Funky Soul Playlist Upload FireMorph Loading... Working... ► Play all Study: Stem cells may aid vision in blind people The first use of embryonic stem cells in humans eased a degenerative form of blindness in two volunteers and showed no signs of any adverse effects, according to a study published by The Lancet on Monday. Publication in the peer-reviewed journal marks an important step for embryonic stem cells, which were hailed as a miracle cure after they were discovered in 1998 but then ran into technical and political hurdles. The results of the cautious first-stage test, designed to evaluate whether the treatment is safe, had been previously announced by Massachusetts biotech firm Advanced Cell Technology (ACT) Inc. The positive outcome in the United States opened the way to the first trials in Europe, which began on Monday. Embryonic stem cells are extraordinarily versatile cells, found in early-stage embryos, that can differentiate into any tissue of the body.
These are the sounds left behind when you compress a song to MP3 If you're listening to music right now, you can probably hear the vocalist's slight pitch-shifts, or hiss of a drummer's hi-hats, or the padded thump of a synth bed. But do you ever think about what you're not hearing? If you listen to MP3s, your music library lost some of its sonic weight during the audio compression process, but it's likely you'd never realize anything was missing.
Spider silk spun into violin strings 4 March 2012Last updated at 19:59 ET By Jason Palmer Science and technology reporter, BBC News More than 300 spiders were used to generate the thousands of strands of silk making up each string A Japanese researcher has used thousands of strands of spider silk to spin a set of violin strings. The strings are said to have a "soft and profound timbre" relative to traditional gut or steel strings. That may arise from the way the strings are twisted, resulting in a "packing structure" that leaves practically no space between any of the strands. The strings will be described in a forthcoming edition of the journal Physical Review Letters. SweetVinyl™ introduces the SugarCube™ SC-1 - The first non-destructive, click & pop removal The SugarCube SC-1 and SC-2 are the first audiophile products to feature real-time, non-destructive, click & pop removal on any vinyl LP record. SweetVinyl's sophisticated algorithm is able to detect, isolate and remove only unwanted noise separate from the music. Previous demonstrations of the SugarCube's live removal of clicks & pops has garnered rave reviews from press and attendees at other events. The SugarCube SC-1 is a stand-alone component with RCA line-in and line-out and can easily integrate with other analog components. It brings together many unique features:
Man Successfully Flies With Custom-Built Bird Wings Update 1:06pm PDT: A Dutch artist named Floris Kaayk has admitted that “Human Birdwings” was an elaborate hoax 8 months in the making. Update 2:15 pm PDT: We have a follow-up report documenting inconsistencies both in the video and Smeets’ online resumes. Update 11:15 am PDT: The headline of this post has been changed to reflect that we have not confirmed Smeets’ claim. Editor’s note (March 21, 8:15 am PDT): The authenticity of this video has been questioned (Gizmodo, The Register), but Wired’s preliminary analysis by physicist Rhett Allain found nothing in the video that indicates it must be a fake. We are contacting other experts and will update this post when we have more information. Jarno Smeets has not yet responded to several interview requests.
Complete Palestrina Edition NTIL RECENTLY, I did not realize the complete works of GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI DA PALESTRINA (d. 1594) are available online. The edition is by Monsignor Francis Xavier Haberl (d. 1910), a student of Proske, and what he produced is nothing short of miraculous. Moreover, his modal sensitivity is not what we might expect from a 19th-century musician. 1 Some might not understand how to read the clefs used by Haberl—but all you have to do is click here. Watch flying robots build a 6-meter tower A quadrotor just before a precision landing on a brick (credit: Markus Waibel/ETH Zurich) ETH Zurich roboticists and architects used a fleet of quadcopters to build a 6 meter (20 feet) twisting tower out of 1500 foam bricks, IEEE Spectrum Automaton reports. The ceiling of the room where the assembly is taking place was equipped with a motion-capture system. A computer uses the vision data to keep track of the quadcopters and tell them where to go. First, the robots grab foam bricks from a special brick dispenser on the ground.
The 10 Best Movies Influenced by Kierkegaardian Philosophy Soren Kierkegaard was an interesting man. A Danish philosopher, he is often considered the first existentialist (though yes, existentialism is much older than Kierkegaard), as well as a theologian and social critic. His works deal with faith, ethical life, repetition, choice, despair, and everything else related to living as an individual. Many of his writings are responses to Hegel, and all of them spurred controversy. Kierkegaard was born into a wealthy family in Copenhagen and was well educated. His father died at a young age, and Kierkegaard himself was convinced that he would die before he was to turn 33, thanks to a curse.
QuickThing15: dazzling wind map « itsallonething Mar 28, 2014 Posted by Martin Harrison How to Do Guest Blogging Safely When we talk about safety in guest blogging we aren’t talking about wearing a helmet or goggles when you’re sitting in front of your computer, typing your article. We’re talking about safe links Download 30 Gigabytes-Worth Of Rare Cassettes From The '80s There is no better way to start the week than digging into vast quantities of rare underground releases. This recently unearthed batch from archive.org hails from the days when audio cassettes were the standard method of music sharing, rather than collectable items. The selection includes “tape experimentation, industrial, avant-garde, indy, rock, DIY, subvertainment and auto-hypnotic materials,” although its curator cautions that “most of what you are about to hear is rather difficult to file.” Download the full 30 GB package via here, and check out these 10 cassette labels keeping tapes alive in Germany today. (Image via tapeline)
Planet confirmed that could have water Kepler-22b is the first confirmed planet in the “habitable zone,” the area around a star where a planet could exist with liquid water on its surface, that has been discovered by NASA’s Kepler mission. The planet’s radius is about 2.4 times that of the Earth. It is located about 600 light years away.
8 TV Commercials that were Better than any TV Show in 2015 - Seton Magazine We Western viewers tend to skip past commercials. Sometimes that’s a mistake. Below are eight parent/child-themed commercials that were released this year. And they have me wondering whether we should skip through television shows to get to the ads. Enjoy.