Sep 21, 2012

H1N1 Vaccine Linked to Narcolepsy

Via: cidrap 
 Sep 20, 2012 (CIDRAP News) – The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) today confirmed a link between narcolepsy and pandemic 2009 H1N1 vaccination in children in Finland and Sweden, the two countries that originally reported a problem with the vaccine.
 They found that new cases of narcolepsy reported after the pandemic vaccine launched in the fall of 2009 increased significantly in Sweden and Finland compared with other countries. They found no increased incidence in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Italy, though they noted that vaccine uptake in children ages 5 to 19 was low in those countries.
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Sep 20, 2012

Syrians Tests Chemical Bombs & Weapons

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Chemical Warfare
Via: jpost
 Several empty shells, designed to carry chemical weapons, were fired by tanks and helicopters in a desert location near the research center, Der Spiegel quoted the witnesses as saying.According to Monday's report in Der Spiegel, the Safira chemical weapons research center includes scientists from North Korea and Iran who produce chemical weapons such as mustard gas and sarin which they test on animals.
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Sep 19, 2012

Monsanto GMO Corn Mutates Rats Causes Cancer Tumors

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Monsanto GMO Feed Rats
Via: Egypt Independent
In a study published today in “Food and Chemical Toxicology,” a team of scientists say that rats fed Roundup-tolerant genetically modified corn (NK603) for two years developed cancers, tumors and multiple organ damage.The scientists reported that rats that ate a diet including NK603 or drank water containing levels of Roundup allowed in the US died before rats eating a regular diet.  

NASA Funds Human Avatar Robots

 Via: Azorobotics
Eight advanced robotics projects have been recognized by NASA. These projects will aid agency's future missions to support Obama administration's National Robotics Initiative. These projects will facilitate the development and deployment of robots by experts in the U.S. and even for operations like space exploration. Robots are capable of working alongside or operate in sync with human beings under various missions. Co-robotics work in tune with humans to promote efficiency, performance and safety, enabling the U.S. to have high competence and position in aerospace technology and sophisticated manufacturing.

NASA has selected the following proposals for development:
  • Active Skins for Simplified Tactile Feedback in Robotics
  • Toward Human Avatar Robots for Co-Exploration of Hazardous Environments
  • Actuators for Safe, Strong and Efficient Humanoid Robots
  • A Novel Powered Leg Prosthesis Simulator for Sensing and Control Development
  • Long-range Prediction of Non-Geometric Terrain Hazards for Reliable Planetary Rover Traverse
  • Manipulating Flexible Materials Using Sparse Coding
  • Whole-body Telemanipulation of the Dreamer Humanoid Robot on Rough Terrains Using Hand Exoskeleton (EXODREAM)
  • Long, Thin Continuum Robots for Space Applications   

Unmanned Ground Vehicle UGV Armed With Auto Shotguns & Gas Canisters

Sep 18, 2012

Computer Images Brain Waves Reconstructs What You See

Via: Gadjitz
People have always been afraid of technology doing scary things like taking over the world or reading our thoughts. A research group at UC Berkeley is actually trying to make that second one happen with technology that combines functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) with computational models to actually see what people are thinking about. It’s the kind of freaky technology that Hollywood blockbusters are made of – and it’s 100% real.

MRSA vaccines more lethal than skin cancer tested in U.S.

Vaccines Toxic Brew
Toxic Brew
Via: NewsDay
 A new wave of experimental vaccines is the medical community's latest hope against a powerful staph infection that kills more people in the U.S. than skin cancer and costs as much as $8 billion a year to treat.
Pfizer Inc. and GlaxoSmithKline Plc, two of the world's biggest drugmakers, and NovaDigm Therapeutics Inc., a closely held biotechnology company, are each testing novel vaccines to halt methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, long a dangerous infection in hospitals and nursing homes and which is now increasingly finding its way into daycare centers, schools and prisons.
The vaccines are in early studies and years away from possible approval. Two other drug companies have already tried and failed to make an effective vaccine, most recently Merck & Co. in 2011. Still, as infections spread, doctors are eager for a vaccine that works.

World’s First Virtual Grocery Store Now Open in South Korea

Virtual Shopping Center
 The products in their virtual shopping carts are delivered right to the customers’ homes at their selected delivery time. With some 500 products in the “store,” shoppers can replenish all of their essentials while going about their daily routines, no special trips to the supermarket required. Of course, there is something to be said for picking up a product, reading its packaging, or examining it before deciding to purchase it. But for familiar and well-loved products you’ve already been using for years, the virtual store is a fantastically futuristic time-saver.
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Sep 17, 2012

Lockheed Martin's HULC Robotic Exoskeleton MK II

HULC Exoskeleton Suit
Via: Gizmag
 One of several exoskeletons in development for both military and civilian applications, the HULC (short for Human Universal Load Carrier) is designed to augment soldiers' strength and mobility over rough terrain. It's a modular system made up of an over-the-shoulder backpack unit which transfers weight of up to 200 lbs (combined front and back) through a titanium lower-body exoskeleton. On foot, soldiers wearing the device can run at 7 mph with 10 mph bursts and at slower speeds, a range of around 12 miles is possible.

China & US Caught Testing GMO Rice on Children

Franken Food
Via: The Daily Mail

 A recent scientific publication suggested that researchers, backed by the US Department of Agriculture, fed experimental genetically engineered golden rice to 24 children in China aged between six and eight years old. China, the world's top rice producer and consumer, approved the safety of one locally developed strain of genetically modified rice, known as the Bt rice, in 2009, but commercial production has been delayed.