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It is possible to create solar cells that split hydrogen out of water for use in fuel cells. Currently these cells are inefficient and impractical. This article discusses a new type of anode that has the potential to make such solar cells practical.
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Alzheimer's is such a debilitating disease. This and other theories are being tested to help us find solutions.
 
Let's go to sleep.
A mouse's brain clears out toxins during periods of deep sleep — including toxins that form the sticky plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease. Could the same hold true for people?
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VertiGo - A Wall-Climbing Robot Including Ground-Wall Transition - YouTube

'... VertiGo is a wall-climbing robot that is capable of transitioning from the ground to the wall, created in collaboration between Disney Research Zurich and ETH. The robot has two tiltable propellers that provide thrust onto the wall, and four wheels. One pair of wheels is steerable, and each propeller has two degrees of freedom for adjusting the direction of thrust. By transitioning from the ground to a wall and back again, VertiGo extends the ability of robots to travel through urban and indoor environments.

The robot is able to move on a wall quickly and with agility. The use of propellers to provide thrust onto the wall ensures that the robot is able to traverse over indentations such as masonry. The choice of two propellers rather than one enables a floor-to-wall transition - thrust is applied both towards the wall using the rear propeller, and in an upward direction using the front propeller, resulting in a flip onto the wall.
 
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"[The mother] put her baby before her own life..."

With the snap of a camera photographer Emily Lucarz captured the special moments of Cara Combs and her family at her studio last Thursday in Chesterfield.
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This is a very reverent version of Silent Night in a cathedral.
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Just when we thought we knew pretty much everything there was to know about carbon, researchers have discovered a brand new phase of solid carbon, called Q-carbon. And they've shown they can use it to create cheap diamonds at room temperature and...
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Another example of taking time to care and help someone out.
An employee at a busy Apple store helped a mother and her young son stand tall, just by taking a seat on the floor.
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Shaq takes the time to personally play street ball and encourage some disadvantaged kids to respect others, listen to their parents and be what they want to be. He also has them shoot to win $100. Imagine if everyone spent this kind of time helping others!
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DNA nanobots will target cancer cells in the first human trial using a terminally ill patient

'... Professor Ido Bachelet of Israel’s Bar-Ilan University confirms that while tiny robots being injected into a human body to fight disease might sound like science fiction, it is in fact very real.

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Nanobots are actually made from DNA, specifically a single strand of DNA folded into a desired shape. Bachelet’s nanobots are designed in a clamshell shape, and work as a carrier for existing cancer drugs. Think of them like a protective box. They’ve been programmed to be in two states—an “off” position, where they’re closed tightly so they can bypass healthy cells without causing any damage, and an “on” position, where the clamshell opens up to expose cancerous cells to the drug in question.

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Nanobots can also have multiple “payloads” in them, and can be programmed so that they know which drug to expose to specific molecules. This means that nanobots work well in combination therapy—where multiple drugs are used at once—and can be timed so that the different drugs don’t interfere with one another. As of December 2014, the nanobots that Bechelet’s team have developed can recognize 12 different types of cancerous cells.

Currently, the team is also working on instilling their nanobots with “swarm behaviour” and have figured out how to get the bots to build physical bridges with each other. This would allow them to fix tissue from one end to the other, guiding the regrowth of cells across a larger area, which could be helpful in repairing spinal cords or long sections of muscle.
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http://www.theplaidzebra.com/dna-nanobots-will-target-cancer-cells-in-the-first-human-trial-using-a-terminally-ill-patient/
The very mention of “nanobots” can bring up a certain future paranoia in people—undetectable robots under my skin? Thanks, but no thanks.
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There's a saying that the true character of a person shines in a time of crisis. There's no doubt of Zaevion William Dobson's character, according to the 15-year-old's friends and family, who are mourning his death.
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Mind-Controlled Robot Suits Help the Paralyzed Move Again | WIRED

'Chances are, your body and brain operate seamlessly with each other. You decide to move your big toe, say, and a split second later, it moves. But even a simple toe-twitch isn’t easy for people who’ve been paralyzed. Which is why Miguel Nicolelis, a neuroengineer at Duke University, has been developing exoskeletons that translate electrical signals from the wearer’s brain into mechanical instructions. Basically, mind-controlled robot suits.'

http://www.wired.com/2015/12/mind-controlled-robot-suits-help-the-paralyzed-move-again/
Brazilian scientist Dr. Miguel Nicolelis is leading the frontier on mind-controlled exoskeletons that can translate thoughts into physical movement. Go inside his lab and find out how he’s helping paraplegics control aid-enabling devices just by thinking.
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I'm a computer geek with a wonderful family.

We feel very blessed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our lives and we're striving to follow Him. We enjoy sharing the things that have blessed us in so many ways and hope it can be of help to others.

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    Electrical Engineering, BS, MS
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    Chief Information Officer, present
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