How do things in the universe compare on the scale of size? Well, take a look at this video and be amazed. It starts with the fabric of space and time, goes on to the singularity of a black hole followed by quarks, protons, and eventually to stars, black holes and galaxies, superclusters and everything in between.
Human life expectancy is at the highest it has ever been. We now have better access to healthcare, and better healthcare, and life expectancy is it an encouraging high. So we are living longer, but how much of that increased life is spent in good health? This infographic by Medigo illustrates the global numbers for what they call “Bad Health Years”, a number that has increased (on average) for Europe and South America.
It’s a wonderful time we live in, and science makes miracles happen with an amazing regularity. Larry Hester, 66 had been blind for 33 years due to a condition called retinitis pigmentosa. Doctors at the Duke Eye Center surgically implanted an electronic stimulator in his left eye in September, and on October 1, the device was turned on by Dr. Paul Hahn. The heartwarming video shows what followed.
As you can see here, micro robots can do very interesting and impressive maneuvers. Taking a leaf out of ant colonies, where ants are mostly specialized in a particular jobs, the micro robots can be programmed to handle some specific job as well. Diamagnetic Micro Manipulation (DM3) use magnets to move under a circuit board, and can be pre-programmed to follow a certain path and do specific jobs, even while navigating the terrain of the surface.
As they say, Rome was not built in a day. That was exactly what came to my mind when I saw the feat of Chinese firm Yingchuang New Materials. While Rome not being built in a day still stands true, we could perhaps soon handle the construction department, at least build city buildings in a day.
South Korea is one of the biggest destinations for cosmetic surgery. People from neighboring countries like China and Japan often visit South Korea to get surgeries. Apparently, they have a good reason to make such trips. While generally surgeries like these make small, localized changes, the South Koreans pull off an entirely new look where the patients are “enhanced” versions of themselves.
In just a few, quick years internet has become one of the most important facets of our world. This image shows the spread of the internet in the last twenty years, as it grows and takes over the world. The map up top represents the usage of internet as a percentage of the country.
Forty year old Jo Milne suffers from Usher Syndrome and was deaf from birth. She recently got bilateral cochlea implants, which allowed her to hear for the first time. The video documents her reaction to the first time the implants were turned on.
[Note: The video shows a part of the surgery. If you don’t have the stomach for it, do not watch beyond the 50 second mark.]
3D Printing is well on its way to changing the way we live. From making toys, art, food, cars, and medicine, the technology is making its impact felt in nearly every aspect of modern life. For a 22 year old Dutch woman, the technology has been especially helpful in helping her battle a medical condition.
Sony and Panasonic have teamed up to announce “Archival Disc” purported to be the successor to the Blu-Ray. The new disc will be able to store between 300 GB to 1 TB of data per disc, and will be a more robust storage medium when compared to hard disks.