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Transhumanism: Evolving the Human Body VII

Life without disease In the last century health care made incredible progresses. Purified water and better food take the lion share in this progress, although they are often underestimated. Drugs, surgery (enabled by anesthesia), antibiotics and more recently anti-immune therapy have fought diseases that were killing millions of people. On …

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Magnetoencephalography goes on the move

In the quest to unravel the working of the brain scientists are using several kind of “sensors” to see how the brain works. Magnetoencephalography, an approach developed in the last century (1968), allows medical doctors and researchers to watch the brain electrical activity by sensing the magnetic field generated by …

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Where is the USB socket on the tomato plant?

Over ten years ago researchers studied microbial fuel cells MFCs. These are cells that use microbes to produce electricity. Microbes as part of their metabolisms split molecules and out of this split electrons are mobilised. Since then several progresses have been made and the first practical applications are now being considered …

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Nano particles as sensor in the brain

Many feel that the next decade will be the one of the brain, reaching a tipping point where we will eventually understand how the brain works. A number of mega-projects are active each one following a slightly different approach. All of them require more raw data on what it is …

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Awareness, Intention, Sentiment technologies in SAS – II

Context Awareness A first area of awareness technologies relates to Context Awareness. Sensors embedded in the artefact, able to detect the shape of the environment, its characteristics and of its various components, are becoming more sensitive, performant and affordable. Smart materials (like sensitive skin for robots) will be playing an …

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Sensors get under our skin

Biosensors, that is sensors that can detect parameters in a living being, are becoming more and more effective in several respects: detecting more and more parameters, becoming more and more sensitive, being able to co-exist for long period of time with the hosting organism to the point of becoming an …

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Seeing in the dark with AI

Progress continues in better and better sensors. Canon announced a 120 Mpixels sensor in the APS format that will be available to third parties in a variety of fields, where such high resolution is desirable. They have also announced availability of a low resolution chip, just 2.2 Mpixels (sufficient for …

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Neural dust is getting ready for your brain…

Back in 2016 researchers at Berkeley created a micro sensor that could be activated using ultrasound. It was designed to be implanted in the body to pick up electrical signals. It could work in muscles and various organs, including the brain. Being activated by ultrasound it didn’t need a battery, …

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