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Plastic Surgery Practice - Regenerative Medicine Breakthrough: Bioengineered Ears Look, Act Like the Real Thing

Plastic Surgery Practice - Regenerative Medicine Breakthrough: Bioengineered Ears Look, Act Like the Real Thing | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
Plastic Surgery Practice is the brand that 12,000 plastic surgeons rely on for the latest information on the clinical innovations, practice-management trends, emerging products and technologies, and news stories that drive their field.
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Feather patterns reveal stem cell secrets › News in Science (ABC Science)

Feather patterns reveal stem cell secrets › News in Science (ABC Science) | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
A discovery that reveals how bird feathers get their patterns also has implications for regenerative medicine, say scientists.

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Thumb-type keyboard takes on Qwerty

Thumb-type keyboard takes on Qwerty | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
Researchers create a new keyboard which they claim lets people "thumb-type" faster on touchscreen devices such as tablets and large smartphones.

Dr Per Ola Kristensson, from St Andrews University, said traditional Qwerty keyboards had trapped users in "suboptimal text entry interfaces".

The new design has been dubbed KALQ, after the order of keys on one line.

Its creators used "computational optimisation techniques" to identify which gave the best performance.

Researchers at St Andrews, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Germany and Montana Tech in the US joined together to create the virtual keyboard, which will be available as a free app for Android-based devices.

According to the research team "two-thumb typing is ergonomically very different" from typing on physical Qwerty keyboards, which were developed for typewriters in the late 19th Century.


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Jury Punishes Advance Bionics with $7.25 Million Verdict for Selling Defective Cochlear Implants « FDS Blog

Jury Punishes Advance Bionics with $7.25 Million Verdict for Selling Defective Cochlear Implants #FDSBlog: http://t.co/2RTDOhbwwR #lawsuit
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From Estonia, water bottle band notifies users if they need to drink more

From Estonia, water bottle band notifies users if they need to drink more | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
Jomi Interactive has created a smart Bluetooth device that alerts users if they're not drinking enough water each day.

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Selling to Cyborgs: Marketing in the Age of Google Glass

Selling to Cyborgs: Marketing in the Age of Google Glass | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
As consumers become more and more cyborg-like, how are we going to sell to them?

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Consciousness After Death: Strange Tales From the Frontiers of Resuscitation Medicine | Wired Science | Wired.com

Consciousness After Death: Strange Tales From the Frontiers of Resuscitation Medicine | Wired Science | Wired.com | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it

Sam Parnia practices resuscitation medicine. In other words, he helps bring people back from the dead -- and some return with stories. Their tales could help save lives, and even change scientific ideas about the nature of consciousness.


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How to Build an Artificial Womb

How to Build an Artificial Womb | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
Artificial wombs are a staple of science fiction, but could we really build one? As time passes, we’re inching closer and closer to the day when it will finally become possible to grow a baby entirely outside the human body.
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A frog-like robot that crawls inside your abdomen-surgical device -bio-inspired robots | KurzweilAI

A frog-like robot that crawls inside your abdomen-surgical device -bio-inspired robots | KurzweilAI | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
Intra-abdominal robot prototype suspended on steel plate (credit: University of Leeds) Researchers at the University of Leeds are using the feet of tree

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Researchers at the University of Leeds are using the feet of tree frogs as a model for a tiny robot designed to crawl inside patients’ bodies during keyhole surgery.

It is designed to move across the internal abdominal wall of a patient, allowing surgeons to see what they are doing on a real-time video feed.

The tree frog’s feet provide a solution to the critical problem of getting the device to hold onto wet, slippery tissue when it is vertical or upside down. Although it is relatively easy to find ways of sticking to or gripping tissue, the patterns on the frog’s feet offer a way to hold and release a grip without harming the patient.

“Tree frogs have hexagonal patterned channels on their feet that when in contact with a wet surface build capillary bridges, and hence an adhesion force,” said Lead researcher Professor Anne Neville, Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies at the University of Leeds. It is the same kind of idea as a beer glass sticking to a beer mat, but the patterns build a large number of adhesion points that allow our robot to move around on a very slippery surface when it is upside down.

“While basic capillary action works to an extent, the adhesion fails as soon as there is movement, so we have looked at the tiny mechanisms used in nature. It is only if you look at the scale of a thousandth of a millimeter, that you can get enough adhesion to give the robust attachment we need.”

The frog-inspired robot has four feet — each capable of holding a maximum of about 15 grams for each square centimeter in contact with a slippery surface. The researchers are aiming for a device that is 20×20×20mm, though they have been working on a prototype that is near double this size.

They are now trying to halve the size of their prototype so that it can fit through the incisions made during keyhole surgery. The prototype’s weight is currently of the order of 20g and can be reduced much further.

The surgical device is one of a number of bio-inspired robots created by University of Leeds’ researchers, including an electric “mole” designed to dig through rubble in disaster zones and a giant robo-worm that mimics the nervous system of a real nematode worm.

The study was funded by a £450,000 grant from the New and Emerging Applications of Technology (NEAT) fund.


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Antibody transforms stem cells directly into brain cells

Antibody transforms stem cells directly into brain cells | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
In a serendipitous discovery, scientists have found a way to turn bone marrow stem cells directly into brain cells. (RT @GuneetWalia: Antibody trans-differentiates bone marrow #StemCells directly to brain cells!
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Real-life Hurt Locker: how bomb-proof suits work

Real-life Hurt Locker: how bomb-proof suits work | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
Say you're a professional bomb defuser, like the soldiers in the Oscar-nominated film The Hurt Locker — and the bomb you're working on suddenly goes off. Do you just kiss your adrenaline-addicted ass goodbye?
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How to print microvessels and other 3D microstructures in seconds

How to print microvessels and other 3D microstructures in seconds | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it

Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a novel technology that can fabricate, in mere seconds, microscale three dimensional (3D) structures out of soft, biocompatible hydrogels. Near term, the technology could lead to better systems for growing and studying cells, including stem cells, in the laboratory. Long-term, the goal is to be able to print biological tissues for regenerative medicine.

 

For example, in the future, doctors may repair the damage caused by heart attack by replacing it with tissue that rolled off of a printer.

The biofabrication technology, called dynamic optical projection stereolithography (DOPsL), was developed in the laboratory of NanoEngineering Professor Shaochen Chen. Current fabrication techniques, such as photolithography and micro-contact printing, are limited to generating simple geometries or 2D patterns, while stereolithography can print large objects such as tools and car parts.

 

The new biofabrication technique uses a computer projection system and precisely controlled micromirrors to shine light on a selected area of a solution containing photo-sensitive biopolymers and cells. This photo-induced solidification process forms one layer of solid structure at a time, but in a continuous fashion.


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Hybrid 3-D Printer Used to Create Cartilage Implants | Wired Design | Wired.com

Hybrid 3-D Printer Used to Create Cartilage Implants | Wired Design | Wired.com | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
Scientists at the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine have pioneered an approach to replace damaged cartilage, combining two low-cost techniques: electrospinning and inkjet printing. That's right.

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DC Unveils CYBORG SUPERMAN Design Sketches

DC Unveils CYBORG SUPERMAN Design Sketches | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
DC Comics has unveiled Kenneth Rocafort design sketches for the New 52 Cyborg Superman. Official Press Release Some of you might remember the last time a Cyborg Superman showed up. Would we dare re...
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The difference between people and machine will blur as we trek through the decades ahead.

The difference between people and machine will blur as we trek through the decades ahead. | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
As we move into the late 2030s and 2040s, the most salient scenario is that we will merge with our technology gradually, not overnight.

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Samsung tests brainwave technology to find new ways to interact with mobile devices - Neurogadget.com

Samsung tests brainwave technology to find new ways to interact with mobile devices - Neurogadget.com | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
Samsung is actively doing research on brainwave technology to find an alternative way of interaction with mobile devices. The South Korean company aims to help people with mobility impairments to connect to the world.

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New Clues to a Long Life

New Clues to a Long Life | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
Our genes harbor many secrets to a long and healthy life. And now scientists are beginning to uncover them.
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Olivier PARENT - Google+ - 7 real-life human cyborgs - See how bionic technology has…

Olivier PARENT - Google+ - 7 real-life human cyborgs - See how bionic technology has… | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
7 real-life human cyborgs - See how bionic technology has enhanced people's lives with everything from robotic limbs to electronic eyes.

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Top Prosthetic Limbs Bring Hope to Amputees

Top Prosthetic Limbs Bring Hope to Amputees | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, the photo of Jeff Bauman Jr. being rushed to the hospital shortly after having his legs blown off brought us face to face with the grim reality that many victims of this tragedy would be undergoing limb amputation.
But advances in prosthetic technologies over the last thirty years have far surpassed the crude, wooden models that once made having artificial limbs such a nuisance. In fact, today’s robotic and bionic devices are giving amputees nearly full restoration of their lost limbs.
Hugh Herr, head of the biomechatronics research group at MIT Media Lab and double leg amputee, says he predicts “bionics will catch on like wildfire.”


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Regrowing Limbs: Can People Regenerate Body Parts?: Scientific American

Regrowing Limbs: Can People Regenerate Body Parts?: Scientific American | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
Progress on the road to regenerating major body parts, salamander-style, could transform the treatment of amputations and major wounds (@klabhead @GoodMenProject I hope they bring up regenerative medicine.
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Holographic art is now as simple as light painting with the iPad

Holographic art is now as simple as light painting with the iPad | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
The London arm of Japanese ad firm Dentsu has released a video showing us a new kind of "light painting" using the iPad that could very well inspire a new way of incorporating special effects into indie filmmaking.
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Toward “cyborg tissues” with self-assembling 3D circuits

Toward “cyborg tissues” with self-assembling 3D circuits | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
Just as a ten-floor apartment building can offer more living space than a one-story house for the same amount of real estate, so too could microchips that stretch up into three dimensions instead o...
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Your brain could be your new password

Your brain could be your new password | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
Researchers at UCLA have discovered that brain waves can be used to identify and authenticate individuals.
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Hearing restored in deaf gerbils hear using human stem cells

Hearing restored in deaf gerbils hear using human stem cells | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it

Scientists have restored hearing to deaf gerbils using human embryonic stem cells in an advance that could eventually help people with an intractable form of deafness caused by nerve damage.

 

The procedure needs further animal research to assess safety and long-term effectiveness but researchers said on Wednesday the experiment was an important proof of concept, marking a further advance in the growing field of regenerative medicine.

 

Marcelo Rivolta from Britain's University of Sheffield, who led the research, said the first patients could receive cell therapy for hearing loss in clinical trials in "a few years". After treating 18 gerbils with complete deafness in one ear, his team reported in the journal Nature that stem cells produced an average 46 percent recovery in hearing function, as measured by electrical signals in the animals' brains. "If this was a human patient, it would mean going from being so deaf to being able to maintain a conversation," Rivolta told reporters.

 

Gerbils were selected for the test because their hearing range is similar to that of humans, while mice - the usual choice for laboratory tests - hear at higher frequencies.


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Scientists Create “Endless Supply” of Myelin-Forming Cells

Scientists Create “Endless Supply” of Myelin-Forming Cells | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it

In a new study, researchers have unlocked the complex cellular mechanics that instruct specific brain cells to continue to divide. This discovery overcomes a significant technical hurdle to potential human stem cell therapies; ensuring that an abundant supply of cells is available to study and ultimately treat people with diseases. “One of the major factors that will determine the viability of stem cell therapies is access to a safe and reliable supply of cells,” said University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) neurologist Steve Goldman, M.D., Ph.D., lead author of the study.


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