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Paralyzed man stands and walks after getting electrodes in his spine

Rob Summers, paralyzed from the chest down after being hit by a car, is now able to stand with electrical stimulation of his spinal cord He said standing on his own was "the most amazing feeling" He can voluntarily move his toes, hips, knees and ankles and also walk on a treadmill while being supported Doctors said the he might be able to stand after 3 to 5 years of therapy, but it only took 3 days Rob was a keen baseball player and in 2006 was part of the team which won the Colleg

Man with amazing bionic hand controlled by brainwaves - video

The video shows 24 year old Patrick from Austria demonstrating the pure awesomeness of his artificial hand, and also shows a test of a prototype which will give him additional wrist movement He lost the use of his left hand after being electrocuted at work, and has now become the first ever to voluntarily have his arm amputated for an artificial replacement In effect, the patient controls the hand using the same brain signals that would have once powered similar movements in the real hand

Novel way to make sure information on your CDs are deleted - video

It appears the surface of the CD which seems to conduct electricity or static electricity is erased by the two poles just off screen Amazing [flash=640x390]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/Zi_bMYFmFGg[/flash] Here it is with two CDs at once [flash=640x390]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/Ho8xLhpx99c[/flash]

Why are thermometers banned on flights? - Mercury rapidly destroys aluminum

Planes are largely made from aluminum and, surprisingly, a very small amount of mercury can destroy a large amount of aluminum Despite its apparently inert behavior, aluminium is actually a rather reactive metal which will combine violently with oxygen in air However, this reaction quickly produces a thin, tough oxide layer which stops further attack The process of anodising the aluminium thickens this layer to give better protection Mercury has the ability to disrupt this protective oxi

Volkswagon turns your entire car into a GPS display - video

Forget having a screen to look at for GPS, your entire windscreen can be used in the new system The idea behind AIDA 20 is to take all of the information that a driver could possibly want, and make it easily accessible directly on your dashboard Your entire dashboard, plus the console, instrument panel, and even your wing mirrors outside the car All of it becomes one giant virtual display that updates itself as you move Its like a living version of Tron but will make it hard to focus

Toy brainwave controlled Electric ears herald new technology breakthrough - video

This looks like the beginning of a whole new technology Electric ears that can be controlled by your brainwaves Sure its only a toy, but give it 5 or 10 years and we might see it in serious equipment such as tools to help the disabled [flash=640x390]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/XznibGFPGHk[/flash]

Intels new chips up to 37% faster

Intel announce a new breakthrough in Transistor design that will create chips running over 30% faster for the same power The 22nm 3-D Tri-Gate transistors provide up to 37 percent performance increase at low voltage versus Intel's 32nm planar transistors This incredible gain means that they are ideal for use in small handheld devices, which operate using less energy to "switch" back and forth Alternatively, the new transistors consume less than half the power when at the same performa

Does taking paracetamols for the flu only prolong the pain?

Researchers are to study whether taking paracetamol to treat a high temperature does flu sufferers more harm than good This is of interest owing to the large number of anti cold and flu remedies that contain paracetamols Medical Research Institute spokesperson Dr Kyle Perrin says that studies carried out on animals have found that the flu is worse when medicines such as paracetamol are given Dr Perrin says many human influenza viruses are killed at temperatures above 38°C The study will

Lady gets a revolutionary hand transplant - video

Six-and-a-half weeks after receiving the first hand transplant in the western United States, Emily Fennell is becoming so accustomed to her new right hand that she barely remembers when she didn't have one The 26-year-old from Yuba City, Calif, underwent transplant surgery at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, a 14-hour procedure that began just before midnight on March 4 and concluded at 2:30 pm the next day "It has been surreal to see that I have a hand again, and be able to wigg

Rewalk - robotic exoskeleton allows a paralysed man to walk - videos

ReWalk is an alternative mobility solution to the wheelchair for individuals with severe walking impairments, enabling them to stand, walk, ascend/descent stairs and more If this is an early version in a decade or more they will be amazing Present version costs $150,000 and has an 8 hour battery life Yes, 8hrs As of December 2010, the device is undergoing clinical trial testing at MossRehab in suburban Philadelphia The trials will continue for approximately a year Prerequisites:

2009 Chevy Malibu vrs 1959 Bel Air crash test - a world of difference

A video produced by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air hurtling into a collision with a 2009 Malibu at 40mph The outcome wasn’t pretty The driver of the Bel Air would be close to dead, while the driver of the Chevy, may have walked away The idea was to show how much automotive safety has progressed in five decades While some people still think that the big steel bodies and sturdy frames of old cars meant stronger vehicles and good crash protection,

Amazing Animatronics - underneath the skin of modern film creations - video

John Nolan has created some amazing Animatronics , machines that mimic beings, used in movies This video shows some of those creations, and the intricacy of their construction [flash=640x390]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/HyNh3AXegxw[/flash]

The map of the world as you know it is wrong - video

Nice video cut from The West Wing when a clutch of Cartographers try to convince the President to change the type of map that America uses from Mercator projection to the Gall–Peters projection [flash=640x390]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/vVX-PrBRtTY[/flash] More on the Gall–Peters projection http://enwikipediaorg/wiki/Peters_projection

6 wheeled 155 mph bus - video

A 25 seater 155 mph super bus with gull wing doors has been revealed in The Netherlands has developed an electric "super bus" that can carry 23 passengers and reach a top speed of 250km/h The vehicle is the brain child of Wubbo Ockels, the Netherlands' first astronaut and currently a professor of aerospace sustainable engineering and technology The aim is for the bus, which cost 13m euros to develop, to become a new form of public transport In May Mr Ockels will put the bus on

What do the buttons on an F1 racing car steering wheel do? - image

This is a description of the operation of the myriad buttons on a Mercedes F1 Steering wheel The same thing that every driver stares at while racing and holds with a death tight grip during the race The Mercedes GP PETRONAS recently broke down their driver’s Formula 1 steering wheel button by button The steering wheel is used for much more than just steering the F1 car around the circuit, it is the driver’s main interface with his car The steering wheel is an extremely technical piece
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