry

kkleiner kkleiner writes  |  about a month and a half ago

kkleiner (1468647) writes "The company that makes a robot that produces a quality burger in 10 seconds is taking greater responsibility for the disruptive force of their bot to the fast food industry. Momentum Machines recently announced an offer to help retrain workers displaced as a result of their robotic technology. Their proposal involves partnering with vocational schools to assist in the education of former workers in technician and engineer programs. Whether the company's intent will propel the further development and ultimate adoption of robotics and AI into the industry remains to be seen."
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Crafting a Gameplan to End Age-Related Diseases

kkleiner kkleiner writes  |  about 2 months ago

kkleiner (1468647) writes "The underlying reasons for aging in the body are known, so the focus now shifts to solutions, especially within biotechnology. This, according to Aubrey de Grey — cofounder and chief science officer of the SENS Research Foundation — is why the organization provides funding for research off the mainstream. While once the lone torch bearer for longevity extension, SENS is now joined by Google and other startups tackling the challenge through analysis of healthcare and genomic data."
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Student Uses Oculus Rift and Kinect to Create Cool Body Swap Illusion

kkleiner kkleiner writes  |  about 2 months ago

kkleiner (1468647) writes "Using an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, Microsoft Kinect, a camera, and a handful of electrical stimulators, a London student's virtual reality system is showing users what it's like to swap bodies. Looking down, they see someone else's arms and legs; looking out, it's someone else's point of view; and when they move their limbs, the body they see does the same (those electrical stimulators mildly shock muscles to force a friend to mirror the user's movements). It's an imperfect system, but a fascinating example of the power of virtual reality. What else might we use VR systems for? Perhaps they'll prove useful in training or therapeutic situations? Or what about with robots, which would be easier to inhabit and control than another human? The virtual body swap may never fully catch on, but generally, virtual reality will likely prove useful for more than just gaming and entertainment."
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How Will We Know When Computers Can Think for Themselves?

kkleiner kkleiner writes  |  about 3 months ago

kkleiner (1468647) writes "Recently, a computer program named Eugene Goostman posing as a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy fooled 10 of 30 judges into thinking it was human. A University of Reading press release claimed the program was the first to pass the Turing test, computing pioneer Alan Turing's famous objective test to see if a machine can think. But what the Turing test can tell us is nuanced and hard to pin down. And no computer program has yet achieved the level of advancement associated with Turing's famous test."
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ChefJet 3D Sugar Printer Showcased At CES

kkleiner kkleiner writes  |  about 9 months ago

kkleiner (1468647) writes "Pastry chefs who want to wow their clients with intricate sugar sculptures can now embrace the future of manufacturing, 3D printing thanks to the ChefJet 3D Sugar Printer. A firm called Sugar Lab, now part of 3D Systems, created the $5-10k printer which prints intricate sugar-based sculptures and showcased their creation at this year's CES. This is just another example of how 3D printing continues to expand the range of fabrication domains even as prices for the devices continue to drop."
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Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicles Are Finally Arriving

kkleiner kkleiner writes  |  about 9 months ago

kkleiner (1468647) writes "Long promised hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles are finally arriving from major car manufacturers. Honda has started to make its FCX Clarity available for lease, and both Toyota and Hyundai are promising their versions next year. With a 300-mile range before needing a refill, these vehicles are appealing though their current cost won't be to most consumers (prices are expected to drop over the next decade). Still, it's the infrastructure to support these vehicles that will likely dictate their adoption rate, as has been seen with electric recharging stations."
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Google Glass Making Its Way Into Operating Rooms

kkleiner kkleiner writes  |  about 10 months ago

kkleiner (1468647) writes "Among the possible uses for Google Glass that early adopters are dreaming up, you can now add "surgical assistance" to the list. With approval from the institutional review board, a UCSF cardiothoracic surgeon recently utilized Glass during procedures by utilizing its voice activation features to refer to patient x-ray scans. Aimed at providing surgeons with the most up-to-date patient data, a startup named VitaMedicals is building apps to stream in patient records and live scans to the device. Even though it's early days for Glass, its potential in the medical space is huge and could revolutionize how doctor's access and apply information from patient records."
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Bionic Eye Implant Available In U.S. Next Month

kkleiner kkleiner writes  |  about 10 months ago

kkleiner (1468647) writes "Starting next month, Americans suffering from degenerative eye diseases can get excited about the launch of the Argus II, a bionic eye implant to partially restore vision. Designed for those suffering from retinitis pigmentosa, the Argus II is a headset that looks akin to Google Glass but is actually hard wired into the optic nerve to transmit visual information from a 60 electrode array. The device opens the door for similar "humanitarian" implants that both reduce the difficulty in getting government approval and increase the adoption of brain implants."
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Affordable Blood Work In Four Hours Coming To Walgreens

kkleiner kkleiner writes  |  about 10 months ago

kkleiner (1468647) writes "With the cost of healthcare services increasing, it's welcome news that a recent deal between Walgreens and Theranos will bring rapid, accurate, low-cost blood testing to the local pharmacy. A pinprick of blood from a finger is enough to run any number of a la carte diagnostic tests with results in four hours or less. The automation of blood testing in one convenient machine may mean that the demand for clinical technicians may decline, but the benefits of making blood analysis more accessible to everyone is enormous."
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Web-Connected Pill Bottlecap Dispenses Meds, Tracks Compliance

kkleiner kkleiner writes  |  about a year ago

kkleiner (1468647) writes "Serving as yet another example of the Internet of Things, a company has developed a WiFi-enabled cap for pill bottles called CleverCap that dispenses the correct timely medicine dosage and transmits data to healthcare providers. With an increasing number of people taking meds (thanks to an aging population) and lack of compliance continuing to be a major detriment to proper health care, the cap shortens the gap between patient and doctor. What insurance companies will do with this data should they be granted access remains to be seen."
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FDA Approves Wearable "Artificial Pancreas"

kkleiner kkleiner writes  |  1 year,1 day

kkleiner (1468647) writes "The FDA has approved a device that acts as an "artificial pancreas", which both continuously monitors a patient's glucose levels and injects appropriate amounts of insulin when needed. When blood-sugar levels become low, the device from Medtronics warns the wearer and will eventually shut down. The MiniMed 530G looks to offer an on-the-go solution for the growing number of people suffering from Type 1 diabetes who have to test their blood and inject insulin throughout the day. The company plans to improve the device to make a fully automated version down the road."
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Amazon Opens Up Storefront For Home Automation

kkleiner kkleiner writes  |  1 year,13 days

kkleiner (1468647) writes "If you've spent years envying high-tech cribs where automated lighting, locks, and electronics are standard but you didn't know how to get started, Amazon's got your back. The company recently set up a designated storefront for all things related to home automation. While many of the products aren't necessarily new, providing a one-stop shopping spot and a handy "getting started" guide shows that Amazon continues to go after dollars from the niche DIY techy types, just as it did with a 3D printing storefront released a few months ago."
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Researchers Debut Software That Extract 3D Objects From Photos

kkleiner kkleiner writes  |  1 year,18 days

kkleiner (1468647) writes "Forget about CAD — software developed by researchers at Tel Aviv University called 3-Sweep allows the extraction of 3D objects from regular photographs rapidly and intuitively. Using standard drawing tools, 3D objects are defined by starting with a basic shape and drawing a line through each axis. The software then builds the model allowing the user to transform the object in a variety of ways. When coupled with 3D printing, this method could lead to the ability to create physical 3D models of objects in regular photographs with ease."
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Simple Ring Offers Keyless Entry And Automatic Logins

kkleiner kkleiner writes  |  1 year,21 days

kkleiner (1468647) writes "As companies like Google seek to improve user security, a company called NFC Ring has developed a ring that could phase out the need for passwords or keys to houses. The simple looking ring stores two near-field communication (NFC) transmitters inside (which don't require a battery) and is read when passed near an appropriate reader. The company raised $380,000 in a crowdfunded campaign that even offered backers the transmitters alone so they could 3D print their own rings."
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Harvest Automation Brings Affordable Robotics to Big Ag

kkleiner kkleiner writes  |  1 year,27 days

kkleiner (1468647) writes "Boston-based Harvest Automation has made good on its mission to bring robots into the world of agriculture by introducing Harvey, a bot tasked with the rather modest job of moving plants around in nurseries and greenhouses because people aren't keen on doing the laborious work. At a price point of $30k each, two bots would cost the same as three unskilled human laborers who earn about $20k annually not to mention medical bills due to injury. Harvey's job may not be flashy, but considering the potted plant industry is valued at $50 billion, the bot's little impact could translate into significant money."
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Tooth-Like Structures Grown From Cells Harvested In Urine

kkleiner kkleiner writes  |  about a year ago

kkleiner (1468647) writes "Chinese researchers have successfully demonstrated that somatic cells found in human urine can be transformed into stem cells and grown into tooth-like structures in mice. While the tooth buds lacked the hardness of teeth, they reportedly still consisted of pulp, dentin, and enamel forming cells. This isn't the first time stem cells from urine have been used to grow tissue, but it's certainly the most unpalatable, which is likely to be a significant barrier to widespread adoption of pee teeth."
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Mona Lisa 'Painted' At 1/3 Width Of Human Hair

kkleiner kkleiner writes  |  about a year ago

kkleiner (1468647) writes "Researchers at Georgia Tech have reproduced the Mona Lisa at 100,000 times smaller than Da Vinci's original painting. Using an atomic force microscopy technique called thermochemical nanolithography, the individual pixels that make up the grayscale image are made from chemical reactions and spaced 125 nanometers apart. It's an elaborate way to demonstrate a new technique, but one that also shows the kind of mastery that nanoapplications will demand."
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Robot Produces Paintings With That 'Imperfect' Human Look

kkleiner kkleiner writes  |  about a year ago

kkleiner (1468647) writes "An artistic robotic system named e-David has been developed that produces paintings that appear to be created by humans. Using an iterative process of brush strokes and image comparison, e-David's assembly line welder arm can paint in up to 24 colors and add shading where needed. The robot even cleans its five brushes along the way, according to University of Konstanz researchers who developed the system as an exercise in machine learning."
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