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Jan 20, 2019

Flexible Loudspeaker Made of Nanowires Will Stick to Your Skin and Play Music

Posted by in categories: media & arts, nanotechnology

Now researchers at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in South Korea have made a nanomembrane out of silver nanowires to serve as flexible loudspeakers or microphones. The researchers even went so far as to demonstrate their nanomembrane by making it into a loudspeaker that could be attached to skin and used it to play the final movement of a violin concerto—namely, La Campanella by Niccolo Paganini.

Researchers in South Korea made a tiny loudspeaker, and then used it to play a violin concerto.

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Jan 20, 2019

China pharma must swallow that jagged little pill called R&D as government slashes profit margins of generic drugs

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, government, policy

As Beijing’s pilot reform spreads nationwide to cut prices of drugs and improve their efficacy and safety, companies are under mounting pressure to invest in innovative drugs development and reduce reliance on low profit products that are the same copies of original drugs.

New policy environment demanding cheaper drugs adds pressure to innovate.

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Jan 20, 2019

Why SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son is Silicon Valley’s power broker

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI

Billionaire Masayoshi Son–not Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, or Mark Zuckerberg–has the most audacious vision for an AI-powered utopia where machines control how we live. And he’s spending hundreds of billions of dollars to realize it. Are you ready to live in Masa World?

[Illustration: Señor Salme]

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Jan 19, 2019

Evolution calls on us to lose weight slowly over time

Posted by in categories: energy, evolution, food, health, neuroscience

| Local | Cutting calories (dieting) and increasing caloric expenditure (exercise) cause your brain to activate neurons that will not allow you to utilize fat or lose weight.

Recently, and at a most appropriate time, another study published in the journal eLife has given explanation as to why your current New Year’s Resolution diet will not work.

Cutting calories (dieting) and increasing caloric expenditure (exercise) cause your brain to activate neurons that will not allow you to utilize fat or lose weight.

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Jan 19, 2019

Aubrey de Grey interviewed by Ray Kurzweil

Posted by in category: futurism

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Jan 19, 2019

Biofeedback from the brain will help students learn faster

Posted by in categories: education, robotics/AI

Biofeedback will also be able to help with problems that feel intractable, by conditioning students to make time to think outside the box. Studies show the best way is to deal with a seemingly intractable problem is to consider it intensely for a period of time and then to relax to an almost meditative state to foster the brain’s creative side.

We have trialled technology that can help users manage this approach in Finland, using an app called Study Train that has been designed by Finnish education experts. The app combines the Pomodoro time-management technique with customised learning rhythms based on an individual’s brain waves, telling students to focus when learning efficiency is high and to rest meditatively to promote lateral thinking and creativity when efficiency is low. It is now being used by students in China, Malaysia and Taiwan as well as in Finland and next year will be rolled out further.

We have long known that the brain has good and bad times for retaining information and solving problems. By combining EEG data and machine learning we can now we confident when those different states occur and use that information to improve students’ learning. 2019 will be the year when study becomes turbocharged.

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Jan 19, 2019

Doc in a Box Knows What Ails You

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Engineers at Sandia National Laboratories have improved their SpinDx mobile diagnostic device so that it can perform both protein and nucleic acid tests. This lets it identify nearly any cause of illness in human patients, including viruses, bacteria, toxins, and immune system markers of chemical agent exposure.

This mobile diagnostic machine can test for viruses, bacteria, and active toxins.

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Jan 19, 2019

Experimenting with Cancer Treatments Outside the Human Body

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical

New research from MIT has resulted in a microfluidic device, the tumor analysis platform (TAP), that can simulate different cancer treatments on biopsied tumor tissue. The TAP device can be 3D printed within one hour and is slightly larger than a quarter. Three cylindrical shafts rise from the surface of the device and serve as ports to input and drain fluids, as well as remove air bubbles. Fluid—including various media, fluorescent markers, or lymphocytes—gets injected into an inlet port adjacent to the trap. The fluid enters through the inlet port and flows past the trap.

A new 3D-printed device from MIT researchers allows for the testing of different cancer treatments on live tumor tissue outside the human body.

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Jan 19, 2019

This Scientist Is On The Verge Of Curing Multiple Sclerosis For 2.3 Million Patients

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

More effective treatments for Multiple Sclerosis on the horizon?

Dr. Metcalfe and her company are already looking to take down other severe diseases as well.

“Psoriasis is high up on our list, and diabetes is another. Downstream there are all the dementias because a LIF is a major health factor for the brain. So if we can get it into the brain we can start protecting against dementia.”

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Jan 19, 2019

Are We Just Another Primate? Robert Sapolsky

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Perhaps not the most complete and/or updated view on dopamine, but pretty fun short talk overall. No, we’re not that different.

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