A good reminder about the humaness of being human (I just learned that this concept is called 'quiddity' from philospher Duns Scotus who defines it as the invisible essence shared by members of a group - contrast with 'haecceity' which is about the unique properties of an individual - and I heard about these obscure terms in turn in Bruce Hood's article on Essentialism in the book THINKING, Edge 2013) and that while everything is new, nothing is either. That was a long way to say we're still dealing with the same old things, aren't we?
People have these unbelievable views about drugs. We are a wealthy country, and we spend a lot of money on science to find the right answers about drugs. We have the truth, but it's not being shared because law enforcement, politicians, parents, and even scientists have an interest in keeping the public unaware. I'm trying to say, "Be prepared to let evidence dictate what you think."
This is a surprising article, I was resistant to reading it but where I agree with him is on getting under this myth of perfection that persists on the outside but has no bearing on reality. He sound interesing.
"3D printing has been around for some time, but now the technology is moving into the kitchen. A prototype device developed by Natural Machines allows different types of food to be printed in 3D including chocolate and pasta."
Researchers at MIT have used 3D printers to study the structure of fish scales and use them as inspiration in the development of highly flexible and durable armor for military purposes, along with other potential applications in firefighting and...
Back to the future? We're using 3D printing to understand how animals in nature protect themselves. You can see some useful applications of biomimetic armor, for example, for firefighters. Another part of me wonders if the Drones will get there first ....
Tattoos as lie detectors : wearable tech gets trendy SiliconANGLE (blog) This week's Wearable Tech roundup features a tattoo that doubles as a lie detector, a watch that tells you when you've had enough fun under the sun, and more fashionable tech...
A tattoo that doubles as a lie detector - a new angle for wearables.
The next Industrial Revolution will be in 3D printing and MakerBot wants the future workforce to be ready. (The next Industrial Revolution will be in 3D printing and MakerBot wants the future workforce to be ready.
Women can't parallel park and men can't communicate with emotional intelligence. These common stereotypes get used as ammunition in the so-called battle between the sexes.
But, a new study by the University of Pennsylvania provides support for these (often unfair) standards.
Previous studies have looked at brain size; men's tend to be around 10 per cent bigger than women's, and composition; men have more white matter in their brains, which is linked to motor skills, while women have more grey matter, which is linked to sensory perception such as seeing and hearing, memory, emotions, and speech.
Are differences in the brain a result of nature, or nurture or both? Interesting to learn about but my concern remains as ever to value similarities and differences and be aware of our personal biases in assessing which qualities are 'preferable'.
Technology will increasingly be integrated into the body "to extend our abilities, our knowledge and our perceptions of reality", according to Neil Harbisson, the first officially recognised human cyborg (+ interview).
There's little doubt technology will be increatingly integrated into our bodies to extend our abilities and knoweldge and that this will change our perceptions of reality - but what really fascinated me about this little article was the infighting to be "the first' cyborg, or 'recognised' cyborg and so forth - very Human 101 I thought.
The Guardian How nanotechnology could revolutionise food storage The Guardian Nanotechnology could have a solution for Gaga's biodegradable wardrobe, and could also answer some other, more pressing questions about how food can be safely stored.
Like this idea of being able to use nanonclays to preserve good and prevent wastage.
Research at the Georgia Institute of Technology is focused on developing 3D nano-scale techniques for a wide range of applications. In his first post for 3DPI, Arjun Bharadwaj considers the implications.
Genomics Cure for Clinical Trial Woes Susan Young MIT Technology Review If successful, the trial could help bring cancer-genome-targeted medicines to patients more quickly than has been possible to date.
Genomics could change the way we currently do clinical trials and get cancer drugs to market more quickly (cleary there are complexities to consider as well).
Telegraph.co.uk Rolls-Royce plans 3D printing for jet engine parts Financial Times Rolls-Royce is gearing up to use 3D printing technology to produce components for its jet engines, as a means of speeding up production and making more lightweight...
Brain Development and Accelerated Learning Associated With Piano Playing Newswire (press release) Music Wizard Next Gen has proven success in accelerated learning, teaching thousands to play and read real music in minutes.