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Mind-controlled mechatronic prosthetics now a reality

Mind-controlled mechatronic prosthetics now a reality | Discovery and The Future | Scoop.it
A Swedish man has recently celebrated a milestone in robotic prostheses technology by using a bone-fused prosthetic device that is controlled by his own tho...
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Artificial retina: Physicists develop an interface to the optical nerve

Artificial retina: Physicists develop an interface to the optical nerve | Discovery and The Future | Scoop.it
Physicists at Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM) are using the special properties of graphene to produce key elements of an artificial retina. With their research program the researchers were admitted to the heavily funded 'Graphene' Flagship Program of the European Union.
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Discovery of abnormal GABA levels may lead to improvements in diagnosing, treating Alzheimer’s disease | KurzweilAI

Discovery of abnormal GABA levels may lead to improvements in diagnosing, treating Alzheimer’s disease | KurzweilAI | Discovery and The Future | Scoop.it
A new drug target to fight Alzheimer's disease has been discovered by a research team led by Gong Chen at Penn State that also has potential for development as

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Finger-prick technique opens door for DIY stem cell donors

Finger-prick technique opens door for DIY stem cell donors | Discovery and The Future | Scoop.it

Harvesting samples for producing stem cells can be rather painful. Techniques can involve collecting large amounts of blood, bone marrow or skin scrapes. The reality is intrusive measures such as these can be very off-putting. But what if it was as simple as a finger-prick? Such a DIY approach, which is so easy it can be done at home or in the field without medical staff, has been developed by researchers at Singapore's A*STAR Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB).

 

Unlike previous techniques that require comparatively large cell samples, the ICMB team has managed to successfully reprogram mature human cells into hiPSCs with high efficiency using less than a single drop of blood.

 

 


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Bionic hand gives lifelike sense of touch - YouTube

Prosthetic hands that feed signals directly into the nervous system could soon let people who have lost an arm reconnect with the world through touch Read mo...
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The New Rules of Robot/Human Society | Off Book | PBS Digital Studios - YouTube

As technology speeds forward, humans are beginning to imagine the day when robots will fill the roles promised to us in science fiction. But what should we b...
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Our connected future: What to expect when elevators and toys start phoning home

Our connected future: What to expect when elevators and toys start phoning home | Discovery and The Future | Scoop.it
Connected products are becoming more common. Which means that even after a product goes out the door, the company responsible can still keep an eye on it. That has big repercussions for business and consumers.
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Cell - Growth Differentiation Factor 11 Is a Circulating Factor that Reverses Age-Related Cardiac Hypertrophy

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Brown unveils wireless brain sensor prototype | Brown University News and Events

In a significant advance for brain-machine interfaces, engineers at Brown University have developed a novel wireless, broadband, rechargeable, fully implantable brain sensor that has performed well in animal models for more than a year.
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33rd Square | Luke Bawazer on Genetically Evolving Technology

33rd Square | Luke Bawazer on Genetically Evolving Technology | Discovery and The Future | Scoop.it
Luke Bawazer's research in synthetic biology aims to utilize droplet microfluidics to advance studies of solution-based mineralization and to develop new biomimetic materials engineering strategies.
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Are we ready for the rise of social robots?

Are we ready for the rise of social robots? | Discovery and The Future | Scoop.it
Social robots are coming, but will we enjoy their company? Chris Baraniuk explains why it might not always be easy to adjust to our new companions, and how it’l
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MIT Technology Review: Laws and Ethics Can’t Keep Pace with Technology

MIT Technology Review: Laws and Ethics Can’t Keep Pace with Technology | Discovery and The Future | Scoop.it
Codes we live by, laws we follow, and computers that move too fast to care. Employers can get into legal trouble if they ask interviewees about their religion, sexual preference, or political affiliat...
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MIT’s fast synthesis system could boost peptide-drug development | KurzweilAI

MIT’s fast synthesis system could boost peptide-drug development | KurzweilAI | Discovery and The Future | Scoop.it

Small protein fragments, also called peptides, are promising as drugs because they can be designed for very specific functions inside living cells, but manufacturing the peptides takes several weeks, making it difficult to obtain large quantities, and to rapidly test their effectiveness.

 

A team of MIT chemists and chemical engineers has designed a way to manufacture peptides in mere hours. The new system, described in a recent issue of the journal ChemBioChem, could have a major impact on peptide drug development, says Bradley Pentelute, an assistant professor of chemistry and leader of the research team.

 

 


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Daniel Dennett: What can cognitive science tell us about free will? - YouTube

THE ELEVENTH HARVEY PREISLER MEMORIAL SYMPOSIUM Saturday, November 23, 2013 International House 500 Riverside Drive New York, NY 10027 10:00 am: Welcome and ...
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Scientists create 'sixth sense' brain implant to detect infrared light

Scientists create 'sixth sense' brain implant to detect infrared light | Discovery and The Future | Scoop.it
A brain implant which could allow humans to detect invisible infrared light has been developed by scientists in America.

 

Scientists have created a "sixth sense" by creating a brain implant through which infrared light can be detected.

Although the light could not be seen lab rats were able to detect it via electrodes in the part of the brain responsible for their sense of touch.

Similar devices have previously been used to make up for lost capabilities, for example giving paralysed patients the ability to move a cursor around the screen with their thoughts.

But the new study, by researchers from Duke University in North Carolina, is the first case in which such devices have been used to give an animal a completely new sense.

Dr Miguel Nicolelis said the advance, reported in the Nature Communications journal this week, was just a prelude to a major breakthrough on a "brain-to-brain interface" which will be announced in another paper next month.


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In regenerative medicine breakthrough, lab-grown human heart tissue beats on its own

In regenerative medicine breakthrough, lab-grown human heart tissue beats on its own | Discovery and The Future | Scoop.it
Progress in regenerative medicine has been coming fast and furious in recent months: scientists are now using far-out tissue engineering techniques to restore liver function in mice, regrow human...
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This Mask Gives You Superhuman Abilities

This Mask Gives You Superhuman Abilities | Discovery and The Future | 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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Aging, cryonics, and the quest for immortality | ExtremeTech

Aging, cryonics, and the quest for immortality | ExtremeTech | Discovery and The Future | Scoop.it
There are a few themes that have dogged the visionaries of speculative fiction more than the quest to cheat death, and today we may actually be within sight of completing that goal.
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Parkour robot can leap ledges in a single bound

Parkour robot can leap ledges in a single bound | Discovery and The Future | Scoop.it
UPenn researchers presented the acrobatic feats of their robot today at a conference on robotics and automation.
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Augmented Reality in a Contact Lens - IEEE Spectrum

Augmented Reality in a Contact Lens - IEEE Spectrum | Discovery and The Future | Scoop.it
A new generation of contact lenses built with very small circuits and LEDs promises bionic eyesight
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David Eagleman: Brain over mind?

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. His areas of research include time perception, vision, synesthesia, and t...
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