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Jan 6, 2016

Science and photography: a special issue — By Clive Cookson | Financial Times

Posted by in categories: media & arts, science

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“Clive Cookson introduces a special issue looking at the places where science and photography meet, from the intimate observation of illness to the quiet machinery of surveillance”

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Jan 5, 2016

The Secret to Everyday Time Travel Is Simple, Insane

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics, time travel

Since you first started learning about the world, you’ve known that cause leads to effect. Everything that’s ever happened to or near you has reiterated this point, making it seem like a fundamental law of nature. It isn’t.

It is, in fact, possible for an event to occur before its causal factors have manifested or happened. This isn’t how appliances work — you don’t have to worry about will have having left the oven on — but it is how particle physics works. It’s also the key to explaining how time travel, under the laws of quantum physics, could operate.

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Jan 5, 2016

Camera Stabilizer

Posted by in category: electronics

You can shoot in any circumstances and maintaining the image with this device…

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Jan 5, 2016

The Art of Biography — By Joseph Epstein | The Wall Street Journal

Posted by in category: media & arts

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“Patrick Hayes’s “Human 2.0? Life-Writing in the Digital Age” provides a defense of autobiography as it comes through Facebook, Twitter, instant messaging, blogging and the rest.”

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Jan 5, 2016

How to Cultivate the Art of Serendipity — By Pagan Kennedy | The New York Times

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“Do some people have a special talent for serendipity? And if so, why?”

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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

Dolfi — The Tiny Gadget That Could One Day Replace Your Washing Machine

Posted by in category: futurism

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Dolfi is a portable device that relies on ultrasound technology to do the work of a washing machine. It can be used anywhere, it’s cheap and silent.

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Jan 5, 2016

Space mining will take a giant leap in 2016

Posted by in category: space

After US passed the Space Act, space mining is going to happen.

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Jan 5, 2016

How Fox’s “The Martian VR Experience” Became Hollywood’s Most Ambitious VR Experiment

Posted by in categories: space, virtual reality

Much more than marketing, the experience lets users feel what it’s like to survive on Mars, just like Mark Watney. Yes, there are potatoes.

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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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