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Feb 27, 2016

This filmmaker put a tiny camera in his prosthetic eye. He calls it the Eyeborg

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, electronics

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Feb 27, 2016

New Virtual Reality Suit Lets You Reach Out & Touch ‘Environment’

Posted by in categories: materials, mobile phones, virtual reality, wearables

And, this will only be the beginning because with the lightering weight materials that have been develop we will see some amazing VR suits coming.

Virtual reality could one day incorporate all the senses, creating a rich and immersive experience, but existing virtual reality headsets only simulate things you can see and hear. But now, a group of engineers wants to help people “touch” virtual environments in a more natural way, and they built a wearable suit to do just that.

Designed by Lucian Copeland, Morgan Sinko and Jordan Brooks while they were students at the University of Rochester, in New York, the suit looks something like a bulletproof vest or light armor. Each section of the suit has a small motor in it, not unlike the one that makes a mobile phone vibrate to signal incoming messages. In addition, there are small accelerometers embedded in the suit’s arms.

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Feb 27, 2016

Circuit Board Tattoos Turn Your Skin Into A Synth

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, transportation

After that stem-cell synth yesterday, we’re in the mood for some serious bodymods—so let’s take it from Cronenberg and into Gibson. Software company Chaotic Moon is currently working on tattoos made with conductive ink, which they’re calling Tech Tats. While still mainly used in the medical field, we can already imagine a fully developed 303 implemented under your skin. Who needs a hoverboard when you can make acid with a tattoo?

(via designboom)

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Feb 27, 2016

A practical solution to mass-producing low-cost nanoparticles

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical, chemistry, health, robotics/AI

Nanoparticles form in a 3-D-printed microfluidic channel. Each droplet shown here is about 250 micrometers in diameter, and contains billions of platinum nanoparticles. (credit: Richard Brutchey and Noah Malmstadt/USC)

USC researchers have created an automated method of manufacturing nanoparticles that may transform the process from an expensive, painstaking, batch-by-batch process by a technician in a chemistry lab, mixing up a batch of chemicals by hand in traditional lab flasks and beakers.

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Feb 27, 2016

DNews — Cotton Candy Capillary

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food

Are cotton candy machines the key to making full-scale artificial organs? Discovery News.

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Feb 27, 2016

Scientists make significant anti-aging breakthrough

Posted by in categories: innovation, life extension

A breakthrough in understanding human skin cells offers a pathway for new anti-ageing treatments.

For the first time, scientists at Newcastle University, UK, have identified that the activity of a key metabolic enzyme found in the batteries of human skin cells declines with age.

A study, published online in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, has found that the activity of mitochondrial complex II significantly decreases in older skin.

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Feb 26, 2016

Illumina, the Google of Genetic Testing, Has Plans for World Domination

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business, genetics, internet

You could say that Illumina is to DNA sequencing is what Google is to Internet search, but that would be underselling the San Diego-based biotech company. Illumina’s machines, the best and cheapest on the market, generate 90 percent of all DNA sequence data today. Illumina is, as they say, crushing it.

But as lucrative as that 90 percent slice is for Illumina now, the whole pie is likely to get even bigger in the future. Less than 0.01 percent of the world’s population has been sequenced so far. So recently, Illumina has made bold moves positioning itself for the future: The company is consolidating its core hardware business—this week, it sued an upstart competitor, Oxford Nanopore Technologies, for patent infringement—while moving into the genetic testing business with new ventures like the liquid cancer biopsy spinoff, Grail.

The company is a looking toward a future in which a lot more people gets genetic tests—and a lot more often. “Grail’s business will be very different than Illumina’s core business,” Eric Endicott, Illumina’s director of global public relations, said in an email. “We are at a tipping point in genomics, where a broad community of scientists and researchers continue to translate the potential of the genome from science to discoveries and applications.”

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Feb 26, 2016

Rare talent needed to predict 2016 stock market

Posted by in categories: finance, futurism

Attention to all fortune tellers, tea leave readers, Shaman/ Shawoman, etc. Wall Street needs a new futurist to predict the 2016 Stock Market.

So far, 2016 has been the worst opening act in the history of the stock markets. The moving parts, and the speed at which they are changing is mind dulling. Predicting what is coming next will take a rare talent – if it does exist, it will likely be fleeting.

Investment success is really a combination of common sense, experience, and to some extent luck. Part of my plan going into the next 10 months is to review my investment thesis. In other words, define what I believed before they year began, so here goes.

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Feb 26, 2016

Physicists May Have Discovered a New “Tetraquark” Particle

Posted by in category: particle physics

Data from the DZero experiment shows evidence of a particle containing four different types of quarks.

By Clara Moskowitz on February 26, 2016.

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Feb 26, 2016

Mathematical Model: Team Creates Model To Explain How Things Go Viral On Internet

Posted by in categories: internet, robotics/AI

Interesting model when looking at AI around the net and search engines.

A new mathematical model sheds light on the nature of viral social trends.

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