A whole new world for video.
Bionic hand allows patient to feel touch.
The bionic hand will be connected to not only a patients arm, but also the patient’s nervous system, in a world-first operation later this year in Switzerland. The unnamed man will then be able to control the hand using his thoughts, while also receiving feedback from sensors on the fingertips, palm, and wrists.
It will effectively provide a fast, bidirectional flow of information between the man’s nervous system and the prosthetic hand.
“This is real progress, real hope for amputees. It will be the first prosthetic that will provide real-time sensory feedback for grasping,” Dr Micera said.
Gavin Sheridan, an Irish journalist and blogger, who has spent the past two years working as innovation director at Storyful. Take a moment and read this great interview with MediaShift’s Denisa Dzunkova. (via standupkid)
More than 11,00 people in the U.S. were murdered with guns in 2011, giving it a per capita gun homicide rate of 2.75 per 100,000 people. This week we matched state gun homicides with the rest of the world.
In Which The Washington Post Helps You Date
So The Washington Post created Love Train to help you identify places along the DC Metro to go on a date (click-through the image above to explore). They clarify:
The Metro served as our inspiration for this guide to D.C. dating, because that’s how many dates begin and end — at the stops between daters’ offices or homes. We eliminated the stops that were mostly waystations for commuters or that had nothing romantic within walking distance to recommend.
It’s not the only love tool they’ve come up with. There’s also Date Lab, which finds you a date and pays for your night out.
FJP: Journalism as a public service.
Sunlight Foundation Launches Open States
Via the Sunlight Foundation:
After more than four years of work from volunteers and a full-time team here at Sunlight we’re immensely proud to launch the full Open States site with searchable legislative data for all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Open States is the only comprehensive database of activities from all state capitols that makes it easy to find your state lawmaker, review their votes, search for legislation, track bills and much more.
If you watch the video one of the important points of tracking the legislative data is that laws and such often flow up from the state to federal level rather than the other way around.
Consider it an early warning system of a type.
Seriously, this is outrageous. No mandated paid maternity leave in the U.S., while in Canada new Moms get 80 weeks, and Dads get 35 weeks.
Same as it Ever Was
Browsing through Time Magazine’s covers archive is an exercise in deja vu all over again.
Shown above are Internet-related covers from 1993 to 1996. Looking back years later, the memes and themes of our general interest technology reporting remain about the same.
The Internet and those who spend a lot of time on it produces a weird, “other” culture. Porn’s an issue. So too cyberwar. Who controls the Internet? It’s been a question for some time now.
Contemporary equivalents of the above covers?
- Iceland wants to ban online porn.
- It’s looking more and more likely that China’s military is behind a large digital espionage campaign against American infrastructure and corporations.
- Government’s are trying to exert increasing control over the Internet while technology, entertainment companies and service providers do battle over things like Network Neutrality, copyright laws and even what consumers can do with their devices.
- And Internet culture is still weird.
Images: Selected Time Magazine covers, 1993-1996. Select to embiggen.
Infographic of the Day: Near-Earth Objects Have Different Names for Different Sizes
In the wake of last Friday’s meteor event in Russia and the asteroid fly-by, graphic designer Tim Lillis has released this neat infographic explaining the proper lexicon of near-Earth objects by their size.