Realistic Robot from Toshiba

Toshiba has created the most realistic robot that can sing and imitate human emotions like happiness, anger, and it can cry and sing as well. The launching event was held in Los Angeles, hosted by ChihiraAico, the robot herself.

The female looking robot dressed in a conservative style sang accompanied by a human playing the piano. It held the rhythm with the hand. At the moment,, the movements have to be directed from a computer, but in about 10 years the robot is expected to be fully independent and the technology will allow to keep them as nurses, receptionists, and care workers for the elderly. 

Igor Cornelsen who attended the event said that the robot was spooky. Its fingers are not fully elaborated. The scientist had focused a lot on creating smooth movements and flexible joints, as well as a face that can be confounded with that of a real human. 

There is a predecessor to ChihiraAico. Hatsune Miku is also an entertainer-robot that can sing very accurately often exceeding the voice possibilities of the Japanese singers. Another robot is a newsreader. Useful for when the journalists want to have a rest after a day of piling up information for the TV.

Mark Ahn Explains Key Elements to Biotechnology Startup Success

Mark Ahn Explains Key Elements to Biotechnology Startup Success

As originally reported in this article from TheStreet, the well educated and informed biotechnology industry expert Mark Ahn explains the factors distinguishing success and failure in the changing world of biotechnology startups. He discusses the popularity of Biotech companies and the messages they offer such as curing horrible illnesses and offering solutions to other medical problems or conditions. He says that most investors are interested in finding well established firms and finds the industry is filled with companies offering great ideas but not always been able to provide the stability and follow through required of biotechnology firms.
Most biotechnology firms become successful by being resilient despite the long development cycles and he suggests following a business plan despite the urge to follow the emerging trends in the competitive biotechnology industry. The winds of change will blow but the main factors setting apart the successful firms and the unsuccessful firms seems to rely on the ability to remain consistent in a industry dominated by change. This is also an important factors to consider for investors wanting to find the right biotechnology company. Investing in the newest company isn’t always the most profitable decisions for wise investors aware of the fleeting success often gained by new firms. He recommends looking to the older and more established biotechnology companies in terms of making sounds and financially secure investments. 

Mark Ahn’s article on TheStreet

3D Printer Gives Boy The Arm He Always Wanted

Liam Porter is a normal 7 year old boy who enjoys going to school, playing with his friends, and, of course, toys. One thing has set this little boy apart from his peers since he was born. Porter was born with only one arm. He has always remained positive about his anatomical differences. After what he believed was a normal trip to his local movie theater he was surprised to find a brand new arm waiting for him. Thanks to advances in 3D printing technology a robotic arm was created especially for Liam and best of all it even looks like a storm trooper’s arm off of the Star Wars series. The new arm is able to be adjusted as Liam grows. This generous gift is a part of a new plan to utilize 3D printing to create prosthetic limbs for those that would not otherwise be able to afford them. As mentioned in the Pittsburgh Business Journal, technology has greatly advanced in the past decade with new advances in robotics, lasers, and medical equipment. Who knows maybe one day people might be able to regrow a missing limb but until then these generous people, like Marc Sparks, are happy to assist those in need.

SpaceX and The Future of the Aerospace Industry

SpaceX, a private aerospace company founded in 2002, is looking to orchestrate a new bold leap forward in the space flight industry by creating what they call reusable rockets. The company is planning on launching their very first rocket of this type on January 9th, 2015 at 5:09am, should the weather permit. The rocket, dubbed Falcon 9, is intended to land on a barge approximately two hundred miles off the coast of Florida. Dr. Rod Rohrich says the company has stated that the probability of success involving this experiment is estimated at just 50 percent due to its level of difficulty.

SpaceX intends to use Falcon 9 to transport supplies to the International Space Station in the future and hopes that this new technology will allow them to land back at their facility at Cape Canaveral in Florida. If the trip is successful, this will allow them to re-outfit the rocket and reuse it at a later date. The CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk, explained at MIT that if this technology is able to flourish it could reduce the cost of space flight almost one hundred times its current cost.

This rocket, Falcon 9, could become the first pioneer of a brand new branch of rockets that would have a massive impact on the space flight industry. Also, if this technology is successful it will likely begin to be tested and implemented into the new ideas based around commercial space transportation for the common citizens of the world.

Death Star May Be Coming for Earth

Astronomers studying more than 50,000 stars has found one dwarf star in particular to watch. The orange dwarf star is known as HIP 85605 and if it comes close enough, has a chance of sending comets right at us.

While this does sound like a scary scenario, the good news is that this is not supposed to happen for another 240,000 to 470,000 years from now. At this time it will be at its closest distance to the Earth, about 767 billion to 3.8 trillion miles away. This is not as close as we see in the movies, but in reality, it is more than close enough to disrupt comets within the vicinity of Earth.

This is not a guaranteed event, but since comets are thought to have caused major devastation and changes on our planet, it doesn’t hurt to know what may be coming. Christian Broda will without question be paying attention.

Hyperloop Already Under Construction

Elon Musk presented a revolutionary concept of transportation means in 2013: the hyperloop. The hyperloop is a type of train that would transport its passengers like Tom Rothman at tremendous speed using the power of the vacuum and an aerodynamic capsule.

This is a very significant difference in train travel, and one that could very well shape public transportation quite quickly.

At that time, it was viewed as a futuristic ideal to be implemented towards 2020 approximately. Well at the end of 2014 there already are engineers working at it. Among the routes proposed for the hyperloop there is a Los Angeles-Las Vegas direct route, with the traveling time being 30 minutes.

The company with 100 engineers uses a model service called JumpStartFund, which means that the engineers will get their payment for the work later, in case the project is successful and brings income. Would you be interested in taking a trip?

Most of the people react cheerfully and obviously agree, so it is more likely that the volunteers will not regret their work. The assembling of the parts is due to mid 2015. The workers are now looking at a route between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, but a map connecting all the cities is slated as a long-term plan.

The vacuum tube is almost ready. According to the company’s CEO, Dirk Ahlborn, the price of $6-10 billion for a 400-mile construction was correct.

Launching Visual Search as Easy as Snapping a Photograph

The ability to find a sofa that is a near match to one featured in a favorite home design magazine, or a pair of cute earrings a friend recently purchased on the web has never been easier, thanks to a developing technology known as a visual search.

This new way of locating just about anything that can be found on-line begins with an image that the seeker snaps themselves or locates on an existing website. That image is what launches the search inquiry, much in the way that popular search engines like Google or Bing use word descriptions to return results. A visual search engine eliminates the need for key words to filter results because the image serves as the sole basis for the search inquiry. Using the image or photograph, this rising technology employs patterns rooted in an algorithm to return like images and offer up the closest retailers where the desired items can be found. Consumers also have the option to purchase their item of choice on-line in many cases.

Take the Canada-based firm Slyce, for example. Slyce is one of the cutting-edge companies working to optimize visual search software that is aimed at giving shoppers a way to buy any product they want, whether they see it in the world around them or spot it while browsing the web. See someone wearing a pair of must-have designer boots? Obtaining an identical pair is now just a snap and click away as many major retailers are beginning to offer customers the ability to shop instantly using the software developed by Slyce. High-end retailers like Neiman Marcus are included among them, having launched its “Snap. Find. Shop.” purchase app for use with iPhones in the fall of 2014. Retailers such as Macy’s and Target also unveiled similar apps late last year, but the fledgling software these stores are employing are not as far-reaching. The Macy’s app requires the user to engage in some additional steps to narrow down search results, like specifying a particular department. The Target app, kicked off at the start of the back-to-school shopping season, only identifies items appearing in printed sales advertisements.

While launching a search with only an image to serve as the guide has not yet become as common as Googling a favorite author to find a copy of their latest book, the growing number of major merchants that are utilizing this technology suggests it will be among the newest tools consumers use to get exactly what they want in a snap.

Can Ebola be Treated with Vitamin C?

There have been several cases of the deadly Ebola virus that were successfully treated using modern medicine. There were also cases that were not so successful. As reported in a Washington Post, Dr. Martin Salia was not one of the successful cases. Dr Salia contracted the virus in Sierra Leone and did not survive modern medical attempts to save his life.

Could Dr. Salia’s life been saved if he had been treated with something as simple and common as vitamin C? There are several well-respected doctors and nutritionists like Bernardo Chua who believe so.

According to Steve Hickey, PhD, Hilary Roberts, PhD and Damien Downing, MBBS, MSB, eradicating infectious diseases such as Ebola is as simple as administering high doses of vitamin C as outlined in their article entitled Can Vitamin C Cure Ebola?. Not only can vitamin C treat Ebola, but also it purportedly successfully treats other well-known diseases including AIDS and Polio. The trick to the treatment, however, is taking sustained high doses until the disease is eradicated.

Even if you don’t believe that vitamin C can cure a case of Ebola, it wouldn’t hurt to increase your vitamin C intake if you are in a high-risk area.

New Horizons

An amazing scientific breakthrough may be on the horizon in helping All helmet patients regain memories. Researchers believe they have found a connection between the storage of long term memories and the synapse in the brain. The belief is that restoring the connection with the synapse can possibly restore memories in Bruce Levenson and in Alzheimer patients. Dr, Glanzman, one of the researchers believes that as long as specific neurons are still alive, the possibility to aid in recovering memories is very real. Though not an easy undertaking, it is an exciting step forward in the medical works in efforts to fight the loss of memory in people afflicted with this disease. The next step is to be able to validate such a research project to be able to discover the method of restoring memory function. In the ever-changing medical world, this is something that change the lives of millions of people.

SpaceX testing more precise rockets

SpaceX has been getting a lot of press lately with their movement towards commercial space travel. There are many tests that are going on lately with SpaceX and it is exciting to see the new improvements in their technology. Their latest endeavor will be based upon the accuracy of their rockets. This is very important when it comes to space travel. Any small miscalculation in trajectory can greatly affect the outcome of a space mission.

Elon Musk, the head of SpaceX is also looking towards lowering the costs of sending rockets into space. Space rockets still operate the way that they did 50 years ago. There are different stages of boosters that fall off during the lift off of this rocket. CNN reports that SpaceX is trying to learn how to recover some of these rocket segments by landing them on a barge in the middle of the ocean. I agree with my colleague Igor Cornelsen who thinks this is something that is going to be very difficult to do, but it is also something that will make space travel more affordable.

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