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Can Artificial Retinas Restore Natural Sight? | MIT Technology Review

Can Artificial Retinas Restore Natural Sight?  | MIT Technology Review | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
Artificial retinas give the blind only the barest sense of what’s visible, but researchers are working hard to improve that.
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Buddhist monk is the world's happiest man - NY Daily News

Buddhist monk is the world's happiest man - NY Daily News | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
As he grins serenely and his burgundy robes billow in the fresh Himalayan wind, it is not difficult to see why scientists declared Matthieu Ricard the happiest man they had ever tested.
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Patterned hearts: Bioengineers create rubber-like material bearing micropatterns for stronger, more elastic hearts

Patterned hearts: Bioengineers create rubber-like material bearing micropatterns for stronger, more elastic hearts | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it

A team of bioengineers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) is the first to report creating artificial heart tissue that closely mimics the functions of natural heart tissue through the use of human-based materials. Their work will advance how clinicians treat the damaging effects caused by heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.

 

"Scientists and clinicians alike are eager for new approaches to creating artificial heart tissues that resemble the native tissues as much as possible, in terms of physical properties and function," said Nasim Annabi, PhD, BWH Renal Division, first study author. "Current biomaterials used to repair hearts after a heart attack and other cardiovascular events lack suitable functionality and strength. We are introducing an alternative that has the mechanical properties and functions of native heart tissue."

 

The researchers created MeTro gel-an advanced rubber-like material made from tropoelastin, the protein in human tissues that makes them elastic. The gel was then combined with microfabrication techniques to generate gels containing well-defined micropatterns for high elasticity.

 

The researchers then used these highly elastic micropatterned gels to create heart tissue that contained beating heart muscle cells.

 

"The micropatterned gel provides elastic mechanical support of natural heart muscle tissue as demonstrated by its ability to promote attachment, spreading, alignment, function and communication of heart muscle cells," said Annabi.

 

The researchers state that MeTro gel will provide a model for future studies on how heart cells behave. Moreover, the work lays the foundation for creating more elaborate 3D versions of heart tissue that will contain vascular networks.

 

"This can be achieved by assembling tandem layers of micropatterned MeTro gels seeded with heart muscles cells in different layers," said Ali Khademhosseini, PhD, BWH Division of Biomedical Engineering, co-senior study author. "As we continue to move forward with finding better ways to mend a broken heart, we hope the biomaterials we engineer will allow us to successfully address the limitations of current artificial tissues."

 


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Why This Japanese Woman Turned into a "Plastic Surgery Cyborg" - Kotaku - Kotaku

Why This Japanese Woman Turned into a "Plastic Surgery Cyborg" - Kotaku - Kotaku | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
Why This Japanese Woman Turned into a "Plastic Surgery Cyborg" - Kotaku
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Meet Vanilla Chamu. She greets fellow Japanese people with a "bonjour" and claims to be from the Palace of Versailles. She's not, of course.
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Google Glass winners: cyborg elites, or just a bunch of Glassholes? - Macleans.ca

Google Glass winners: cyborg elites, or just a bunch of Glassholes? - Macleans.ca | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
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New company applies regenerative medicine to corneal transplants

New company applies regenerative medicine to corneal transplants | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
Ocular Systems, Inc. (OSI), Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and the North Carolina Eye Bank have formed a new company based on a promising new technology aimed at engineering replacement corneas in the lab for transplantation.
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When Everybody Starts Wearing Smartglasses, Google Won’t Be the Only Player: Scientific American

When Everybody Starts Wearing Smartglasses, Google Won’t Be the Only Player: Scientific American | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
Sales of the devices will depend on development of compelling apps

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Google Glass is just the beginning. The search giant’s smartglasses are in the headlines, but numerous other players are also looking to cash in on what’s expected to be a boom in eyewear that puts virtual and augmented reality face-front.

Smartglasses overlay digital information onto the wearer’s view of the real world. Usage scenarios are limited only by developers’ imaginations. Google Glass has apps for search, navigation, photo capture and sharing, to name a few. Commercial possibilities include enhanced vision systems for use in manufacturing, engineering, health care and other industries. A surgeon could have all of a patient’s vital information literally in front of his eyes while operating, for example.


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This Mask Gives You Superhuman Abilities

This Mask Gives You Superhuman Abilities | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
Fans of "Iron Man," take notice: A group of students at the Royal College of Art in London have created masks that give you superhuman sight and hearing.
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Stranger Visions: DNA Collected from Found Objects Used to Create 3D Portraits | Colossal

Stranger Visions: DNA Collected from Found Objects Used to Create 3D Portraits | Colossal | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it

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Color-Shifting Contact Lenses Alert Diabetics to Glucose Levels

Color-Shifting Contact Lenses Alert Diabetics to Glucose Levels | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
Diabetics are saddled with the unenviable task of checking their blood sugar levels constantly, usually through a repeated ritual of pin-pricks and blood

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Amputee rock climber heals with bionics - CNN.com Video

Art of Movement meets MIT professor Hugh Herr who has created the world's most advanced bionic ankle.
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New adverts 'could track your eyes' | Cyborgs_T...

New adverts 'could track your eyes' | Cyborgs_T... | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
Technology which can locate your eyes and track your gaze has been developed by a team at Lancaster University.- An advertising system which is able to track your eye movements while you shop has been created by researchers based at Lancaster...
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Enthiran, Sci fi movie from India addresses Postmodern memes

Enthiran, Sci fi movie from India addresses Postmodern memes | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
I often wonder why movies from India don’t really get the serious attention they deserve apart from international admiration for them being colorful !
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Self-assembling furniture 'grows like popcorn'

Assembling your own furniture, after you have brought it home from the showroom, is a nightmare for many people. So, what if flat-pack furniture was smart enough to assemble itself?

Belgian designer and engineer Carl de Smet is experimenting with a kind of smart foam technology, which he believes could do just that. Once heated to a set temperature, the material he works with, shape memory polyurethane (SMPU), will expand to a given design.

Currently working with scaled-down models, de Smet is close to building the technology to achieve the effect with full-size furniture.


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33rd Square: Is It Humanity's Fate To Be The 'Mitochondria' of Super-Intelligent AIs?

33rd Square: Is It Humanity's Fate To Be The 'Mitochondria' of Super-Intelligent AIs? | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it

According to microbiologist and science fiction author, Joan Slonczweski, humanity's future might be similar to that of the mitochondria.Mitochondria were once independent organisms, but at some point, an ancestral cell absorbed and incorporated...


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Birth of the Bionic Eye - IEEE Spectrum

Birth of the Bionic Eye - IEEE Spectrum | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
In 2012, electrodes will bring eyesight to the blind (Birth of the Bionic Eye - IEEE Spectrum http://t.co/bVkxGyebft)
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Skin Cells Used To Create Personalized Bone Substitutes

Skin Cells Used To Create Personalized Bone Substitutes | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
A team of scientists from the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) Research Institute announced Monday the generation of patient-specific bone substitutes from skin cells capable of repairing large bone defects.

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New device can extract human DNA with full genetic data in minutes

New device can extract human DNA with full genetic data in minutes | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it

Engineers have created a device that can extract human DNA from fluid samples in a simpler, more efficient and environmentally friendly way than conventional methods.


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Focus on Seniors: Bionics helps amputee return to golf course - Florida Today

Focus on Seniors: Bionics helps amputee return to golf course - Florida Today | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
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Focus on Seniors: Bionics helps amputee return to golf course. May 1, 2013 |. Comments · Tweet. Email; Print; Share. LinkedIn; Tumblr; StumbleUpon; Reddit; Del.icio.us; Digg.
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TN to introduce regenerative medicine in veterinary care

TN to introduce regenerative medicine in veterinary care | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
In a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country, the Tamil Nadu government would introduce 'regenerative medicine' in veterinary care.
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Eric Schmidt & Jared Cohen - The New Digital Age

The New Digital Age is a book coming April 23, 2013 and is written by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen. Eric Schmidt is the Executive Chairman of Google and Jare...

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MEMORIES WITH MAYA is Released - Broadway World

MEMORIES WITH MAYA is Released - Broadway World | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
MEMORIES WITH MAYA is Released Broadway World Memories with Maya, is a hard scifi novel that cuts through genres, touching on today's hard science focus: Artificial Intelligence, the singularity, transhumanism and augmented Reality and how these...
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Mark Shaw: One very dry demo | Video on TED.com

Mark Shaw demos Ultra-Ever Dry, a liquid-repellent coating that acts as an astonishingly powerful shield against water and water-based materials. At the nano level, the spray covers a surface with an umbrella of air so that water bounces right off.

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Printable 'bionic' ear melds electronics and biology

Printable 'bionic' ear melds electronics and biology | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
Scientists at Princeton University used off-the-shelf printing tools to create a functional ear that can 'hear' radio frequencies far beyond the range of normal human capability.

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