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Philips and Green Sense Farms. WiFi tech lets scientists monitor your vital signs through walls. 3D printed prosthetic foot saves duck's life. Jun 27, 2013 3D printed prosthetic foot saves duck's life 3D printed prosthetic foot saves duck’s lifeall images courtesy facebook 3D printed prosthetic of buttercup’s left duck foot 3D printed prosthetic – left foot detail 3D CAD model of the prosthetic foot replica.

3D printed prosthetic foot saves duck's life

And Broad Institute Dramatically Improve Speed of Analytics for Genome Analysis Toolkit. Improvement Will Help Accelerate Analysis of Genetic Samples for Cancer, Neurodegenerative Disorders and Cardiovascular Disease Broad Institute's new version of the Genome Analysis Toolkit (GATK) has been optimized for Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions found in Intel® Xeon® processor-based servers.The Intel AVX-based acceleration is capable of speeding up the main computational kernel and yields three to five times overall improvement in variant discovery.

and Broad Institute Dramatically Improve Speed of Analytics for Genome Analysis Toolkit

SANTA CLARA, Calif., and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March. 26, 2014 – Intel Corporation and the Broad Institute today announced dramatic improvements in the time it takes to analyze genetic information and detect genetic variants associated with medical conditions. Scientists hail synthetic chromosome advance. 27 March 2014Last updated at 14:00 ET Yeast is a target for synthetic biologists because of its potential for future industrial applications Scientists have created the first synthetic chromosome for yeast in a landmark for biological engineering.

Previously synthetic DNA has been designed and made for simpler organisms such as bacteria. As a form of life whose cells contain a nucleus, yeast is related to plants and animals and shares 2,000 genes with us. 'Designer' chromosome for brewer's yeast built from scratch. Researchers have built a complex chromosome from scratch and shown that it works normally by transplanting it into a healthy organism.

'Designer' chromosome for brewer's yeast built from scratch

The international team used a computer to redesign one of the chromosomes found in brewer's yeast, recreating the thread-like structure piece by piece in the laboratory. In a project that took seven years, the scientists streamlined the chromosome by removing non-essential genes and replacing them with fresh DNA to produce new strains of yeast. The achievement demonstrates the progress being made in synthetic biology, a field that promises to give researchers unprecedented control over biological material. Engineers design 'living materials': Hybrid materials combine bacterial cells with nonliving elements that emit light. Inspired by natural materials such as bone -- a matrix of minerals and other substances, including living cells -- MIT engineers have coaxed bacterial cells to produce biofilms that can incorporate nonliving materials, such as gold nanoparticles and quantum dots.

Engineers design 'living materials': Hybrid materials combine bacterial cells with nonliving elements that emit light

These "living materials" combine the advantages of live cells, which respond to their environment, produce complex biological molecules, and span multiple length scales, with the benefits of nonliving materials, which add functions such as conducting electricity or emitting light. The new materials represent a simple demonstration of the power of this approach, which could one day be used to design more complex devices such as solar cells, self-healing materials, or diagnostic sensors, says Timothy Lu, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and biological engineering. Lu is the senior author of a paper describing the living functional materials in the March 23 issue of Nature Materials. 12 Most Mind-Blowing Mental Delusions and Syndromes. Alice-in-Wonderland syndrome, thought insertion, clinical lycanthropy, Paris syndrome and more… Delusions come in all shapes and sizes; from transient episodes to full-blown and incurable mental illnesses.

12 Most Mind-Blowing Mental Delusions and Syndromes

But they all have one thing in common: being detached from reality. Delusions do not listen to reason and they do not bow to facts. Here are twelve of the strangest delusional beliefs… Memory: 10 Fascinating Quirks Everyone Should Know. Why we remember and why we forget: it’s context, fading emotions, deep processing, the ‘Google effect’, the reminiscence bump and way more… Many people say they have bad memories, but the majority are wrong.

Memory: 10 Fascinating Quirks Everyone Should Know

The way memory works can be unexpected, frustrating, wonderful, and even quirky — but not necessarily ‘bad’. For most of us the problem isn’t with our memories, it’s with understanding how memory works. Here are ten interesting quirks of memory which provide a better insight into what makes us remember — or forget. 1. What we can remember partly depends on the situation and mental state we are in at the time.

The genes that mean you have a good ear for music - life - 12 March 2014. It brings new meaning to having an ear for music.

The genes that mean you have a good ear for music - life - 12 March 2014

Musical aptitude may be partly down to genes that determine the architecture of the inner ear. We perceive sound after vibrations in the inner ear are detected by "hair cells" and transmitted to the brain as electrical signals. There, the inferior colliculus integrates the signals with other sensory information before passing it on to other parts of the brain for processing. To identify gene variants associated with musical aptitude, Irma Järvelä at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and her colleagues analysed the genomes of 767 people assessed for their ability to detect small differences between the pitch and duration of a sound, and musical pattern.

The team compared the combined test scores with the prevalence of common variations in the participants' DNA. DARPA produces 10 million flu vaccine doses in one month. A familiar news topic during the flu season is the difficulties that the authorities face in producing enough flu vaccine fast enough to control the outbreak.

DARPA produces 10 million flu vaccine doses in one month

That’s a serious enough problem, but when the influenza outbreak turns out to be the start of a global pandemic, then hundreds of millions of lives could be at risk. To combat this, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has developed a new way of making vaccines that has turned out 10 million doses of H1N1 influenza vaccine in a month, in a recent test run. A globalized world means a world increasingly at risk from pandemic diseases. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 20 to 50 percent of the world’s population is at risk from a pandemic outbreak such as that seen in the influenza epidemic of 1918. What’s That Smell? Exotic Scents Made From Re-engineered Yeast. Nanomotors controlled inside living human cells for the first time. Map of preventable disease outbreaks shows the influence of anti-vaccination movements. The Council of Foreign Relations Global Health Program started tracking news reports about vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks late in 2008.

Map of preventable disease outbreaks shows the influence of anti-vaccination movements

It has now produced an interactive map that shows that data, tracking the number of recorded cases of diseases such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough across the world between 2008 and 2014. The results show a surprising number of vaccine-preventable diseases in developed countries with access to vaccinations. The majority of vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks during this time took place in less economically developed regions of the world. Many countries in west Africa were struck by repeat measles and cholera epidemics, while Zimbabwe suffered from more than 3,000 cases of typhoid. Measles was by far the most prevalent of the vaccine-preventable diseases during this four-year period: more than 20,000 cases of measles were reported in India, Pakistan, Indonesia, and the Philippines from 2008 to the present day.

15 Most Shocking and Weird Traditions Across the World. Traditions are the integral part of any society.

15 Most Shocking and Weird Traditions Across the World

Traditions are passed down by our forefathers and have some special significance behind them. With the moving time, we leave a few traditions behind, but we do keep following many traditions and will keep doing so. Every society has their own traditions and are very peculiar about them as they are mostly associated with past generations, or religion. We know the tradition of our society, and we may also know the tradition around us of different societies. But, there are millions of traditions being followed all over the world and many of them will give you a Jaw dropping experience. Fish oil extracted from plant seeds. 9 January 2014Last updated at 07:07 ET By Melissa Hogenboom Science reporter, BBC News The oil from the seeds is now being used in salmon feeding trials Scientists have genetically engineered plant seeds to contain Omega-3 fatty acids normally found in oily fish.

Seeds from Camelina sativa (false flax) plants were modified using genes from microalgae - the primary organisms that produce these fatty acids. The oil has now been incorporated into salmon feed to assess whether it's a viable alternative to wild fish oils. It is hoped that the transgenic plants will provide a more environmentally friendly source of the oil. The work is published in Plant journal. US health watchdog cracks down on antibacterial soaps. The soccer ball that helps kids in underdeveloped areas finish homework. When the Soccket rolls, a mechanism in the ball rotates, which powers a generator and charges a battery. That energy charges portable lights. Merseyside red squirrels show signs of pox resistance. 25 November 2013Last updated at 02:37 ET By Victoria Gill Science reporter, BBC News Tim Dale from the University of Liverpool explains the significance of the findings Red squirrels at a National Trust reserve in Merseyside have shown signs of resistance to the pox virus that has blighted the species, say researchers.

Scientists from the University of Liverpool have studied the squirrels at the Formby site for four years. 8 Incredible Nanotechnologies that Actually Exist Today. Today I Learned Something New. Researchers discover new microbe near Chilean coastal fault line. ( —A team of researchers from McMaster and the University of Concepcion are shining a light on rare sulfur-loving microbes off the coast of Chile. The group's work near coastal fault lines has identified a previously unknown type of molecule, macplocimine A, which produces valuable natural chemicals that are known to function as effective cancer therapies and antibiotics.

"The search for new drugs takes many forms and routes, but one that often has success is the search for microbes," said Nathan Magarvey, a researcher with the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research, and project leader in Chile. CDC Threat Report: 'We Will Soon Be in a Post-Antibiotic Era' - Wired Science. Image: CDC The U.S. Netflix studies piracy sites to decide what to buy. Metabolic rate and body size are linked with perception of temporal information. Open Access Highlights. Tomorrow's world: A guide to the next 150 years.

Silver trumps gold in nano advance. 6 September 2013Last updated at 09:21 GMT By Julie Gould BBC Radio Science Unit. Artificial human ear grown in lab. 31 July 2013Last updated at 05:48 ET By Helen Briggs BBC News The ear made from animal tissue bends like a real ear. New Techique for Faster, Easier Genome Engineering in Human Cells. Smart, Continuous Monitoring of Intra-Ocular Pressure with Triggerfish Contact Lens: Q&A with René Goedkoop, CMO of Sensimed. 37inShare. 'Virtual Lolita' aims to trap chatroom paedophiles. Late nights 'sap children's brain power' 8 July 2013Last updated at 19:45 ET By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online. How 3D printing is changing health and medicine. In this extract from Print Shift, our one-off publication about 3D printing, editor Claire Barrett reports on the growing number of medical applications for the emerging technology and asks how soon we can expect 3D-printed organ transplants.

Imagine printing a human liver. Optogenetics Successfully Treats Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Mice. TEDGlobal: Future vaccines could be delivered via patch. The Dollar Cost of Annoying Display Ads - Inside Microsoft Research. Google Faces - Searching Earth using facial detection / project by @onformative. Study: plants 'talk' via funghi to warn about impending dangers. Digital Tool Ages Your Face To Scare You Into Saving Money. Macoto Murayama. Why do parents buy chickenpox lollies? 'Paris Syndrome' strikes Japanese. Technology - Twitter study: Happiness rises the further you travel. 27 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts In 2012.

'Privacy visor blocks facial recognition software' Designer bacteria may lead to better vaccines. Light in womb 'gives healthy eyes' - in mice. BBC Nature - Bioluminescence: lighting up the natural world. Pill-sized scanner images gullet. IBM removed the Urban Dictionary from Watson's memory after it got too sassy. Why In-Vitro Meat Is Good for You. Allergen-free cats – a breed apart - life - 09 June 2006. Inside the meat lab: the future of food. Retracted autism study an 'elaborate fraud,' British journal finds. Graphic detail. Does confidence really breed success? Stem cells being made from blood. New Wireless EEG System for Mobile Brain Wave Monitoring (video) Boosting bacteria in drinking water may improve health - health - 10 August 2012. Sheep to warn of wolves via text message.

The virtual cell that simulates life. Liposuction used to create blood vessels for bypass - health - 25 July 2012. Biologists grow human-eye precursor from stem cells. Girl, 10, has vein made from her own stem cells successfully transplanted. Satellite images help doctors count people from space - health - 24 May 2012. Anarchists attack science. Mind-reading robot teachers keep students focused - tech - 29 May 2012.

Brain implant allows paralysed woman to control a robot with her thoughts.