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New Wearable Tech Allows Dogs To Communicate With Humans

<b>New Wearable Tech Allows Dogs To Communicate With Humans</b><p>A team of researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are trying to develop wearable technology for dogs that would allow them to communicate with humans, Rachel Metz at MIT Tech Review reports.<p>The project is called FIDO, which stands for “facilitating interactions for dogs with occupations.” It’s being developed by associate professor Melody Jackson, Thad Starner, who is a technical lead/manager on Google Glass, and research …

Experimenting With  Bio-degradeable Electronics Using Bio-Plastics from Crab Chitin

<b>Experimenting With Bio-degradeable Electronics Using Bio-Plastics from Crab Chitin</b><p>Mitten crabs are prized in Asia for their tasty sexual organs, and Gordon Ramsay has sung the praises of their sweet, intense flavour… Now, a different [use] might be at hand: young designer Jeongwon Ji has used their shells to make a new form of plastic.<p>“I was surprised people in England don’t eat these crabs,” says Ji… “I started to look at what else they might be used for, and realised that crab shells are rich …

New Technique Recycles Dead People’s Hearts as Scaffolds to Grow New Hearts from Stem Cells

<b>New Technique Recycles Dead People’s Hearts as Scaffolds to Grow New Hearts from Stem Cells</b><p>How do you make a working human heart? Scientists can turn stem cells into beating heart cells, but getting them to organize into a 3D heart requires a scaffold.<p>At the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Harald Ott and his team are reusing the scaffold that nature provides. They’re stripping away all the living cells from dead hearts, before filling in the leftover matrix with healthy new cells.<p>In …

Korean Researchers Grow Graphene Balls, Creating Improved Supercapacitors

<b>Korean Researchers Grow Graphene Balls, Creating Improved Supercapacitors</b><p>Rather than making sheets of graphene and carefully winding it into a compact supercapacitor, the researchers have been able to essentially “grow” tiny spheres of graphene that retain the superb electrical properties of 2D graphene.<p>This technique should be able to produce customizable 3D graphene structures [much more easily] (and at lower cost) than current methods.<p>The team calls the spherical structures “mesoporous …

3D-Printed Microbial Fuel Cell Can Recharge Your Cellphone with Urine

<b>3D-Printed Microbial Fuel Cell Can Recharge Your Cellphone with Urine</b><p>In a microbial fuel cell there is an anode compartment, a cathode compartment, and in the middle there’s a membrane that only allows protons to pass through. The microbes break down the fuel (the organic compounds in your urine, such as proteins and hormones) in the anode compartment, producing CO2, electrons, and protons. The electrons are ferried to the cathode compartment via an electrical circuit, where they combine with …

University of Michigan Researchers Create Tabletop Antimatter “Gun”

<b>University of Michigan Researchers Create Tabletop Antimatter “Gun”</b><p>At the University of Michigan, an international team of physicists has begun experimenting with its tabletop-sized super laser, modding it into an antimatter “gun.”<p>…Up until now, machines capable of creating positrons – coupled with electrons, they comprise the energy similar to what’s emitted by black holes and pulsars – have needed to be as large as they are expensive.<p>Creating these antimatter beams on a small scale will …

New Theoretical Technique Uses Entanglement to Create Quantum Remote Control

<b>New Theoretical Technique Uses Entanglement to Create Quantum Remote Control</b><p>Teleportation is a standard procedure in any decent quantum mechanics laboratory. Physicists use it on a daily basis for quantum communication and quantum computation.<p>…until now, physicists have only been able to teleport single particles, one at a time. Today, [researchers in Barcelona] say they’ve worked out how to teleport quantum stuff continuously, [allowing] them to manipulate one quantum particle while watching …

Injectable Biogel Blocks Age-Related Degeneration in Spine

<b>Injectable Biogel Blocks Age-Related Degeneration in Spine</b><p>As we get older, the cushy material that absorbs shock between our spinal vertebrae breaks down, creating back pain and inhibiting our mobility. Injections of more nucleus pulposus (NP) cells–the jelly-like tissue found between spinal discs–have been shown to delay this degeneration and relieve pain, but with current methods, the injected cells leak away from the injection site within only a few days.<p>A new biomaterial created by Duke …

Satellites to bring ‘fast, cheap’ Internet to ‘under-connected’

The first four of 12 satellites in a new constellation to provide affordable, high-speed Internet to people in nearly 180 “under-connected" countries, will be shot into space on Tuesday (June 25)…<p>The orbiters, part of a project dubbed O3b for the “other 3 billion" people with restricted Internet access, will be lifted by a Russian Soyuz rocket from Kourou in French Guiana at 1854 GMT.<p>“We are very close to launching a network that has the potential to change lives in very tangible ways and that …

Ant-Sized Computers to Power the Internet of Things

<b>Ant-Sized Computers to Power the Internet of Things</b><p>The KL02 chip, made by Freescale, is shorter on each side than most ants are long and crams in memory, RAM, a processor, and more.<p>The genesis of the chip was a customer asking for help creating a wireless device small enough to be easily swallowed and cheap enough to be considered “digestible.” Freescale is now offering the chip for general sale, and also embarking on an R&D push to create more tiny computers that also include sensors and …

Decapitated Worms Can Regrow Brains, Remember Training Given to the Old One

<b>Decapitated Worms Can Regrow Brains, Remember Training Given to the Old One</b><p>According to the researchers, the worms did not immediately remember how to get the food — but after a single, quick training session, they suddenly remembered that they weren’t afraid of bright open spaces any more. <b>It would seem that a single training session was enough to “refresh” their brains with the learned memories.</b><p>Compare this to the original training process, which took 10 days and lots of training sessions. As …

Proposal Converts Telecom Tower into Facility to Reclaim Carbon Pollutants as Green Fuel

<b>Proposal Converts Telecom Tower into Facility to Reclaim Carbon Pollutants as Green Fuel</b><p>Entitled Synth[e]tech[e]cology, the project predicts the eventual redundancy of the 189-metre tower - currently used for telecommunications - and suggests repurposing it as an eco-skyscraper that collects airborne dirt particles and helps to reduce the level of respiratory illness in London.<p>The process would involve extracting the carbon from petrol fumes and using it to produce sustainable bio-fuel…<p>Lee …