Archive for the ‘innovation’ category: Page 161

Jan 20, 2016

Breakthrough in direct conversion of human cells from one type to another

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, innovation

Scientists have developed a computer system that predicts the reprogramming factors necessary to convert human cells from one type to another, without the need for trial and error.

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Jan 18, 2016

Physicists Create Quantum Knots for the First Time

Posted by in categories: innovation, quantum physics

It will indeed be interesting to see how a Quantum knot can contribute in areas of technology, etc.

In a breakthrough discovery detailed in a paper in the journal Nature Physics, a team of physicists from Finland and the United States has found a way to create knotted solitary waves, or knot solitons, in a quantum-mechanical field.

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Jan 11, 2016

How photonics can reshape the spectrum of light, and rehabilitate Edison’s light bulb along the way

Posted by in category: innovation

Traditional light bulbs, thought to be well on their way to oblivion, may receive a reprieve thanks to a technological breakthrough.

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Jan 11, 2016

French breakthrough in bone-healing foam cement

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

Bone-foam is about to make broken bones a thing of the past.

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Jan 9, 2016

2016 will likely see significant advances in #AI

Posted by in categories: innovation, robotics/AI

One of the most important breakthroughs, perhaps, may be AI that can understand humans.

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Jan 7, 2016

ili Wearable Translator

Posted by in categories: innovation, wearables

Japanese company creates innovative new translation product. Decides to market it using the most cringeworthy video possible.

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Jan 5, 2016

How Assistive Technology Is Opening New Doors for ALS Patients

Posted by in categories: innovation, science, wearables
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While the “Ice Bucket Challenge” raised millions to fuel research toward a cure for
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), there are a number of assistive technologies already at work to help those currently affected by the disease. According to Alisa Brownlee, a clinical manager for the ALS Association, more assistive technologies and brain-computer-interfaces are on the way. At present, the largest hurdle is access.

Brownlee noted that the loss of communication is often the hardest part of ALS for someone to endure. As ALS is a progressive disease, there are several forms of assistive technology that are used based on a given patient’s physical status. Each form of that technology will work for awhile, but then patients will have to move on to something else as the disease progresses, she says.

Using computer access as one way to help maintain an ALS patient’s communication skills, ALS patients can transition to a track-ball mouse and on-screen keyboard in lieu of a standard computer mouse. From there, a person can use a head-mount, eye-gaze system, and even a tablet computer with a switch scanner.

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Jan 5, 2016

Could This Man Hold the Secret to Human Regeneration?

Posted by in category: innovation

Michael Levin wants to help people regrow lost limbs. Now he could be on the verge of a breakthrough.

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Jan 5, 2016

Faraday Future has created the Variable Platform Architecture

Posted by in categories: innovation, transportation

has created the Variable Platform Architecture. According to Faraday Future, the “innovative” architecture means that the company has “the potential to deliver an extremely diverse range of vehicles to markets.”

FF has created the Variable Platform Architecture, which provides us with many powerful possibilities. Learn more.

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Jan 4, 2016

Bitcoin Primer: Don’t Start with Miners

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, disruptive technology, economics, innovation, internet

I administer the Bitcoin P2P discussion group at LinkedIn, a social media network for professionals. A frequent question posed by newcomers and even seasoned venture investors is: “How can I understand Bitcoin in its simplest terms?”

Engineers and coders offer answers that are anything but simple. Most focus on mining and the blockchain. In this primer, I will take an approach that is both familiar and accurate…

Terms/Concepts: Miners Blockchain Double-Spend

First, forget about everything you have heard about ‘mining’ Bitcoin. That’s just a temporary mechanism to smooth out the initial distribution and make it fair, while also playing a critical role in validating the transactions between individuals. Starting with this mechanism is a bad way to understand Bitcoin, because its role in establishing value, influencing trust or stabilizing value is greatly overrated.

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