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Here we go again with another edition of +Mark Bruce's SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest!

It's been another awesome week! Which of these latest breakthroughs has you most excited?
SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest, 16/14.
SCNT embryonic stem cells, universe from nothing, microrobots, nanowire photonics, biological glue, flexible wearables, programmable cells, gecko adhesives.

1. First Embryonic Stem Cells from Adult Human Cells.
Human embryonic stem cells have finally been created with the somatic cell nuclear transfer technique using adult human cells whose nucleus is inserted into an egg cell the nucleus of which has been removed This is how Dolly the sheep was cloned in 1997, and should allow the creation of patient-specific stem cells for use in a range of therapeutic cell therapies. While this is a great advance there exist a number of different methods for achieving the same result such as cellular reprogramming to create induced pluripotent stem cells, and even last week we saw that just two factors were required to induce an adult stem cell to develop into an embryo. 

2. A Universe from Nothing: A Mathematical Foundation.
An interesting result from theoretical physics constitutes the first mathematical proof that the Big Bang could have occured spontaneously from nothing due to quantum fluctuations The work is based on exploring new solutions to the Wheeler-DeWitt equation, which was originally proposed to combine quantum mechanics with relativity, and also building off Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle. The interesting twist here is (i) that the spontaneous and sustainable emergence of new Universes from nothing is dependent on the cosmological constant, which (ii) has to be replaced with a quantity known as the quantum potential, a quantity that (iii) comes from pilot wave theory (hidden variables interpretation developed by David Bohm), and (iv) implying that the Universe and quantum mechanics are at heart entirely deterministic. This result also reminds me of the “time emerges from entanglement” work

3. Salt Water Flowing Over Graphene Generates Electricity.
Electricity has been generated from graphene simply by dragging a droplet of salt water over it When moving along the graphene the electrons in the salt water droplet desorb on one end of the graphene and absorb on the other, generating a tiny voltage that is proportional to the speed of the water; 30mV in the proof-of-concept. This is a tiny voltage and further work remains to be done, but what about powering low-power implanted devices with the flow of salty blood, or building large arrays of the devices for deployment in the ocean to harness wave and current power, or self-powered buoys, etc? 

4. Manufacturing with Microrobots.
An innovative new approach to manufacturing electronics and small structures involves the use of swarms of independently controlled microrobots comprised of magnetic platforms with different manipulator arms or tools on top This video has a good overview Magnetically Actuated Micro-Robots for Advanced Manipulation Applications. The bots move over a surface with embedded electronic coils, the control of which coordinates the movement and placement of up to 1,000 microrobots to date; different microrobots with different arms/tools are combined together in order to build and assemble more complex structures. Lots of possibilities and it’ll be interesting to see where they take this platform in future - even an automatic Lego builder would be a great demonstration. Work is progressing on controlled movement of nanomachines over surfaces too

5. Detecting and Emitting Light with a Single Nanowire.
By straining gallium arsenide nanowires IBM can tune the devices to both absorb and emit light, efficiently functioning as single light emitting diodes or photodetectors and opening the possibility to reduce the complexity of nanophotonic chips. Materials strain engineering is a fascinating space where applying different forces to materials alters the atomic bond lengths and spacing, changing symmetries, and opening up novel and sometimes unintuitive electronic and photonic phenomena and applications. 

6. The Benefits of Materials with Precisely Aligned Atoms.
We had a couple examples of such materials this week. First, the demonstration of compound semiconductor materials that comprised semimetal nanowires and nanoparticles made of erbium and antimony embedded into the semiconducting matrix of gallium antimonide This results in the formation of a perfect and uninterrupted crystal lattice due to the fact that the atoms in the semimetal nanostructures match the pattern of those in the semiconductor, and allows a range of novel optoelectronic phenomena to be harnessed. Second, a new chemical vapour deposition process creates precisely layered van der Waals solids comprised of atomically thin two dimensional materials such as graphene, molybdenum disulfide, boron nitride, and tungsten diselenide that can result in optical and electrical performance improvements two orders of magnitude greater than bulk or single layered materials

7. Biological Glue and Wound Healing.
Polymer adhesive solutions containing silica and iron oxide nanoparticles have been shown to be extremely effective as “biological glue” Proof-of-concept demonstrations included (i) quickly gluing deep wounds on skin within seconds to stop bleeding and create minimal scarring, (ii) repair living organs such as the liver that are difficult to suture, even after resection, and (iii) attach medical devices to living, beating hearts for quicker, more intimate, and less invasive monitoring and diagnosis. The nanoparticles can themselves be metabolised by the animal and these materials offer applications across a broad spectrum of clinical scenarios. 

8. Flexible Adhesive Wearable Devices.
A new wearable electronic patch is flexible, stretchable, adhesive to skin, and incorporates standard silicon chips, microcontrollers, microfluidics, flexible wire designs, and sensors The new design pursues a compartmentalised, or modular, design strategy in order to facilitate rapid development and compatibility with a broad range of off-the-shelf components and relevant standards. Stuck to the skin such devices can measure biometric data much more clearly than devices that merely sit (and can jostle) on top of the skin. The group hopes that future versions will be even more user-friendly and allow continuous health monitoring of a large range of different measurements. This could also be a very interesting biohacking platform. 

9. Gecko Skin Adhesives Getting Better.
An improved version of “Geckskin”, a reusable adhesive material that mimics gecko’s ability to stick to surfaces has been developed that can adhere even heavy loads onto vertical surface materials ranging from wood to glass A video demonstration can be found here Geckskin on Everything. The fabrication process allows tuning of the material components in order to optimise for different applications, although it’s yet to be seen whether that will be for robotics, spider-man suits, home appliances, etc. 

10. Modular Extracellular Sensor Architecture.
Human cells have been engineered to produce a protein biosensor that sits on the cell surface, which is programmed to sense specific molecules and trigger a corresponding gene expression program in the cell’s nucleus The idea of course is to use such systems to create programmable therapeutics able to travel through the patient's body to selectively target metabolites, cells, or diseased tissues of interest. The current platform is modular, allowing additional biosensor + gene expression circuits to be added to the same cell and so enabling increasingly sophisticated programs to be built. For example cells could be programmed to turn on a gene when one protein is sensed and not another, allowing cells to specifically kill certain tumour cells.  

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This is a benefit show for my nephew, Gage Lundquist, who was diagnosed with Leukemia on March 10.

If you will be in the Grand Rapids, MI area this Tuesday, please join us! If you are not in the area and would still like to offer your support in some way, you can contact +Amanda Litz at the phone number or email address listed on the flier.
This Tuesday, April 15th, we will be playing a benefit show for 11 year old Gage Lundquist, who was diagnosed with Leukemia on March 10, 2014. 

Doors open at 7:00 PM at the Cedar Springs High School auditorium in Cedar Springs, MI (just north of Grand Rapids).

In addition to the music, there will be a silent auction, bake sale, and $1 raffle.

If you will be in the Grand Rapids area on Tuesday, please consider joining us!
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My first photo print sale! I wonder if this is the first print sold of a photo taken with Google Glass?

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Is Waves the best instrument tuner app available for Android?

Find out my thoughts on the matter in my latest post for +Android Dissected!  
Are you a musician and an Android enthusiast? That's quite a niche! Check out +Chris Foote's coverage of Waves tuner!
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Suburban Spring

Aside from a bit of rain, it's been quite a pleasant weekend in the Grand Rapids area, and the warmest one yet this year.

Can't wait till the trees begin to bud!

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Hope everyone had a great weekend, and here's to an awesome week ahead!

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Wow, 50,000!

I know that it's not about follower count around these parts, but I still just wanted to take a moment and say thank you to each and every one of you!

I will do my best to continue sharing unique and interesting content, and look forward to getting to know as many of you as possible.

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Crossing the Grand

Very glad to have had a few relatively warm days this week, which gave me the opportunity to do one of my favorite things - exploring the city!

This is a view of three of the five tallest buildings in Grand Rapids from the Gillett Bridge, a pedestrian-only bridge that crosses the Grand River (Michigan's longest river at 252 miles) in the heart of downtown.

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Best Auto Awesome yet?

Hard to go wrong with +David Hasselhoff in the house! ^__^
Introducing Auto Awesome Photobombs with +David Hasselhoff 

Google+ Auto Awesome is all about fun surprises that bring your photos to life. Capture a quick burst of photos, and you’ll get an animated GIF. Take a series of portraits, and you’ll get a photobooth-style collage.

Today we’re announcing Auto Awesome Photobombs. What’s more fun than Benedict Cumberbatch photobombing U2 at The Oscars ( Or Michelle Obama at The White House ( A good photobomb can turn an ordinary photo into something special and put a smile on your face. Now with Auto Awesome, celebrities can make a spontaneous appearance in your pictures!

We’re starting with +David Hasselhoff naturally, everyone’s favorite crime-fighting rockstar lifeguard.

To get your own photobomb, upload a new self portrait or group photo with friends, and leave a little room for The Hoff. He might just make a surprise appearance. :-)

P.S. You can also mention +David Hasselhoff in your public posts and comments. If you’re lucky he’ll add some awesome to the conversation.

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