Archive for the ‘biotech/medical’ category

Feb 14, 2016

Cotton Candy May be the Key to Creating Artificial Organs

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, engineering, food

Cotton Candy’s new inspiration.

Scientists are now able to spin a three-dimensional slab of gelatin that contains a microvascular network, something very like our capillaries, using a cotton candy-esque machine.

What do cotton candy and artificial organs have in common? More than you might think.

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Feb 13, 2016

Nanotech to detect anything from cancer to Ebola virus

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, evolution, nanotechnology

Research, innovation, discovery, and evolution that causes amazing science and technology disruptions is a beautiful thing. And, we each have our own story and passion in why and what drives us.

And, occasionally in our drive to make change or disruption happen; reality grounds us back on what is important and why we do what we love. In my own case is to finally see things like cancer eradicated.

A finger prick test for cancer may soon be possible as research have developed a new technology to detect disease biomarkers in the form of nucleic acids, the building blocks of all living organisms.

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Feb 13, 2016

Grail | Pan-cancer blood screening test for circulating tumor DNA

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Powered by Illumina sequencing technology, GRAIL will develop a pan-cancer screening test by directly measuring circulating nucleic acids in blood.

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Feb 13, 2016

Cloud-Brained Humanoid Robots Are Right around the Corner

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, habitats, life extension, neuroscience, robotics/AI

As much as this article wants to promote that by 2020 that we will have terminator style robots acting as an in home nurse with patients (at least in the US) will be very hard to see. Most elderly as well as young children need more of human or personable interaction in their lives. I do highly suggest researchers (especially those that have studied children in orphanages where limited human interaction was available) to share your own insights of what happens to children who are without human contact at long periods as well as the elderly. I believe folks will rethink somethings and be more pragmatic in what these robots can and can do.

ublished on Feb 3, 2016

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Feb 12, 2016

This Mixed Reality Educational App Gives You X-Ray Goggles and Takes You Into the Human Body

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, biotech/medical, education, mobile phones, neuroscience, space, transportation, virtual reality

When I was a kid I remember being a member of Ms. Frizzle’s classroom. We went on adventures under the ocean, into the rainforest, out to the stars, and even to the center of the Earth and it was amazing.
Of course I am talking about my time on the Magic School Bus.
A relic of the nineties, the Magic School Bus starred Lily Tomlin as Ms. Frizzle, an eccentric teacher who owned a magic school bus that she used to take her students on fantastical journeys. The show and subsequent video games were a big part of my, and thousands of other children of the nineties’, formative years as it presented educational topics in an engaging way that made you curious to learn more.
Twenty years later (god I’m getting older), a new generation of children and teachers are looking for that next great inspirational spark and all eyes are beginning to turn to virtual and augmented reality to fill that gap. VR and AR have the potential to revolutionize the way we educate our children and ourselves, and while it is still the early days companies like Curiscope are helping to lead the way with projects like their latest one, a T-shirt that lets you peer inside the human body.

Launching on Kickstarter, Curiscope’s newest app utilizes both AR and VR to not only project the open cavity of the human body on your friend wearing the special coded T-shirt, but also hop inside certain parts of the body and learn more from a cellular perspective. For example, looking at a certain organ and tapping with take you to a 360º CG video of the bloodstream where a narrator will tell you more about what you are seeing. It’s like being able to hop on the bus with Ms. Fizzle all over again.
The app will work both with GearVR (using a camera passthrough mode for the AR application) and on all major smartphones and tablets making it broadly accessible, which is important given the nascent state of the industry.
This isn’t Curiscope’s first effort in the VR/AR educational space. Earlier this year the company received an award from PETA for their piece on Great White Sharks, which has been viewed over 800,000 times so far on YouTube.
“VR is a massively powerful idea of putting one idea from a human brain and into another,” says Curiscope’s co-founder Ed Barton, “[it] is the most literal medium we have had so far.”
Check out Curioscope’s award winning Great White Shark’s video.
Educational experiences like these, especially when made accessible have the power to impact a whole generation of students in the same way that The Magic School Bus and Bill Nye The Science Guy did for the children of the nineties. When faced with a world of infinite distraction, it will take some amazing things to get a kid’s attention – and a field trip inside your friend’s body might just do the trick.
Curiscope is planning to set the goal for this Kickstarter project at $100,000, the project launches March 1st.

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Feb 12, 2016

Whole-body Induced Cell Turnover: The Future Of Cell Therapy?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, transportation

While curious minded people might like to understand exactly why something happens, there are many examples where you don’t have to understand everything that’s going on to fix the problem. After all, your average car might break down every few years but by replacing the parts you can keep it going for decades; you don’t have to redesign the car so it never breaks down again. This is where reparative strategies come in, aiming to rejuvenate and repair accumulated damage. These strategies are immensely challenging, but in comparison to an overhaul of the human genome, they’re arguably easier to implement and we’re already working on many of the tools that would be needed.

Out with the old, in with the new

Proposed by Francesco Cortese from the ELPIs Foundation for Indefinite Lifespans and Dr. Giovanni Santostasi, from the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, WICT (Whole-body Induced Cell Turnover ) is a comprehensive strategy that involves replacing your entire body with shiny new cells, flushing the body of any old, damaged ones.

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Feb 12, 2016

Yes, robots will steal our jobs — but don’t worry, we’ll get new ones

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business, economics, employment, ethics, neuroscience, robotics/AI, security

Again, I see too many gaps that will need to be address before AI can eliminate 70% of today’s jobs. Below, are the top 5 gaps that I have seen so far with AI in taking over many government, business, and corporate positions.

1) Emotion/ Empathy Gap — AI has not been designed with the sophistication to provide personable care such as you see with caregivers, medical specialists, etc.
2) Demographic Gap — until we have a more broader mix of the population engaged in AI’s design & development; AI will not meet the needs for critical mass adoption; only a subset of the population will find will connection in serving most of their needs.
3) Ehtics & Morale Code Gap — AI still cannot understand at a full cognitive level ethics & empathy to a degree that is required.
4) Trust and Compliance Gap — companies need to feel that their IP & privacy is protected; until this is corrected, AI will not be able to replace an entire back office and front office set of operations.
5) Security & Safety Gap — More safeguards are needed around AI to deal with hackers to ensure that information managed by AI is safe as well as ensure public saftey from any AI that becomes disruptive or hijacked to cause injury or worse to the public

Until these gaps are addressed; it will be very hard to eliminate many of today’s government, office/ business positions. The greater job loss will be in the lower skill areas like standard landscaping, some housekeeping, some less personable store clerk, some help desk/ call center operations, and some lite admin admin roles.

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Feb 12, 2016

Gene Found in Brain Turns Out to be Key Driver of Breast Cancer

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Shows more proof that the brain indeed is a trigger in cancer creation.

Gene once thought only to be found in brain turns out to be key driver of breast cancer.

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Feb 12, 2016

Medical devices begin to harness wireless technology

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, internet

Medical devices are becoming the latest equipment to utilize the Internet to collect data and to send alerts. Here ‘smart inhalers’ are leading the way, with the first commercial units expected within a year. We take a look at the latest developments.

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Feb 12, 2016

Awesome Medical Science

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, science

We’re making a tremendous progress in medical science and technology.

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