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How The CIA Tried To Turn A Cat Into A Cyborg Spy - Popular Science

How The CIA Tried To Turn A Cat Into A Cyborg Spy - Popular Science | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
Popular Science How The CIA Tried To Turn A Cat Into A Cyborg Spy Popular Science In 2006, for example, DARPA zeroed in on insects, asking the nation's scientists to submit “innovative proposals to develop technology to create insect-cyborgs.” It...
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Privacy protections: The genome hacker

Privacy protections: The genome hacker | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
Yaniv Erlich shows how research participants can be identified from 'anonymous' DNA.
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Bluescape, the Touchscreen That Covers a Wall

Bluescape, the Touchscreen That Covers a Wall | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it

Haworth and Obscura Digital's digital whiteboard can hold 160 acres of virtual space-

 

Apple (AAPL) has rolled out smaller models of its iPad. Jeff Reuschel is thinking bigger. The global design director for office-furniture maker Haworth, in partnership with interactive display company Obscura Digital, has created a touchscreen that covers a conference-room wall. Like a supersize version of CNN’s (TWX) Magic Wall, Bluescape displays a unified image across 15 linked 55-inch flat-screen monitors, each equipped with 32 specialized sensors to read users’ hand movements. Unlike whiteboards or flip charts, it won’t require much erasing or page turning: When zoomed out as far as possible, the digital board’s virtual space totals 160 acres. Using Bluescape, corporate and university clients can store often scattershot brainstorming sessions in perpetuity. Co-workers or classmates can add digital sticky notes, either with a digital pen on the wall itself or by uploading documents from other devices, from which they can also browse the virtual space. “There are fewer and fewer people working in cubicles,” says Reuschel. “The old-fashioned vertical surfaces are going away.”


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Robotic Exoskeleton from Esko Bionics Helps People Walk Again

Robotic Exoskeleton from Esko Bionics Helps People Walk Again | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
Wheelchairs might soon become a thing of the past with the Esko from Esko Bionics. The company has created a walking aid that actually allows anyone to ...
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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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Andrea Graziano's curator insight, May 7, 2013 4:29 AM

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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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DailyTech - Iron Man? Nope, New Lifting Aid is Called the "Titan Arm"

DailyTech - Iron Man? Nope, New Lifting Aid is Called the "Titan Arm" | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
Exoskeleton arm can lift up to 50 lb, is controlled by handheld remote

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Most engineering senior design projects are an entertaining, but lack the wow factor of corporate inventions.  But every once in a while you'll come across a gem.

I. Titan Arm Looks to Smash Back Problems

Among the pleasant surprises from this semester was the "MEAM Team" from the University of Pennsylvania, who offered up their own take on an upper body exoskeleton.  The team was motivated by the very real problem of back disorders which affect 600,000 workers a year in the U.S. and cost the economy an estimated $50B USD.  Most of these back disorders come from overexertion during lifting.

That's where the "Titan Arm" comes in.  

The one-arm exoskeleton helps the user lift objects in a curl motion, sparing the user's elbow from wear and tear.

Composed of five structural members, four moveable joints, and an adjustable upper arm member, the exoskeleton is strapped on the back and onto the user's arm.  The shoulder has three degress of freedom, so the user's arm is able to move relatively naturally in three-dimensional space.  


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How To Build Your Own Cockroach Cyborg

How To Build Your Own Cockroach Cyborg | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it
If cockroaches send you scrambling, use neuroscience to reverse the human-insect power balance. Carefully electrifying the nerves in a roach’s antennae (Roach not included ..
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Engineering the $325,000 In-Vitro Burger

Engineering the $325,000 In-Vitro Burger | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it

A researcher in the Netherlands wants to show the world — including potential donors — that in-vitro meat is a reality.


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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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