Harvard RoboBees Closer to Pollinating Crops. This is the amazing design for NASA’s Star Trek-style space ship, the IXS Enterprise. “Warp speed, Mr.
Sulu” (courtesy of Mark Rademaker/Flickr) NASA engineer and physicist Harold White announced a few years ago that he was working on a potentially groundbreaking idea that could allow space travel faster than the speed of light. Yes, like in “Star Trek.” And now, to boldly go where no designer has gone before, Mark Rademaker — who is collaborating with White — has created a CGI design concept for the “warp ship.” They’re calling it the IXS Enterprise. Could Solar Panels Replace Concrete Or Asphalt Roads? INFOGRAPHIC: Why asteroid mining is necessary. To keep hackers away from implanted devices, researchers use the heartbeat as a password. Just like a phone or computer, devices implanted inside the body can be hacked; potentially with life-threatening consequences.
It’s not a common occurrence, but researchers are keen on taking protective measures now instead of later. A new system out of Rice University uses a combination of a patient’s heartbeat and a medical care provider’s touch as a password before allowing access to an implant. “If you have a device inside your body, a person could walk by, push a button and violate your privacy, even give you a shock,” graduate student Masoud Rostami said in a release. The Skin Gun. Scientists grow blood vessels › News in Science (ABC Science)
News in Science Thursday, 3 February 2011 AFP Pret-a-porter Scientists claim to have grown blood vessels in a lab for use in coronary bypass or dialysis, a promising alternative to harvesting from the patient.
The process involves taking smooth muscle cells from a human cadaver and grafting them onto tubes made of the material used in making dissolvable stitches, called polyglycolic acid. Within 8 to 10 weeks, the tubes degrade and a "fully formed vascular graft" remains, according to the research by scientists from Duke University, East Carolina University and Yale University. The veins have been tested in baboons and dogs. DNA Stores MLK's Speech, Shakespeare's Sonnets. Next, they sent the genetic instruction to the biological lab Agilent Technologies in California.
Agilent constructed pieced together DNA strands made of the bases, according to Goldman and Birney's instructions. Then, the lab shipped the scientists a tiny vial. First Bionic Eye Sees Light of Day in U.S. After years of research, the first bionic eye has seen the light of day in the United States, giving hope to the blind around the world.
Developed by Second Sight Medical Products, the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System has helped more than 60 people recover partial sight, with some experiencing better results than others. Consisting of 60 electrodes implanted in the retina and glasses fitted with a special mini camera, Argus II has already won the approval of European regulators. The US Food and Drug Administration is soon expected to follow suit, making this bionic eye the world's first to become widely available. Transcending the Human, DIY Style | Threat Level. BERLIN — Lepht Anonym wants everyone to know the door to transcending normal human capabilities is no farther away than your own kitchen.
It’s just going to hurt like a sonofabitch. An articulate advocate for practical transhumanism. Anonym is a biohacker, a woman who has spent the last several years learning how to extend her own senses by putting tiny magnets and other electronic devices under her own skin, allowing her to feel electromagnetic fields, or — if her latest project works — even magnetic north. Since doctors won’t help her, she does it in her own apartment, sterilizing her equipment (needles, scalpels, vegetable peelers) with vodka. Good anesthetic is largely impossible to buy, so she screams a little, and sometimes passes out. Mozilla Seabird Phone Concept. Tooth Regeneration Gel Could Replace Painful Fillings. - A new gel could soon eliminate painful fillings and root canals. - The technology doesn't prevent cavities; it heals teeth by regenerating them. - Although this is good news for teeth, the research could also be applied to heal bones and other tissues in the body.
Dentists could soon hang up their drills. A new peptide, embedded in a soft gel or a thin, flexible film and placed next to a cavity, encourages cells inside teeth to regenerate in about a month, according to a new study in the journal ACS Nano. Scientists Have Created Crystals That Are Almost Alive. Scientists Have Created a Microscopic Tractor Beam. Hydrogen Tech Generates Juice from Heat. Engineer, ex-NASA scientist and inventor Lonnie Johnson has come up with something that could truly be revolutionary–a device capable of doubling the efficiency of today’s solar panels, by harnessing heat gain to produce electricity.
It is called the Johnson Thermoelectric Energy Converter (JTEC). The machine contains no moving parts, and works by splitting hydrogen atoms into protons and electrons, thereby producing electricity. The JTEC system utilizes the electro-chemical potential of hydrogen pressure as applied to a proton conductive membrane, which, along with a pair of electrodes, form a Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA) similar to those used in fuel cells. Super-fine sound beam could one day be an invisible scalpel. ANN ARBOR—A carbon-nanotube-coated lens that converts light to sound can focus high-pressure sound waves to finer points than ever before.
The University of Michigan engineering researchers who developed the new therapeutic ultrasound approach say it could lead to an invisible knife for noninvasive surgery. Today's ultrasound technology enables far more than glimpses into the womb. Doctors routinely use focused sound waves to blast apart kidney stones and prostate tumors, for example. The tools work primarily by focusing sound waves tightly enough to generate heat, says Jay Guo, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science, mechanical engineering, and macromolecular science and engineering. The first flexible, fiber-optic solar cell that can be woven into clothes. An international team of engineers, physicists, and chemists have created the first fiber-optic solar cell.
These fibers are thinner than human hair, flexible, and yet they produce electricity, just like a normal solar cell. The US military is already interested in weaving these threads into clothing, to provide a wearable power source for soldiers. In essence, the research team started with optical fibers made from glass — and then, using high-pressure chemical vapor deposition, injected n-, i-, and p-type silicon into the fiber, turning it into a solar cell. How to turn living cells into computers. Ref. 1 Synthetic DNA can perform logic operations such as “NAND” and give out the answer by lighting up the cell with green fluorescent protein, or GFP. Synthetic biologists have developed DNA modules that perform logic operations in living cells. Nokia Morph Concept Phone - Future Phone Technology. Morph is a Nanotechnology concept for future phones which is stretchable, flexible, and wearable having self cleaning surface and transparent electronics.
The morph concept was developed by Nokia Research Center (NRC) and the University of Cambridge (UK). The concept was launched and an exhibition was held based on the “Design and the Elastic Mind” from February 24 to May 12, 2008 at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. Morph might be able to bring revolution in the field of mobile due to its great features: Flexible and Stretchable: A brave new world of fossil fuels on demand. In September, a privately held and highly secretive U.S. biotech company named Joule Unlimited received a patent for “a proprietary organism” – a genetically engineered cyanobacterium that produces liquid hydrocarbons: diesel fuel, jet fuel and gasoline.
This breakthrough technology, the company says, will deliver renewable supplies of liquid fossil fuel almost anywhere on Earth, in essentially unlimited quantity and at an energy-cost equivalent of $30 (U.S.) a barrel of crude oil. It will deliver, the company says, “fossil fuels on demand.” We’re not talking “biofuels” – not, at any rate, in the usual sense of the word. The Joule technology requires no “feedstock,” no corn, no wood, no garbage, no algae. Scientists Invent Vanishing Electronics That Dissolve in the Body. Scientists have created ultra-thin electronic devices that can "melt away" in the body once their job is done. A new study, published in the journal Science, details how scientists have created a tiny, fully functional electronic device capable of vanishing within their environment, like in the body or in water, once they are no longer needed or useful.
There are already implants that dispense drugs or provide electrical stimulation but they do not dissolve. The latest creation is an early step in a technology that may benefit not only medicine, like enabling the development of medical implants that don't need to be surgically removed or the risk of long-term side effects, but also electronic waste disposal. Researchers Create First Working Qubit Based on Single Atom in Silicon. By Will Soutter This is an artist’s impression of a phosphorus atom (red sphere surrounded by electron cloud, with arrow showing the spin direction) coupled to a silicon single-electron transistor. A burst of microwaves (blue) is used to ‘write’ information on the electron spin.
(credit: Tony Melov) Qubit is the fundamental data unit of future quantum computers. LG produces the first flexible cable-type lithium-ion battery. Scientists create photon-based bio transistor - Spooky chip could speak to the living. World's Smallest Motor Composed of a Single Molecule | Decoded Science. Why wood pulp is world's new wonder material - tech - 23 August 2012. Cover Charge: New Spray-On Battery Could Convert Any Object into an Electricity Storage Device. Scientists Invent Particles That Will Let You Live Without Breathing. MIT creates glucose fuel cell to power implanted brain-computer interfaces. Israeli firm developing electricity-generating roads. No Pulse: How Doctors Reinvented The Human Heart. Envelope for an artificial cell.
New technique puts chemistry breakthroughs on the fast track. Future Feeder » Blog Archive » Extracting Video from the Brain. The GOP is trying to rig the electoral college. Experimental therapy gives paralyzed new hope - The Early Show. Imaginary Phone Turns Your Hand Into a 'Touchscreen'; Gets Weird Looks From Others. Scientists Cook Up Artificial Leaf, Quantum Dots for Solar Cells. MIT TechTV - Tiny Bubbles.