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Robot Writer Publishes Earthquake Story On LA Times

Edwin Kee March 18, 2014

Robot Writer Publishes Earthquake Story On LA Times The world is full of firsts, and this time around, the Los Angeles Times happens to be the first newspaper in the world to publish a story concerning an earthquake which did send some TV anchors scurrying away, courtesy of a robot writer. This is made possible thanks to journalist and programmer Ken Schwencke, who managed to come up with an algorithm that is capable of generating a short article automatically each time an earthquake strikes.

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    Roboclams To Function As Smart Anchors

    Edwin Kee March 14, 2014

    Roboclams To Function As Smart AnchorsImitation is the sincerest form of flattery, or so the saying goes, and when it comes to the realm of science, why reinvent the wheel when nature already provides us with the relevant examples of how to run things efficiently? Want to fly? Look to the birds. Intend to explore the depths of the oceans without getting crushed by the immense pressure? Check out the ocean life there, and you’ll figure it out. Want to help a boat remain anchored in an assured manner? Ask a clam. At least, this is what MIT researchers have done, resulting in a robotic version of the clam.

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    Boy Hears For First Time Thanks To Brain Implant

    Edwin Kee March 7, 2014

    Boy Hears For First Time Thanks To Brain ImplantA brain implant in Alex Frederick’s brain has allowed the little boy to hear for the first time in his 17 months of living, thanks to the presence of a brain implant that was performed in a Boston hospital. This particular device has yet to be approved in the United States for children, but this move ought to help change the perception. In fact, it has been implanted directly into his brain so that he can hear. It was not too long ago that Alex’s parents tried for a cochlear implant, which happens to be a 40-year-old technology that relies on electrodes to stimulate auditory nerves, but the surgery was not successful. With the Auditory Brainstem Implant (ABI) however, a tiny antenna which has been implanted on the brainstem allows one to pick up signals from a small microphone that is worn on the ear, before relaying them back inside to the brain’s segment that is associated with interpreting sound in the form of electrical signals.

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    Robotic Prosthesis Turns Man Into Extra Skilled Drummer

    Edwin Kee March 7, 2014

    What would you do if you were to grow an extra limb? Embrace the oddity as well as advantage of it all, of course! Jason Barnes from Atlanta who had his right arm amputated from below the elbow two years back was on the receiving end of a robotic prosthetic arm, thanks to a certain Profession Weinberg, where this particular robotic arm is capable of manipulating a pair of drumsticks. The first stick will be controlled with electrical signals emitted from his upper arm muscles, while the other stick can tune in to the music being played, where it will then have an algorithm that helps it improvise on its very own beat. Not quite General Grievous in the Star Wars universe, but we’re on our way there.

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    HAWKEYE II Camera Surveillance System – Be Very Afraid

    Edwin Kee February 11, 2014

    HAWKEYE II Camera Surveillance System Be Very AfraidHow would you feel if you knew that you were being studied or your every move is being recorded? “An invasion of privacy!” is what one would most probably cry out. Well, a company known as Persistent Surveillance Systems has come up with the HAWKEYE II camera surveillance system which can be installed in light aircraft that delivers truly detailed snooping capabilities. In this particular camera system, one would find a dozen underbelly 192-megapixel cameras that have been fitted to a Cessna light aircraft, where each of these cameras will snap a new photo every single second over an area which could be eventually as large as five miles by five miles. When one is flying in the air at 10,000 to 12,000 feet, the plane’s cameras will be able to capture general snapshots of a large area, where these photos will then be sent over to ground-based operators for further analysis.

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    Skin Gun Could Heal Skin Burns Within Days

    Edwin Kee February 11, 2014

    Skin Gun Could Heal Skin Burns Within DaysMedical technology has certainly come a long way from the early days where blood-letting used to be the de facto method of treating any kind of illness. Viral and bacterial infections might be fatal at times, but majority of them require you to just pop a round of antibiotics and you should be back to tip-top shape in no time at all. Burn victims, however, have a much more difficult time, and the scars remains as well which will require an extensive amount of plastic surgery wherever possible in order to return to one’s state prior to the burn. Dr. Jorg Gerlach at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh has come up with what is called a “skin gun“, where it will spray stem cells on burns that will heal in just days afterwards.

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    Insect Repellent Used To Create Camouflage Face Paint

    Edwin Kee February 10, 2014

    Insect Repellent Used To Create Camouflage Face Paint Being in the theater of war as a soldier can be quite a harrowing experience, especially when you are thrown headlong into a hot zone. Hence, making sure that you and your buddies are well camouflaged would play to your advantage. Apparently, the Pentagon did commission a new kind of camouflage make-up which is said to be able to offer protection to the human skin on which it was applied on from intense thermal blasts of heat, all the way north to 15 seconds. In the line of fire, this could eventually mean a difference of between 2nd or 3rd degree burns, depending on your proximity to the explosion at that particular point in time.

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    3D Printed Hip Implant Allows Teen To Walk Again

    Edwin Kee February 10, 2014

    Losing a limb would be an extremely traumatizing experience for just about anyone, and to come to terms with the loss of a limb requires great mental strength. Thankfully, there are prosthetics which help make someone feel whole again, never mind that the added on limb cannot function anywhere close to the original. Technology, however, has advanced to a point where one can use 3D printers to print out a prosthetic, and when it comes to having that sense of touch, certain cases would allow one to be fitted with a bionic hand that will deliver “touch” feedback to the patient’s brain, now how about that? This time around, a 3D printed hip implant has enabled a teenager to walk again.

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    Cochlear Implants Does Away With Exterior Hardware

    Edwin Kee February 10, 2014

    Cochlear Implants Does Away With Exterior HardwareMedical science has certainly advanced by leaps and bounds over the years. Remember those old school hearing aids? Well, the modern day ones are a whole lot smaller and work better, but what happens when bionic parts are introduced to the body without requiring any kind of exterior hardware to work? Imagine a cochlear implant which will charge itself wirelessly, relying on the natural microphone of the middle ear instead of a skull-mounted sensor to work. Imagine no more, as researchers at MIT’s Microsystems Technology Laboratory (MTL) have teamed up with physicians from Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) to work on a spanking new low-power signal-processing chip which could eventually result in a cochlear implant does not need any kind of hardware on the outside to work. A full charge would enable it to run for approximately 8 hours, now how about that?

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    Smart Diapers Alerts You Wirelessly If It Needs Changing

    Edwin Kee February 10, 2014

    Smart Diapers Alerts You Wirelessly If It Needs ChangingJapan is suffering from an ageing population, and if nothing is done to boost up the overall population count in that part of the world, you will find its population count start to drop as the years go by. In fact, it already has a fair amount of senior citizens living there, and this figure is set to climb even higher in the months and years ahead. Caring for older folks is not an easy task at all, especially when one is ill with various diseases, and for an older person to wear a diaper, it is not a shameful thing at all. The thing is, diapers need to be changed from time to time, so how nice would it be if you could be alerted by the diaper itself when the time comes to change it?

    This is exactly what has happened, as a research team from the University of Tokyo on Monday did show off the first flexible and disposable organic sensor in the world. This unique sensor can be integrated into a smart diaper, where it will then send a wireless alert to a specific number should it require any changing. All of the flexible integrated circuit has been printed on a plastic film, where it will then transmit information as well as receive its power sans wires. The potential is great, especially when you consider how mass production might actually bring down the price to just a few cents each. Adult diapers, kids’ diapers, it doesn’t matter as long as it works well enough.

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