Self-healing “e-skin” could provide amputees with realistic sensations

Scientists believe that a newly developed electronic skin that is able to mimic the function and properties of human skin could help to create prosthetics capable of providing sensory feedback.

Developed by University of Colorado Boulder scientists, the so-called e-skin is a thin, semi-transparent material that is able to repair itself.

As it is malleable, the material is able to easily wrap around complex, curved surfaces, and – just like human skin – it can sense pressure and differs in temperature. Continue reading

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Designer Nienke Helder creates therapy tools for sexual trauma patients

Sexual Healing” is a project Nienke Helder made as a student at the Design Academy in Eindhoven. The collection is made up of seemingly normal objects that have been meticulously altered to comfort patients who have gone through sexual trauma. One of the objects in the collection is a sensor that is used against the abdomen to help the patient and therapist become aware of tense breathing. Another is an object that can be used to experiment sensations.

Talking about the tools, Helder says that “if you have a trauma, it can be really difficult to talk about it. But by giving someone an object and making them part of the therapy, it opens a lot of doors for conversation. ” Continue reading

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“Celebrated For You”: The Birthdays Of Hollywood Directors

Food artist and photographer Henry Hargreaves teamed up with set designer and installation artist Nicole Heffron for a year-long birthday project. And not just any birthday, either. Each month is about the birthday of a Hollywood filmmaker with an avid fanbase.

The idea is that when obsessive fans stage a celebration for their favorite director, they incorporate themes and motifs from that director’s films. So each celebration includes a birthday cake or other dessert in a tableau that illustrates the filmmaker’s style and accomplishments. Continue reading

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Apple HomePod review: A great-sounding smart speaker with limited appeal

Apple’s first smart speaker is finally here. Tom Wiggins finds out if the HomePod’s sound quality can make up for the lack of Spotify support and high price tag.

Ever since Amazon’s Echo revolutionized voice control in the home, Apple die-hards have been wondering when the company would offer their Siri-powered alternative. It’s taken a few years, but Apple’s entry into the smart speaker market is finally here in the shape of HomePod, a Siri-enabled, Wi-Fi speaker that can be controlled almost entirely with your voice. Continue reading

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Here’s What Marijuana Looks Like Under The Microscope

Now you can see how cannabis appears to the scientists who study it, thanks to a book called ‘Cannabis Under The Microscope: A Visual Exploration of Medicinal Sativa and C. Indica’ by Ford McCann. The book features over 170 images of cannabis in its full glory, taken with optical and scanning electron microscopes.

More info: Amazon (h/t: neatorama)

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