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Unstoppable Soviet Motorcycle Now Comes With Bourgeois Luxuries | Product Reviews | Wired.com

Unstoppable Soviet Motorcycle Now Comes With Bourgeois Luxuries | Product Reviews | Wired.com | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
For a vehicle that hails from pre-war Nazi/Soviet technology sharing, the Ural Gear-Up sidecar does a remarkable job of offering an analog alternative to modern bikes.
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This One-Man Metal Band Makes Music Using Mechanized Masks | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

This One-Man Metal Band Makes Music Using Mechanized Masks | Gadget Lab | Wired.com | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
In lieu of guitars, drums, and a band, Tristan Shone built himself an array of arduino-powered machines to perform his special brand and doom metal. Now the engineer and one-man band known as Author & Punisher has added a trio of voice-modulating mechanical masks to this menagerie of industrial MIDI controllers. Here's how they work.
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IBM Is Using Watson To Psychoanalyze People From Their Tweets

IBM Is Using Watson To Psychoanalyze People From Their Tweets | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
This is why IBM is investing $1 billion into Watson.

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Besides winning "Jeopardy" and helping "put a permanent end to leukemia," IBM has found another use for its Watson supercomputer: psychoanalyzing people.

Watson is a computer that understands human language. Simply by looking at the language used when posting on social media sites, it can understand your personality and even predict major events likely to happen in your life.

Amazingly, this tech doesn't even  have to know a company's customer's social media accounts beforehand. It can figure them out on its own by sifting through what people post online with information in a company database.

The first use that comes to mind for this is marketing. The Watson tech tries to figure out what's happening in a person's life from social media to predict when to send you offers. As Fast Co. Design's John Brownlee writes:

"It can even predict major life-events: if you changed your Facebook status to "Married" a year ago, for example, a company might infer that it was about time to start approaching you about products and services for your first child."


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John Lasschuit ®™'s curator insight, February 5, 10:35 AM

And this is only the start Wait unitl complete psycho analyse can be done based on everything one does on internet. And I predict this will and shall be used in employee selection.

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David Williams's curator insight, February 6, 4:24 AM

Social Profiling coming of age. Businesses will need to be careful how they use this, Relevance is great and desired, stalking isn't!

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Researchers devise contact lens with built-in LCD (video)

Researchers devise contact lens with built-in LCD (video) | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
Another day, another step towards technologically tricked out contact lenses. The latest development comes from researchers at the Centre of Microsystems

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Charged polymers unlock door to deliver nanoparticles to cancer cells

Charged polymers unlock door to deliver nanoparticles to cancer cells | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
Researchers have found charged polymers have the ability to specifically target cancer cells, opening the door for nanoparticles containing cancer-fighting ...

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New material could double solar cell efficiency | Green Futures Magazine

New material could double solar cell efficiency | Green Futures Magazine | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
US researchers have unveiled a new compound which could reduce the number of materials used in solar cells. () Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University have demonstrated a new material that can both capture photons from visible light and get current to flow, paving the way for cheaper, more efficient solar PV cells.
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Psychobiotics: Can Gut Bacteria Change Your Brain?

Psychobiotics: Can Gut Bacteria Change Your Brain? | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
Are psychobiotics the new anti-depressants? A new review article links probiotics to changes in mood and mental health, suggesting these "good" bacteria might have potential as a treatment for depression and other psychiatric maladies.

 

A new review article links probiotics to changes in mood and mental health, suggesting these “good” bacteria might have potential as a treatment for depression and other psychiatric maladies. In the study, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, researchers define the term “psychobiotic” as “a live organism that, when ingested in adequate amounts, produces a health benefit in patients suffering from psychiatric illness.”

 

These organisms act on what researchers call the “brain-gut axis,” a biological network connecting the intestinal and endocrine systems to the spinal cord and regions in the brain that process stress, such as the HPA-axis.

Is all this plausible? Perhaps. Ghrelin, known as the “hunger hormone” and produced in the intestines, was recently found to play a role in the development of chronic stress. And stress in turn has been found to alter our microbiota. There’s growing evidence that there’s a special connection between the gut and the brain, and as one MGH psychiatrist said recently: “There is a neural feedback from the gut to the brain so chronic gastrointestinal distress can exacerbate anxiety or depression.”

 

Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, stated last December that how “differences in our microbial world influence the development of brain and behavior will be one of the great frontiers of clinical neuroscience in the next decade.”


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Osservato in diretta l'impatto di un asteroide sulla Luna

Osservato in diretta l'impatto di un asteroide sulla Luna | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it

Osservato in diretta l'impatto di un asteroide sulla Luna: è il più grande mai registrato sul nostro satellite. A individuarlo è stato l'astronomo spagnolo Jose Maria Madiedo, dell'università di Huelva che lo descrive sulla rivista Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.


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Fish Robots Search for Pollution in the Waters

Fish Robots Search for Pollution in the Waters | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it

"A number of robotic fish are going to be used in an experiment in the port of Gijon in Spain in order to evaluate how effectively and cost-efficiently they can detect water pollution. The carp-shaped robots are part of a three-year research project of Huosheng Hu and his robotics team at the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex. The robot fish could be used to inspect rivers, lakes and seas. The life-like creatures, which mimic the undulating movement of real fish, are 1.5 meters (5 feet) long and will be equipped with tiny chemical sensors. These sensors are used to find sources of potentially hazardous pollutants in the water, such as leaks from vessels in the port or underwater pipelines. When they recharge their batteries via a “charging hub” they will be able to transmit the information to the port’s control center. This will enable the authorities to map the source and scale of the pollution virtually in real time."


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Cybernetics Breakthrough: Prosthetics You Can Feel With

Cybernetics Breakthrough: Prosthetics You Can Feel With | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
Cybernetics Breakthrough: Prosthetics You Can Feel With http://t.co/qVt9AmhCc9

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▶ Henry Evans and Chad Jenkins: Meet the robots for humanity - YouTube

Paralyzed by a stroke, Henry Evans uses a telepresence robot to take the stage -- and show how new robotics, tweaked and personalized by a group called Robots for Humanity, help him live his life. He shows off a nimble little quadrotor drone, created by a team led by Chad Jenkins, that gives him the ability to navigate space -- to once again look around a garden, stroll a campus ...


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Are you ready for virtual taste? | KurzweilAI

Are you ready for virtual taste? | KurzweilAI | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
Digital taste experimental setup (credit: NUS) We've talked about robot burger makers. How about virtual tasting, so you could sample your burger before
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Shared a blipp: Audi

Shared a blipp: Audi | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
Check out this blipp on Blippar: Audi (I’ve just blipped this.

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Abandoned Paris Metro Stations, Reborn as Nightclubs and Public Pools | Autopia | Wired.com

Abandoned Paris Metro Stations, Reborn as Nightclubs and Public Pools | Autopia | Wired.com | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
In a city whose sewers attract tourists, it's no surprise that a mayoral candidate is proposing to turn abandoned subway stations into art galleries, nightclubs, restaurants, and pools.
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Read This Before Zapping Your Brain - Wired Science

Read This Before Zapping Your Brain - Wired Science | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
Have you bought your transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) head-set yet? You've heard of this, right? It's a device with electrodes that zap your brain through your skull, using mild electrical currents to make you smarter. But first, some words ...
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MIT researchers develop technology for long-distance 3D interaction

MIT researchers develop technology for long-distance 3D interaction | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Tangible Media Group calls the technology inFORM.

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3D-printed pizza – a quick and easy meal for astronauts?

3D-printed pizza – a quick and easy meal for astronauts? | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
Snacking on a freshly-made pizza in outer space just got a whole lot closer thanks to Anjan Contractor's 3D pizza printer. Contractor, who won NASA's US$125...

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MIT robot may accelerate trials for stroke medications

MIT robot may accelerate trials for stroke medications | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
Robot protocol able to cut time and cost of Phase III drug trials by 70 percent.

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Nanoparticles target anti-inflammatory drugs where needed

Nanoparticles target anti-inflammatory drugs where needed | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have developed a system for precisely delivering anti-inflammatory drugs to immune cells gone out of control, while sparing their well-behaved counterparts. Their findings were published online Feb. 23 in Nature Nanotechnology.

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Infographic: Where Will mHealth Be in 2024?

Infographic: Where Will mHealth Be in 2024? | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
Ten years ago, mHealth as we presently know it didn't exist. But ten years from now, its sophistication and utility may be far greater than anything we can

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Artist Uses Ashes of the Deceased to Paint Portraits of Them

Artist Uses Ashes of the Deceased to Paint Portraits of Them | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
Adam Brown, a Missouri-based painter, is offering his clients a unique way to connect with their deceased loved ones. He mixes the ashes with paint pigments and uses them to create portraits of the dead, as a ‘lasting memory’.

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How many universes are there? - Chris Anderson

How many universes are there? - Chris Anderson | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
The fact that no one knows the answer to this question is what makes it exciting. The story of physics has been one of an ever-expanding understanding of the sheer scale of reality, to the point where physicists are now postulating that there may be far more universes than just our own. Chris Anderson explores the thrilling implications of this idea.

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NASA launches Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission to study sun-earth portals in 2014

NASA launches Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission to study sun-earth portals in 2014 | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
A NASA-sponsored researcher at the University of Iowa has developed a way for spacecraft to hunt down hidden magnetic portals in the vicinity of Earth. These portals link the magnetic field of our planet to that of the sun.

 

Observations by NASA's THEMIS spacecraft and Europe's Cluster probes suggest that these magnetic portals open and close dozens of times each day.  They're typically located a few tens of thousands of kilometers from Earth where the geomagnetic field meets the onrushing solar wind.  Most portals are small and short-lived; others are yawning, vast, and sustained.  Tons of energetic particles can flow through the openings, heating Earth's upper atmosphere, sparking geomagnetic storms, and igniting bright polar auroras.

NASA is planning a mission called "MMS," short for Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission, due to launch in 2014, to study the phenomenon. Bristling with energetic particle detectors and magnetic sensors, the four spacecraft of MMS will spread out in Earth's magnetosphere and surround the portals to observe how they work.

 

full article: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/29jun_hiddenportals/

 


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Scientists Have Found That Memories Can Be Passed Down Through Generations In Our Genes

Scientists Have Found That Memories Can Be Passed Down Through Generations In Our Genes | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it

New research from Emory University School of Medicine, in Atlanta, has shown that it is possible for some information to be inherited biologically through chemical changes that occur in DNA. During the tests they learned that that mice can pass on learned information about traumatic or stressful experiences – in this case a fear of the smell of cherry blossom – to subsequent generations.

 

According to the Telegraph, Dr Brian Dias, from the department of psychiatry at Emory University, said: ”From a translational perspective, our results allow us to appreciate how the experiences of a parent, before even conceiving offspring, markedly influence both structure and function in the nervous system of subsequent generations.

 

“Such a phenomenon may contribute to the etiology and potential intergenerational transmission of risk for neuropsychiatric disorders such as phobias, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.”

This suggests that experiences are somehow transferred from the brain into the genome, allowing them to be passed on to later generations.

 

The researchers now hope to carry out further work to understand how the information comes to be stored on the DNA in the first place.

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Intelligent alien life could be found by 2040, says SETI astronomer | KurzweilAI

Intelligent alien life could be found by 2040, says SETI astronomer | KurzweilAI | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
Artist's rendition of Earth-like exoplanet Gliese 436b (credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech) By 2040 or so, astronomers will have scanned enough star systems to give
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