Medical Technology | New polymer helps nerves and electrodes fuse together

The Prosthetics Breakthrough That Could Fuse Nerves With Fake Limbs
"To create that ideal interface, Dirk and his colleagues developed their own biocompatible polymers, meant to mimic the properties of nerve tissue. The material is also porous, so that nerves can extend through it, and lined with electrodes, to vastly enhance conductivity. When surgeons placed the scaffolds onto the severed leg nerves of rats, it didn’t take long before the rats’ own nerve fibers started to grow through the scaffold and fuse back together. Even better, the synthetic material wasn’t rejected by the rats’ immune systems."
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Visualization | “Stem” image built up from color data in images

Stem by Diana Lange – Building stems from colour with #Processing
"This little program looks for photos on flickr by a given search word. Afterwards, the colors of the photos are analyzed. The color itself gets detected and how often each color is found. This data is the foundation of every stem. Each segment represents one color of the photo, the diameter shows the quantity. The cell resolution in all segments is based on the brightness of the color."
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Physical vs Digital | “All I Own” shows millennials with all their physical posessions

Photographs Document Millenials With All Their Possessions
"“All I Own” is a simple yet compelling project by Swedish photographer, Sannah Kvist where she asked friends (all born in the 1980s) to make a pile of everything they own – from furniture, records, computers, clothes — and bring it into the frame for a single shot. The resulting images are a visual testament to our modern lifestyle and throwaway culture."
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Smart Clothes | Cyclists jacket with 64 LEDs lights up in different situations

Sporty Supaheroe cycle jacket boasts "intelligent" sensors and dynamic LEDs
"Together, an integrated "acceleration sensor" and gyroscope track the cyclist’s movement, conveying information for all to see on the jacket itself. Conceivably, this means that the jacket’s rear panels could glow red under braking, or flash on one side if the cyclist moves sideways. A particularly nice touch is a smartphone call alert system, which we gather employs a simple light sensor in the jacket’s inner pocket wired to the jackets outer LEDs. When an incoming call is received your smartphone screen lights up, triggering the sensor and LEDs. That said, anything that makes a telephone harder to ignore when cycling should be used with caution."
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Internet of Things | Oxfam connects second hand objects with their stories

Oxfam’s Shelflife links goods with past using QR Codes
"A Shelflife phone app links stories and pictures provided by donors to tags attached to the goods. Browsers in Oxfam shops can scan the tags using the app to find out about an individual item’s past. The charity believes it can sell things more easily when they have stories attached to them. "Someone might donate a record and add that it was the song that they danced to at their wedding to its tag," said Oxfam’s Emma Joy. "We hope the pilot will prove that items with stories are more valuable and establish the monetary value of a story," she said."
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Data Analysis | DataSift lets companies analyse historical twitter data

DataSift Unlocks Access To Historical Twitter Data Dating Back To January 2010
"Developers, businesses and organizations can essentially use DataSift to mine the Twitter firehose of social data. But what makes DataSift special (besides the premier access to Twitter data) is that it can then filter this social media data for demographic information, online influence and sentiment, either positive or negative. As we’ve reported in the past, DataSift does not limit searches based on keywords and allows companies of any size to define extremely complex filters, including location, gender, sentiment, language, and even influence based on Klout score, to provide quick and very specific insight and analysis."
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3D Printing | Creating models of dinosaurs by printing their bones

Scientists 3D Print Robotic Dinosaurs To Learn More About Them
"First, 3D scans of giant dinosaur bones are taken, creating a virtual image that researchers can manipulate and analyze. These can then be brought to life using 3D printing technology. Robotic models with artificial muscles and tendons will be created to help the researchers learn how the dinosaur’s body handled the physical stresses of the environment. Lacovara predicts that they will have a working robotic dinosaur limb constructed by the end of the year."
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