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Two South African Cancer Patients Receive 3D Printed Titanium Jaw Implants

Two South African Cancer Patients Receive 3D Printed Titanium Jaw Implants | 21st Century Innovative Technologies and Developments as also discoveries, curiosity ( insolite)... | Scoop.it

Advancements in medicine are taking place at rates we have never seen before. Whether it's IBM's Watson computer taking advantage of its insanely powerful compu...


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Squink Lets You Print A Circuit Board For The Price Of A Cup Of Coffee

Squink Lets You Print A Circuit Board For The Price Of A Cup Of Coffee | 21st Century Innovative Technologies and Developments as also discoveries, curiosity ( insolite)... | Scoop.it
3D printing has changed the way engineers test products, allowing them to cut down on time and costs. But what about 3D printing the components that go into.


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Can Pepper the Robot Become Your Best Friend? [Video]

Published on 10 Jul 2014

Manufactured by French company Aldebaran, 'Pepper' is a humanoid robot designed to live with human beings. 

'Pepper' can translate what mood a person is in by a knowledge of universal emotions (joy, surprise, anger, doubt and sadness.) It can analyse facial expression, body language and words. 'Pepper' will then adapt to your needs...

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Manufactured by French company Aldebaran, 'Pepper' is a humanoid robot designed to live with human beings. 

'Pepper' can translate what mood a person is in by a knowledge of universal emotions (joy, surprise, anger, doubt and sadness.) It can analyse facial expression, body language and words. 'Pepper' will then adapt to your needs...


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Surgeons Use 3D Printing to Remove Previously Inoperable Tumour From Child

Surgeons Use 3D Printing to Remove Previously Inoperable Tumour From Child | 21st Century Innovative Technologies and Developments as also discoveries, curiosity ( insolite)... | Scoop.it
Group of surgeons have used 3D-printed models to test out incredibly difficult tumour surgery.


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Researchers may have solved graphene’s production problems, cleared way for mass production

Researchers may have solved graphene’s production problems, cleared way for mass production | 21st Century Innovative Technologies and Developments as also discoveries, curiosity ( insolite)... | Scoop.it
A new method of producing graphene could be the major breakthrough scientists are looking for. If the new method of producing the material on a thin polymer works at commercial scale, it could clear the way for mass production.


The potential for reproducing and adopting these graphene-like carbon nanosheets for other markets is what makes this story interesting. The team didn’t say what percent of the graphene was defect-free, but they do claim that this new manufacturing method is far simpler and less prone to failure than previous types of graphene production.


If this technique can be adapted to semiconductors or other types of solar cells, it could be far more useful than any marginal gain in organic solar cell efficiency.


According to Dr. Han Ik Joh at the Korean Institute for Science and Technology, graphene can be produced in a similar manner to carbon fiber — and while that’s hardly cheap, it’s still better than our current methods.


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The potential for reproducing and adopting these graphene-like carbon nanosheets for other markets is what makes this story interesting. The team didn’t say what percent of the graphene was defect-free, but they do claim that this new manufacturing method is far simpler and less prone to failure than previous types of graphene production.


If this technique can be adapted to semiconductors or other types of solar cells, it could be far more useful than any marginal gain in organic solar cell efficiency.


According to Dr. Han Ik Joh at the Korean Institute for Science and Technology, graphene can be produced in a similar manner to carbon fiber — and while that’s hardly cheap, it’s still better than our current methods.


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NASA’s tiny 460GHz vacuum transistor that could one day replace silicon FETs | Nano Technology

NASA’s tiny 460GHz vacuum transistor that could one day replace silicon FETs | Nano Technology | 21st Century Innovative Technologies and Developments as also discoveries, curiosity ( insolite)... | Scoop.it
Way back in the salad days of digital computing (the 1940s and '50s), computers were made of vacuum tubes -- big, hot, clunky devices that, when you got right down to it, were essentially glorified light bulbs. This is why early computers like the ENIAC weighed more than 27 tons and consumed more power than a small town. Later, obviously, vacuum tubes would be replaced by probably the greatest invention of all time -- the solid-state transistor -- which would allow for the creation of smaller, faster, cheaper, and more reliable computers. Fast forward to 2014, though, and the humble CMOS field-effect transistor (FET) is starting to show its age. We've pretty much hit the limit on shrinking silicon transistors any further, and they can't operate at speeds much faster than a few gigahertz. Which is why NASA's Ames Research Center is going back to the future with its new vacuum transistor -- a nanometer-scale vacuum tube that, in early testing, has reached speeds of up to 460GHz.
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Scientists May Have Found A Way To Bring Back Memories Of Dementia Patients

Scientists May Have Found A Way To Bring Back Memories Of Dementia Patients | 21st Century Innovative Technologies and Developments as also discoveries, curiosity ( insolite)... | Scoop.it
"Since our work shows we can reverse the processes that weaken synapses, we could potentially counteract some of the beta amyloid's effects of Alzheimer's."




The scientists found they could then re-activate the lost memory by re-stimulating the same nerves with a memory-forming, high-frequency train of optical pulses.

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The scientists found they could then re-activate the lost memory by re-stimulating the same nerves with a memory-forming, high-frequency train of optical pulses.


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New nanotechnology method sneaks drugs into cancer cells before triggering release

New nanotechnology method sneaks drugs into cancer cells before triggering release | 21st Century Innovative Technologies and Developments as also discoveries, curiosity ( insolite)... | Scoop.it
New nanotechnology method sneaks drugs into cancer cells before triggering release


Biomedical engineering researchers have developed a nanotechnology anti-cancer drug delivery method that essentially smuggles the drug into a cancer cell before triggering its release ("Enhanced Anticancer Efficacy by ATP-Mediated Liposomal Drug Delivery"). The method can be likened to keeping a cancer-killing bomb and its detonator separate until they are inside a cancer cell, where they then combine to destroy the cell.


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Biomedical engineering researchers have developed a nanotechnology anti-cancer drug delivery method that essentially smuggles the drug into a cancer cell before triggering its release ("Enhanced Anticancer Efficacy by ATP-Mediated Liposomal Drug Delivery"). The method can be likened to keeping a cancer-killing bomb and its detonator separate until they are inside a cancer cell, where they then combine to destroy the cell.


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Physicists discover how to change the crystal structure of graphene

Physicists discover how to change the crystal structure of graphene | 21st Century Innovative Technologies and Developments as also discoveries, curiosity ( insolite)... | Scoop.it
A University of Arizona-led team of physicists has discovered how to change the crystal structure of graphene, more commonly known as pencil lead, with an electric field, an important step toward the possible use of graphene in microprocessors that would be smaller and faster than current, silicon-based ...


Unlike silicon transistors used now, graphene-based transistors could be extremely thin, making the device much smaller, and since electrons move through graphene much faster than through silicon, the devices would enable faster computing.

In addition, silicon-based transistors are being manufactured to function as one of two types – p-type or n-type – whereas graphene could operate as both. This would make them cheaper to produce and more versatile in their applications.


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Unlike silicon transistors used now, graphene-based transistors could be extremely thin, making the device much smaller, and since electrons move through graphene much faster than through silicon, the devices would enable faster computing.

In addition, silicon-based transistors are being manufactured to function as one of two types – p-type or n-type – whereas graphene could operate as both. This would make them cheaper to produce and more versatile in their applications.

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Nanotech Battery Breakthrough Promises 30 Second Smartphone Charging

Nanotech Battery Breakthrough Promises 30 Second Smartphone Charging | 21st Century Innovative Technologies and Developments as also discoveries, curiosity ( insolite)... | Scoop.it
VideoSmartphones are some of the most useful devices we own. However, their battery life leaves a lot to be desired. Even the most power frugal devices need to be charged daily during heavy use - something that many of us have found out to our cost. However, it's not just capacity [...]


Imagine, then, being able to charge your smartphone in 30 seconds? This could revolutionize how we use out treasured devices and could mean that their limited battery life isn’t quite as limiting as it is today. Simply find a power socket at home or work if you’re running low, and 30 seconds later you’re ready for that long commute on the train or day trip by the sea or in the mountains. Hopefully we won’t have too long to wait.


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Imagine, then, being able to charge your smartphone in 30 seconds? This could revolutionize how we use out treasured devices and could mean that their limited battery life isn’t quite as limiting as it is today. Simply find a power socket at home or work if you’re running low, and 30 seconds later you’re ready for that long commute on the train or day trip by the sea or in the mountains. Hopefully we won’t have too long to wait.


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Se chauffer à l’énergie solaire… même la nuit !

Se chauffer à l’énergie solaire… même la nuit ! | 21st Century Innovative Technologies and Developments as also discoveries, curiosity ( insolite)... | Scoop.it
Grâce à un système composé de nanotubes de carbone, des scientifiques du MIT et de Harvard ont réussi à stocker une plus grande partie de l’énergie solaire sous forme chimique, de manière à pouvoir produire de la chaleur à la nuit tombée…...


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A luminescent nanoparticle to advance photodynamic cancer therapy

A luminescent nanoparticle to advance photodynamic cancer therapy


A University of Texas at Arlington physicist working to create a luminescent nanoparticle to use in security-related radiation detection may have instead happened upon an advance in photodynamic cancer therapy.Wei Chen, professor of physics and co-director of UT Arlington’s Center for Security Advances Via Applied Nanotechnology, was testing a copper-cysteamine complex created in his lab when he discovered unexplained decreases in its luminescence, or light emitting power, over a time-lapse exposure to X-rays.

Looking further, he found that the nanoparticles, called Cu-Cy, were losing energy as they emitted singlet oxygen – a toxic byproduct that is used to damage cancer cells in photodynamic therapy.

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A University of Texas at Arlington physicist working to create a luminescent nanoparticle to use in security-related radiation detection may have instead happened upon an advance in photodynamic cancer therapy.Wei Chen, professor of physics and co-director of UT Arlington’s Center for Security Advances Via Applied Nanotechnology, was testing a copper-cysteamine complex created in his lab when he discovered unexplained decreases in its luminescence, or light emitting power, over a time-lapse exposure to X-rays.


Looking further, he found that the nanoparticles, called Cu-Cy, were losing energy as they emitted singlet oxygen – a toxic byproduct that is used to damage cancer cells in photodynamic therapy.

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Moon Turns Blood Red - Lunar Eclipse Time-Lapse Video - YouTube

Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, CA captured this time lapse imagery of the 'Blood Moon' lunar eclipse, from moments before Earth completely blocked the ...
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Flexible Printed Batteries May Soon Power Wearable Tech

Flexible Printed Batteries May Soon Power Wearable Tech | 21st Century Innovative Technologies and Developments as also discoveries, curiosity ( insolite)... | Scoop.it

A California startup is developing flexible, rechargeable batteries that can be printed cheaply on commonly used industrial screen printers. Imprint Energy, of Alameda, California, has been testing its ultra-thin zinc-polymer batteries in wrist-worn devices and hopes to sell them to manufacturers of wearable electronics, medical devices, smart labels and environmental sensors.


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A California startup is developing flexible, rechargeable batteries that can be printed cheaply on commonly used industrial screen printers. Imprint Energy, of Alameda, California, has been testing its ultra-thin zinc-polymer batteries in wrist-worn devices and hopes to sell them to manufacturers of wearable electronics, medical devices, smart labels and environmental sensors.


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Wheelchair That Follows Your Eyes [Video]

Published on 10 Jul 2014

Scientists in London have developed a system that enables wheelchair users to move around by simply looking in the direction they want to go.

Researchers at Imperial College, London say the technology is simple and cheap and could transform the lives of people unable to use their limbs...


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Scientists in London have developed a system that enables wheelchair users to move around by simply looking in the direction they want to go.

Researchers at Imperial College, London say the technology is simple and cheap and could transform the lives of people unable to use their limbs...


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MIT finger device reads to the blind in real time

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Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words.
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Neurobridge Turns Thoughts Into Movements - Science - YouTube

The dream of electrically bypassing spinal cord injuries to restore movement to paralysed limbs is becoming a reality. Thanks to technology developed by rese...
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Kodomoroid and Otonaroid: Professor Ishiguro's new androids at Miraikan - YouTube

From June 25, Miraikan in Odaiba will present an exhibition showcasing the latest innovations in humanoid robotics. The exhibition features a number of robots, including Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro's newest androids.


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NASA installs space laser on the ISS, uses it to transmit high-speed data back to Earth

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NASA has successfully completed the first test of the International Space Station's new OPALS laser communications system. OPALS links the ISS to an observatory here on Earth at very high speeds (around 50 megabits per second), allowing for the real-time transmission of high-resolution video among other things. This is orders of magnitude faster than existing radio-based links, and is a significant step forward for future space exploration.
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Nature inspires drones of the future

Nature inspires drones of the future | 21st Century Innovative Technologies and Developments as also discoveries, curiosity ( insolite)... | Scoop.it
Researchers have been taking tips from nature to build the next generation of flying robots. Based on the mechanisms adopted by birds, bats, insects and snakes, scientists have developed solutions to some of the common problems that drones could be faced with when navigating through an urban environment and performing novel tasks for the benefit of society.


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Amazing and it holds great promise to apply nature to design robots but ask students, what potential ethical dilemmas does this pose? If robots begin to look and act like those in nature, whose to regulate how these robots are used?

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3D-printed cast concept uses ultrasound to heal broken bones

3D-printed cast concept uses ultrasound to heal broken bones | 21st Century Innovative Technologies and Developments as also discoveries, curiosity ( insolite)... | Scoop.it

Last year, Victoria University of Wellington graduate Jake Evill created the Cortex cast, a concept that sought to potentially replace traditional plaster casts while also offering the added benefit of being lightweight and odor-free. Now, the Osteoid cast, a new concept designed by Deniz Karasahin, takes things a step further by adding an ultrasound device meant to speed up the healing process.


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Last year, Victoria University of Wellington graduate Jake Evill created the Cortex cast, a concept that sought to potentially replace traditional plaster casts while also offering the added benefit of being lightweight and odor-free. Now, the Osteoid cast, a new concept designed by Deniz Karasahin, takes things a step further by adding an ultrasound device meant to speed up the healing process.


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Brilliant, but how do you get the signatures on it??

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It's no joke – the robots will really take over this time

It's no joke – the robots will really take over this time | 21st Century Innovative Technologies and Developments as also discoveries, curiosity ( insolite)... | Scoop.it
If capitalism can outsource low-paid jobs, why can't it replace the middle classes with automatons, asks John Naughton


A point of inflection, it explains, is a point on a curve at which the curvature or concavity changes sign from plus to minus (or vice versa). Since this sounds like a smaller deal than the wholesale upheaval prophesied by Brynjolfsson and McAfee, Grossman might have got more mileage out of "tipping point", which, though different to inflection, seems to me to get closer to the nub of the question.



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A point of inflection, it explains, is a point on a curve at which the curvature or concavity changes sign from plus to minus (or vice versa). Since this sounds like a smaller deal than the wholesale upheaval prophesied by Brynjolfsson and McAfee, Grossman might have got more mileage out of "tipping point", which, though different to inflection, seems to me to get closer to the nub of the question.

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Strom ohne Kabel: Forscher funken Strom 5 Meter

Strom ohne Kabel: Forscher funken Strom 5 Meter | 21st Century Innovative Technologies and Developments as also discoveries, curiosity ( insolite)... | Scoop.it
Forscher aus Südkorea haben es erstmals geschafft, einen Fernseher drahtlos mit Strom zu versorgen. Sie überbrückten dabei eine Entfernung von 5 Metern. In Zukunft soll es nach dem Willen der Forscher WLAN-ähnliche Strom-Hotspots geben.
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Cancer Immunotherapy

Cancer Immunotherapy | 21st Century Innovative Technologies and Developments as also discoveries, curiosity ( insolite)... | Scoop.it
The Cancer Research Institute (CRI) is the world's only nonprofit leader dedicated exclusively to advancing immunology and immunotherapy to conquer all cancers.


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Nanotechnology researchers produce new anti-cancer drug from turmeric

Nanotechnology researchers produce new anti-cancer drug from turmeric | 21st Century Innovative Technologies and Developments as also discoveries, curiosity ( insolite)... | Scoop.it
Nanotechnology researchers produce new anti-cancer drug from turmeric


The compound is made of curcumin found in the extract of turmeric, and has desirable physical and chemical stability and prevents the proliferation of cancer cells.In this drug, curcumin with high efficiency (approximately 87%) was loaded in the polymeric nanocarrier, and it created a spherical structure with the size of 140 nm.

The drug has high physical and chemical stability. The drug was used successfully in laboratory conditions in the treatment of a type of aggressive tumor in the central nervous system, called glioblastoma (GBM).


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