Monday Marvels: Top 5 Wonders for Oct. 7-14
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B00BIP816Q” locale=”us” height=”107″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31R6lUgaBAL._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]1.) Feel 3D Objects on a Flat Screen
Your next smartphone or television may be equipped with a new technology being developed by scientists at Disney Research in Pittsburg, allowing users to “feel” objects on flat screens. Utilizing an algorithm to track your movements, the electro-vibrations work to create a topography that matches the image you are touching. This may also be a huge breakthrough for those who are visually impaired.
2.) Breathing Bionic Man
Yes, this robot is not only breathing on his own, but is comprised of a range of working artificial parts from kidneys, heart, even synthetic blood that carries oxygen like the real thing. This could be considered a huge breakthrough in scientific medicine, and might be the precursor to a mass production of artificial organs. In the future, such technology has the potential to not only save hundreds of lives, but possibly prolong them as well.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0988616114″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41jsHv4czvL._SL160_.jpg” width=”107″]3.) Would You Support Transhuman Olympics?
Zoltan Istvan, author of best-selling novel “The Transhumanist Wager” suggests that we add another category to the Olympics: one that includes all persons “transhuman” (essentially meaning “beyond human”). In other words, anyone who has decided to enhance themselves through the use of “drugs, technologies, or bionic enhancements” would participate in these said “Transhuman” Olympics. Currently, the majority of people seem to promote technological advancements in nearly every other area from better phones to faster airplanes, but will they endorse such advancements of the human self, especially where sports are concerned? Would people support a Transhuman Olympics? Would you?
4.) Stopping Superbugs with a Flash of Light
Researchers at the University of Groningen have developed a special mechanism involving light that renders antibiotics useless; and best part of all, they can reverse the process just by flashing the light once again. Essentially, antibiotics work by assuming a particular shape to perform their tasks. The scientists have attached a specific chemical compound to the antibiotics, and that compound responds to the light. The light then changes the shape and basically turns the antibiotics “on” and “off”. Once perfected, this could help prevent the antibiotics from killing necessary bacteria, thus avoiding the formation of more superbugs.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B00DR0PDNE” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31Hgfy4y9DL._SL160_.jpg” width=”121″]5.) Everyone can be a Star on Google
Your name and picture might just be in the next Google search linking you to the latest advertisement. In a new advertising scheme, Google has updated their policy, and if you don’t read the fine print, by default you have consented to having your comments and content publicly placed alongside various ads. Therefore, any comment or post you made about a recent purchase, music download, and so on may appear with your name and photo, directly beside the advertisement unless you remember to “uncheck” a specific box. Hence, all those hoping for their 30 seconds of fame, may finally have their dreams come true.
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