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For patients with conditions like asthma, chronic bronchitis, or cystic fibrosis doctors sound out their pipes using a spirometer, a device that measures volumes of air breathed in and out. The exhaled volume indicates if the patient’s air passages are clogged and leading to difficulty breathing.

 

The Spirosmart app estimates the volume of air exhaled by the sound waves recorded as you breathe out.

SpiroCall, as the team is calling the setup, involves dialing a number and leaving a long breath of air as a voice message on a server. In very early tests, the team found that phone lines preserved enough audio quality for the recorded exhalation to be used as a spirometric substitute. This indicates that any phone, even basic cellphones that are common in developing countries, could be used to remotely measure lung health or detect signs of lung disease.

 

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By mimicking the jagged structure of a lightning bug’s “lantern” in a layer on top of existing LEDs, the amount of light from the semiconductor device can be increased up to 55 percent.

Buggy...!

 

Much of the light produced by LEDs gets reflected back into the device due to large differences between how light travels through the LED materials compared to air. This reduces “drastically the efficiency of LEDs,”

Here is the interesting part, similarly jagged material that they added to a standard gallium-nitride LED increased the amount of light that shone from the device by up to 55 percent!

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For some, this may seem like a superfluous product since many varieties of houseplants don’t require an excessive amount of care. But for those with a history of killing their flowery friends, or those whose travel schedules don’t permit regular watering, Click & Grow could be a helpful solution.

Each flower-pot is wired with sensors, a processor and software that checks on the plant and provides it with fertilizer and water as needed. Each pot uses a combination of hydroponics and aeroponics, and still requires an occasional refilling of the water reservoir, about once a month.

A light on the flowerpot illuminates when the reservoir requires refilling, and the pot uses a pump to nourish the roots over time. While the pot takes care of water and fertilization, it’s up to the owner to find suitable lighting. The company recommends indirect sunlight.

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Professor Keon Jae Lee  created a solid-state flexible battery that retains is energy level when folded, spindled, and or mildly mutilated. The battery could mean the future e-readers and tablets could be paper-thin and partially foldable, encouraging  new device designs.

These rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are actually printed on a thin-film. Applying battery material to rollable displays has been a big problem for the gadget manufacturers thus far but this breakthrough could change the way we think about surfaces, screens, and case materials.

 

 

As you can see from the video, the thin-film battery can be bent over and over again without reducing voltage output.


This is the technology in which we inject minute amounts of different cancer drugs into a tumor while it is still in the body. Once the tumor is removed, doctors can examine it to see which drugs killed its cancerous cells. The new device uses several needles to inject small quantities of drugs into a tumor through the skin into a living tumor with the needles thread narrow columns of drug through the tumor  once the tumor is removed, it is sliced into thin sections which can be stained for markers of drug activity.

technology lets researchers test live tumors to see whether a small injection of a particular cancer drug (green) will work. The red marks show tumor cells succumbing to a drug. The drug is working in the top image, but not in the bottom one.

Technology lets researchers test live tumors to see whether a small injection of a particular cancer drug (green) will work. The red marks show tumor cells succumbing to a drug. The drug is working in the top image, but not in the bottom one.

 

The researchers are working on a handheld disposable version of the device and recently launched a clinical study of the technology.

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I have found a new website similar to softonic and sourceforge called filehippo.com. FileHippo.com’s collection, clearly laid out on its home page, is the best of the best. It makes sure to keep things so up-to-date that it’s likely to have updates before you know about them. The Update Checker app it provides Windows users will help you find out what software you have that needs a new version.

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AN IMMEDIATE QUESTION. IS THE VIDEO A FAKE ONE? CHECK OUT!

“The ‘Golden Eagle Snatches Kid’ video, uploaded to YouTube on the evening of December 18, was made by Normand Archambault, Loïc Mireault and Félix Marquis-Poulin, students at Centre NAD, in the production simulation workshop class of the Bachelor’s degree in 3D Animation and Digital Design….Both the eagle and the kid were created in 3D animation and was then  integrated into the film afterwards. 

Awesome. Isn’t it?!


Wow! So the future is safe? But here is the bad news that it ‘may’ encourage deforestation! these microalgae-powered lamps, invented by French biochemist Pierre Calleja, could absorb a ton of carbon from the air every year. That’s as much as 150 to 200 trees.

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