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Never has an Australian government talked so much about freedom while doing so much to undermine it. When it comes to national security and refugees we are increasingly pathetic, writes Ben Saul.

My family has been in this country for more than two centuries, coming as convicts, and falling at Gallipoli. As among the oldest of white Australia, I can say that Tony Abbott does not speak for us. Human rights and mutual respect are our values. Politicians should champion them.

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Never has an Australian government talked so much about freedom while doing so much to undermine it. When it comes to national security and refugees we are increasingly pathetic.
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Apple, forget Electric Cars. Tesla have that covered. Concentrate on what the world really needs: Silent leaf blowers.
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"It's about five plastic grocery bags filled with plastic for every foot of coastline in the world."
The global community, led by fast-growing countries like China, dumps about nine million metric tons of plastic into the ocean each year, a new study found.
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We're not entirely sure the idea of cars that glow at night is a good one, but it's how Nissan are choosing to showcase the benefits of running a LEAF EV using electricity generated from solar panels.

Nissan has worked with inventor Hamish Scott - creator of STARPATH, a spray-applied coating that absorbs UV energy during the day and emits a glow at night - to create a LEAF that looks like a ghost car when the lights go out.

Read more: http://www.carsuk.net/nissan-leaf-glows-dark-nissan-highlight-solar-energy/
Nissan has revealed a LEAF EV with 'glow in the dark' treatment as they highlight how cheap a LEAF EV is to run with power from solar panels.
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Heres a new image from the Children’s book I’ve written about how prawns and bees became best friends. 
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How proud this blokes family, especially his grandchildren, must feel about him. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/21/climate-change-denier-willie-soon-funded-energy-industry
Documents show Willie Soon, researcher at Harvard-Smithsonian Center, received total of $1.25m from groups that included Koch brothers foundation
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Carnegie Wave Energy switches on Perth Wave Energy Project – the world's first commercial wave energy array to feed energy to the grid.
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Working on some `Garage Studio’ photos’ for Anji, who needed some pics for a work project.
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Ohmigawd! Wonderful news.
 
New device allows brain to bypass spinal cord, move paralyzed limbs

For the first time ever, a paralyzed man can move his fingers and hand with his own thoughts thanks to a new device. A 23-year-old quadriplegic is the first patient to use Neurobridge, an electronic neural bypass for spinal cord injuries that reconnects the brain directly to muscles, allowing voluntary and functional control of a paralyzed limb.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140625130137.htm

Ian Burkhart, a 23-year-old quadriplegic from Dublin, Ohio, is the first patient to use Neurobridge, an electronic neural bypass for spinal cord injuries that reconnects the brain directly to muscles, allowing voluntary and functional control of a paralyzed limb. Burkhart is the first of a potential five participants in a clinical study.

"It's much like a heart bypass, but instead of bypassing blood, we're actually bypassing electrical signals," said Chad Bouton, research leader at Battelle. "We're taking those signals from the brain, going around the injury, and actually going directly to the muscles."
The Neurobridge technology combines algorithms that learn and decode the user's brain activity and a high-definition muscle stimulation sleeve that translates neural impulses from the brain and transmits new signals to the paralyzed limb. In this case, Ian's brain signals bypass his injured spinal cord and move his hand, hence the name Neurobridge.

Burkhart, who was paralyzed four years ago during a diving accident, viewed the opportunity to participate in the six-month, FDA-approved clinical trial at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center as a chance to help others with spinal cord injuries.

"Initially, it piqued my interested because I like science, and it's pretty interesting," Burkhart said. "I've realized, 'You know what? This is the way it is. You're going to have to make the best out of it.' You can sit and complain about it, but that's not going to help you at all. So, you might as well work hard, do what you can and keep going on with life."
This technology has been a long time in the making. Working on the internally-funded project for nearly a decade to develop the algorithms, software and stimulation sleeve, Battelle scientists first recorded neural impulses from an electrode array implanted in a paralyzed person's brain. They used that data to illustrate the device's effect on the patient and prove the concept.

Two years ago, Bouton and his team began collaborating with Ohio State neuroscience researchers and clinicians Dr. Ali Rezai and Dr. Jerry Mysiwto design the clinical trials and validate the feasibility of using the Neurobridge technology in patients.

During a three-hour surgery on April 22, Rezai implanted a chip smaller than a pea onto the motor cortex of Burkhart's brain. The tiny chip interprets brain signals and sends them to a computer, which recodes and sends them to the high-definition electrode stimulation sleeve that stimulates the proper muscles to execute his desired movements. Within a tenth of a second, Burkhart's thoughts are translated into action.

"The surgery required the precise implantation of the micro-chip sensor in the area of Ian's brain that controls his arm and hand movements," Rezai said.

He said this technology may one day help patients affected by various brain and spinal cord injuries such as strokes and traumatic brain injury.

Battelle also developed a non-invasive neurostimulation technology in the form of a wearable sleeve that allows for precise activation of small muscle segments in the arm to enable individual finger movement, along with software that forms a 'virtual spinal cord' to allow for coordination of dynamic hand and wrist movements.
The Ohio State and Battelle teams worked together to figure out the correct sequence of electrodes to stimulate to allow Burkhart to move his fingers and hand functionally. For example, Burkhart uses different brain signals and muscles to rotate his hand, make a fist or pinch his fingers together to grasp an object, Mysiw said. As part of the study, Burkhart worked for months using the electrode sleeve to stimulate his forearm to rebuild his atrophied muscles so they would be more responsive to the electric stimulation.

"I've been doing rehabilitation for a lot of years, and this is a tremendous stride forward in what we can offer these people," said Mysiw, chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Ohio State. "Now we're examining human-machine interfaces and interactions, and how that type of technology can help."

Burkhart is hopeful for his future.

"It's definitely great for me to be as young as I am when I was injured because the advancements in science and technology are growing rapidly and they're only going to continue to increase."

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    1978 - 1983
  • University of Newcastle
    Film & Video, Photography, Art History, 1989 - 1991
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Artist with a whimsical humour, a unique eye for colour and beauty within the ordinary and odd.
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I'm an Australian Artist working in Digital Photography, Cartoony illustration for exhibition and sale online. 

My personal website is at Ross Carroll.com

My Artwork is Available for sale at Fine Art America.com
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I've a BA in Visual Arts from the University of Newcastle. During the eighties and nineties I worked on Short Films and a mini-series, designed an interactive touch screen program for Hunter Area Health and wrote pilots for a television series and radio series. From 2000 I worked as at Southern Cross/Channel Ten in Newcastle and at Advertising Agency, Out of the Square Media. From 2005 I worked Freelance as an illustrator and animator until 2011. Since then I've been a Landlord whilst exhibiting, selling my work online and writing and illustrating a couple of Children's Picture Books.
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Digital Multimedia Artist
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Cartoon Character Creation and illustration. Multimedia Digital Artist - animation, photography, illustration, conceptual.
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  • Self-Employed
    Digital MultiMedia Artist, 2005 - present
  • Out of the Square Media, Little Green Frog Marketing, Channel Ten, Hunter Centre for Health Advancement, Perisher Blue, Nikon, Camera House, Konica, Hunter Tourism, National Brokers Group, Port Stephens Council,
    Illustrator, Animation, Graphic Artist., 2000 - 2004
  • Southern Cross Ten
    Graphic Artist, Producer, 1999 - 2000
  • Hunter Centre for Health Advancement
    Program Designer, Artist, 1996 - 1997
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