Aug 07, 2014

Single injection reverses type 2 diabetes symptoms in mice without side effects

posted by Larra Morris

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There are numerous research efforts underway to develop new treatments and improve the lives of people suffering type 2 diabetes, whose ranks have increased dramatically in recent decades due in large part to the so-called obesity epidemic. A new generation of safer and more effective diabetes drugs could be in the offing with researchers at the Salk Institute discovering that when mice with diet-induced diabetes were given a single injection of a protein, their blood sugar levels were restored to a healthy range for more than two days.
via Gizmag

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Aug 07, 2014

Photographer and Wikimedia currently fighting over whether a monkey owns a selfie

posted by Larra Morris

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Photographer David Slater is currently entangled with editors at Wikimedia Commons — a database featuring a large amount of “freely usable media files” — over whether a crested black macaque owns a photo it took of itself. The photo comes by way of a 2011 trip to an Indonesian national park taken by Slater. The monkey grabbed Slater’s unattended camera and proceeded to snap a number of photos.According to The Telegraph, the editors of Wikimedia Commons have argued that the copyright to the photo is owned by the monkey given that it took the picture.
via Laughing Squid

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Image: David Slater and Caters News Agency by way of monkey

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Aug 06, 2014

The evolution of slang as explained by the New York Times

posted by Larra Morris

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We marveled at the way these expressions—the ones we understood, anyway—captured the spirit of the era in which they were defined. It makes sense, for instance, that the Times defined acid ("a slang term for the drug LSD") in 1970, grunt ("a slang word for an infantryman") during the Vietnam War, diss ("a slang term for a perceived act of disrespect") in 1994, and macking ("a slang term for making out") in 1999.

One particularly memorable example is how the Times's unpacked "punk" in 1977: "Slanguist Eric Partridge speculates that punk is hobo lingo to describe very stale bread, perhaps from the French pain. Punk, applied to a person, began as a slang term for a catamite, or boy kept by a pederast, and later extended to cover young hoodlums."
via The Atlantic

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Image: ChameleonsEye/Shutterstock/Robinson Meyer

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Aug 06, 2014

Korean shipbuilder testing industrial exoskeletons for future cybernetic workforce

posted by Larra Morris

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DSME's prototype exoskeleton (pictured above) weighs 28 kilograms, but it's entirely self-supporting (the exoskeleton includes a frame that extends to the ground), meaning that the human inside it doesn't feel any of that weight.

Electric and hydraulic actuators, all powered by a three-hour battery, enable its wearer to walk normally while assisting with up to 30 kg of lifting force. So, you'd be able to lift 30 kg like it was nothing, or 50 kg like it only weighed 20. The exoskeleton can also be outfitted with accessories that can turn it into a walking human crane like in the pic (note the chain link attached to the metal part the man is carrying).
via IEEE Spectrum

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Aug 06, 2014

Olaf Diegel reveals first prototype of 3D-printed alto saxophone

posted by Larra Morris

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While attending Euromold 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany, last December with a band playing 3D-printed instruments, Olaf Diegel was set a challenge by the head of 3D Systems, Avi Reichental. The Professor of product development at Lund University, Sweden was given the task of creating a 3D-printed working saxophone. The first ODD prototype was revealed last week in a short demonstration video
via Gizmag

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Aug 05, 2014

Tomorrow the ESA Rosetta Mission will intercept a comet after a 10-year mission

posted by Laura Domela

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The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta mission launched a decade ago to intercept, study, and put a lander on Comet 67P. The spacecraft “woke up” earlier this year, and it will reach its goal early tomorrow morning with live streaming coverage beginning at 4:00AM ET.

So far we’ve been speculating what comet 67P looks like as Rosetta gets closer. We’ve seen a rubber ducky, a marshmallow Peep, a butt, and even Kuribo’s Shoe, but as of tomorrow we’ll be getting a lot of useful data from Rosetta as she begins studying 67P up close and personal.

One question the ESA hopes to answer is whether or not life here on Earth could have been started by “comet seeding.” Rosetta and its lander Philae, which will land on the comet in November of this year, will search the comet for evidence of the basic elements required for life here on Earth.
via The Mary Sue

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Iimage via DLR German Aerospace Center

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Aug 05, 2014

Artist creates multicolored trees that grow 40 different types of fruit

posted by Larra Morris

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A project by artist Sam Van Aken will delight lovers of fruit. The Tree of 40 Fruit is a project in which a single tree is modified to bear over 40 different types of stone fruit. The trees are created using a process of grafting.

Van Aken began the Tree of 40 Fruit project in 2008 and has been creating new trees and developing the process ever since. The artist had recently completed a project called Eden in which he grafted vegetables and flowers together and was offered the opportunity to design an orchard. "Ultimately funding for this orchard fell through," Van Aken explains to Gizmag. "But, still wanting to continue with the project, I decided to graft the entire orchard onto one tree."
via Gizmag

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Image: Sam Van Aken / Ronald Feldman Fine Art

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Aug 05, 2014

San Francisco airport beacons help the blind get around using their phones

posted by Larra Morris

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San Francisco International is about to make life decidedly easier for blind and visually impaired travelers. The airport has teamed up with Indoo.rs to unveil a Bluetooth beacon system that will help these passengers find their way through Terminal 2 using only their phone. When users walk past one of the 500 transmitters, their devices will announce nearby points of interest; they can find flight gates, ATMs, information desks and power outlets without asking for help. An early version of the necessary app also has a directory for sighted visitors.
via Engadget

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Image: Thom Watson, Flickr

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Aug 05, 2014

MIT to test making oxygen on Mars

posted by Larra Morris

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Oxygen is such an abundant resource on Earth that we rarely think about it unless we get locked in a cupboard. However, for space engineers, the question of how to get enough of the vital gas is constant, frustrating problem. To help future explorers of the Red Planet get enough oxygen for life support and powering spacecraft, NASA has included MIT’s MOXIE experiment on the Mars 2020 mission to study how to make oxygen out of the Martian atmosphere.
via Gizmag

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Aug 04, 2014

‘How Much Can You Carry’, portraits that show how people around the world carry stuff on their heads

posted by Laura Domela

“How much can you carry” is an ongoing portrait series by Paris-based photographer Floriane de Lassée that documents the many ways that people from around the world transport loads of objects on their heads. De Lassée began the project in Africa in 2012 after observing locals carrying all manner of objects on their heads. She has since traveled to seven countries, including Ethiopia, Indonesia, and Brazil, to document the practice in different cultures.
via Laughing Squid

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