Five Stories Not to Miss

“Fishing” for New 3-D-Printed Technology

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have recently created a microscopic 3-D printed structure — called the Microfish — that they hope to one day inject into the bloodstream so it can deliver medicine by “swimming” to targeted areas. Creators of the microrobot say its fish-like structure helps it perform more difficult tasks, and the 3-D printing allows them to include nanoparticles that allow the fish to function and move with the help of platinum and magnetic iron oxide.

Read on to see what functions engineers hope these little microrobots will perform in the future and to learn about the science behind their tiny structure. Click here for the full article.

Robots in the Face of Danger

Imagine the difference it would make if first responders could have access to the scene of a disaster just a little sooner. It’s all possible with the help of robotics. Robin Murphy, director of the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR) and the Center for Emergency Informatics at Texas A&M, researches robots that can help take disaster recovery to a whole new level, and she discusses it all in her recent TED talk.

See how she argues that getting to the scene of a disaster just one day sooner could speed up disaster recovery by up to three years. Watch her TED talk and read an interactive transcript by clicking here.

The Newest Trend in Blood Donations?

The blood service in Stockholm, Sweden, is taking action against a decline in blood donations in the country by coming up with fresh ideas to attract new donors. The solution? Making donors aware when their blood has been used. Donors in Sweden now receive a text message alert thanking them for their recent donation and a follow-up text message every time their blood is put to good use. The Stockholm blood service hopes the transparency helps make blood donations more tangible to the donor.

What other information does the blood service provide to the public to help encourage donations? Click here to find out more.

Cool, Man

The Landsat 8 satellite caught a stunning image earlier this month, according to the NASA Earth Observatory. “Psychedelic swirls” of blue-green algae covered the Baltic Sea in what scientists describe a massive bloom of cyanobacteria. Cyanobacteria receive energy from the sun via photosynthesis, causing the beautiful swirls. The Baltic Sea is prime real estate for the bacteria, since it gets ample sunlight and is rich in nutrients.

Click here to see the stunning image and find out how cyanobacteria blooms can also be problematic.

The Newest Study on Memory Loss

A new study published in the journal Neurology finds that those who develop dementia later in life may be unaware of memory loss problems two-three years before the actual onset of the disease. In a Tech Times article, Dianne Depra reports that “researchers suggest that unawareness of memory problems is characteristic of late-life dementia, which is brought about by dementia-related brain changes building up.”

Find out more about the study by clicking here.

Regards

Amanda Stiltner
for The Daily Reckoning

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