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I have always been fascinated by the idea that plants communicate with each other. I poked around looking at the current research and find it amazing!
Plants send chemical signals through the air when attacked by insects. Other plants detect this signal and change the chemical makeup of their leaves to ward off the predators.Read More
We will live in a world where those with lower spine injuries or disabilities will not need wheelchairs. Advances in exoskeleton technology for medical use is advancing rapidly.
Three years ago, Ekso Bionics unveiled a product to allow a person with lower-extremity paralysis to walk at the cost of $110,000. A year ago, ReWalk worked with veterans on a suit costing $70,000. Last week, US Biotics debuted The Phoenix, costing $40,000.
The technology is rapidly improving. Watch!
There is an entire International Robotics For Good Competition. It is filled with jaw-dropping projects such as: brain controlled wheel chairs, guidance systems for the blind, and exoskeletons for children with neurologic disorders. There is so much great work being done.
These projects make me so excited and thrilled for the future!
The young girl in this video has cerebral palsy, she says, "I want to be able to do what everybody else would do."
It is just a matter of time...and she will.
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It is so easy to lose track of how beautiful, majestic, and awe-inspiring it is simply to be alive. It is easy for me to get stuck in thoughts of bank accounts, chores, and daily responsibilities. I can easily to forget how amazing it is to breathe air, see colors, think thoughts, and marvel at the awe of everything.
When I lose track of my way facts such as the recently discovered ASASSN-15lh super-luminous supernova helps remind me.
A supernova a truly massive explosion which occurs at the end of the life of some stars. Scientists recently discovered an explosion so large they have no idea what it is.
If you take ALL of the light of the billions and billions of stars in the Milky Way galaxy combined together, the ASASSN-15lh explosion is 20 times brighter.
This explosion is so large research scientists are unsure how it could have been created.
“The explosion’s mechanism and power source remain shrouded in mystery" - Subo Dong, researcher, and author.
There are big mysteries, such as this, left to discover. There are mysteries of unknown power and scale.
These thoughts help remind me - I am one piece in a very, very large dance. It is an amazing wonderful dance. I want to always remember how amazing it to be a part of.
Vision and how we see the world is wildly complex. I learned this back in art school and it has always stayed with me.
For example, in a rainbow there is no pure purple (aka magenta). It does not exist as a wavelength of light. Purple is a color our brain just kind of makes up. This happens when only two of three kinds of nerve cells (cones) in our eye are stimulated.
This video by Steve Mould and The Royal Society explains the whole thing super clearly.
Curiously there scientists are looking for women believed to genetically have a fourth yellow cone. These women would see more colors than the rest of us!