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Temporary tattoos could make electronic telepathy and telekinesis possible

Temporary electronic tattoos could soon help people fly drones with only thought and talk seemingly telepathically without speech over smartphones, researchers say. Electrical engineer Todd Coleman at the University of California at San Diego is devising noninvasive means of controlling machines via the mind, techniques virtually everyone might be able to use.

Commanding machines using the brain is no longer the stuff of science fiction. In recent years, brain implants have enabled people to control robotics using only their minds, raising the prospect that one day patients could overcome disabilities using bionic limbs or mechanical exoskeletons.

But brain implants are invasive technologies, probably of use only to people in medical need of them. Instead, Coleman and his team are developing wireless flexible electronics one can apply on the forehead just like temporary tattoos to read brain activity.

"We want something we can use in the coffee shop to have fun," Coleman says.

The devices are less than 100 microns thick, the average diameter of a human hair. They consist of circuitry embedded in a layer or rubbery polyester that allow them to stretch, bend and wrinkle. They are barely visible when placed on skin, making them easy to conceal from others.

The devices can detect electrical signals linked with brain waves, and incorporate solar cells for power and antennas that allow them to communicate wirelessly or receive energy. Other elements can be added as well, like thermal sensors to monitor skin temperature and light detectors to analyze blood oxygen levels.

Using the electronic tattoos, Coleman and his colleagues have found they can detect brain signals reflective of mental states, such as recognition of familiar images. One application they are now pursuing is monitoring premature babies to detect the onset of seizures that can lead to epilepsy or brain development problems. The devices are now being commercialized for use as consumer, digital health, medical device, and industrial and defense products by startup MC10 in Cambridge, Mass.

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corporisfabrica:

Using a centrifuge, it is possible to separate blood into three main fractions. 
Although we are used to thinking of blood as a simple fluid, it is in fact a suspension of cells, debris and more within a carrier fluid. 
The uppermost and clear yellow layer pictured is that fluid: plasma. This is the majority of what makes up human blood - plasma constitutes about 55% of its volume - of which 95% by volume is pure water. 
The central layer of opaque white is known as the buffy coat. This fraction is comprised mainly of white blood cells and platelets. 
Finally, the lowermost fraction is made up of the all-important red blood cells; erythrocytes. These cells are responsible for oxygen’s transit around the body, and give blood its striking colour. 

corporisfabrica:

Using a centrifuge, it is possible to separate blood into three main fractions. 

Although we are used to thinking of blood as a simple fluid, it is in fact a suspension of cells, debris and more within a carrier fluid. 

The uppermost and clear yellow layer pictured is that fluid: plasma. This is the majority of what makes up human blood - plasma constitutes about 55% of its volume - of which 95% by volume is pure water. 

The central layer of opaque white is known as the buffy coat. This fraction is comprised mainly of white blood cells and platelets. 

Finally, the lowermost fraction is made up of the all-important red blood cells; erythrocytes. These cells are responsible for oxygen’s transit around the body, and give blood its striking colour. 

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Taste Test: Could sense of taste affect length of life?

neurosciencestuff:

Perhaps one of the keys to good health isn’t just what you eat but how you taste it.

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Taste buds – yes, the same ones you may blame for that sweet tooth or French fry craving – may in fact have a powerful role in a long and healthy life – at least for fruit flies, say two new studies that…

(Source: uofmhealth.org)

mindblowingscience:

Implant means end of reading glasses is in sight


Reading glasses could be banished for ever after scientists developed a technique to reverse vision problems in ageing eyes.


As some people age, their ability to switch focus between near and distant objects diminishes, a condition known as presbyopia.


It can skew the perception of depth and makes reading in poor light impossible.


Now scientists have developed a tiny implant, no bigger than a pinhead, which sits inside the cornea and slightly increases its curvature, to allow the eye to focus again.


Known as a Raindrop corneal inlay, the technique was invented in America but the first operations have now been carried out at a clinic in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.



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mindblowingscience:

Implant means end of reading glasses is in sight

Reading glasses could be banished for ever after scientists developed a technique to reverse vision problems in ageing eyes.

As some people age, their ability to switch focus between near and distant objects diminishes, a condition known as presbyopia.

It can skew the perception of depth and makes reading in poor light impossible.

Now scientists have developed a tiny implant, no bigger than a pinhead, which sits inside the cornea and slightly increases its curvature, to allow the eye to focus again.

Known as a Raindrop corneal inlay, the technique was invented in America but the first operations have now been carried out at a clinic in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

finofilipino:

KiraVan: El sueño de un millonario para explorar el mundo con su hija de 4 años.

El vehículo de 23 toneladas de peso parece sacado de una película de ciencia ficción. Cuenta con los últimos avances en comunicaciones, entretenimientos y tecnología punta.

Neumáticos reforzados en Kevlar, cámaras de visión nocturna, drones que avanzan sobre el terreno para buscar el mejor paso, sensores que captan la temperatura del terreno y hasta siete mástiles de 18 metros de altura con cámaras, tiene un total de 22 y sensores instalados. Monitores 4k, purificadores de agua, el interior también es un compendio de gadgets de última generación.

El camión tractor tiene tracción a las cuatro ruedas y se convierte en una 6x6 al instalarle el remolque. Desde la cabina se puede elegir también el tipo de tracción a voluntad del conductor o regular la presión del hidrógeno de los neumáticos. Tiene una autonomía de más de 2000 kilómetros y es capaz de afrontar subidas de 45º.

Más info overland-magazine | Proyectokiravan.net

mashable:

Researchers at Michigan State University developed a new type of solar panel that is almost completely transparent. It harnesses solar energy using organic molecules, which glow when exposed to sunlight.

futuristech-info:

Chinese hospital implanted 50 patients with 3-D printed parts with no adverse reactions

Using a printer to produce lifesaving medical implants and body parts might sound like science fiction, but it is already a reality in China. Peking University Third Hospital, a top hospital in China, recently announced that its Orthopedics Department has been using enhanced implants produced by a 3-D printer in a clinical trial, with promising results. “We started clinical trials on 3-D produced implants late last year, and now we have used dozens of such implants in more than 50 patients,” said Liu Zhongjun, director with the department.READ MORE ON PEKING UNIVERSITY

futuristech-info:

Chinese hospital implanted 50 patients with 3-D printed parts with no adverse reactions

Using a printer to produce lifesaving medical implants and body parts might sound like science fiction, but it is already a reality in China. 

Peking University Third Hospital, a top hospital in China, recently announced that its Orthopedics Department has been using enhanced implants produced by a 3-D printer in a clinical trial, with promising results. “We started clinical trials on 3-D produced implants late last year, and now we have used dozens of such implants in more than 50 patients,” said Liu Zhongjun, director with the department.

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aubiefan12:

An epidemic of beauty sickness: Renee Engeln at TEDxUConn 2013

Yes. Yes yes yes.

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scishow:

We’re bad judges, better teachers, and video games are pretty good for us!

Humans judge each other within 33 milliseconds of seeing each other! We learn better if we think we have to teach someone else, and video games are good for us!