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Sep 24, 2016

Brain Research: Brain Enhancements, Treatments and More Scientific Brain Discoveries

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

A brief introduction about brain research.

The human brain is more complex and has far more capacity than a billion dollar computer. So far the research done on the brain is still in its nascent stages. What mysteries and secrets it holds for humanity in the future remains one of the big questions.

The 21st century has been called the “Century of the Mind”. Research into the functions and capabilities of the wonderful organ that is the human brain will skyrocket with duration as mankind enters a new era in discovery and invention.

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Sep 24, 2016

Can an uploaded brain live forever?

Posted by in categories: life extension, neuroscience

Getting your head in the cloud.

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Sep 24, 2016

Mind-Controlled Exoskeleton Could Help Paraplegic Children

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, robotics/AI, wearables

University of Houston researchers aim to leverage a new, noninvasive brain-machine interface system that taps into human brainwaves to control and command a wearable exoskeleton—a technology that could enable paraplegic kids to walk.

Kristopher Sturgis

Exoskeleton University of Houston

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Sep 24, 2016

New Zealand startup Thought-Wired allows people with severe disabilities to communicate using their brain waves

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Interacting with people through brainwaves either via technology or a telepathic six sense has been long explored in the genre of science-fiction: in Hollywood blockbuster X-Men the character Professor X is telepathic and has the ability to tap into and read other people’s minds.

While the concept of telepathy or thought-controlled communication was once thought to be a futuristic concept or a concept reserved only for the realm of science-fiction, technology today is advancing fast, with the world soon to expect the commercialisation of holograms as explored in The Time Machine, autonomous cars as seen in iRobot and now brainwave communication like in X-Men.

While science-fiction explores the dark side of these technologies, the real world is exploring a multitude of applications to enhance and improve people’s everyday lives.

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Sep 24, 2016

China’s orbiting quantum satellite links with ground stations

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, space

Satellite, named after ancient philosopher Micius, launched in August with a mission to establish a secure communications between China and Europe.

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 24 September, 2016, 11:47pm.

UPDATED : Saturday, 24 September, 2016, 11:48pm.

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Sep 24, 2016

China’s Micius Military Quantum Satellite Reports Important Progress

Posted by in categories: encryption, military, quantum physics, satellites

Quantum encryption uses the principle of “quantum entanglement” to foster communication that’s totally safe against eavesdropping and decryption by others.

The satellite’s true military nature is being disguised under the civilian name, Quantum Experiments at Space Scale, or QUESS. Publicly, QUESS is being billed as an international research project in the field of quantum physics.

Micius or Mozi is operated by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) while the University of Vienna and the Austrian Academy of Sciences run the satellite’s European receiving stations. The quantum satellite was launched last Aug. 16 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert.

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Sep 24, 2016

Weekend Being: Jacob Koshy writes on Manu Prakash, an engineer from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Posted by in category: futurism

Frugality, crafting inexpensive knock-offs and making do with little may be the ethos of India’s pharmaceutical industry, its manufacturing sector and the spirit with which our scientists conduct their research but an Indian-origin bio-engineer at Stanford University has just won one of America’s grandest prizes — the MacArthur ‘Genius’ grant — worth Rs.4 crore for designing a $1 microscope.

Towards do-it-yourself science

Manu Prakash from Rampur, Uttar Pradesh and an engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, has made a name for fashioning ingenious devices that make the essence of science — observation and experiments — accessible to those who can’t afford expensive instruments.

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Sep 24, 2016

Pin-less computer navigated total knee replacement, used by Dr Anil Arora in North India

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing

New Delhi [India]: Knee replacement technology has undergone sea change with years passing by.

With time and progress in technology the surgeons and researchers are constantly working towards achieving perfection in each surgery. One such example is ‘Computer Navigated Knee Replacement Surgery.’

Pinless Computer Navigated Total Knee Replacement technology is used by Dr Anil Arora, the head of unit and lead consultant of department of Orthopedics at Max Super Specialty Hospital, for Knee Replacement, in North India.

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Sep 24, 2016

Microsoft Will Treat Cancer Like Computer Virus, Vows To ‘Solve’ Cance Within 10 Years?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, genetics, neuroscience

Microsoft has announced to solve’ cancer within the next decade by ‘reprogramming’ diseased cells like computer virus.

Researchers were able to prevent the death of neurons that causes ALS by introducing a genetic mutation to prevent the SOD1 protein from clumping.

The growing resistance of Gonorrhea, alarmed the researchers.

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Sep 24, 2016

The Age of Biotech: Can Bioengineered Rhino Horns Bring An End to Poaching?

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical

Awesome; how about Elephant tusks, etc.


In Brief.

California biotech company Pembient has announced its production of synthetic rhino horns, in the hopes of providing an ethical alternative to purchasing from poachers. Conservationist groups express worries over any unintended impact.

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