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Listen to my heart beat, little robot

Listen to my heart beat, little robot

A new customizable soft robotic sleeve fits around the heart and helps it beat, potentially opening new treatment options for people suffering from heart failure. Importantly, unlike currently available devices that assist heart function, the new sleeve does not directly contact blood, which reduces the risk of clotting and eliminates the need for a patient to take potentially blood thinner medications.

Your newest food fallacy - natural antioxidants to preserve food.

Globally, demand for antioxidants is estimated to reach over 103,000 thousand tons by the end of 2020, but it isn't because people are buying miracle supplements and Fountains of Youth, it is because of food. 

Oxidation of food items often leads to color change, rancidity and sometimes a drop in nutritional value and owing to the "natural" craze (some would call it a fallacy), demand for antioxidants has significantly increased, especially in the food and beverage industry owing to their incredible ability to preserve food for long durations. 

Pacifict microbes in disease treatment may make pathogens stronger

Introducing pacifist microbes into treatment to combat is popular in some circles, yet unproven. It's not as crazy as using a placebo to treat symptoms similar to a disease, as homeopathy charlatans do, but it remains unvalidated. However, in agriculture microbial disease treatment could be beneficial, whereas homeopathy is stupid and inhumane. 

It has been suggested that this approach could also be an effective way of treating cancer, and scientists have already produced encouraging results in the fight against Clostridium difficile infections.

3-D VR models of unborn babies

3-D VR models of unborn babies

People may soon be able to watch their unborn babies grow in realistic 3-D immersive visualizations, thanks to new technology that transforms MRI and ultrasound data into a 3-D virtual reality model of a fetus. MRI provides high-resolution fetal and placental imaging with excellent contrast. It is generally used in fetal evaluation when ultrasound cannot provide sufficiently high-quality images. 

In your own words, machine learning can identify suicidal behavior

Using a person's spoken or written words, new computer tools can identify with great accuracy whether that person is suicidal, mentally ill but not suicidal, or neither. Machine learning is up to 93 percent accurate in correctly classifying a suicidal person and 85 percent accurate in identifying a person who is suicidal, has a mental illness but is not suicidal, or neither.

History of Feminism primary source material digitized

LaunchED 20th September 2016 History of Feminism is the first resource in the Routledge Historical Resources collection from Taylor and Francis. Created with researchers and students in mind this resource provides both overviews and in depth research materials for the global history of feminism.

Petri nets tool wins innovation prize at agriculture conference

A mathematical model that assists in decision-making at a facility devoted to the cultivation and production of the common mushroom (Agaricus bisporus) has received the prize for the best scientific contribution during the 2nd International Food Operations & Processing Simulation Workshop, FoodOPS, held in Larnaca (Cyprus).

Self-learning software could help save the planet

Artificially intelligent computer software that can learn, adapt and rebuild itself in real-time could help combat climate change.

Researchers at Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute have developed a software system that can for the first time rapidly self-assemble into the most efficient form without needing humans to tell it what to do.

House of Jane Cannabis Beverage Company Expands Throughout U.S.

House of Jane, a cannabis-infused beverage company which added THC to caffeinated coffees and teas, now includes hemp derived CBD-infused energy supplements. So marijuana is now in the energy supplement cannabidiol (CBD) market with a time-released B-12 caffeinated energy shot. Cannabidiol is a component of the most common phyto-cannabinoids found in the cannabis-sativa hemp plant.

Supplements. And caffeine. And THC. Welcome to America 2016.

We can now measure how much artificial sweetener is in blood

A recent study measured how much artificial sweetener is absorbed into the blood stream by children and adults after drinking a can of diet soda.