Researchers Develop Artificial ‘Superhuman’ Skin, Aims to Help Burn Victims & Amputees ‘Feel’ Again…

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A team of researchers at the University of Connecticut and University of Toronto — consisting of engineers, chemists, and biologists — have developed a new of sensor designed to let artificial skin detect pressure, vibrations, and magnetic fields. With these developments, it’s possible that this technology might be able to allow burn victims and amputees regain the sense of touch via the artificial skin.

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Researchers Develop Paper Clip-Mized Mind Control Device Installed in your Brain…

Yes, you heard correct! This is the stentrode, described as a “bionic spinal cord”, and it records brain activity and converts those signals into electrical commands to control bionic limbs — according to results from clinical trials.  Doctors say it could also let a person pull a Professor Charles Xavier and move a wheelchair using only their thoughts. Continue reading “Researchers Develop Paper Clip-Mized Mind Control Device Installed in your Brain…”

Advanced Pro Wrestling Studies – WIRed #124

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It’s time for Episode 124 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses a Habitat house that surpasses design and sustainability standards, Google throws its cap on the USB Security Key hat-rack, a portable laptop version of the PlayStation 4, and SCIENCE reveals why people love pro wrestling! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling.
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The University of Kansas Knows Why People Watch Wrestling w/ SCIENCE!

The Genius WWFIf you ask me why I watch wrestling, I have a lengthy, passionate response, but the gist is a little simpler: I find pro wrestling to be a great form of performance art that tells stories through the performances of real people playing fictional characters. Wow, that sounds a WHOLE LOT like television, stage plays and movies! Exactly. Anyway, the Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences at the University Of Kansas wanted a more psychologically-valid answer, so they conducted a research study to find out why people watch pro wrestling (specifically the WWE), cheer the heroes, and boo the villains.

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TreeTowers Cancerous 8-Bit Sandler Wyatt Rap – WIRed #93

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It’s time for Episode 93 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses towers inspired by trees, the fight against testicular cancer, 8-bit Happy Gilmore and the Wyatt Family goes Hippity-Hop! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “TreeTowers Cancerous 8-Bit Sandler Wyatt Rap – WIRed #93”

Defending Video Games As Much More Than Entertainment

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Video games are an excellent form of entertainment, and has been since becoming popular in the country in the 1970’s.  However, like most forms of entertainment, video games have been scrutinized for violence, mature adult themes, and — possibly my favorite — being nothing more than just a “dangerous time sink”, which is fancy talk for “time-wasting”. Alan Henry of Lifehacker posted this article on how video games can be treated as something more than just an “entertaining waste of time” back in February of last year, and was one of the best things I’ve read regarding video games truly being more than meets the eye.  I recently came across the article again, and felt the need to share it on how video games can relieve anxiety, teach players new skills, and keep players motivated to complete tasks.   Continue reading “Defending Video Games As Much More Than Entertainment”

Future Cameras To Have NO LENS?!? Crazy Science Talk!!

I don’t know if you know this, but metamaterials are starting to become pretty useful for having some fun with the electromagnetic spectrum, and that ranges from the technology you can see in any science-fiction show, book and.or movie, or for use in the real world.  It seems that engineers at Duke University have come up with a metamaterial imaging sensor that doesn’t require a lens to generate a picture.  This means that this could lead to cheaper imaging technology in the near-to-distant future.   Continue reading “Future Cameras To Have NO LENS?!? Crazy Science Talk!!”

A Harry Potter “Invisibility Cloak” is Almost Real (Less Magic, More Carbon Nanotubes)

OK Harry Potter fans: does the phrase “I solemnly swear I’m up to no good” ring any bells.  If so, then you’re already pretty familiar with the invisibility cloak, and I’m sure you’ll be happy to know of the real-life-existence of the cloak.  With the utilization of carbon nanotubes (rather than magic), university researchers have found a way to make objects seem to “magically” vanish by using similar principles on the existence of mirages.   Continue reading “A Harry Potter “Invisibility Cloak” is Almost Real (Less Magic, More Carbon Nanotubes)”

University of Utah Researchers Create ‘Spintronic’ LED: Brighter, Cheaper & Eco-friendly

Question! Have you ever hear of spintronics? No? Well, it is the technology that exploits both the intrinsic spin of the electron and its associated magnetic moment, in addition to its fundamental electronic charge, in solid-state devices.  There.  You’ve learned something today.  Now, I told you that to tell you this: a group of physicists at the University of Utah are applying spintronics in a way that could eventually make HDTV screens look even sharper than they do now. Continue reading “University of Utah Researchers Create ‘Spintronic’ LED: Brighter, Cheaper & Eco-friendly”

Learn Geography….based on a possible Zombie Apocalypse!

Sorry fellow nerds, but no “The Great Gatsby” hat-trick/triple crown today.  However, I think this will do just fine.

Hockey and horse-racing terms aside, when it comes to education in America, we certainly can do better; we are declining in science and math, and many of our citizens are unable to even point out familiar states, provinces and countries on a map.  One could assume that this decline could in fact be the first step to a probable zombie apocalpse, and if so, thank goodness for educator David Hunter.  Hunter, a fan of geography AND zombies, developed a full middle school geography curriculum taught in the context of a Zombie Apocalypse. His project combines textbooks, teaching plans, and creative role-playing simulation to engage learning.  Teachers and students will be able to learn real world geographic concepts by learning and applying their knowledge to survive in a world flooded by zombies with help of the curriculum’s books and learning materials.

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