Japan has launched a cargo-carrying rocket loaded with supplies for the crew of the International Space Station. Amongst the stock standard supplies, Japan has also sent a small companion robot for one of the country’s homesick astronauts.
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s – JAXA – H-2B rocket blasted off on Sunday from the southern island of Tanegashima at 04:48 am local time, JAXA said the launch had gone to plan.
The latest launch is the 22nd for the decade old space agency, and the 3rd lift-off for the Agency’s Kounotori H-II Transfer Vehicle. It’s the first time anyone has sent an interactive robot to the space station. Sending the android into space is part of a study aimed at seeing how a non-human companion can provide emotional support for people isolated over long periods :: Read the full article »»»»
A new study by Stanford University’s Center for Health Policy reckons ‘Organic Foods Are No More Nutritious then Conventional Foods’, which is a pretty bland statement, comparing the vitamin C levels of organic vs conventional oranges kind of misses the point!
The study qualified this logic defying statement by saying that Organic Food might reduce our exposure to pesticides and antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a new study has found.
What the study DID find was that organic fruits and vegetables are 30 per cent less likely to be contaminated with pesticides than their conventional counterparts, that children on organic diets had lower levels of pesticides in their urine, compared to those on conventional diets.
Before you read on, we must qualify by saying that Stanford’s study isn’t a standalone piece of research, it’s a comprehensive meta-analysis of various studies, Stanford’s research is published in this week’s Annals of Internal Medicine :: Read the full article »»»»
Australian scientists are confident magnenetic pulse brain stimulation research will help long-term stroke and Parkinson’s disease patients speak again. The approach, being pioneered by Professor Bruce Murdoch, Director of the Centre for Neurogenic Communication Disorders Research from the University of Queensland, uses magnetic pulses to stimulate damaged areas of the brain.
The technique, known as Transcranial Magnetc Stimulation – TMS – was previously used to treat depression and pain management. It’s the first time the therapy has been looked at for language or communication loss due to neurological damage.
The treatment is literally an on off switch for the brain, switching on brain function in Parkinson and off in stroke victims suffering from aphasia. TMS is a non-invasive method to cause depolarization or hyperpolarization in the neurons of the brain. TMS uses electromagnetic induction to induce weak electric currents using a rapidly changing magnetic field, causing activity in specific or general parts of the brain with minimal discomfort.
Aphasia in stroke victims is a condition where suffers have impaired language abilities, the range of the disorder includes memory difficulties for words, all the way through to a complete inability to speak
This isn’t a first for TMS use in Parkinsons or stroke, in 2009 Dr Jean-Pascal Le faucheur of Physiology department at Hospital Henri Mondor in France successfully used the therapy with pain management and Parkinsons :: Read the full article »»»»
“Mr Bradbury died peacefully, last night, in Los Angeles, after a long illness,” a spokesman for his publisher HarperCollins said.
“The world has lost one of the best writers it’s ever known, and one of the dearest men to my heart. RIP Ray Bradbury – Ol’ Gramps,” Bradbury’s grandson Danny Karapetian said via Twitter.
Born August 2, 1920, in Waukegan, Illinois, the gregarious Bradbury left a massive body of work, including Fahrenheit 451, Now and Forever, I live in the Invisible, The Illustrated Man and Something Wicked This Way Comes Bradbury is credited with writing 27 novels and over 600 short stories. More than eight million copies of his works, published in over 36 languages, have been sold around the world :: Read the full article »»»»