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Feb 15, 2020

Eye-tracking data improves prosthetic hands

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business, computing, cyborgs

Prosthetic hands restore only some of the function lost through amputation. But combining electrical signals from forearm muscles with other sources of information, such as eye tracking, promises better prostheses. A study funded by the SNSF gives specialists access to valuable new data.

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The hand is a precious limb. Its 34 muscles and 20 joints enable movements of great precision and complexity which are essential for interacting with the environment and with others on a daily basis. Hand amputation thus has severe physical and psychological repercussions on a person’s life. Myoelectric prosthetic hands, which work by recording electrical muscle signals on the skin, allow amputees to regain some lost function. But dexterity is often limited and the variability of the electrical signals from the forearm alone makes the prosthetics sometimes unreliable. Henning Müller, professor of business informatics, is investigating how combining data from myoelectric signals with other sources of information could lead to better prosthetics. Müller has now made available to the scientific community a dataset that includes eye tracking and computer vision as well as other information (electromyography and acceleration sensor data).

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Feb 15, 2020

Aging and Stem Cells | Theodore Ho | TEDxMiddlebury

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics, life extension, nanotechnology, neuroscience

Dr. Theodore Ho talks about the rapidly expanding possibilities of stem cells to be used in reversing or slowing the aging process. He discusses his previous and current work with the brain, including such methods as tissue clearing, multifiber photometry and optogenetics, and single resolution calcium imaging and control. Dr. Ho is a neuroscientist and stem cell biologist studying the mechanisms and causes of biological aging and potential strategies to slow or reverse them, in order to prevent the onset of age

Associated diseases to help us live healthier and longer lives.

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Feb 15, 2020

Biologists rush to re-create the China coronavirus from its DNA code

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Synthetic versions of the deadly virus could help test treatments. But what are the risks when viruses can be synthetized from scratch?

Feb 15, 2020

7000 Year Old DNA Found in Artsakh Cave Matches Genes of Modern Armenians

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, biotech/medical, genetics

AZOKH, Nagorno-Karabakh (People of Ar)—Scholars from Britain, US, Denmark and Armenia led by Professor Levon Yepiskoposyan have been examining prehistoric caves near the village of Azokh in Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) and found unique artifacts from different periods, among them a tooth from a human who lived 7000 years ago. Due to the cave’s climate DNA was preserved inside the tooth and was send to Copenhagen University’s genetics department (in Denmark) for examination. The results of this inquiry have revealed that the genetic makeup of the tooth belonging to an individual 7000 years ago perfectly matches with the genetic makeup of modern Armenians.

“This is the conclusion we’ve reached after numerous excavations carried out on the territory of Karabakh, where we examined more than a dozen caves, among them the cave of Azokh and Alexan Uzes,” Yepiskoposyan said.

Feb 15, 2020

Singapore confirms 5 new cases of COVID-19; 1 more patient discharged

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health


SINGAPORE: Singapore reported five new cases of COVID-19 infection, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in an update on Saturday (Feb 15).

Of these, three are linked to the cluster at Grace Assembly of God church; one is linked to the cluster at Seletar Aerospace Heights construction site and the other case is linked to a previous case.

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Feb 15, 2020

Robosexuals | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, education

They’re here, they have gears, get used to it.

In a special Valentine’s Day New Rule, Bill explores the latest emerging sexual trend: people who don’t need people – and why it’s bad news for humanity.

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Feb 14, 2020

The world’s biggest smartphone conference was just canceled because of coronavirus concerns

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, mobile phones

Mobile World Congress, or MWC, was going to proceed because there were still 2,800 exhibitors. Now it’s being canceled.

Feb 14, 2020

Liz Parrish — Gene Therapy for Healthy Longevity — Part 1

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[Frame — 00:55] Liz Parrish – Introduction.

[Frame — 06:10] Gene therapy & deliver mechanisms — AAV2.

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Feb 14, 2020

Alzheimer’s and exercise: How strength training can protect the brain

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Amisa Yellowbird posted this fact… Respect AEWR.

Australian researchers have for the first time shown that weights training can protect the parts of the brain vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease.

Feb 14, 2020

Diabetes Drugs Being Tested For Anti-Aging Benefits

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Acarbose and Metformin are commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes, but now they are also being tested for anti-aging effects, and according to the researchers these two FDA approved drugs have big promise.

In mice testing Acarbose and Metformin were demonstrated to increase health, lifespan, and longevity of the animals. These two drugs are now being tested in monkeys that have a similar physiology, reproductive system, and aging pattern as humans, in research being conducted at Texas Biomedical Research Institute which is supported by a pilot grant provided by the San Antonio Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center.

“I think this type of research can change what life is like for geriatric people,” said Corinna Ross, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Southwest National Primate Research Center at Texas BioMed.

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