For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to travel through space. There was only one problem...I get motion sickness from rolling over in bed. So, I opted to keep my feet on the ground. However, for those who can stomach zero gravity, NASA wants to keep such hardy ones healthy. So the agency awarded the University of Michigan Medical School's Center for Biologic Nanotechnology a $2 million grant to develop nanosensors—nano-scale devices that travel inside astronauts' white blood cells. These sensors will detect early signs of damage from radiation or infection. Created from synthetic polymers called dendrimers, the devices are fabricated layer-by-layer into spheres with a diameter of less than five nanometers. Because the sensors are so small, they easily pass through membranes into white blood cells called lymphocytes, where they can detect the first signs of biochemical changes from radiation. To identify cell damage, researchers also plan to develop a retinal-scanning device—a laser capable of detecting fluorescence from infected lymphocytes as they pass one-by-one through narrow capillaries in the back of the eye. For more information, contact: Sally Pobojewski at email@example.com, or phone, (734) 615-6912.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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