Brain implants allow paralyzed man to feel his fingertips again

October 14, 2016 by  
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New brain implant technology has given a paralyzed man a whole new lease on life. Since a devastating car accident a decade ago, Nathan Copeland hasn’t been able to feel his hands and fingers. That all changed after scientists implanted chips into his brain to give him sensation through a prosthetic arm . Nathan can not only move and manipulate objects using his mind, but also feel when the robotic fingers are touched. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center recently published their findings in the journal Science Translational Medicine . They believe the innovative technique could ensure future prosthetics include physical touch sensations, which is an essential part of holding, squeezing, and gripping everyday objects. Related: Mind-controlled robotic arm to transform the lives of the paralyzed Two arrays of electrodes were implanted into Nathan’s sensory cortex, allowing him to manipulate objects with his mind. The revolutionary part is the additional two electrode arrays implanted into his sensory cortex. After a month, he started to feel “like I was getting my fingers touched or pushed.” He was also able to identify which finger was being touched when blindfolded. Right now the implant is being evaluated by the FDA, as is done with any new medical device. The researchers behind the study are still unsure how the technology can be applied to become a part of a portable prosthesis , as the system now involves a separate robotic appendage, lots of cables, and a bunch of desktop computers. Nathan has expressed his excitement about the advancement, citing Luke Skywalker’s instantaneous, fully-functional hand replacement; he says such an apparatus could be “not even that far in the future.” Via The Verge Images via University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (screen shot)

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Could this new spinal implant someday help people with paralysis walk?

January 13, 2015 by  
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Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) have made a breakthrough  that could someday help paralyzed people walk, run, or even dance again. After years of research, the team has developed e-Dura, a flexible material that allows an implant to be placed on the actual spinal cord without causing damage to the nerve tissue. Read the rest of Could this new spinal implant someday help people with paralysis walk? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: breakthrough , discovery , helping people , learning to walk , medical advancements , medical technology , Medicine , mobility , paralysis , paralyzed , prosthesis , rehab , research , scientists , spinal , spinal cord , spinal implant , spinal injury

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Iowa capital set to sue neighboring cities over fertilizer pollution in water supply

January 13, 2015 by  
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Iowa’s capital city is testing the waters on a new way to keep fertilizer runoff from neighboring farms out of the two rivers that supply the city with drinking water. NPR reports that Des Moines Water Works plans to sue three cities surrounding it over high nitrate levels in the Raccoon and Des Moines rivers caused by fertilizers flowing in from local farms–an activity that has thus far gone unregulated. Their concerns over the fertilizers stem from the fact that high levels of nitrates can cause a health risk, particularly for infants younger than 6 months. Add to that the fact that filtering nitrates from the water cost Des Moines $900,000 in 2013 and you have a real problem for the city. Read the rest of Iowa capital set to sue neighboring cities over fertilizer pollution in water supply Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: corn farms , des moines water works , farmers , fertilizer , iowa , legal , litgation , nitrate , Pollution , rivers , sue , water issues

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Low-Cost 3D-Printed Dextrus Hand Could Transform Amputees’ Lives

October 15, 2013 by  
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British inventor and robotocist Joel Gibbard has created a durable 3D-printed hand that not only boasts an impressive range of motion, but can be created for a fraction of the cost of conventional carbon fiber and titanium prosthetics. Constructed from plastic filament , metal and a rubber coating to act as skin, the Dextrus hand costs less than $1000, and Gibbard hopes that by making the design open source he will be able to make prosthetic hands more accessible to amputees. Read the rest of Low-Cost 3D-Printed Dextrus Hand Could Transform Amputees’ Lives Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printed , 3D printing , artifical hand , artifical limb , Design for Health , dextrus , joel gibbard , open hand project , prosthesis , prosthetics , robotic hand , robotics , sustainable design        

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Scientists Create Technology that Could Lead to Lifelike Artificial Skin

July 9, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Bionic ears and eyes are already a reality, and with the strides made by a team of scientists at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology led by Professor Hossam Haick , artificial skin may soon become a possibility as well. The group was able to create a flexible sensor that could potentially be used to recreate the human body’s largest organ. The sensor can simultaneously collect data on temperature, pressure, and humidity and is 10 times more sensitive than similar technologies currently on the market. If the sensor could be integrated into e-skin, prosthetic limbs could one day be outfitted with the invention and made even more like a true extremity. Read the rest of Scientists Create Technology that Could Lead to Lifelike Artificial Skin Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bionic , ear , eye , flexible , GOLD , nanoparticle , pet plastic , professor hossam haick , prosthesis , sensor , Skin , technion-israel institute of technology        

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12 Survival Supplies You Should Have in Case of a Hurricane

July 9, 2013 by  
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Forecasters are predicting that the Gulf Coast and Atlantic states are going to see yet another tumultuous hurricane season, but many people in these areas still aren’t prepared for another super storm like Sandy. If you want to make sure you’re ready for the next tropical storm, make sure you have these 12 survival supplies in your home . They could make all the difference in the world when the next hurricane hits. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: how to prepare for a hurricane new york , how to prepare for a storm , hurricane new york , hurricane nyc , Hurricane Sandy , hurricane sandy new york , hurricane season new york , hurricane-preparedness , natural disaster new york , storm new york , storm season new york        

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