Could it be that Alzheimer’s disease stems from the toxic remnants of the brain’s attempt to fight off infection? Provocative new research by a team of investigators at Harvard leads to this startling hypothesis, which could explain the origins of plaque, the mysterious hard little balls that pockmark the brains of people with Alzheimer’s. It is still early days, but Alzheimer’s experts not associated with the work are captivated by the idea that infections, including ones that are too mild to elicit symptoms, may produce a fierce reaction that leaves debris in the brain, causing Alzheimer’s. The idea is surprising, but it makes sense, and the Harvard group’s data, published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine, supports it. If it holds up, the hypothesis has major implications for preventing and treating this degenerative brain disease.
GE’s CEO attacks protectionism, and signals a big change in the company’s globalization strategy. General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt, in a speech that may signal an end to seven decades of globalization, said his company is making a “bold pivot” in strategy as a response to rising protectionist political pressures. Immelt told graduates at New York University’s Stern School of Business on Friday that they are “entering a volatile global economy, the most uncertain I have ever seen.” In particular, he said, “globalization is being attacked as never before.” “In the face of a protectionist global environment, companies must navigate the world on their own,” he said. “We must level the playing field, without government engagement. This requires dramatic transformation.”
Although it's getting increasingly common to see solar panels on the roofs of homes, household wind turbines are still a fairly rare sight. If Rotterdam-based tech firm The Archimedes has its way, however, that will soon change. Today the company officially introduced its Liam F1 Urban Wind Turbine, which is said to have an energy yield that is "80 percent of the maximum that is theoretically feasible." That's quite the assertion, given that most conventional wind turbines average around 25 to 50 percent.
The 75-kg (165-lb) 1.5-meter (5-ft)-wide Liam obviously doesn't look much like a typical turbine. It draws on the form of the nautilus shell, and the screw pump invented by ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes of Syracuse.
Cancer and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's are all able to be better treated if detected early. Unfortunately, this is not always the case as symptoms may not appear until these diseases are well established. To help counteract this problem, scientists at the National Nanotechnology Laboratory (LNNano) in Brazil have created a biosensor capable of rapidly detecting molecules specifically linked to various cancers and neurological diseases. Essentially a nanometer-size, single-layer organic transistor mounted on a glass slide, the new biosensor contains a reduced form of a peptide (a short chain amino acids; also referred to as "small proteins") known as glutathione (GSH). This substance, when exposed to the enzyme glutathione S-transferase (GST) – associated with Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, breast cancer and a number of other diseases – creates a reaction that is detected by the transistor.
Hycore Turns Bikes into E-Bikes Hycore has developed an innovative all-in-one wheel that can convert an ordinary bike into an electric one. The Centinel Wheel houses all the necessary components of an electric drive system including motor, battery, and controller and is expected to drive the growth of the local e-bike market. Park Dong-hyeon, the CEO of the company shares his business motto as well as how he came to found a startup specializing in motor technology for eco-friendly modes of transport.
When it comes to things that people don't do as often or as well as they should, tooth-brushing would have to be at the top of the list. While it usually just comes down to laziness, a lot of people claim that they don't brush their teeth properly because they don't have time. Well, with the new Blizzident toothbrush (if it can be called a toothbrush), a full and complete cleaning of the teeth can reportedly be accomplished in just six seconds.
Internal combustion engines are likely to remain in widespread use for some time yet, but it's possible that we may be bidding adieu to that most iconic of engine parts, the spark plug. Researchers from Japan's National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) are creating laser igniters that could one day replace spark plugs in automobile engines. Not only would these lasers allow for better performance and fuel economy, but cars using them would also create less harmful emissions.
Located at the top of each engine cylinder, spark plugs send a high-voltage electrical spark across a gap between their two metal electrodes. That spark ignites the compressed air-fuel mixture in the cylinder, causing a controlled mini-explosion that pushes the piston down.
Project Ara, Google's attempt to build a smartphone that lets you swap out its parts like Lego blocks -- just by popping them on and off. Slide in a couple of speaker modules if you're throwing a party, insert an additional battery if you'll be out on the town or even slot in exotic modules like glucometers (for diabetics) or sensors to measure air quality. While we've recently seen LG attempt to build a modular smartphone with the G5, these Ara snap-on concepts are the kind of features you'd never find on a normal phone built for mass-market adoption. With an Ara smartphone, you can snap on new parts.
Hover Camera--an AI-powered self-flying drone that was the biggest hit of the GMIC Beijing 2016 trade show.
The event, sometimes called "The CES of China," is taking place April 28 to May 2 at the China National Convention Center, just steps away from where the 2008 Beijing Olympics wowed the world.
Hover Camera supplied the wow factor for GMIC. After Wang, the CEO and co-founder, did a short on-stage demo early in the show, he had tech industry executives, VCs, and attendees tugging at him all week to talk about the product. No booth was more crowded or had more buzz than the black Hover Camera stall where demos of the product whirled around all day.
That's not bad for a product and a company that quietly announced themselves to the public just two days before GMIC started.
Amazon, fundamentally, is a far more innovative company than any other tech company in existence. Here's why. Many of us use services from Amazon.com in one way or another every day. But even though we are all intimately familiar with the company, and how it impacts our lives, it's hard to grok the totality of the company and what it provides. At the most simplistic level, Amazon is just another shopping cart site, an electronic retailer. Except, of course, Amazon is pretty much the electronic retailer, eclipsing even Walmart's brick-and-mortar operation in many areas.
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The sky is the limit Based on the research we’re seeing today, the field of applied material science is set to move in new, almost science-fiction-like directions. Looming resource scarcity is demanding innovations and out-of-the-box thinking. On the materials front, composites with such desirable attributes as low weight, high strength and high durability look likely to take a larger market share, and more of these materials will likely be based on renewable resources, as the need for this becomes greater. The most promising jewel in this arena is graphene. Graphene is a single atom thick (1 million times thinner than a human hair) but 200 times stronger than steel by weight, extremely flexible, super light and almost transparent with great heat and electricity conductivity. It’s the stuff legends are made of.
The installation, which went into operation last year, is constructed so that it generates up to 57 percent more energy than a rooftop solar plant. (The finished plant is expected to generate up to 20 percent more energy than a land-based array.) The panels are specially coated to prevent corrosion, and set on a tracking system that moves them to maximize sunlight during the course of a day.
Wind turbines are an increasingly popular way to generate clean energy with large-scale wind farms springing up all over the world. However, many residents near proposed wind farm sites have raised concerns over the aesthetics and the low frequency vibrations they claim are generated by wind turbines. An interesting Windstalk concept devised by New York design firm Atelier DNA could overcome both these problems while still allowing a comparable amount of electricity to be generated by the wind.
If you'd like the ease of an electric bicycle but don't want to give up your perfectly good "manual" bike, there is something you can do – you can replace your bike's existing rear wheel with the electrically-powered Copenhagen Wheel or FlyKly, or replace its front wheel with the Omni Wheel. Those three products may soon have to make room for another competitor, however, as the Centinel Wheel enters the marketplace.
Like the Copenhagen Wheel and the FlyKly, the Centinel is swapped with a regular bike's back wheel – plans call for it to first be made in a 26-inch wheel size, with other sizes to follow.
Use your bike to go up to 20 miles per hour for 20-50 miles - quick installation, universal compatibility. The Patent Pending GeoOrbital wheel is an evolution of the orbital wheel (the wheels on the TRON Motorcycles). The GeoOrbital wheel replaces a standard bicycle front wheel to turn your bike into a powerful electric bike in under 60 seconds
From the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy's Babel fish to Star Trek's universal translator, science fiction has found ways to break down the intergalactic language barriers, but it's something those of us in the real world are still struggling with. New York startup Waverly Labs is now claiming it's ready to make fiction a reality with the Pilot earpiece, which sits in your ear to provide near real-time translations of multilingual conversations.
We've been keeping an eye on the progress of Google's Project Ara for a while now, and the radio silence had us a little worried. The idea for a modular smartphone, where individual hardware components like cameras, speakers and battery packs can be easily swapped out to customize your device, was too intriguing to languish in limbo. But Ara will languish no more, as the tech giant gave the project some much needed attention at its I/O conference last week. We now know a lot more about how the system works, how it fits into the current landscape of modular phones and why we should be (at least cautiously) excited about it.
It’s been almost five years since we heard that “software is eating the world.” The number of SaaS applications has exploded and there is a rising wave of software innovation in the area of APIs that provide critical connective tissue and increasingly important functionality. There has been a proliferation of third-party API companies, which is fundamentally changing the dynamics of how software is created and brought to market.
The application programming interface (API) has been a key part of software development for decades as a way to develop for a specific platform, such as Microsoft Windows. More recently, newer platform providers, from Salesforce to Facebook and Google, have offered APIs that help the developer and have, in effect, created a developer dependency on these platforms.
Clutter is a special challenge for robots, but new Carnegie Mellon University software is helping robots cope, whether they're beating a path across the Moon or grabbing a milk jug from the back of the refrigerator. The software not only helped a robot deal efficiently with clutter, it surprisingly revealed the robot's creativity in solving problems. "It was exploiting sort of superhuman capabilities," Siddhartha Srinivasa, associate professor of robotics, said of his lab's two-armed mobile robot, the Home Exploring Robot Butler, or HERB. "The robot's wrist has a 270-degree range, which led to behaviors we didn't expect. Sometimes, we're blinded by our own anthropomorphism
De fintechrevolutie is werkelijkheid geworden. Waar de eerste fintechstart-ups een paar jaar geleden opgericht werden, zijn er nu wereldwijd meer dan 12.000 actief en snoepen ze langzaam aan het marktaandeel van banken. Volgens McKinsey en Accenture, staat 35 à 40 procent van de inkomsten van banken op het spel.
Het besef bij de banken, althans de meeste, is er inmiddels wel degelijk dat er iets moet gebeuren. Sterker nog: als je nu nog moet starten, ben je waarschijnlijk te laat. Want de verandering die gevraagd wordt, is een fundamentele. Het traditionele model van de bank moet drastisch om: van een op rendement en kosten gebaseerd model naar een model dat volledig op klanten is gericht. Een model dat erop gericht is zoveel mogelijk waarde voor de klant toe te voegen. Back to basics dus. Want banken zijn ooit begonnen als pure dienstverleners. En ze worden gedwongen om dat weer te gaan doen.
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