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Sep 24, 2017

Touching helps build the sexual brain

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Hormones or sexual experience? Which of these is crucial for the onset of puberty? It seems that when rats are touched on their genitals, their brain changes and puberty accelerates. In a new study publishing September 21 in the open access journal PLOS Biology researchers at the Bernstein Center, and Humboldt University, Berlin, led by Constanze Lenschow and Michael Brecht, report that sexual touch might have a bigger influence on puberty than previously thought.

It has been known for some time that social cues can either accelerate or delay in mammals, but it hasn’t been clear which signals are crucial, nor how they affect the body and , and in particular the possible reorganization of the brain.

The researchers first observed that the neural representation of the genitals in the expands during puberty. To begin with, the study confirms what was expected; that sexual hormones accelerate puberty and the growth of the so-called ‘genital ’. However, what’s new is that they find that sexual touch also contributes substantially to the acceleration of puberty.

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Sep 24, 2017

The Real Reason Why Aluminum Foil Has 2 Different Sides

Posted by in category: food

You might not lie awake at night wondering whether you should be baking atop the shiny side or the dull side of aluminum foil, but just in case you are, we’re here to let you know that there is indeed an answer to this eternal mystery.

According to Reynold’s Kitchen, the difference in appearance between the two sides of aluminum foil is simply a result of manufacturing and serves no real purpose. Meaning, whether you are cooking your food with the shiny side up or the dull side up, you’re doing it right.

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Sep 24, 2017

You can adjust these tires to match the weather using an iPhone app

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Sep 24, 2017

Engineers Have Found a Way to 3D Print Super Strong Aluminum

Posted by in category: 3D printing

Engineers found a new way to 3D print high-strength metal alloys, which previously cracked and left imperfections during the printing process.

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Sep 24, 2017

Walking DNA nanorobot could deliver a drug to a precise location in your body

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

DNA nanorobot cargo carrier (artist’s impression) (credit: Ella Maru Studio)

Caltech scientists have developed a “cargo sorting” DNA nanorobot programmed to autonomously “walk” around a surface, pick up certain molecules, and drop them off in designated locations.

The research is described in a paper in the Friday, September 15, 2017 issue of Science.

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Sep 24, 2017

In China, Robot Dentists Are Implanting 3D Printed Teeth

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

Open wide, because the robots have eyes on your dental work. South China Morning Post reports that a robo-dentist has autonomously implanted two new, 3D-printed teeth into a woman’s mouth.

The procedure, which appears to have made use of a robot arm from Universal Robotics, was developed by a team from the Fourth Military Medical University and Beihang University. The hardware first orients itself with the patient’s head, and is then programmed with the procedure it needs to undertake. It does a dry run to check that it’s got everything right, before the patient is given an anesthetic and the robot gets drilling. The team says that the robot works to tolerances of less than 0.3 millimeters, and can detect and compensate for movements of the person’s head.

Don’t fancy the idea? Well, bear in mind that it’s hoped the robot will be able to make up for a shortfall in the number of practicing dentists in China, which often leads to unqualified practitioners performing questionable procedures.

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Sep 24, 2017

In Five Years, Your Smartphone Could Be Reading Your Mind

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, neuroscience

New technology enables thought to be translated into audible words with surprising accuracy by reading user’s brainwaves. The developers say they might be able to get the device to work with smartphones via an app in just five years.

A new system developed by a team of researchers from Japan’s Toyohashi University of Technology can read people’s minds using brainwaves.

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Sep 24, 2017

Michio Kaku, Gregory Stack, And Yue Shao: Synthetic Human Embryos And Genetic Engineering [Opinion]

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics

Michio Kaku and Gregory Scott discuss different aspects of genetic engineering in the video below. According to Kaku and Scott, parents will soon have different genetic engineering choices to make about their children. In addition, recent discoveries by Yue Shao have yielded a new classification of parentless synthetic human embryos.

With Yue Shao’s discovery, genetic engineers might be learning to grow synthetic human embryos from anonymous stem cells donated from IVF clinics. How far this genetic engineering technology goes remains to be seen.

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Sep 24, 2017

People in Two U.S. States Will Get $1,000 a Month in a New Basic Income Trial

Posted by in category: economics

Tech startup fund Y Combinator has announced plans for a new basic income trial in the U.S. in which participants receive $1,000 monthly.

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Sep 24, 2017

Five ways to get CRISPR into the body

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Scientists are investigating a range of different delivery mechanisms for the gene-editing tool, from topical gels to skin grafts.

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