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3D-Printed Cast Concept Uses Ultrasound to Heal Broken Bones

20th April 2014

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The Osteoid, which won this year’s A’Design Award for 3D printed forms and products, is inspired by the spongy material that forms inside bones. Karasahin’s team writes that the lightweight concept would be tailor-made for patients in need, and can be designed with specific colors in mind. Most important, thought, is its complimentary ultrasound system. Low intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS ) systems have already been found to promote bone fracture healing and can reportedly increase healing rate in non-union break by 80 percent.

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Secret Military Test, Coming Soon to Your Spanish Class

20th April 2014

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Imagine a test that could tell you how good you can ultimately get in any foreign language, from Hindi to Welsh, from Igbo to Spanish, before you’ve even learned how to say “hello” or “please pass the butter.” Tres alléchant, no? Most adults would have to put in 10 years or more of dedicated work to find out if they have what it takes to end up with the vocabulary, accent, and grammatical sensibilities of a near-native speaker. This test could direct them from the début.

And it may be coming your way soon.

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Eccentric Axe Uses Physics to Make Splitting Firewood Easier

19th April 2014

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Upon hitting the top of the log and penetrating it slightly, the leading edge of the axe head begins to slow down. Where the axe blade widens sharply it stops the axe’s penetration. However, the mass of the axe head still has kinetic energy and the off line center of gravity forces it to rotate eccentrically down towards the wood. This rotational movement causes the leading edge, or sharp edge of the blade to turn in a lever action, forcing a split with all the force of the kinetic energy of the axe multiplied by the leverage of the axehead. The widening blade edge also has a benefit in that it helps to prevent the axe from penetrating into the wood and getting stuck there as is often the case with traditional axes.

The 1.9kg axe head has a significant amount of kinetic energy when it begins the rotational movement. While the centre of gravity of the head continues first to the right and then downwards the edge moves in a rotational direction to the left. This movement uses the rotational torque to split a log and push it away from the wood. In total the edge opens the wood by 8 cm. When the axe has rotated sideways it has used most of its energy and ends on top of the log on the in a sideways fashion. This safety feature ensures that the axe does not continue towards your legs and the axe remains totally in control. In addition, the axe holds the log steady on the chopping block ready for the next swing.

More, with diagrams, here.

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Plant Breeders Release First ‘Open Source Seeds’

19th April 2014

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A group of scientists and food activists is launching a Thursday to change the rules that govern seeds. They’re releasing 29 new varieties of crops under a new “open source pledge” that’s intended to safeguard the ability of farmers, gardeners and plant breeders to share those seeds freely.

A properly-ordered society would offer a bounty for every ‘food activist’ killed and used for compost.

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The Same-Day War: Amazon, Google And Walmart Race to Bring Your Groceries

19th April 2014

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Yet another reason not to leave the house.

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Groundbreaking 3D Printer Built 10 Homes in 24 Hours

19th April 2014

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Measuring out at roughly 105 feet long, 33 feet wide, and 21 feet tall, this clearly isn’t your average retail printer.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

19th April 2014

A smiley face mold for your morning egg. I am not making this up.

C-3PO Electric Guitar. For when your inner child just decides to take over.

Scrubba Portable Washing Machine.

Robot printer that crawls across the paper.

A Black Box for your suitcase.

Mouse Taxidermy Kit. Just in case.

Robot Golf Caddy.

Power Cord Winder.

Heated Lotion Dispenser.

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Modern Sharks Are Sleeker, Faster Than Their Ancestors, Fossil Find Suggests

18th April 2014

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“Sharks were considered for a long time as ‘living fossils’ that should not have changed a lot, but they have probably more than 420 million years of evolution behind them!” lead author Alan Pradel told Discovery News, adding that maybe our fantasy of a “scary living fossil from the abyss” helped to popularize the older view.

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Brown Fat: MRI Scan Breakthrough May Lead to Weight Loss ‘Holy Grail’

18th April 2014

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Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, researchers from Warwick Medical School, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust in Britain, identified the presence of brown fat tissue in a human adult. The existing method, positron emission tomography (PET), identifies active brown fat, but the team’s MRI research shows presence of the actual tissue.

This finding is significant as brown fat may aid future weight loss strategies.

“What most of us imagine is ‘fat’ is actually white fat, which stores [excess] energy and increases in size, [leading to] obesity. But there is another type of fat: brown fat,” study author Thomas Barber, an associate professor in endocrinology and honorary consultant endocrinologist at Warwick Medical School and UHCW NHS Trust, told FoxNews.com. “What it does is the complete opposite. Instead of storing energy, it actually burns off energy, and in that process, it releases heat.”

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The Coolest Spaceships Ever Built, Compared by Size

17th April 2014

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The site is full of information about recent and past launches, old space programs, and much more, but it owes its unique charm to the drawings of spacecraft that appear on its pages. There’s something about their simplified lines and geometric orientations, reminiscent of a childhood textbook, that is perfect.

Unfortunately, it only covers stuff actually built by a government, not the even cooler stuff science fiction writers have created. But it’s still good.

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‘Over The Hill at 24?: The Aging of the Twentysomethings

16th April 2014

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Most studies of aging concentrate on the deterioration of those more than 50 years old, and paint a woeful portrait of life in decline once people are past their breeding years.

So it’s only fair that two researchers at Canada’s Simon Fraser University have chosen a different group: people aged 16 to 44.

And they’ve determined that somewhere around age 24, these people too suffer a decline in “cognitive motor performance.”

Translated, that means they start slowing down.

And a good thing, too.

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Templeton Rye Infuses Pork With Prohibition-Style Whiskey

14th April 2014

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Templeton Rye Whiskey’s Heritage Pork Project is trying to produce pigs that taste like the old fashion whiskey.

Scott Bush and Keith Kerkhoff, co-founders of Templeton Rye Whiskey in Iowa, famous for their rye whiskey made with the same recipe their grandpas used to make as bootleggers, came up with the concept of infusing pigs with the taste of whiskey late last year.

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Graphene, the Material of Tomorrow

13th April 2014

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Graphene is the strongest, thinnest material known to exist. A form of carbon, it can conduct electricity and heat better than anything else. And get ready for this: It is not only the hardest material in the world, but also one of the most pliable.

Only a single atom thick, it has been called the wonder material.

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Thorium Reactors

13th April 2014

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WELL begun; half done. That proverb—or, rather, its obverse—encapsulates the problems which have dogged civil nuclear power since its inception. Atomic energy is seen by many, and with reason, as the misbegotten stepchild of the world’s atom-bomb programmes: ill begun and badly done. But a clean slate is a wonderful thing. And that might soon be provided by two of the world’s rising industrial powers, India and China, whose demand for energy is leading them to look at the idea of building reactors that run on thorium.

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A German Company Is Printing Food for the Elderly

13th April 2014

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A German company, Biozoon, is working on a 3D-printed food extruder that creates food that literally melts in your mouth, allowing elderly patients with dysphagia – the inability to swallow – to eat without choking.

Perhaps they’ll call it ‘Soylent Silver’.

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This Machine Can Tell Whether You’re Liberal or Conservative

13th April 2014

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Thomas Jefferson was a smart dude. And in one of his letters to John Adams, dated June 27, 1813, Jefferson made an observation about the nature of politics that science is only now, two centuries later, beginning to confirm. “The same political parties which now agitate the United States, have existed through all time,” wrote Jefferson. “The terms of Whig and Tory belong to natural, as well as to civil history,” he later added. “They denote the temper and constitution of mind of different individuals.”

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

12th April 2014

Motorized tie rack. Yeah, I know, nobody wears ties any more, but it’s still kinda cool.

Body drier. And it’s about time.

Grush gaming toothbrush. I am not making this up.

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Bee Fossils Provide Rare Glimpse Into Ice Age Environment

12th April 2014

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A new analysis of rare leafcutter-bee fossils excavated from the Rancho La Brea Tar Pits in Southern California has provided valuable insight into the local environment during the last Ice Age.

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Scientists Use Lab-Grown Cartilage to Reconstruct Cancer Patients’ Noses

12th April 2014

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Utilizing a technique called tissue engineering, scientists at the University of Basel extracted very small amounts of cartilage from the patients’ noses, and then amplified the tissue in the lab.  The resulting product: A relatively large mass of white, glossy cartilage – which could be easily shaped to fit each patient’s individual nose.

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Nile Crocodile Terrorizes California Mall

11th April 2014

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According to reports, someone left a four foot crocodile at the TJ Maxx plaza in Roseville, California, in its container with a note that identified the animal as a Nile crocodile and advised whoever found him to “call rescue.” The cunning crocodile managed to escape from its cage and was found making the rounds outside the retail store.

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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Quits After Botched Obamacare Rollout

11th April 2014

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Well, it’s a start.

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Navy Develops Technology to Turn Seawater Into Fuel

10th April 2014

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The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s (NRL) Materials Science and Technology Division announced Monday that it had already flown a radio-controlled replica of a World War II plane using hydrocarbon fuel made from seawater.

The fuel is created with the help of an electrolytic cation exchange module, a machine which removes carbon dioxide from seawater while simultaneously producing hydrogen. The gases are then formed into liquid hydrocarbons by a metal catalyst in a reactor system, the lab said in a statement.

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Israeli Archaeologists Uncover 3,300-Year-Old Coffin, Gold Signet

10th April 2014

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A ring with an Egyptian scarab seal was found with the name of the crown worn by Egyptian pharaoh Seti I, who ruled Egypt in the Late Bronze Age. Seti I was the father of Ramses II and some scholars identify him as the pharaoh in the biblical story of the Israelite’s exodus from Egypt. The seal of Seti I helped the archaeologists date the site back to the thirteenth century B.C.

A clay coffin with an adult skeleton was also found at the site.

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The Truth About Tilapia

10th April 2014

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It’s cheap, easy to find, and it’s fish – so it’s good for you, right?

Maybe not. There are some disturbing allegations about the fish, and one is particularly surprising: Some nutritionists have been touting a study that they implies that eating tilapia is worse than eating bacon.

Yes, bacon.

I like it already.

Red Lobster has a dish called Parmesan-encrusted Tilapia that tastes very good.

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Scientists Trying to Create Human Heart With 3D Printer

10th April 2014

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Ultimately, the goal is to create a new heart for a patient with their own cells that could be transplanted. It is an ambitious project to first, make a heart and then get it to work in a patient, and it could be years — perhaps decades — before a 3D printed heart would ever be put in a person.

The technology, though, is not all that futuristic: Researchers have already used 3D printers to make splints, valves and even a human ear.

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The Way You’re Born Can Mess With the Microbes You Need to Survive

9th April 2014

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Throughout the animal kingdom, mothers transfer microbes to their young while giving birth. Different species of tadpoles acquire specific skin bacteria from mother frogs even though they all live in the same pond with the same bacterial background. Emerging chicken eggs get inoculated with microbes from a bacteria-filled pouch near the mother hen’s rectum. And for millennia, mammalian babies have acquired founding populations of microbes by passing through their mothers’ vagina. This microbial handoff is also a critical aspect of infant health in humans. Today it is in peril.

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Land Rover’s New Concept Can Make a Car Transparent

9th April 2014

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Land Rover is showcasing a new concept that would give drivers a better view of the road through augmented reality. The Transparent Bonnet Concept utilizes cameras mounted in the car’s grille to capture a view of the road that’s usually obscured by the hood. This data is then fed to a heads-up display that shows the video in real-time at the bottom of the windscreen, overlaying where a driver sees their car’s bonnet and effectively giving the impression that it — and the engine — are transparent.

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Doctor Says Google Glass Saved a Man’s Life

9th April 2014

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Google Glass can be used to check emails or search for information on the move. It can also apparently be used to save lives. The Boston Globe reports that Dr. Steven Horng, working at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, was wearing Glass last year while working on a man whose brain was bleeding. Dr. Horng knew that the patient was allergic to certain drugs that would arrest the bleeding, but didn’t know which ones. With no time to leave the stricken patient, Horng says he called up the man’s medical records on Google’s wearable device, found the relevant information, and stabilized his condition.

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Spinal Cord Work Is Unexpected Shocker

8th April 2014

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“This is a breakthrough,” says Dr. Barth Green, co-founder of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami, who was not involved in the research. “It shows you can have a living spinal cord under the layer of their injury.”

More than 1,700 paralyzed people have inquired about using this technology, which involves surgically implanting a stimulator and giving it directions with an external remote control. The stimulator creates a small, slightly visible bulge in the lower abdomen and is connected to wires that send electrical pulses to the spinal cord.

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Here’s Your Flying Car. Now Shut Up.

8th April 2014

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The Revival of Cancer Immunotherapy

7th April 2014

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New medicines that shrink tumors and have beneficial effects lasting for months to years in some cancer patients are helping breathe new life into an old idea: using a patient’s own immune cells to attack malignant cells.

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The Anternet

5th April 2014

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Researchers at Stanford have observed that foraging harvester ants act like TCP/IP packets, so much so that they’re calling the ants’ behavior “the anternet”.

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Rituals Enhance Consumption

5th April 2014

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Four experiments tested the novel hypothesis that ritualistic behavior potentiates and enhances the enjoyment of ensuing consumption—an effect found for chocolates, lemonade, and even carrots. Experiment 1 showed that ritual behaviors compared to a no-ritual condition, made chocolate more flavorful, valuable, and deserving of behavioral savoring. Experiment 2 demonstrated that random gestures do not boost consumption like ritualistic gestures do. It further showed that a delay between a ritual and the opportunity to consume heightens enjoyment, which attests to the idea that ritual behavior stimulates goal-directed action (to consume). Experiment 3 found that performing rituals oneself enhanced consumption more than merely watching someone else perform the same ritual, suggesting that personal involvement is crucial for the benefits of rituals to emerge. Last, Experiment 4 provided direct evidence of the underlying process: Rituals enhance consumption enjoyment due to the greater involvement they prompt in the experience.

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Construction at Nashville Ballpark Exposes Prehistoric Find

5th April 2014

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Builders working to construct a new ballpark in Nashville stumbled upon prehistoric artifacts that may offer clues to how Native Americans lived in the area about 1150 AD.

The Tennessean reported Thursday that workers at the Sulphur Dell construction site, the future home of the Nashville Sounds, uncovered broken ceramic pans that may have been used to boil water to collect salt, the report said.

From the nearby ocean, no doubt. Very clever, those skraelings.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

5th April 2014

Magnetic measuring spoons.

Weatherproof motion sensor light.

iPhone case with folding knife.

Calslock Portable Door Lock.

 

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3 Ways to Escape Zip Ties: An Illustrated Guide

4th April 2014

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Don’t ever say we don’t have useful stuff here.

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Study: Zebra Stripes Help Shoo Flies

4th April 2014

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I bet you didn’t know that.

“We really need to know what happens with live zebras in the field before we can be sure,” she said.

Good advice in any situation.

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I Hate It When That Happens

3rd April 2014

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Irish police believe that a gangland bomber blew himself up after he forgot about the clocks changing for summer time while he was planting a bomb on Sunday.

I’ve always said, that time change is a killer.

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Harvard Discovers Three of Its Library Books Are Bound in Human Skin

3rd April 2014

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Well, yeah, Harvard….

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Shipping Firm First to Use Drones to Navigate Arctic Ice

3rd April 2014

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A Montreal-based shipping company has become the first in the world to use drones to scout out ice hazards as its freighters navigate through the waters of the Arctic.

The company, Fednav, has found the drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, are able to transmit crucial information back to the wheelhouse, allowing ship captains to thread their way through frozen waters and dodge icebergs, like the one that sank the iconic ship more than a century ago.

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British Sniper Kills Six Taliban With One Bullet

2nd April 2014

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A British sniper in Afghanistan managed to kill six Taliban insurgents with just one bullet by hitting the target switch of a suicide bomber, whose device exploded, the Telegraph reports.

The sniper, a lance corporal in the Coldstream Guards, hit his target from 930 yards away. The incident took place in December. The shot prevented a major attack by the Taliban, Lt. Col. Richard Slack, told the Telegraph.

Nulli secundus!

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Scientists Engineer Mouse Muscles That Can Survive Cobra Venom

1st April 2014

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We just got some pretty damned tough mice here.

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New Kit Lets You Print Your Own 3D Skulls

1st April 2014

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Essentially you are buying a set of files – skulls from dogs, dragons, goats, humans, and Alyssa Milano (not really) – and you can print them out without supports, which is a pretty big deal.

If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

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Water Blobs

31st March 2014

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Water bottles add to the bulk of trash that’s already overflowing in most landfills. Thing is, people still need their hydration on the go and some just can’t be bothered with water jugs. The alternative? These edible blobs filled with water created up by three London-based industrial design students Rodrigo García González, Pierre Paslier, and Guillaume Couche.

I am not making this up.

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Black Death Was Not Spread by Rat Fleas, Say Researchers

31st March 2014

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Analysis of the bodies and of wills registered in London at the time has cast doubt on “facts” that every schoolchild has learned for decades: that the epidemic was caused by a highly contagious strain spread by the fleas on rats.

Now evidence taken from the human remains found in Charterhouse Square, to the north of the City of London, during excavations carried out as part of the construction of the Crossrail train line, have suggested a different cause: only an airborne infection could have spread so fast and killed so quickly.

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Study Backs Nonsurgical Way to Fix Heart Valves

31st March 2014

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A new study gives a boost to fixing a bad aortic valve, the heart’s main gate, without open-heart surgery. Survival rates were better one year later for people who had a new valve placed through a tube into an artery instead.

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An Ancient Virus May Be the Reason Human Stem Cells Can Transform

30th March 2014

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The embryonic stem cells responsible for producing every other type of cell in the human body gained their power from an ancient virus that copied itself into our DNA millions of years ago, according to new research. National Geographic reports that the discovery could lead to more effective stem-cell treatments for diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease, among other ailments.

Soon to be known as ‘the God virus’, I predict.

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Hospitals Plot the End of Insurance Companies

30th March 2014

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At The Atlantic’s Health Care Forum in Washington on Thursday, health care and business professionals said that there’s an increasing trend in the industry toward cutting insurance companies out of the process entirely, as large, regional hospital systems move into the insurance business.

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A New—and Reversible—Cause of Aging

30th March 2014

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The essence of this finding is a series of molecular events that enable communication inside cells between the nucleus and mitochondria. As communication breaks down, aging accelerates. By administering a molecule naturally produced by the human body, scientists restored the communication network in older mice. Subsequent tissue samples showed key biological hallmarks that were comparable to those of much younger animals.

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Future Fabrics – A Technical Textiles Primer.

30th March 2014

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There was a time in the not too distant past when all of our clothes were truly organic, created along a clear path from seed to seam. Nowadays though, our textiles are not so much grown by farmers as they are developed by scientists who continuously search for new ways to make our clothes better, faster, and stronger.

This quest to meld textiles and technology has given us a whole new set of fabrics that continuously push the boundaries on what a garment can achieve, and today these cutting-edge materials have become almost commonplace. Performance wear and sportswear designers now share the common goal of crafting garments that not only stand out, but also out last their competitors, and so with these fabrics moving from REI up to Barneys, we figured we’d give you all a primer on some of the biggest names in high-tech textiles.

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