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Researchers discover how to control genes with brainwaves

Posted by GarageLab on November 21, 2014 at 4:00am 0 Comments

A team of researchers headed by Martin Fussenegger, Professor of Biotechnology and Bioengineering at the Department of Biosystems (D-BSSE) in Basel, have created an optogenetics device, which enables brainwaves to regulate gene to protein conversions. 

In a study published in Nature Communications, Fussenegger commented that, "for the first time, we have been able to tap into human brainwaves, transfer them wirelessly to a gene network and regulate the expression of a gene depending on the type of thought."…

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Electric generator driven by temperature variation

Posted by GarageLab on November 19, 2014 at 3:40am 0 Comments

A device that generates electricity from small changes in air temperature may be the solution to food and environmental sensor equipment plugged into the internet things.

Chen Zhao and colleagues at the University of Washington, USA, a small bellows filled with chloroethane gas that expands and contracts strongly against small fluctuations in temperature.

The team says he was inspired to develop his system of "energy harvesting" after reading about the Atmos clock, developed by Swiss inventor Jean-Léon Reutter in 1928.

The…

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rHEALTH Diagnostic Device Identifies Diseases from a Drop of Blood: Handheld House

Posted by GarageLab on November 18, 2014 at 2:51am 0 Comments

The DNA Medical Institute Inc. (DMI) is in the advanced stages of developing a device that can check for “hundreds of diseases” from just a single drop of blood within minutes. It’s called the Reusable Handheld Electrolyte and Lab Technology for Humans (rHEALTH) sensor.

Originally developed for NASA, rHEALTH’s greatest weapons are the microscopic testing strips that fit in a small receptacle. You place your blood in that receptacle and the nanostrips and other reagents inside will react to various substances in the blood sample. You’ll then place that receptacle into rHEALTH itself. According to Wired, rHEALTH will analyze the mixture using “lasers that use variations in light intensity and scattering to come up with a diagnosis, from flu to a more serious illness such as pneumonia – or even Ebola – within a few…

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The race is on for flying car start ups

Posted by GarageLab on November 17, 2014 at 4:15am 0 Comments

Not since the Wright brothers flew the first powered aircraft near Kitty Hawk in 1903 has the competition been so intense. The technology that can give us the world's first affordable and easily pilotable flying car is almost here.

Several start-ups are already moving their prototypes forward and the race is on.But just like the early days of flight, there are several schools of thought about which model will be the most efficient, workable and worthy of being the template for the…

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Robot Philae mission Rosetta makes historic landing on comet

Posted by GarageLab on November 14, 2014 at 4:55am 0 Comments

The Philae robot landed on the surface of comet 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko, on Wednesday (12) at 14h03 (GMT), about 500 million kilometers away from Earth. The landing was confirmed by the European Space Agency (ESA) in Darmstadt, Germany. At Twitter, the agency said: "We are in the comet." This is an unprecedented feat in the history of space exploration, which will allow scientists to have more information about the origin of life on Earth.

The Rosetta mission launched a probe into space and a robot in 2004. The spacecraft traveled about 6 billion miles to meet up with comet. Philae The robot is a miniature laboratory that will send data to the scientists of the space agency on Earth, until the end of the mission in December 2015.…

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Laser-based Device Creates 3D Images in Midair

Posted by GarageLab on November 13, 2014 at 3:57am 0 Comments

Terry McGinnis hated the Bat-Signal, but he might consider Aerial Burton’s True 3D Display. The Japanese company’s proof-of-concept device creates three dimensional images by reflecting a laser beam into the air. When air molecules are hit by the beam, they become ionized for a brief moment and release photons into the air, which manifest as bright dots of light.

From: Technabob

Telepathy Over The Internet Is Getting Real

Posted by GarageLab on November 12, 2014 at 4:00am 0 Comments

Researchers at the University of Washington just successfully demonstrated a brain-to-brain interface in a six-person study. This is the second such study, but with more people, more confidence, and enough success to presume that telepathy might just leap out of the realm of sci-fi.

Basically what happened is this: One subject was located in one room and the other in another room, and they couldn't communicate in any way other than via their brains. They both…

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Build your own invisibility cloak

Posted by GarageLab on November 11, 2014 at 4:08am 0 Comments

Not exactly a mantle, but this is the first experiment of invisibility that only uses common materials - lenses - which allows it to be rebuilt by anyone with a basic knowledge of optics or with the help of a teacher.

The invisibility cloaks developed thus far consist of doing light passing through artificial materials, built following very precise mathematical calculations, in order to force the light to make unusual ways, so you can make objects disappear.

John Howell and Joseph Choi, University of Rochester, US, surprised this whole area of research creating a cloaking device based solely on ordinary lenses.…

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Hoverkraft Levitating Construction Challenge Floats in Mid-air

Posted by GarageLab on November 10, 2014 at 3:01am 0 Comments

This game has a magnetically levitating platform secured at two ends by little cables. The goal is to build a castle out of the little pieces on the floating platform. It’s sort of like floating Jenga in that you get to add and remove pieces depending on what you roll with the included dice. The game is for two players and the one who makes the platform collapse loses.

From: Technabob

Scallop-Like Nanobots Could Someday Swim Through Your Blood And Eyeballs

Posted by GarageLab on November 7, 2014 at 6:19am 0 Comments

File under disgusting/interesting: Scientists have designed a new type of nanobot that could swim through your bodily fluids by mimicking the motion of scallops in the ocean.Since nanobots are designed to be tiny, there's not really room for electronics to make them swim. You can use magnets, but they don't work well if you want to put more than one nanabot in the body at a time. That's why it's important to make a nanobot that can swim on its own.…

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