Tiny, Logical Robots Injected into Cockroaches [Popular Mechanics]
Scientists have built robots that mimic cockroaches and even implanted electronics to remote-control these bugs. Now researchers have devised DNA nano-robots that prowl around inside cockroaches, the first time such DNA robots have found use in living animals.
DNA origami nano robots could one day carry out complex computer programs in the human body, helping to deliver cancer-killing toxins only to cancer cells while leaving the rest of the patient unharmed, according to their paper in Nature Nanotechnology.
Another day, another advance in 3-D printing technology.
Doctors in the Netherlands report that they have for the first time successfully replaced most of a human’s skull with a 3-D printed plastic one — and likely saved a woman’s life in the process.
Those night-vision devices used by hunters and soldiers may soon get a lot smaller — small enough, in fact, to be built right in to contact lenses.
From the Navy Times:
Night-vision goggle technology has become more effective, streamlined and nimble in the past 10 years. But what if you could ditch that bulky headgear and pop in a pair of night-vision contact lenses?
It may sound like science fiction, but such dime-sized, lightweight optics may be possible in the future, thanks to researchers at the University of Michigan who have created a material that absorbs infrared rays at room temperature and translates them into an electrical signal, much like a silicon chip works with visible light inside a digital camera.
Black death was not spread by rat fleas, say researchers.
Evidence from skulls in east London shows plague had to have been airborne to spread so quickly.
You can learn a lot from a tooth.
Molars taken from skeletons unearthed by work on a new London railway line are revealing secrets of the medieval Black Death — and of its victims.
This week, Don Walker, an osteologist with the Museum of London, outlined the biography of one man whose ancient bones were found by construction workers under London’s Charterhouse Square: He was breast-fed as a baby, moved to London from another part of England, had bad tooth decay in childhood, grew up to work as a laborer, and died in early adulthood from the bubonic plague that ravaged Europe in the 14th century.
Until recently, there hadn’t been formal studies to prove which foods would reduce anal gas expulsion (aka farting). The intent of recent research is to document the causes of extreme flatulence, flatulence-free foods and bacteria in the large intestine where the gas is generated.
Spanish researcher Fernando Azpiroz bolsters our scientific knowledge on passing gas. He published two new papers, one published in the journal Gut in June 2013, and the other just published to Neurogastroenterology and Motility. In his most recent paper, he documents how different diets affect flatulence.
It’s a good read, but you may prefer the summary, so i recommend you go to Real Clear Science for a great overview.
Though it doesn’t feature real gameplay, this is a pretty cool trailer for the game Evolve. This trailer is titled “Happy Hunting” and features the cover of Danzig’s Mother, performed by Lissie. The music aligns well with the atmosphere in the trailer.
Here’s more action…
My favorite supervillian, Dr. Horrible, is making a return after 5 years!
Entertainment Weekly caught up with the creator and director of the webseries, Joss Whedon, and asked him what’s the latest update on making progress to a long awaited sequel. Here’s a snippet of his reply, head on over to EW to read the full story:
“We know we have spoken publicly about a sequel in the near distance and our passion to create it, and I promise we have not been insincere. Horrible is still one of our favorite creations by humans who were also us. We have many songs written and the plot outlined, but needless to say, we’ve been busy…” –read the rest @ EW’s blog.
This snap shows the Majestic Sombrero Galaxy, it’s my favorite galaxy out of the hundreds of billions out there. A brilliant white core is encircled by thick dust lanes in this spiral galaxy, seen edge-on in this view. The galaxy is 50,000 light-years across and 28 million light years from Earth.
Do you think there’s someone over there looking back at us? Visit the SETI Institute to learn more on that subject.
Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
I like her writing style, i’m sure she’ll land a gig at a gaming manufacturer in need of her skills. Check her resume if you know of a company in need of writing talent.
Capturing the energy produced by a beating heart, a new device can generate enough electricity to continuously power a pacemaker or heart monitor. This is very cool for the future of implants for cochlear implants, pacemakers and such which can require risky surgery to replace aging batteries.
via Healthline.com, check them out for the full details.
General Motors and AT&T are working together to make it more convenient to manage the data plan for your new 4G connected-cars. Basically, AT&T will allow you to add your connected-car to the same dataplan as your smartphone. I expect this is going to be the trend, where all the vehicle manufacturers have plans with all the major telecoms in order to keep up with the number of in-car services available from the internet.
Here’s a collection of recent science news items that I found interesting…
The Zombies, Run! development team held a panel discussion at SXSW. If you don’t know about it, it’s a game for iPhone and Android phones that gets you motivated to get out and run or walk in a post-apocalyptic zombie infested-world.
Give it a listen:
Shanghai’s Fudan University scientists have created an affordable and efficient one-watt light bulb that produces its own Wi-Fi signal. Scientists found that the prototype that uses a technology called Li-Fi, works faster than the average connection in China. The Li-Fi bulb featuring a microchip generates around 150 mbps, 20 times faster than average broadband connection in China.
From a Florida State University article – Research shows Albert Einstein’s brain had more extensive connections than other men.
The left and right hemispheres of Albert Einstein’s brain were unusually well connected to each other and may have contributed to his brilliance, according to a new study conducted in part by Florida State University evolutionary anthropologist Dean Falk.
“This study, more than any other to date, really gets at the ‘inside’ of Einstein’s brain,” Falk said. “It provides new information that helps make sense of what is known about the surface of Einstein’s brain.”
The study, “The Corpus Callosum of Albert Einstein’s Brain: Another Clue to His High Intelligence,” was published in the journal Brain. Unfortunately, an account is needed to access the full study, but you can read the extract here.
The Data Network is a new social media platform just for Star Trek fans and players. Users can follow each other and send messages to the network. The network was designed so that Star Trek fans had a unique place to go to share their thoughts, stories and experiences in the Star Trek universe. They appear to provide one place for Trekkies.
They also want to provide a place for gaming clans, fleets, and groups; have various fleets with their own accounts, and players will be able to inform other users of which fleet they belong too.
Check it out…