May 28, 2015

Google announces Cardboard Expeditions to let teachers take classes on field trips

posted by Christy Wilding

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Today at its annual I/O developer conference in San Francisco, Google announced a new implementation of Google Cardboard calledExpeditions, which brings the virtual reality platform to education.

Multiple Cardboards can see the same content as the teacher, as Google demonstrated in the video below. Teachers can sign up for the new program online. The Planetary Society, the Chateau de Versailles, and the American Museum of Natural History are on board with the new program for a rollout this fall.

via Venture Beat

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May 28, 2015

Bill Nye's ambitious solar sail has lost communication with Earth

posted by Christy Wilding

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Things are on hold for the moment for the LightSail, the new solar sail spacecraft launched last week by Bill Nye and his Planetary Society organization. The prototype satellite, which uses energy from the Sun to propel through space has suffered a computer malfunction while in lower Earth orbit, ceasing communication between the tiny spacecraft and Earth.

via Popular Science

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May 28, 2015

Implantable biosensor chip can monitor glucose and drugs in real-time

posted by Christy Wilding

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A team from the EPFL integrated Systems Laboratory have unveiled a new implantable sensor that is about a centimeter long that is designed to be implanted under a person's skin and gets power from a patch on the surface of the skin. The sensor is able to communicate with a mobile phone and is designed to measure the concentration of certain molecules in the body at the same time.

via Slash Gear

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May 28, 2015

Lenovo demos new smart shoes with a screen that displays your mood

posted by Christy Wilding

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Chinese electronics giant Lenovo unveiled a slew of new products at its inaugural “Tech World” event in Beijing yesterday, including laptops,personalized search experiences powered by Microsoft’s Cortana, a new media streaming device, an enterprise-focused storage product, and a tablet for businesses.

via Venture Beat

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May 28, 2015

Knitted supercapacitors to power smart shirts

posted by Larra Morris

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Researchers from Drexel University in collaboration with the U.S. Naval Academy, have invented a way to embed activated carbon particles into different types of yarn to form a knitted textile that can store energy to power sensors and electronics integrated into smart clothing.

Smart fabrics, which incorporate different types of sensors into garments, have been in development for decades. However, only in recent years have we started seeing the first consumer smart garments reaching the market, including biometric smartwear that can monitor an athlete's health
via IEEE Spectrum

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May 28, 2015

We mimic the speech patterns of people we agree with

posted by Larra Morris

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A new study by linguists at the Ohio State University and the University of Rochester in the journal Language Variation and Change tested how people reacted to ideologically charged speech. The participants heard different versions of sentences from people with different accents using a slightly different word order. For instance, some heard  "Congress is giving too much money to welfare moochers,” while others heard "Congress is giving welfare moochers too much money.” 

They were then asked to describe a set of pictures. When participants agreed with the ideology behind the sentence, they were more likely to mirror its structure when describing an image. Those who heard “Congress is giving too much money to welfare moochers” described the (kind of random) image above as “The waitress is giving a banana to the monk,” mimicking the word order of the political sentence. Those who did not agree with the sentiment were less likely to mimic the speaker’s language patterns. The effect remained the same regardless of the speaker's accent.
via Mental Floss

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May 27, 2015

Researchers may have discovered fountain of youth by reversing aging in human cells

posted by Christy Wilding

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Researchers in Japan have found that human aging may be able to be delayed or even reversed, at least at the most basic level of human cell lines. In the process, the scientists from the University of Tsukuba also found that regulation of two genes is related to how we age.

via Gizmag

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