(Phys.org) —Hydrogels can reversibly change their size and shape under different conditions. This property makes them attractive for a wide variety of applications, including artificial muscles, drug delivery, and sensors. But even though stimuli-sensitive hydrogels have been studied for a few decades, ...
What the world really needs, according to the Yale psychologist Paul Bloom, is a bit less empathy.
Yes, I know how that sounds. So does he: "Like announcing that you hate kittens," as he put it recently in the Boston Review. In a world clearly suffering from what Barack Obama calls the "empathy deficit", it seems that he's being obnoxiously counterintuitive for the sake of it.
Research suggests that empathetic people are more altruistic; higher empathy is associated with better relationships.
Roman Krznaric, author of the recent book Empathy (he's in favour of it), thinks that "outrospection" – the deliberate effort to seek out other people's experiences – might help solve everything from inequality to climate change.
Bio-me, celebrates designing with organisms. Mediamatic presents Bio-me, a 3-day symposium and festival that celebrates designing with organisms. Join us for talks, workshops, presentations, tastings and more.
Bio-me functions as a broad bio-cultural lab within the city of Amsterdam. By inviting artist, designers, engineers, architects, scientist, farmers, chefs and the public, Bio-me aims to create a shared knowledge environment and production space to investigate the social, technological and cultural implications and potential of Fungal and Bio-based materials through art, architecture and design.
New York regenerative medicine startup EpiBone's tagline is apt: "Grow your own bone." It uses a patient's own stem cells to create transplantable, highly personalized bone grafts, going after a 900,000-strong market of patients that need some variety of bone graft to treat, say, severe bone trauma, growth defects or genetic disorders.
"Have you ever noticed how good it feels to walk barefoot on a sandy beach, or in a forest? There is a reason for that—it’s called the grounding effect. The reason for this sense of well-being is due to the fact that you’re receiving a surge of potent healing electrons from the ground."
The earth has a slightly negative charge, so when you stand barefoot on that sand, electrons from the earth flow into your body, giving you a virtual “transfusion” of healing power.
The featured documentary, The Grounded 2, is a sequel to the film The Grounded, released in 2013. The sequel features Step Sinatra, the son of cardiologist Stephen Sinatra MD, astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell, and yours truly, among many others.
Step was a Wall Street trader until his health suddenly began to decline, bringing him to the brink of death. He credits his ultimate recovery to learning about grounding, along with a switch to an all-organic diet.
In 2010, his father, Dr. Stephen Sinatra released a book on the healing power of grounding called Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?, co-authored with Clint Ober, one of the pioneers in this field.
Supposedly, if you’re right-brained, you're more creative and artistic. If you’re left-brained, you’re more methodical and analytical. It turns out all this categorization is a myth. There's no evidence anyone uses one side of the brain more than the other or that either drives personality traits.
“ SAN FRANCISCO -- Big medical technology companies have the trust of hospitals. But digital-health startups are the ones developing the most exciting new technologies. Given partnerships and acquisi...”
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“I can’t come up with any new ideas if all I do is exist in my own life.”
Empathy is the capacity to step into other people’s shoes, to understand their lives, and start to solve problems from their perspectives. Human-centered design is premised on empathy, on the idea that the people you’re designing for are your roadmap to innovative solutions.
All you have to do empathize, understand them, and bring them along with you in the design process.
Have you ever looked up the definition of the word Empathy?
I would suspect that you have not! It is not often that we take the time to read dictionaries!! If you read the definition above, it is also likely that you will find it difficult to correlate many of the words used with organisations that you interact with on a daily basis. I often tell people how rare I think it is for companies to demonstrate ‘customer empathy’ on a consistent basis. There are many reasons why this is the case – organisational culture being the predominant one.
Customer empathy is a critical element that will have a significant effect on the experience customers have with a business.
"Technology has seriously upped the ante when it comes to enabling patients to be informed and educated about their health. There are more than70,000 websites that disseminate health information. As exciting as this may sound, access to the general public is often hindered by design issues (poor navigation, writing at graduate level, and disorganization) and questionable quality and accuracy of information. We can do better."
Via Andrew Spong, Philippe Marchal/Pharma Hub, Lionel Reichardt / le Pharmageek, Chaturika Jayadewa