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That's Not Me: How Our Thriving British Music Scene is Reclaiming Its Identity. Illustration by Marta Parszeniew Britain’s greatest export is music. Our influence is everywhere: from David Bowie and The Smiths, to MIA and Radiohead. Too often though, we look back on it more than we look forward. So we’re going to switch it up. For the few weeks we’re going to be looking at what 2016 holds for the UK music scene, which artists possess the power to make it tick, what scenes are approaching boiling point, and what issues we need to fix before we can move forward. This is a country with strong traits. Unlike the Yanks, perhaps our biggest idiosyncrasy – more than being polite – is that we’re not great at asserting ourselves; there’s just something in our psyche that renders us unable to get publically excited about anything that doesn’t involve warm weather or free food. In the past few years, though, we’ve seen a growing tide of British artists who have a newfound confidence in their roots, and completely negate to pander to what an international audience may desire.

Facial Recognition Security Cameras : Family Eye. The 'Kazoku Mesen' or Family Eye is an extremely high-tech -- and remarkably cute-looking -- home security camera. Designed by Japanese company OMRON, this particular camera offers a more powerful suite of features than the already impressive home security cameras available on the market at this time. What's unique about the Family Eye is the fact that it is equipped with OKAO Vision technology -- this technology is capable of recognizing faces, hand gestures, age, gender and facial expressions. This means it is capable of doing things like taking photos of your baby when he or she smiles. In addition to being used as a family security camera, the Family Eye could also be very useful to shops and businesses who can use it for customer analysis and head counts. Biometric Identification Platforms : verifyme. By: Laura McQuarrie - Published: Oct 22, 2015 • References: verifyme & nasdaq VerifyMe is an ID services platform that promises you can "forget your passwords" and businesses can still feel at ease about protecting identities, fraud and counterfeiting.

The service implements a number of physical, cyber and biometric technology in order ensure a high level of security for all its end users. Most recently, VerifyMe announced that it will be introducing advanced biometric security technology from KeyLemon into its newest version of the platform. Digital security solutions from VerifyMe replace passwords and pins with simple multi-factor authentications like facial, voice and fingerprint recognition, as well as personal color selection and GPS location detection. Technologies like these are worked into VerifyMe's three-factor authentication system, which is designed to be as user-friendly as possible.

Selfie Payment Systems : selfie pay. By: Laura McQuarrie - Published: Oct 22, 2015 • References: cnbc In place of passwords, which are easily forgotten or compromised, MasterCard is now testing out 'Selfie Pay' as a way for people to securely authorize online transactions. Testing for the new payment system is going on with over 200 employees from the First Tech Federal Credit Union in the United States over the course of two months.

Rather than typing in a password to finalize a purchase, people will be able to scan a fingerprint or as a more fun option, take a selfie. To make full use of the Selfie Pay system, users are required to download the brand's Identity Check app. Knowing that some dishonest people will try to trick the system by using pre-taken photos, the service instructs users to hold up their phone, take a selfie and blink, to prove that they are in fact a real person and not a photograph. 3D-Printed Blood Vessels Could Be Used for Transplants. Using 3D-printing methods, researchers have created artificial blood vessels in a lab. The bioprinted structures could be used for transplants or for testing new drugs, scientists say. Blood vessels are vital parts of the body's circulatory system that supply the organs with nutrients and remove waste.

Scientists have developed artificial tissue from the heart, liver and lungs, but creating a synthetic network of blood vessels to support these organs has been a challenge. "That's where technologies like bioprinting come in," said Ali Khademhosseini, a biomedical engineer at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and senior author of a new study published online this month in the journal Lab on a Chip. Previous attempts to 3D-print blood vessels take one of two forms, Khademhosseini told Live Science.

Printing tissue In this study, Khademhosseini and his team took a different approach. The need for artificial blood vessels is significant. Not there yet. 3D Printing Can Improve Face Transplants. Surgeons are using new, highly accurate 3D printers to guide face transplantation operations, making the procedures faster and improving outcomes, according to a new report. The face replicas made on these printers take into account bone grafts, metal plates and the underlying bone structure of the skull. They improve surgical planning, which ultimately makes the surgery much shorter, the report authors said. The new technique has already been used in several patients , including two high-profile face transplant patients — Carmen Tarleton, who was maimed by her husband and received a face transplant in 2013, and Dallas Wiens, who was the first person in the U.S. to receive a full face transplant, in 2011.

The surgeries have dramatically improved the lives of the patients, the researchers said. "They went from having no face and no features at all, to being able to talk and eat and breathe properly," said Dr. Custom fit For the patients, face transplantation is often the end of a long journey. Doctors Could 3D-Print Micro-Organs with New Technique. Gone are the days when 3D printers merely built plastic trinkets — scientists say 3D-printed structures loaded with embryonic stem cells could one day help doctors print out micro-organs for transplant patients. Embryonic stem cells, obtained from human embryos, can develop into any kind of cell in the body, such as brain tissue, heart cells or bone. This property makes them ideal for use in regenerative medicine — repairing and replacing damaged cells, tissues and organs. Scientists typically experiment with embryonic stem cells by dosing them with biological cues that guide them toward developing into specific tissue types — a process called differentiation.

This process begins with the cells forming spherical masses called embryoid bodies — an activity that mimics the early stages of embryonic development. [7 Cool Uses of 3D Printing in Medicine] Until now, 3D printers for embryonic stem cells just generated flat arrays or simple mounds, called "stalagmites," of cells. Futuristic Kicks: 3D-Printed Sneakers Are Tailor-Made to Your Feet. Imagine walking into a store, running on a treadmill for a few minutes and then purchasing a pair of shoes tailored precisely to the contours of your feet.

That's the future of sneaker buying, according to Adidas. The shoe and clothing company recently unveiled its Futurecraft 3D sneaker — a running shoe with a 3D-printed midsole (the part between the inner sole that touches your foot and the outer sole that touches the ground). Adidas said the midsole can be tailored to fit the "cushioning needs" of your feet, whatever those may be. To get the measurements needed to 3D print a custom shoe part, sneaker lovers will first have to run on a specially equipped treadmill. Embedded with foot-scanning technologies, the treadmill track will relay information to a computer that creates a design for the personalized midsole. Other shoe brands are also using 3D printing to create custom kicks for everyday wear. Gene Gems: Ultrapersonalized Jewelry Encapsulates Your DNA. What Are Mutations? Mutations are alterations to a DNA sequence.

If one thinks of the information in DNA as a series of sentences, mutations are errors in spelling the words that make up those sentences. Sometimes mutations are inconsequential, like a misspelled word whose meaning is still quite clear. At other times mutations have stronger ramifications, like a sentence whose meaning is completely changed. A close-up of DNA All living organisms, from the tiniest bacteria to plants and human beings are built up from microscopic cells (in the case of bacteria, the entire organism is a single cell). At the very core of these cells is DNA or deoxyribonucleic acid; the molecular blueprint for nearly every aspect of existence. If one begins to zoom in on the structure of DNA, the first level of magnification consists of two intertwined chains in the shape of a double helix. When one refers to a DNA sequence, it indicates the sequence of nucleotides on one of its strands.

Genes and protein synthesis Mutations. NHS DNA scheme to fight cancer and genetic diseases. A new genetics project could help "unlock a series of secrets about devastating diseases", the NHS says. Under the scheme, 11 Genomics Medicine Centres are being set up in English hospitals to gather DNA samples to help devise targeted treatments for a wide range of diseases. It is focusing on cancer and rare genetic diseases.

The aim is to sequence 100,000 genomes within three years in order to develop new tests and drugs. Doctors will offer suitable patients the opportunity to take part in the scheme. They will have to agree to have their genetic code and medical records - stripped of anything that could identify them - made available to drugs companies and researchers. Up to 25,000 cancer patients will have the genetic code of their healthy tissue compared to the genetic code of their tumour. A giant game of spot-the-difference will then take place to identify the precise mutations in DNA that are causing a patient's tumour. This would allow targeted medicines to be developed.

Genetic code. Exposure to 'good bacteria' as a baby could prevent asthma and allergies. Bacteria get a lot of bad press when they make our lives harder, but all the good that they do for us mostly goes unnoticed. That's starting to change thanks to groundbreaking research like the Human Microbiome Project, which is trying to do for the microorganisms found living alongside humans what the Human Genome Project did for our DNA. And as we learn more, we're starting to realize that a lot of seemingly unrelated health issues in fact governed by the tiny unicellular creatures that we're exposed to throughout our lives.

A recent piece of research by Canadian scientists has found an interesting link between a baby's exposure to certain 'friendly' bacteria and the risk of developing asthma and allergies later in life. The looked at 319 children: To test this hypothesis, the scientists exposed germ-free mice to these bacteria and say a reduction in inflammation (a sign of asthma) in the airways of the mice pups. Bridget Coila/CC BY 2.0 Via Science Translational Medicine, BBC. DNA sequencing reveals that parasite is actually a tiny jellyfish. Using genome sequencing, researchers have discovered that parasites called myxozoans are actually microscopic jellyfish. These common parasites, which have only a few cells, live inside both vertebrate and invertebrate animals. Myxozoans are a diverse group of over 2,100 different parasites whose name means “mucus animals.”

The DNA analysis indicates that myxozoans belong to the phylum of cnidarians, which includes over 10,000 species like jellyfish, sea anemones and corals. Myxozoans’ body structure is like a tiny, stripped-down jellyfish without a stomach or mouth. But they share one major similarity with jellyfish: its stinger. The same cellular structure that gives jellyfish their sting is found in the microscopic parasite. DNA sequencing suggests that myxozoan parasites belong to the same phylum as these moon jellyfish. In a statement, Cartwright said that the parasite also has a much smaller set of genes than jellyfish. Human Feelings as Drugs. Pirate Manu | On October 22, 2013 A small project by the London based photographer Valerio Loi turning feelings as medicine.

“The following “drugs” are the subjects of a still life project I am currently developing. In such difficult times it would be a fortune to find these medicines on pharmacies shelves. Even though are only 5, these small medicines needed plenty of time and effort to turn out as good as they are”. Source: Icelandic DNA Sheds Light on Disease. B i o p l a s t i c _ F a n t a s t i c - JOHANNA SCHMEER. BIOPLASTIC FANTASTIC — Between products and organisms As interactive products are growing closer and closer to the body, and scientists are making advances in the use of biological matter in materials suitable for product design, it feasible that soon biochemical processes will be taking place in and on our technological devices.

Bioplastic Fantastic investigates new types of products and interactions which might emerge from these material innovations in the fields of bio- and nanotechnology. It speculates about the future design and use of domestic products made from enzyme-enhanced bioplastics. The concept is based on a recent scientific breakthrough in the synthesis of functioning “biological” cells made from polymers and enzymes. Halfway between products and organisms, seven “biological devices” produce all food and energy needed for humans to survive simply by being exposed to light (through artificial photosynthesis). The seven products: 1. Dolce & Gabbana launches luxury hijab collection | Fashion. Dolce & Gabbana is to launch a collection of hijabs and abayas targeting wealthy Muslim women in the Middle East.

The debut line by the Italian luxury fashion house features headscarves and the loose, full-length outer garment favoured by some Muslim women. The hijabs come in sheer georgette and satin weave charmeuse fabrics, with D&G signature lace detailing on the hems. The Arabian edition of, the fashion website where the pieces were revealed, reported: “They also appear to feature a lightweight and dramatic drape.” There is also a nod to the D&G spring collection with hijabs printed with daisies, lemons and red roses. Stefano Gabbana, co-founder of the luxury brand, announced the launch of the collection on his Instagram account using the hashtag #dgabaya. No information has been released on how much the pieces will cost or in which regions the garments will be available. The line received a warm reaction from some. Muslim style bloggers have been collaborating with brands. 3D-Printed Facial Accessories : Facial Accessories.

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