A Data Repository For Artificial Body Parts
The Human Bionic Project catalogs all the FDA-approved prosthetics and other bionic devices currently available. Its creator says it should serve as a starting research point for amputees and others, and will grow with input from the public.
What's the Latest Development?
MIT graduate student David Sengeh and a team of researchers are working on an interactive data repository, the Human Bionic Project, that contains information on every kind of FDA-approved replacement body part and bionic technology available. These range from prosthetics to nanoparticle delivery systems, and provide patients and researchers with "a first information point" for the latest data. Currently the repository includes between 40 and 50 reference points for different body parts and systems, and eventually the team will seek videos from the public demonstrating various devices.
What's the Big Idea?
The Human Bionic Project attempts to bridge the gap between the latest technology, patients, and prosthetic designers, many of whom know very little about devices outside of their own specialty. For his part, Sengeh is a native of Sierra Leone, where amputation was one of many tactics used during the most recent civil war. He hopes that the project will help change the conversation around disability. Using his adviser, MIT professor and double-amputee Hugh Herr, as an example, Sengeh says, "If [he] has bionic ankles and can do everything I can do...when we’re at that point, we’re just human."
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Meteorologists propose a stunning new explanation for the mysterious events in the Bermuda Triangle.
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Nazi supporters held huge rallies and summer camps for kids throughout the United States in the 1930s.
- During the 1930s, thousands of Americans sympathized with the Nazis, holding huge rallies.
- The rallies were organized by the American German Bund, which wanted to spread Nazi ideology.
- Nazi supporters also organized summer camps for kids to teach them their values.
A Bund parade in New York, October 30, 1939.
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Tea and coffee have known health benefits, but now we know they can work together.
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- A new study finds drinking large amounts of coffee and tea lowers the risk of death in some adults by nearly two thirds.
- This is the first study to suggest the known benefits of these drinks are additive.
- The findings are great, but only directly apply to certain people.