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Micro-organs to shape the future of personalised medicine

Researchers at Vanderbilt University are developing an artificial liver as part of a larger system of synthetic organs being built to test drugs. If successful, the technology will not only change the way drugs are developed and tested, but also provide doctors with a way to personalise treatment for patients with conditions like heart disease and cancer.

#video #future #Health Care #medicine #technology

The Future of Online Original Content

Amazon, YouTube and Netflix have three different models. They do original content but they do it in a different way. In Netflix’s case most of their content is not original. Only roughly two percent of their budget is originals but they’re increasingly spending more money.

House of Cards they made 100 million dollar commitment for two seasons but now they’ve just signed to go to a third season of that and they’ve got some other original programs like Orange is the New Black and some others. What Amazon has done is the different model there is they basically said if you spend $79 a year to get free delivery of any Amazon product we will throw in free video. So you can watch movies or some of the original Gary Trudeau series they’ve just done, some of the originals like that that you can do.

#video #business model #strategy

Apocalypse: These Termite Robots Don’t Need Humans

Is the robot apocalypse already here? Scientists at Harvard are developing a robot that can build structures without humans telling them how. The bot is inspired by nature’s best builder — the termite. Researchers hope one day they’ll be able to build projects on Mars and rescue people from burning buildings.

#video #robot #technology #engineering #design
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Gramofon: The new WiFi music box and social router 

TNW’s Martin Bryant talks to Martin Varsavsky about the company’s new Gramofon device, which has just hit Kickstarter.

#video #Sound #technology #engineering #design

The Making of Unnumbered Sparks

Learn about the making of Unnumbered Sparks, a monumental interactive sculpture in Vancouver, Canada created by artists Janet Echelman and Aaron Koblin for TED’s 30th anniversary. Choreographed by visitors in real time through their mobile devices, at night, the sculpture becomes a crowd-controlled visual artwork on a giant, floating canvas powered by Google.

#video #mobile phones #technology #google #design

The Most Literate Generation: Wattpad & The Power of Social Reading

The next time you hear someone say “no one reads anymore,” show them Wattpad. With more than 20 million users, Wattpad is the world’s largest community for readers and writers, and to the consternation of traditional publishing - entirely free.

To those naysayers who claim reading is the pastime of a bygone era, the numbers don’t lie - in 2013 alone, users spent 41 billion minutes on Wattpad with a new chapter uploaded every second. The platform lets users contribute cover art for their favorite stories, and become collaborators alongside their favorite authors.

#video #books #education #technology #mobile phones #applications
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Want to Read Twice as Fast?

Buzzy tech startup Spritz is developing software that “streams” written content one word at a time, rather than displaying text in traditional paragraphs and pages. Test subjects have reported more than doubling their reading speed. Could “spritzing” actually displace traditional reading in certain arenas?

#video #books #startups #technology #education
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The hybrid electronic bike of the future

The Copenhagen Wheel, funded by Tumblr founder David Karp, is a smartphone controlled motor for your bike.

#video #electronics #future #technology
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New startup offers a little peace and quiet in the heart of NYC, for 25 dollars an hour

Ever need to take a break in a busy city like New York, yet stopping at home isn’t an option? There’s an app for that. It’s called Breather and has been dubbed the Zipcar of personal spaces.

#video #new york #mobile phones #applications
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