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Everyone, I’m elated to tell you that Tumblr will be joining Yahoo.
Before touching on how awesome this is, let me try to allay any concerns:...
Replica hearts like this one held up by Laura Olivieri are ideal for dry runs of complex operations, allowing the surgeon to see beforehand the exact anatomical landscape they will have to navigate.
The heart is created by feeding a 3D printer with two-dimensional data from individual patients’ computerised tomography or ultrasound scans, allowing the machine to build up a replica layer by layer.
Bonobos are more likely than chimps to have concern for each other. New Scientist reviews The Bonobo and the Atheist by primatologist Frans de Waal. (Image: ZSSD/Minden Pictures/FLPA)
Cara detects multiple faces up to 25 feet away, is over 90% accurate with its gender detection, is more than 80% of the time right when it comes to noting the correct age: child (0-13), young adult (14-35), adult (35-65), or senior (65+). It also records how much and what kind of attention they’re giving the camera. This includes total duration (time in front of the camera), glances (looking away and back), attention time (facing the camera), and opportunity to see (traffic near the camera).
MIT Media Lab’s Professor Picard and Dr Rana El Kaliouby have taken face recognition to yet another level. Their software, Affectiva, can read human emotions and is capable of distinguishing a real smile from a fake one.
With these groundbreaking technologies already available it is only a matter of time before a combined solution hits the market and then computers will not only know who we are but also how we feel.
They are unlikely to look like C-3PO, but in any case are you ready for this new species?
Although the cell is the smallest unit of life, it is by no means simple. The human body is made up of tens of trillions of cells like this one, that have developed a highly synchronized set of components to carry out the processes that keep the organism alive, allow it to reproduce and adapt to changing environments.
DIY bionics - making kids smile again.
See the joy in Liam’s eyes as he is grasping a ball with his right hand for the first time. By the time this cute fellow grows up, he will have a bionic hand that will be connected to his neural-system and be indistinguishable from his biological body; but for now all Liam cares about is being able to play ball.
It’s not all fun and games up in space. Whilst Hadfield was singing Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ Chris Cassidy (pictured here) was out with Tom Marshburn on an almost 6 hour long space walk repairing a leak.
When a real-life astronaut sings David Bowie’s Space Oddity from space: Pure Genius!
Could the long-awaited flying cars finally become a reality?
This is a flying hybrid vehicle! Who wants one?!
The next-gen TF-X will be a street legal plug-in hybrid car that has collapsible wings, retractable propellers, and is capable of driving and flying on its own in the event of an emergency.
Bounce to the rescue!
Great piece of innovation: First responders, including firefighters and police officers, must often take action in potentially lethal situations. This device, featuring cameras, LEDs and sensors, can be thrown into a dangerous space, where it captures images and data that are transmitted to the user’s mobile device.
PHOTO COURTESY BOUNCE IMAGING
Samsung Demos a Tablet Controlled by Your Brain
An easy-to-use EEG cap could expand the number of ways to interact with your mobile devices.
Why it matters.
A brain-controlled mobile device could give paralyzed people more ways to interact with the world while also improving functionality for all of us.