Stamford Researchers Find the Brain’s Mechanism to Edit Neural Connections
Bonus: it shows the links between the neural and immune systems.
Carla Shatz… and her team, including postdoctoral researcher Hanmi Lee and Bio-X Graduate Fellow Jaimie Adelson, recently found a protein that is essential for the brain to remove… excess connections.
The team specifically showed a role for the protein in the developing visual system in mice, but the work appears to apply broadly across the developing brain…
Shatz said the rule of which connections the brain cuts back to create that single vision follows a simple mantra: “Fire together, wire together. Out of sync, lose your link.” Or rather, if early in life the left sides of both eyes see the same duck motif wallpaper, those neurons fire together and stay linked up. When the top of one eye and bottom of the other eye form a connection, the nerves fire out of sync, and the connection weakens and is eventually pruned back. Over time, the only connections that remain are between parts of the two eyes that are seeing the same thing.
First-to-market biometric payment system scans your hand of it’s vein layout to identify the customer and their account.
To those unfamiliar with vein biometrics, the way your veins are structured around your body are more unique than a fingerprint, therefore considered a far more accurate form of personal identification - video from the University of Lund, Sweden below:
Paying for a coffee or lunch by simply scanning your palm still sounds like science fiction to most of us. However, an engineering student at Lund University in Sweden has made it happen - making his the first known company in the world to install the vein scanning technique in stores and coffee shops.
Link to Quixter’s website can be found here
Drones on demand using Gofor
Gofor provides drones on demand. Using our mobile app, you can task a drone to complete a variety of helpful tasks. “Uber for drones”. http://gofordrones.com
San Francisco, Cali — April 6th 2014 - Gofor, a Bay Area startup, announces the launch its new mobile app of the same name, created to provide drones on demand. “Like Uber for Drones”, Gofor enables users to task drones to help them with a variety of tasks.
The consumer drone market has exploded over the last couple years. Unfortunately, the most exciting technologies are typically reserved for the military; consumer drones meanwhile mostly resemble child’s toys and RC helicopters, capable of nothing more than novelty aerial imaging.
Gofor is poised to take the consumer drone market to the next level. With a new fleet of drones on demand, Gofor will make this technology useful to the consumer — capable of providing users with a multitude of services.
Using the Gofor app, drones can be requested to perform one of five preset task assignments. From location scouting to home security, Gofor’s tasks are basic, but undeniably helpful. Users of apps like Uber or Lyft will be familiar with the map-based dispatch interface. Drones in the vicinity appear over the map, and an approximate ETA is shown depending on the requested task. Depending on the task, drones either operate autonomously or are flown by skilled operators.
Gofor adds an entirely new layer of service to the consumer drone market. The app will be available for all iOS devices, with Android to come early 2015. The initial release is limited to five cities in the US (SF being the only public test market).
Sound installation by Alex Allmont uses old LEGO to create a machine to generate electronic music - video embedded below:
Play house is an automata that mechanically computes and performs hooky and hypnotic acid house. Like a generative musical loom, a single drive turns a sequence of LEGO gears, levers and latches that mutate riffs and rhythm patterns. These are played out on analogue drums and synthesisers from the halcyon days of 1980’s dance music while the machine gradually shifts the timbre and space of the sound. In the piece the process of creation is laid bare so one can indulge in picking apart the interactions driving the score, seeing sound as it changes in sculpture, exploring our expectations in music, or simply rocking out to some fruity acid.
…unfortunately, testing has indicated there are several severe drawbacks to consuming chips and salsa in bed.
Staples Testing In-Store 3D Printing Services
Staples announced last week that they will be piloting 3D printing services in two of its stores in New York and Los Angeles. The office supply company has made a huge push in the 3D printing space since making news in May that it would be the first major US retailer to carry 3D printers.