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Blood-brain barrier model to test drugs for brain diseases

August 22, 2012

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Most drugs and small molecules cannot cross the blood-brain barrier to treat diseases originating in the brain. Researchers in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University are working on a model using actual cells found in this barrier to simulate how the blood-brain barrier works. The model will help scientists better understand how the barrier works. Such a model also could be used to test… read more

Video Source: John Hopkins University

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Bluetooth gloves provide hands-free smartphone control

November 16, 2012

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BEARTek gloves allow users to control phone calls and music apps — including built in music apps, Pandora, and Spotify — without removing their gloves. If funded, the gloves will cost $175 to $200.

Video Source: Mashable

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BMW | Demo of ‘CDC hands-free mode’ portends driverless cars

January 26, 2012

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BMW | This clip is a part of the BMW ConnectedDrive Future Lab. More details here.

Daily Mail | BMW developers have designed a car that can drive itself down Germany’s autobahn. Looking no different from a regular BMW, the car is fitted with a “four-sense” system which includes radar, cameras, laser scanners and ultrasonics.

Some other recent research by BMW into automated driving:read more

Body language-based gameplay

August 14, 2012

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Researchers at Goldsmiths College led by Dr. Marco Gillies have enlisted theater performers to help design computer software capable of recognizing and responding to human body language.

Using the latest generation of motion detectors, including Microsoft’s Kinect camera, actors’ interactions with members of the public and their responses to specific body language are recorded by the software.

“Two people can take on the roles of the video game… read more

Video Source: Goldsmiths Digital Studio

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Bonnie Bassler: How bacteria ‘talk’

July 30, 2012

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Bonnie Bassler discovered that bacteria “talk” to each other, using a chemical language that lets them coordinate defense and mount attacks. The find has stunning implications for medicine, industry — and our understanding of ourselves.

Bonnie Bassler studies how bacteria can communicate with one another, through chemical signals, to act as a unit. Her work could pave the way for new, more potent medicine.

Video Source: TED

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Boston Dynamics “Big Dog” Ft. Benning report Feb 2009

March 15, 2009

This is the Army news channel Benning Report spot on the Boston Dynamics robot Big Dog. This video was uploaded from a .wmv file available on the Boston Dynamics website.

Video Source: Ft. Benning Public Affairs Office

Brain-machine interface technology enabling control of a robot by human thought alone

March 3, 2010

HONDA | Honda Research Institute Japan Co., Ltd. (HRI-JP), a subsidiary of Honda R&D Co., Ltd., Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) and Shimadzu Corporation have collaboratively developed the world’s first Brain Machine Interface (BMI) technology that uses electroencephalography (EEG) and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) along with newly developed information extraction technology to enable control of a robot by human thought alone. It does not require any physical movement such as… read more

Video Source: Honda

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Bringing light: an innovation in detecting brain tumors

December 21, 2012

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In the painstaking process of removing brain tumors, neurosurgeons are constantly challenged by the inability to distinguish healthy tissue from tumor in the operating room. “Bringing Light” focuses on a new innovation that will change everything.

BRINGING LIGHT is a Finalist in the $200,000 FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition and is in the running to become the $100,000 Grand Prize Winner. It could also be named an Audience Favorite if… read more

Video Source: Bert Klasey, Chris Baron, James Allen Smith/Focus Forward Films

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Bringing space down to earth

April 10, 2008

European Commission | Space is a strategic asset for Europe. The European Commission’s Space Research and Development activities are coordinated within the framework of the overall European Space Policy, complementing the efforts of Member States and of other key players, including the European Space Agency.

The Space Theme of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) is implemented with the objective to support… read more

Video Source: EUTube

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Brittany Wenger at TEDxWomen

July 21, 2013

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Brittany Wenger talks about Cloud4Cancer, a computer program she designed to diagnose breast cancer more accurately and less invasively. She won the grand prize in the 2012 Google Science Fair for her project, “Global Neural Network Cloud Service for Breast Cancer.”.

— TEDx Talks

Video Source: TEDx Talks

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Broad Group | Thirty-story building built in 15 days

January 10, 2012

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Wikipedia | Broad Group is a private company based in Changsha, China. Since 1996, it has been the global leader in manufacturing central air conditioning non-electric absorption chillers, powered by natural gas and waste heat, and currently exports its products to over 60 countries. It was Shanghai Expo 2010′s only global official partner that was a Chinese private enterprise and exclusively supplied central air conditioning, ventilation and air purification products for the event.

Broad is one of the few Chinese manufacturing companies that… read more

Building new experiences with Glass

April 5, 2013

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Timothy Jordan gave developers at SXSW in Austin, TX a sneak peek at the Google Mirror API, which is what they’ll use to build services for Glass. With the presentation, we set out to help developers and entrepreneurs start imagining what they could do on Glass.

— Google

Video Source: Google

Building the #Knowosphere

April 27, 2012

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In a talk, “Building the #Knowosphere: How new ways to share and shape ideas can help build durable progress on a finite planet“ on Earth Day 2012 at MIT, New York Times Dot Earth blogger Andrew Revkin suggests how to use the Web and other emerging communication tools and networks to make the world a better place

The notion of Knowosphere has… read more

Video Source: MIT TechTV

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Buzz Aldrin says humanity’s future is on Mars

May 9, 2013

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The moon is not enough for Buzz Aldrin, the second man ever to walk on the lunar surface. If humanity is to truly realize its space travel potential, there is only one place it will find it: Mars.

Aldrin’s new book, Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration, now available, charts out a course that could put astronauts on the surface of Mars by 2035.… read more

Video Source: Space.com

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Can robots be made creative enough to invent their own language?

January 30, 2013

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Professor Luc Steels describes his recent breakthrough experiments, in which robots are programmed to play language games and come up with novel concepts, words and meanings. He explains how this triggers a process of cultural evolution that leads to more complex forms of language and what this tells us about the nature of our own intelligence and the future of artificial intelligence.

Luc Steels is ICREA Research Professor at… read more

Video Source: University of Oxford

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