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The future of medicine.
Not quite the Star Trek type handheld tri-coder, but this dinky little thing is definitely a move into the right direction.
Only 7.5 cm high, weighing a mere 60g and able to detect viruses and single layer proteins down to 3 nm thick this device is powerful.
Why should we care?
It is able to detect a large number of proteins in our body all at once, opening up the possibility that one day we can do check ups without even seeing a doctor.
The size, price and efficiency of this new multi-analyze device make it a highly promising invention for a multiplicity of uses. It could offer to quickly analyze up to 170,000 different molecules in a blood sample. This method could simultaneously identify insulin levels, cancer and Alzheimer markers, or even certain viruses.
Read more on this here.
Green energy from the bottom of the sea
First we got wind turbines to generate energy and now it seems scientists have found a way to tap the energy force of waves….
The device, pictured above, involves two air chambers: as a wave passes over the top of the first chamber, the pressure inside increases, forcing air through a passageway to the second chamber. Inside the passageway is a turbine, so the passing air is actually what generates the electricity. As the wave continues on, it raises the pressure inside the second chamber, pushing the air back through the turbine — importantly, it is a bidirectional turbine — and back into the first chamber. Another wave, another cycle. Repeat.
Find out here how powerful this device can be.
Reposting this as forgot to insert link to the video!
CERN shares a video of Nobel Laureate François Englert explaining “The formula of the universe.”
(Thank you Sagan Sense!)
Reblogged from FUTUREJAM
Wall reacts to close proximity of movement. Freaky, but how?
Designer Thibault Sld created this wall of 60 modules loaded with servos, together called Hexi, which undulate in response to movement—whether that’s a touch of the hand, or running past, or something else. Nearby motion-sensing cameras detect where a person is interacting with the wall, and send a signal to the servos to vibrate accordingly.
You can find more about this sensor wall here.
Food packaging chemicals may be harmful to human health over long term
The synthetic chemicals used in the packaging, storage, and processing of foodstuffs might be harmful to human health over the long term, warn environmental scientists in a commentary in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
This is because most of these substances are not inert and can leach into the foods we eat, they say.
Despite the fact that some of these chemicals are regulated, people who eat packaged or processed foods are likely to be chronically exposed to low levels of these substances throughout their lives, say the authors.
Although it will be a great challenge to establish a cause and effect of packaged food as most population does eat packaged food but some sort of population-based assessment and biomonitoring are urgently needed to tease out any potential links between food contact chemicals and chronic conditions like cancer, obesity, diabetes, neurological and inflammatory disorders.
Wearable blood-cleaning device could help simplify kidney failure treatment
Scientists in Japan have developed a nanofibre mesh that can adsorb creatinine from blood with the hope that it can eventually be developed into a wearable blood-cleaning device for patients with kidney failure.
Kidney failure causes dangerous concentrations of waste products, such as potassium, urea and creatinine, to build-up in the body. Apart from having a kidney transplant, the next best solution for patients is dialysis. Dialysis, however, is far from ideal. It is time-consuming and relies on access to specialist equipment, clean water, electricity, dialysate, and, usually, a hospital. Often these requirements aren’t accessible in rural parts of developing countries and disaster areas.
Dialysis works according to the principles of diffusion, but Mitsuhiro Ebara and his team at the National Institute of Materials Science in Ibaraki have taken a different approach and developed a material that cleans blood by adsorption.
Read full report here.
See who has made MIT Technology Review's hot list for 2014. Amongst the big boys such as Google and Amazon are some lesser known names like Valve and Expect Labs - and those are the reason why you should check out this list!
Sporting the alien hand look …
when you punch a shark during an open water swim and snap your wrist bone in two, get titanium plates fitted and recovery is a wee bit slow.
This is my hand soaked in paraffin wax to help ease the pain and help soften the muscles.
Dema (male) a 26-day-old endangered Sumatran Tiger cub cuddles up to 5-month-old female Orangutan, Irma at the Taman Safari Indonesia Animal Hospital in Cisarua, Bogor Regency, West Java, Indonesia.
Wearable technology: Smart suit that detects body injury and bruises before you do!
Paraplegic athletes who are into extreme sports like Sit-Skiing, Wheelchair Basketball and Ice Sledge Hockey and are subject to their risks. These sportspeople are often suffering from reduced or total loss of pain sense and don’t even realize that they are bruised or injured. The Bruise is a smart injury detection suit for Paraplegic Athletes.
Why it is important:
Injuries that are left untreated for this segment can develop into a performance-hindering or even life-threatening condition.
How it works:
New satellite could scan the health and productivity of vegetation from space
Radiant skin is considered a sign of good health in humans, but plants also glow when they are well. A potential new ESA satellite could use this fluorescence to track the health and productivity of vegetation worldwide.
Exciting news from the BBC: A man fitted with a bionic arm has regained his sense of ‘feel’.
Dennis Aabo, who lost his left hand in a firework accident nearly a decade ago, said the hand was “amazing”.
In laboratory tests he was able to tell the shape and stiffness of objects he picked up, even when blindfolded.
Although still in trial phase the success of this project is promising.
It will undoubtedly be very expensive, well beyond the means of most patients. And artificial hands still lack the precision and dexterity of the real thing.
For now the super-functioning bionic hand of science fiction films remains the stuff of fiction.