By Sophie Curtis on November 23, 2014
"The nanoparticles—dubbed nanoflares—attach themselves to individual cancer cells in a blood sample and then glow, allowing cancerous cells to be detected and sorted with the help of a laser. Since different types of cancer cells—some of which are far more lethal than others—can be detected and collected using the technique, and since those cells can then be cultured in a dish, the nanoparticles may also make it easier to test potential treatments before giving them to patients."
"Alberto T. Estévez is director of the Genetic Barcelona Project. At the Future Cities Summit, Alberto will explore cities that learn and take ideas from the advantages of nature. Science, biology and genetics lend to creating new technologies that give us the possibility to re-think and re-work our cities."
"This kind of socially conscious application of 3D printing technology is part of a growing relationship between construction and 3D printing and is no surprise given the underlying open source culture that many members of the community support…"
"Technology is not just a tool cities can use to manage their tremendous growth; it’s a big part of what’s driving it, too … following a century of technological innovations that made distance less important, from the automobile to video games, technology has more recently begun to boost cities by creating a more ‘idea-intensive and complicated world.’"
"At the moment we are in a bit of a renaissance. The maker movement is changing the mindset of many people. We are now empowered with the tools to perform very complicated operations. What is inspiring is that we are at a point where so many people are open to exploring. Musicians, artists, designers, and engineers are crossing fields building their own tools and are open to collaborations."
"Scientists are literally able to get to the heart of a problem within the body with these magnetic, helix-shaped actuators — which along with 3D printing, may all turn out to be heroes of modern medicine…"
"Architects and designers like Johnson are increasingly edging their way into the Internet of Things conversation. Groups like the Internet of Things Council, for example, advocate for the extensive use of social design in public spaces: examining how and why people interact with things."
"Machine learning isn’t just keeping the cloud clutter-free; it’s going to turn smart phones into geniuses. Current machine learning programs can require hundreds or thousands of iterations, but researchers are building animal-inspired algorithms that can learn good from bad after only a few trials."
"The machine also allows for more freedom with materials than 3-D printers, which are generally limited to one or just a few materials each—you need to buy multiple printers to be able to use different materials. Carvey lets you make objects from hard woods, like mahogany, walnut, and maple; softwoods like pine and balsa; metals like aluminum, copper, brass, silver and gold; cork; foam; wax; linoleum; and plastics."
"The device also goes beyond simple navigation to explain what someone is passing. ‘It creates a sort of sense of spontaneity that those of us who are sighted have,’ says Hill. ‘If I’m going to the shop, I might just duck in an alleyway to check out an interesting gallery in the corner. It’s easy for me to do that, whereas a visually impaired person has to plan everything so carefully they can’t just do that.’"
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