Adult Brain Cell Growth

December 28th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Health, Science | No Comments »

Despite the prevailing belief that adult brain cells don’t grow, a researcher at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory reports in the Dec. 27 issue of Public Library of Science (PLoS) Biology that structural remodeling of neurons does in fact occur in mature brains. . . In 3-D time-lapse images, the brain cells look like plants sprouting together. Some push out tentative tendrils that grow around, or retract from contact with, neighboring cells. Dendrite tips that look like the thinnest twigs grow longer. [press release]

via Medgadget

Nokia with Near Field Communication

December 23rd, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Products, Programming, Technology | 3 Comments »

Nokia has rolled out prototype devices that both read and write RFID tags dubbed NFC (Near Field Communication). The interface links phones to phones as well as tags for embedded location-based triggers.

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Blob Detection for Processing

December 22nd, 2005 | Filed under: Programming, Video | 1 Comment »

Blob detection for Processing takes a step forward with some preset visualization tools. Check out Process and Live.

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Imagining Painlessness

December 21st, 2005 | Filed under: Health | 1 Comment »

Using real-time fMRI, researchers have shown how patients are able to take control over their pain by watching the activity from the pain regulating area of the brain. “Neuroimaging therapy,” with practice may offer a highly effective solution for chronic pain.

via Wired

Map Projections Archive

December 21st, 2005 | Filed under: Mapping | 3 Comments »

Map Projections hosts a variety of simple line drawn globe projections for download in PDF form.

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MorphoTower Spiral Swirl

December 19th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture | No Comments »

Sachiko Kodama‘s new ferrofluid sculpture, MorphoTower, extends Sachiko Kodama + Minako Takeno’s legendary Protrude, Flow (video) into a helical morphing skin.

via wmmna

Displax : Interactive Storefront Windows

December 18th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Products, Technology | 8 Comments »

Displax developed by Edigma, combines rear projection holographic screens with finger tracking to bring interactive storefront displays to retailers and various commercial applications.

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Daniel Rozin

December 17th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Programming, Video | No Comments »

Daniel Rozin is still going at it with is deep exploration into all kinds of mirrors. Circless Mirror, his latest interactive piece, uses 900 motors each controlling a randomly selected gradient disc. [video]

CodeTree: Open Code Repository

December 14th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Programming, Social | 1 Comment »

The CodeTree project, created by Rich Hauck, is attracting coders into its tagged, commented, and open repository of programs.

via abstractmachine

MSN History Visualization v2.0

December 12th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Internet, Programming, Social | No Comments »

MSN History Visualization v2.0
parses IM data into a 3-dimensional interactive word-usage analysis.

via information aesthetics