Month: May 2016

In The Future This Tiny Robot Will Operate On You From The Inside

(HUFF POST) – When you think of the word operation the first thing you’ll probably visualise is a person being cut open on an operating table. Well in the future, operations could look very different. Scientists at MIT, the University of Sheffield and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a new type of origami robot which can transform into a ‘microsurgeon’. The astonishing little robot is actually made of dried pig intestine which is then folded up like an accordion inside a dissolvable pill. You ingest the tiny robot as you would a normal pill. Once it reaches...

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Tent Camping Could Lead to Flame Retardant Exposure

(ACS) – For campers, nothing beats sleeping in a tent in the great outdoors. But scientists are finding out the air inside tents might not be as fresh as people think. A study appearing in Environmental Science & Technology has found that flame retardants used in the manufacturing of tents are released in the air within this enclosed space, which could lead to campers breathing them in. Millions of Americans go camping every year to escape urban and suburban crowds and to reconnect with nature. They might not be aware, however, that many tents sold in the United States...

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Rat Study Points to a Simple Possible Solution for Brain Seizures

(FIERCE BIOTECH) – Currently, when a patient experiences a harsh round of potentially lethal brain seizures, doctors treat the disorder by damping down brain activity. It usually works, but it’s far from ideal. Now, though, researchers at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, say that there could be a simple therapeutic approach to managing brain seizures. Observing that severe brain seizures called status epilepticus triggered the production of estrogen in the hippocampus of rats, the investigators determined that drugs that blocked estrogen synthesis were able to quickly rein in the seizures. They concentrated on two aromatase inhibitors, fadrozole or letrozole...

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Robotic Hand Gets a Human Touch

(Reuters) – Researchers develop a robotic hand with dexterity that mimics a human hand and can learn to handle objects better and better without human intervention.  Sharon Reich reports. This is the closest engineers have ever come to mimicking the dexterity of the human hand. A team at the University of Washington are developing a five-fingered robotic hand with unprecedented capabilities. It can handle objects and learn from its own mistakes. Graduate student Vikash Kumar says that there are several variables needed to develop a successful robotic hand. VIKASH KUMAR, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON RESEARCHER: “One of them is ability...

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Helping the Blind with Free Smart Glasses

(Reuters) – Fund-raising has begun for what developers say will be the world’s first free smart glasses to help the blind and visually impaired. Edward Baran reports. Fund-raising has begun for what developers say will be the world’s first free smart glasses to help the blind and visually impaired. A vision of the future — these could become the world’s first free smart glasses, says the Polish non-profit organisation behind them. Parsee has developed this prototype of battery-powered glasses with a 3D printed frame, camera and earphone. SPARSEE PROJECT MANAGER, BARTOSZ TRZCINSKI: “Parsee is an innovative 3D printed glasses...

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