Recent discovery of quantum vibrations in microtubules inside brain neurons corroborates controversial theory of consciousness

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A review and update of a controversial 20-year-old theory of consciousness published in  Elsevier’s Physics of Life Reviews claims that consciousness derives from deeper-level, finer-scale activities inside brain neurons.

 

 

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New device generates energy from small vibrations

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Boinging energy maker.

Today’s wireless-sensor networks can do everything from supervising factory machinery to tracking environmental pollution to measuring the movement of buildings and bridges. Working together, distributed sensors can monitor activity along an oil pipeline or throughout a forest, keeping track of multiple variables at a time.

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Scientists Capture the ‘Song’ of a Distant Star

 

Scientists have captured the ‘song’ of a distant star as part of new research that is providing insights into what lies beneath its surface.  Astrophysicists from the University of Birmingham and scientists working with Nasa have measured the changes in the brightness of light coming from the star KIC 11026764, which has been nicknamed Gemma and is about twice the size of the sun.

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Growing Number of Homeowners in U.S. Complain Noise from Wind Turbines Making Life Unbearable

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The industrial whoosh-and-whoop of the 123-foot blades is making life unbearable for some.

Like nearly all of the residents on this island in Penobscot Bay, Art Lindgren and his wife, Cheryl, celebrated the arrival of three giant wind turbines late last year. That was before they were turned on. “In the first 10 minutes, our jaws dropped to the ground,” Mr. Lindgren said. “Nobody in the area could believe it. They were so loud.”

 

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Transforming the Wind’s Vibrations into Electricity

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Cornell University Vibro-Research Group

As a renewable energy resource, wind has lots going for it – but one major downside is the cost to set up the wind turbines themselves, not to mention the problematic visual impact and the noise pollution it generates (often likened to a small jet engine, especially for those living close by). However, undergraduate students from Cornell University’s Vibro-Wind Research Group are working on a space-saving prototype that will harness wind power more cheaply and efficiently – by transforming the wind’s vibrations into electricity.

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Age Prediction Machine Helps You Figure Out Date’s Age Using Mosquito Noises

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Bzzz! The Age Prediction Machine tests your date’s true age using high-pitched mosquito-like noises.
Ever wonder how old your blind date was?

Fear not, folks in Japan have created a device to help answer that question.

The pocket-sized device, aptly called the “Age Prediction Machine,” emits high-frequency buzzing noises that are meant to help users determine someone’s age based on how well they can hear it.

The noise levels are broken down by age range: teens, 20s, 30s and 40-plus. People 25 and under will respond to the quieter settings, while those over 40 will only be able to hear the loudest.

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Sounzzzz Concept For The Hearing Impaired

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Many people think that the hearing impaired would have lost a large part of being human, that is, being unable to experience the joy of music. Well, have you ever attended a deaf church’s worship service? Those involve drums that lets the congregation literally feel the beat of the song, and the Sounzzz concept is a visual, audio, tactile MP3 player that can not only work for the hearing impaired but is universal enough for everyone to have a go. Sound will be translated into a range of vibrations, where you will need to hug the device in order to feel the music.

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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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Electronic Gadgets Could One Day Be Powered By Blood Flow

Electronic Gadgets Could One Day Be Powered By Blood Flow

This image show an experimental test of piezoelectric nanowires that harness a hamster’s wheel-turning energy into usable power. 

Power generated from flowing blood, simple body movements or a gentle breeze could one day be converted to electricity to charge iPods, cell phones and other personal electronic devices.

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