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Human Cyborgs Are Coming
Would you transform your body for the sake of science? Like a page out of a sci-fi novel, a growing community of “body hackers” is emerging. These hackers are transforming their bodies in extraordinary ways — having “stuck everything from tracking devices and magnets to battery supplies and LED lights under their skin.” They are a tightknit community who share their experiences with one another via online forums and YouTube videos.
Click here to read the strange ways these modern-day cyborgs are augmenting their bodies.
One Step Closer to Mars?
If we’re going to get to Mars one day, we are going to need the right rocket to get us there. And that’s exactly what NASA is trying to produce. This week, NASA successfully tested the RS-25 designed for their Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, their answer to the next big thing in space. “The RS-25 makes a modern race car or jet engine look like a windup toy” says Martin Burkey, a member of the launch team. SLS will be the most powerful rocket to date, with the capacity to house nearly any kind of mission.
Click here to find out more about the dynamics behind the rocket.
Robot in the Woods
Atlas, Google’s latest robot design, may have fared poorly at the latest Robo-Olympics, but that’s not stopping researchers from proving its capabilities. The humanoid robot, standing at 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing in at 330 pounds, was recently released into the woods. Developers want to prove it has the agility, balance and coordination to negotiate difficult outdoor terrain, and there’s extraordinary video to prove it. Researchers hope it can one day be more agile than a human being.
Find out how Atlas fared on its first hike, and watch the amazing video of the robot in action, by clicking here.
The Fake Brain That Can Learn
Scientists in Russia have created a prototype of an artificial brain that they claim can educate itself. According to the researchers, the brain has the ability to learn and retain information, as well as gain experience from external stimuli that helps it react appropriately in the future.
What debilitating diseases do researchers hope the artificial brain could one day help? Read the full article by clicking here.
The Man With the Golden Arm
Doctors estimate that James Harrison, a 78-year-old man from Australia’s Central Coast, has saved the lives of 2 million babies by continuously donating his rare blood to researchers. Harrison has an antibody in his blood that prevents newborns from Rhesus disease, highly dangerous to both mother and baby. The enzyme is used to create the Anti-D vaccine, which helps prevent the disease. He’s even been dubbed “the man with the golden arm,” and his blood is so special, doctors have insured him for $1 million.
Find out more about Rhesus disease and how researchers came to find Mr. Harrison’s “golden arm” by clicking here.
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