Scientists create electrode that lets you taste virtual food on your tongue

The same research team is also working on a digital lollipop.

In Sword Art Online, an anime series, gamers take part in a virtual world that is teeming with danger, but also with food. What if such an experience was a reality? What if you could not only interact with food in a virtual environment, but also actually taste it? Scientists at the National University of Singapore have developed a new electrode that could be the first step in making that happen. (Video)

 

 

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Pacemaker under tongue may stop snoring

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The Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation System, works by stimulating the nerve which controls the muscles of tongue.

Scientists have come up with a new pacemaker-style device which they claim when implanted underneath one’s tongue could help stop snoring. A team claims that the new implant, called the Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation System, works by stimulating the nerve which controls the muscles of tongue, thus helping reduce the severity of sleep apnoea, a major cause of snoring.

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Scientists discover sixth basic taste the human tongue can detect – fat

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The researchers hope their discovery can be exploited to combat obesity by increasing people’s sensitivity to fat in their food.

Scientists thought the human tongue could detect only four basic tastes: sweet, sour, salt and bitter. Then a fifth was discovered, “umami” or savory. Now, researchers have identified a previously-unrecognized “sixth taste” – fat.

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Implanted Pacemaker-like Device Zaps Tongue to Block Snoring, Sleep Apnea

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Rik Krohn displays the remote control unit he uses to turn on an experimental nerve stimulator to combat his sleep apnea.

Loud snoring may do more than irritate your spouse: It can signal sleep apnea , depriving you of enough zzzz’s to trigger a car crash, even a heart attack.

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The Longest Tongue In The US

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Is he an honorary member of KISS now too?

Nick Afanasiev, 20, has the longest tongue in the United States, and Fox 5 San Diego has video of Nick twisting it around, licking his elbow and using it to text message.

Nick’s tongue measures 3.5 inches from the middle of his closed top lip to the tip, Fox 5 reports.

(uncomfortable video after the jump…)

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Man has Eaten 1,500 Lightbulbs Since He was 12.

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YUMMY GLASS!

Wang Xianjun, 54, of Sichuan Province, started to snack on broken glass because he says it is ‘crispy and delicious.’

He recalls: “I accidentally swallowed a piece of thick fish bone, but nothing happened. With curiosity, I tried several pieces of broken glasses secretly and nothing happened also.”

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Humans Can Develop Echolocation Used By Dolphins And Bats

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In a new research, scientists have shown that human beings can develop echolocation, the system of acoustic signals used by dolphins and bats to explore their surroundings.  The research was conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Alcala de Henares (UAH) in Spain.

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Canned Meat, Fish & Bugs From Around the World

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Notice how amazingly similar the product looks to the photo on the can…

 

The folks over at Now That’s Nifty Blogspot have assembled a colorful and quite disquieting array of canned meat (and meat-like) products from around the world. All cultures around the world eat canned meat because it is an easy and safe way to preserve it. However, most of these meats are WAY off the scale of a typical American’s diet.

Take for instance the “Pork Brains 

 

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Lip Reading Software Can Figure Out What Language You’re Speaking

Lip-Reading Software Can Figure Out What Language You’re Speaking

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Some scientists at the University of East Anglia in England, with aims only for the betterment of humanity, we’re sure, have developed lip-reading software that can not only pick up words based on mouth shapes, but can even figure out what language you’re speaking — always a handy thing when understanding speech, we’ve found.

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