It’s Tentacle Time! — Mind Blow #112

published on July 17, 2020

By taking comet ice, recreating the conditions in space and observing the results in infrared, researchers discovered a possible precursor of amino acids This research is to try to uncover how comets crashing into Earth could have carried the building blocks of life And PawBot automatically opens and serves wet cat food It grabs a bowl, opens one of the 18 cans, dumps the food, pushes out the bowl, and then washes its robot hands

Vsauce! Kevin here This is Mind Blow Say hello to the OctopusGripper The phenomenal folks at Festo , who have been featured on Mind Blow for their bionic ants and bionic butterflies, have now turned their attention to tentacles

The soft silicone structure is controlled with air pressure and can grip objects with the help of two large vacuum suction cups Since the tentacle is soft it's ideal for human/robot interaction in places like factories Also I think it just looks really cool Ybrain is developing a wearable headset to electrically optimize your brain Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation works by sending a weak electronic signal to specific

Areas of the scalp While the creators suggest someday this treatment could be beneficial to a sufferers of a range of neurological disorders from addiction, dieting, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s, a comprehensive review of hundreds of tDCS studies suggests one area that may be effective right now is in treating depression The amount of current to use and for how many sessions is still being studied but Ybrain

Is rolling out in 70 Korean hospitals in 2017 and hope to use their findings to fine tune the inexpensive, take-home device and eventually bring it to Europe and then the United States In other transcranial direct current stimulation news, a study out of Zurich found it can be used to increase honesty They asked participants to roll die and and get paid depending on the outcome — allowing them the opportunity to lie to get more money

Those who struggled between being honest and getting more money were more honest when the electrical stimulation was applied to their brains Where this gets really interesting is the concept that honesty represents an organic condition based on biological predispositions So sorry judge, my brain is a liar A new brain imaging process allows researchers to see neuronal connections better than ever

Before Clarity, developed at Stanford University chemically dissolves the milky opaque tissue that coats much of the brain and replaces it with a transparent hydrogel This allows a window into brains to look at individual neurons like in this mouse brain and they attribute different colors to different kinds of cells Creating 3D brain maps will allow researchers to compare brains and hopefully observe and

Correct problems The imaging technique could also be applied to observe the electrical pathways in the heart and better understanding damaged fibers in the spinal cord High-powered lasers are allowing us to reconstruct feathered dinosaurs with unprecedented accuracy Dr Pittman at the University Of Hong Kong used Laser-Stimulated Fluorescence on soft tissues in dinosaur bones, making the few skin atoms left glow in the dark

This has helped reveal the shape of the dinosaur and examining over 200 specimens allowed this awesome revised life reconstruction And they’re taking this technology around the world so expect a lot more accurate dinosaurs A lab on a glove could detect nerve agents with a swipe Stretchable, flexible inks were created to print sample collectors and biosensors on the gloves

By swiping the thumb featuring the collector and touching the index finger with the sensors, an electrochemical signal is sent through the glove to a smartphone And the plan is to use this to better increase security NASA has prototyped new robots to explore ocean worlds like Jupiter’s moon Europa The robots will need tires to traverse the ice, heated claws to grip the ice while a drill penetrates the surface

Probes would then return with samples through pneumatic tubes Please do this We all wanna know what's down there Thanks Finally, scientists at Pacific Northwest Laboratory can now covert methane which is produced by landfills, dairy farms and oil wells into a green goo that can be used as biofuel or

Cow feed This is a way for us to find two organisms willfully coordinate their metabolism for an application such as capturing wasted methane and converting it into transportation fuel, specialty bio products, or agricultural feed stocks It doesn't smell good and it doesn't look tasty but it is valuable I’m gonna leave you with ROBO-ONE the world’s first biped robot fighting tournament

And as always – thanks for watching To meet the need for even greater mobility, the army is experimenting with the aero cycle A one man flying platform capable of carrying a fully equipped soldier at 40 MPH The wrist radio, long the dream of comic book detectives, is now a reality with an Army rogue And a handy talkie set has a one mile range

Here again, science is providing new and better methods Experiments in radiating food with atomic energy have pointed to new ways of prolonging the life of food Never before has man stood so precariously on the brink of his own destruction By striving for ever-greater superiority, the United States Army dedicates itself to deter that end

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