Cities, Satellites and Weather

August 3rd, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Health, Mapping, Science, Urbanism | No Comments »

Just how does society’s desire to live in densely populated areas have the potential to change our Earth’s climate? According to a new paper, satellites can help us answer that question.

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Allen Brain Atlas

July 17th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Health, Mapping, Science | 3 Comments »

Paul G. Allen had a vision that recent advances in computer science, bioinformatics, image analysis and the sequencing of the human genome could be brought together to answer one of the most complex questions in human biology—what is the brain and how does it work? He brought this vision to a renowned group of neuroscientists and advisors, and the Allen Institute for Brain Science was born.
The Allen Brain Atlas is the institutes publicly accessible map of the brain. [launch]

Manufactured Meat : Beyond Geneticallly Engineered Food

July 8th, 2005 | Filed under: Biotech, Future, Health, Scary, Science | 11 Comments »

Jason Matheny and his colleagues at University of Maryland have described, in the journal Tissue Engineering, methods to grow meat in a lab. Scary, feasible, and has benefits? [article](pdf)

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da Vinci Robot Surgery System

July 7th, 2005 | Filed under: Health, Mechanical Tech, Products, Technology | 5 Comments »

The da Vinci Surgical System, manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, has been successfully used for surgery with more precision, less pain, quicker recovery, and fewer complications. [video][animation]

via MedGadget | UNC

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Noise Mapping : London

July 1st, 2005 | Filed under: Health, Mapping, Social, Urbanism | 2 Comments »

Noise sucks, especially that omnipresent drone that goes unnoticed until you leave the city with ringing ears. Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) has taken the first step in the Noise Mapping England project (part of the National Ambient Noise Strategy for England) with a road traffic noise map for London and plans to map all of England. (Don’t know any street names to launch the map? Try Trafalgar.)

Related: YourAir (London’s air pollution forecast)

Brain Cells on Demand

June 29th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Biotech, Health, News, Science | No Comments »

Regenerative medicine scientists at the University of Florida’s McKnight Brain Institute have discovered a cell culture method that may be able to produce a limitless supply of a person’s own brain cells. [article]

via Science Blog

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Stem Cells from Adult Human Skin

June 28th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Future, Health, News | 1 Comment »

Researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine have successfully isolated stem cells from human skin, expanded them in the laboratory and coaxed them into becoming fat, muscle and bone cells. [article]

via Biology News

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Air Pollution Forecasts

June 23rd, 2005 | Filed under: Health, Internet, Mapping, Social, Urbanism | 1 Comment »

YourAir offers daily forecast maps (detailed down to each street) for air pollution in the London area, something we should have now and are going to need in every major city in the near future. The pollutants are also mapped according to a health index and concentration levels for easy access. [pollution animation]

via WorldChanging | ESA

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Muscles + Vascular Network Grown In Vitro

June 21st, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Future, Health | No Comments »

Imagine planting “seed” cells into a body for a simple muscle biopsy. Dr. Shulamit Levenberg of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology along with researchers in Professor Robert Langer‘s lab at MIT have moved a step closer by managing to grow in vitro muscle tissue with its own vascular network from a mixture of different cells. These tissues continued to grow and develop among the host’s own tissues at a higher rate than similar implants without blood vessels.

via MIT News | Biology News

Robotic Animals : Implanting Mice with Speech Recognition

June 17th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Computing, Future, Health, News, Technology | 10 Comments »

Scientists at the Robot Engineering Technology Research Center of Shandong University of Science and Technology have demonstrated how a set of computer generated electronic signals can control the behavior of the mice.

via Chinanews | PhysOrg

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