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Cherry Blossoms and Shrine - Tokyo

Springtime beauty in Japan.

A huge thanks to Sony for taking me to Tokyo as their guest and for one of the best travel experiences of my life so far. Hands down. 


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Visit my travel photography blog here:

travelinglens.me

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Tokyo - Memory Lane - Evening...

Also known as Yakitori Alley.

A huge thanks to Sony for taking me to Tokyo as their guest and for one of the best travel experiences of my life so far. Hands down. 


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A Blueprint for Restoring Touch with a Prosthetic Hand

● Enhancing The Sense Of Touch
Science has made tremendous advances in technology that taps into signals from the brain to allow patients to move prosthetic limbs, but incorporating real-time sensory feedback would not only increase the dexterity and usefulness of robotic prosthetic limbs, but also make them feel like natural extensions of our bodies.

Follow +Matt Wood as he takes you through the neutral-based research performed by neuroscientist +Sliman Bensmaia in collaboration with his colleagues at the Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy at the University of Chicago in order to better understand how the sensory nervous system captures information about the surface, shape and texture of objects and conveys it to the brain.

In new research published today [14 October] in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences [PNAS], they have created a blueprint for building touch-sensitive prosthetic limbs that one day could convey real-time sensory information to amputees via a direct interface with the brain. Their research project is part of Revolutionizing Prosthetics, a multi-year +DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) project that seeks to create a modular, artificial upper limb that will restore natural motor control and sensation in amputees.

● Full post on Science Life blog:
http://sciencelife.uchospitals.edu/2013/10/14/a-blueprint-for-restoring-touch-with-a-prosthetic-hand/

● Image: Prosthetic Hand; PNAS

● Video of patient using prosthetic limb (2012):
'Terminator' arm is world's most advanced prosthetic limb

● ScienceSeeker Editors' Picks from the past week:
blog.scienceseeker.org

Don’t forget that at scienceseeker.org you can recommend your favorites as well – just click the little star icon next to the post’s entry.

Want to become a ScienceSeeker editor and share your favorite picks each week? As a project of +ScienceOnline ScienceSeeker editors also get priority registration for the annual conference in Raleigh. Let us know!

● Tags: #ScienceEveryday #Neuroscience #Prosthetics
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Scientists Find Earth-Like Planet

● Kepler 186F
Scientists from Bay Area are among the NASA planet hunters who recently announced their discovery of a planet more like Earth than any planet found before, using the Kepler telescope. Identified as Kepler 186F, the planet is situated about 500 light-years from us, close to Earth in size, and orbits its star at a distance known as the habitable zone i.e. temperatures on the planet are neither too hot nor too cold, but could be just right to support life as we here on Earth know it.

It was exactly 18 months ago when we reported, via +The Planetary Society that an earth-twin was discovered in the Alpha Centauri System - https://plus.google.com/+ScienceSeekerOrg/posts/5NFM5evC48d

It's always exciting to not only find other planetary bodies, but to find those that may perhaps support life.

● Read the full blog post by Amy Standen via +KQED SCIENCE:
http://blogs.kqed.org/science/2014/04/17/scientists-find-a-planet-like-earth/

● ScienceSeeker Editors' Picks from the past week:
blog.scienceseeker.org

● Image credit: The artistic concept of Kepler-186f is the result of scientists and artists collaborating to imagine the appearance of these distant worlds; NASA.

● Tags: #ScienceEveryday #Astronomy #Space #Kepler
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So how did I celebrate ELEVEN (!) years of blogging at Cooksister.com?  With a chocolate and cherry trifle and some thoughts on the state of food blogging today http://www.cooksister.com/2015/05/individual-chocolate-cherry-trifles-to-celebrate-11-years-of-blogging.html  #recipe   #dessert   #trifle   #blogging  
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Here's an intriguing seed-release mechanism: as the plant matures and dries, the 4 sides of seed column split and spread away from the core, launching the seeds out into the wind. Look closely and you'll see "baby" seeds lined up like widgets on an assembly line.


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