Mounting a smartphone in a prosthetic arm

Amazing stuff. I think wearable technology has some way to go, but this is really interesting, and could have very useful applications.

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Online gamers strike major blow in battle against AIDS • The Register

Fascinating and inspiring.

Next time someone tries to tell you that video games and gamers have no positivie contribution to society, point them in the direction of this article.

Online gamers strike major blow in battle against AIDS • The Register

Basically, a video game was designed to try and unpick the complex folded structure of a specific protein. Computers aren’t very good at tweaking and prodding at complex 3D structures, but humans excel at it. Within a few weeks, the structure had been mapped – having been unsolvable for years.

This protein is important in understanding how HIV grows and spreads.

Great stuff.

The light fantastic

As an all weather cyclist, being seen in the dark is pretty important.

I run two rear lights, two front lights, plus I sometimes have a directional head torch too.

But for being seen, these look pretty amazing. They detect how fast your wheel is turning, and shine at the right moment to light up the front and back third of your wheel. When you’re stopped they strobe round in a circle to draw attention.

I don’t think the front has enough throw to illuminate an unlit road, so for actually seeing where you’re going another light would be required, but for pure “look at me (and don’t crash into me!)” they are, literally, brilliant.

No word on ETA, but I’ll be interested in getting a proper look.

Via http://lifehacker.com/5835803/