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Feb 28, 2016

A blind woman has regained sight following a controversial stem cell treatment

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Vanna Belton from Baltimore has been blind for more than five years, but after undergoing surgery where stem cells extracted from her bone marrow were injected into her right eye’s retina and left eye’s optic nerve, she has regained some of her sight.

“When I realised I could see the license plates, we started walking around the neighbourhood reading them,” she told the Baltimore Sun, adding that for the first time since 2009, she’s been able to navigate her way around without a cane.

While Belton’s recovery is certainly remarkable, it’s also incredibly perplexing. The doctor who performed the stem cell treatment, ophthalmologist Jeffrey N. Weiss, cut so many corners to get her and 277 other patients into surgery, even he can’t explain why it works.

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Feb 28, 2016

Tech and Facts Photo

Posted by in category: mathematics

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Feb 28, 2016

Hand-to-Hand Zombie Combat in VR

Posted by in category: virtual reality

More Videos by VRScout.

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Feb 28, 2016

There’s a City in China That Was Built to Replicate Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Posted by in category: futurism

Welcome to jackson hole WY in china.

You can very literally travel around the world without stepping a foot outside of China, thanks to the country’s ” One City, Nine Towns” initiative. The world’s most populous country has another replica to add to this list: Jackson Hole, China—complete with awe-inspiring mountain vistas, log cabins aplenty, and more mounted taxidermy than you’re likely to find anywhere else in the country. The biggest difference is that you won’t find any skiing opportunities at China’s take on the American destination.

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Feb 28, 2016

Tiny Supercapacitors Built Directly on a Chip, Making More Powerful Microchips

Posted by in categories: computing, internet

Scientist have created tiny supercapacitators that can be embedded directly on a microchip, a game-changer that promises smaller, more powerful devices.

As the semiconductor industry begins to adjust to a new roadmap, research on microchips is being focused less on Moore’s Law (the arithmetic increase through time in the power of microchips) but instead on incremental changes related to the developing Internet of Things, such as increasing RAM or integrating gyroscopes or GPS sensors.

An important part of these changes include building more efficient energy storage devices to power these additional sensors. This development of high-performance batteries would go a long way to enable long-lived sensors and radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. The problem, however, is that miniaturized energy storage devices are not only difficult to produce but they often fail to function well with other electronics.

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Feb 28, 2016

You Haven’t Lived Until You’ve Seen Norway’s Fjords from This Incredible Platform

Posted by in category: futurism

A new way to view the motherland of the Vikings.

All acrophobiacs aside, you shouldn’t go through life without taking in Norway’s fjords from the new spectacular platform that’s opening up to the public this summer. The platform itself is nestled right above a cliff, thousands of feet from the ground. If you’re looking for incredible views of the fjord- and forest-covered countryside, add this to your tourist attraction bucket list.

Code—a Norwegian architecture firm that won a competition to design this platform—added walkways running alongside and underneath the actual podium, which is located at Utsikten (one of the country main tourist routes).

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Feb 28, 2016

Why I’m not worried about the LEAF hack or my garage break-in

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, habitats, transportation

The person in the article is not very smart. 1st you never offer a tempting challenge to a hacker in public forum. I have known too many and followed to many since the 80’s. 2nd, house burgulars are not even close to the calibur of hackers.

I own a 2013 Nissan LEAF SV with telematics functions known as CARWINGS. CARWINGS connected to my car via an app also called NissanConnect EV that was hacked by Troy Hunt and came into to the news this week. Nissan issued two different statements about the hack and eventually shut off the app completely.

LEAF owners are concerned that because the app was easy to-hack with the LEAF’s VIN number that access could be used for malicious use.

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Feb 28, 2016

Headphones that get you high on dopamine are tipped to go on sale next month

Posted by in categories: media & arts, neuroscience

Headphones that stimulate the release of dopamine in your brain and reportedly make you feel high as hell have been invented by Florida-based tech company, Nervana, and are set to go on sale as early as next month.

The headphones will pump music into your ears as normal, but at the same time, an integrated device will deliver a low-power electrical signal through your ear canal to stimulate the Vagus nerve — a nerve that runs from the brainstem to the abdomen and plays a role in the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centres.

“I felt the electricity go into my arm, and everything was tingling there, but the best moment for me was afterwards when I finished and stood up,” journalist Amanda Gutterman writes for Futurism.

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Feb 28, 2016

Gene therapy to save the world

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics, health, life extension, transhumanism

The most recent Liz talk. According to her in this vid her first test results of telomere length are next month.

Liz Parrish, the Founder and CEO of BioViva Sciences USA Inc, is best known for recently becoming the first person to be treated with gene therapy to reverse aging.

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Feb 28, 2016

IARPA seeks info on biometric attack detection tech

Posted by in categories: government, privacy, security

Reminder to everyone who loves hearing about what NextGen Technologies that US Government has been working on: March 11th, US IARPA is hosting a conference on “Odin” (detection technologies to ensure biometric security systems can detect when someone is attempting to disguise their biometric identity.)

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity plans to hold a conference related to a biometric presentation attack detection programme called Odin.

The conference, to be held on 11 March in Washington, will be to provide information on Odin and the research problems the program aims to address, the agency noted.

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