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Apr 26, 2016

‘Nobody wants our quilts until they need one’: Quilters provide comfort to 50,000 people with cancer

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A feel good story for this Tuesday at work to brighten up your day. Hope it brings a smile to everyone.

Combined, they took 77 years to make and cover an area 28 acres in size, slightly larger than Parliament Hill. They’re beautiful, comforting and hopeful, but at times tinged with sorrow.

This week, Betty Giffin will knock on the front door of a home in Ottawa. She’ll have with her a handmade quilt to give to the woman who lives there. The woman has cancer, as does everyone who receives one of the quilts from Giffin’s organization.

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Apr 26, 2016

Google Glass to ‘rehumanise’ doctor-patient relationship

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business, computing, health

Using Google Glass, Augmedix has developed a platform for doctors to collect, update and recall patient and other medical data in real time, technology website TechCrunch reported on Tuesday.

Google Glass is no longer available for consumers but its enterprise business continues to rise especially in the health care sector.

“When you are with doctors without Glass, they are charting and clicking on computers for a lot of the time and not focusing on their patients,” Ian Shakil, CEO of Augmedix was quoted as saying.

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Apr 26, 2016

Finance actually wants more regulation because of the rise of artificial intelligence fintech in the world’s markets

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, finance, robotics/AI

I am not surprised by this; I do expect this given the existing cyber threat risks around AI especially around the existing under pinning technology/ platforms and net infrastructures.

The finance world is cautiously optimistic about the future of artificial intelligence and how it can be used, but, there is more work needed on regulating the technology when it comes to world markets.

“Financial institutions have been fined billions of dollars because of illegality and compliance breaches by traders. A logical response by banks is to automate as much decision-making as possible, hence the number of banks enthusiastically embracing AI and automation,” said Baker and McKenzie head of financial services regulation Arun Srivastava.

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Apr 26, 2016

Virtual Reality Projected To Lead Before Augmented Reality

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, biotech/medical, virtual reality


Shipments of augmented reality hardware, which combine real-world and virtual images in the user’s field of view, are forecast by market research firm IDC to ramp up over the next few years. Unlike virtual reality hardware, which tends to be more geared toward gaming, AR hardware is particularly suited for enterprise use, such as architecture, equipment repair and maintenance,

Product design and medical procedures, to name a few. IDC predicted that VR hardware will take off first, but AR will catch up, with combined devices markets seeing hardware shipments exceeding.

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Apr 26, 2016

Allen Institute releases powerful new data on the aging brain and traumatic brain injury

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health, life extension, neuroscience

New project underway to find answers.

The Allen Institute for Brain Science has announced major updates to its online resources available at “”, including a new resource on Aging, Dementia and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in collaboration with UW Medicine researchers at the University of Washington, and Group Health. The resource is the first of its kind to collect and share a wide variety of data modalities on a large sample of aged brains, complete with mental health histories and clinical diagnoses.

“The power of this resource is its ability to look across such a large number of brains, as well as a large number of data types,” says Ed Lein, Ph.D., Investigator at the Allen Institute for Brain Science. “The resource combines traditional neuropathology with modern ‘omics’ approaches to enable researchers to understand the process of aging, look for molecular signatures of disease and identify hallmarks of brain injury.”

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Apr 26, 2016

Oncologists warn against virus causing oral cancer

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, sex

New research findings showing HPV is several cases could be passed orally. If this is the case; what is the tie to folks with cold sores.

The transmission of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), very much possible during oral sex, causes cancer, two oncologists have warned.

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Apr 26, 2016

Building the Foundation of the Cognitive Computing Era

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics, robotics/AI

For almost a year I have shared how Quantum technology will take AI to a new level. This article highlights the benefits of Quantum in AI.

Scott Crowder of IBM discusses the technologies and data infrastructure that will be required to drive the cognitive computing and artificial intelligence systems of the near future.

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Apr 26, 2016

Hi-res nanoparticle maps reveal best shape for batteries

Posted by in categories: biological, computing, nanotechnology, particle physics

Many recent big technological advances in computing, communications, energy, and biology have relied on nanoparticles. It can be hard to determine the best nanomaterials for these applications, however, because observing nanoparticles in action requires high spatial resolution in “messy,” dynamic environments.

In a recent step in this direction, a team of engineers has obtained a first look inside phase-changing nanoparticles, showing how their shape and crystallinity—the arrangement of atoms within the crystal—can have dramatic effects on their performance.

The work, which appears in Nature Materials, has immediate applications in the design of energy storage materials, but could eventually find its way into data storage, electronic switches, and any device in which the phase transformation of a material regulates its performance.

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Apr 26, 2016

A New Use for Tesla Coils: Self-Assembling Nanotubes

Posted by in category: nanotechnology

Researchers at Rice University are working on self-assembling wires that can move matter, essentially “force fields” powered by Tesla coils.

They’ve been working “very quietly,” said adjunct assistant professor Paul Cherukuri. He describes the project, which incorporates Tesla coils and nano-scale filaments, as “self-assembly at a distance.” The project started when the researchers were working with nanotubes, just seeing what they could do when pairing the coils with the electrification from Tesla coils.

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Apr 26, 2016

New artificial protein assembles materials at the nanoscale

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, particle physics

HANOVER, N.H., April 26 (UPI) — Proteins are the contractors of the nanoscale natural world, assembling and building at the atomic, molecular and cellular levels. Increasingly, materials scientists are working to harness that power.

Recently, researchers at Dartmouth College created protein capable of crafting buckyball molecules. “Buckyball” is a nickname for buckminsterfullerene molecules, a soccer ball-shaped molecule of 60 carbon atoms.

The newly synthesized protein organizes buckyballs into a periodic lattice — a wall of buckyballs.

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