For years, we have been wasting time by taking medicine, vitamins, and various other drugs the hard way. First we uncap the childproof bottle and shake out way more capsules than necessary into the palm of our hands. Then, we select the one or two pills we’ll be taking, pour a glass of water, place it at the very back of our tongues, and swallow a huge gulp of water. Lots of people go through this process day after day, but what if it didn’t have to be that way?
MicroCHIPS is a company that has created an electronic drug delivery system that is small enough to fit on your fingertip. The 20mm x 7mm microchip is implanted under the skin of your stomach, your upper arm, or your rear-end! Tiny banks in the chip store the drug to be delivered. An internal battery sends an electric current through the device. A seal made of platinum and titanium then temporarily melts and allows the drug to be released each day.
The microchip can release the drug every day for up to 16 years, but also allows the user to turn off the device when necessary. This may not be a wise choice when dealing with medicines that are prescribed for everyday use, like insulin for diabetes, but it is a nice option when dispensing birth control.
Current uses for the device involve levonorgestrel, a hormone usually used in contraceptives. With MircroCHIPS’ invention, users no longer have to remember to take a pill, but when they are ready to conceive, a remote control can be used to switch the chip off. But don’t worry, the communication between the remote and the implant has to occur at skin contact, so no one can reprogram your implant from across the room.
So, if you had access to MicroCHIPS’ device, what would you fill it with?
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lookingferocious: umm someone is slacking on my updates!!!! Mickey came out?
It’s kinda hard to explain to someone who doesn’t watch Shameless US why a guy coming out of the closet at the after party of his kid’s christening, in the middle of a bar while his prostitute wife watches, is one of the most romantic scenes ever.
(via lookingferocious)Source: gallavichandgaylove
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Jeter comes up to bat and stands there for some time listening to the entire crowd scream “DEREK *clap clap clap* JETER *clap clap clap*”…he even gets applause from the opposing National League Pitcher
and then, among all the noise, the folks watching from home can hear this one person in the stadium saying “OVER *clap clap clap* RATED *clap clap clap*”
at the EXACT same moment, Jeter hits the pitch and makes it to second base…Take that hater!
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“Every animal with a mind has the capacity to lose hold of it,” said Dr. Braitman, author of the book entitled Animal Madness. Her book chronicles the stories of a few interesting characters in the animal kingdom. Anxious dogs, compulsive parrots, elephants in recovery and a panic ridden gorilla are just a few of the cases that Braitman discusses in her book.
From NYSCI’s own Wild Minds exhibit, we know that some animals can think. We know that that thinking can lead to the creation of tools and the solving of problems. We know that thinking animals participate in organized play, that they have the ability to communicate and that many of them are quite self-aware. As any pet owner or animal lover can testify, animals have complex minds and are rather emotional.
Many dogs who serve in war zones come home with PTSD-like symptoms similar to their human colleagues. Some other animals compulsively lick their tails like the repetitive hand washing of a person with O.C.D. And still others engage in behaviors like plucking out feathers or refusing to eat, not too different from those who struggle with self-mutilation and eating disorders.
The entire premise of Dr. Braitman’s book suggests humans are not the only ones who battle mental illness, but studying animals who have similar symptoms may help us understand ourselves!
Source: New York Times
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Classic 8-bit games like Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers and Tetris were well know for their electrically synthesized music and their basic graphics. Bioengineer, Ingmar Reidel-Kruse, at Stanford University has found a way to combine those nostalgic games with his study of microbiology.
PAC-mecium is his take on Pac-Man. In the original game, the Pac-Man avatar must eat pellets and escape from ghosts. In Riedel-Kruse’s version, microbes called paramecia are the avatars, and they must run away from the huge hungry fish that swims through the game.
You’re probably wondering how tiny microbes can serve as an avatar for a videogame when you can’t even see them with the naked eye. The key is in the device rigged by Riedel Kruse. It’s a chamber that has a glass bottom which emits electrodes, has a webcam, and a magnification lens. Turns out, when there is a change in the electrical field, the paramecium swim toward the electricity. The webcam and the magnification lens on the chamber work together to produce an enlarged image of the paramecium.
The two specks in the bottom left corner of the image above are magnified microbes. Their image is being overlain onto the 8-bit game graphic. Using a remote control to guide the chamber, the paramecia follow the charge through the game. As they swim over the graphic of a yellow or blue pellet they “eat” the pellets for points, and swim for their lives to escape the 8-bit fish!
Source: Popular Science
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