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Txch This Week: Tiny Discoveries and Robot Fish

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by Norman Rozenberg

This week on Txchnologist we looked at big innovation in miniature. First, a research team has developed a small, inexpensive device capable of analyzing 170,000 different molecules in a blood sample, meaning a complete medical checkup might be at hand—literally. 

Next, a Stanford bioengineer has developed a microscope that can magnify objects 2,000 times. No big deal, you say? The kicker is that the microscope is flat, rugged, made of paper and costs just 50 cents.

Bioengineers looking for better alternative fuels are finding new sources by altering sorghum and sugarcane. Their work is making the crops produce more oil and be more tolerant of colder climates.

Cornell engineers have developed a smartphone- and solar-powered test for Kaposi sarcoma, a cancer that affects a disproportionate number of people in Africa. Columbia University researchers, meanwhile, have discovered that wetting dehydrated spores of certain bacteria can be used to produce electricity or power robot muscles. 

Now we’re bringing you the news and trends we’ve been following this week in the world of science, technology and innovation.

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A Georgia Tech engineering professor has built an autonomous robot that can be attached as a prosthetic arm. Gil Weinberg’s embedded device has been installed on a drummer who lost an arm as a robotic drumming prosthesis with two sticks. The first is controlled both physically by the drummer’s arm and electronically using electromyography muscle sensors. The other stick “listens” to the music being played and improvises.

“The second drumstick has a mind of its own,” said Weinberg, founding director of the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, in a university statement. “The drummer essentially becomes a cyborg. It’s interesting to see him playing and improvising with part of his arm that he doesn’t totally control.”

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Robotic Prosthetics: How Close Are We To Restoring Sensation To Replacement Limbs?

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by Ysabel Yates

There are nearly two million people who are missing one or more limbs in the United States alone. Around the world, a number of research groups are working to advance robotic prostheses to restore a sense of normality to the lives of amputees.

Michael Goldfarb, a Vanderbilt University mechanical engineering professor, is at the cutting edge of these advancements. His lab is making robotic limbs more human.

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One Day Only: The Heaviest Metal Band Rocks New York

by Txchnologist staff

On November 12, the heaviest metal band is descending on New York City to rock a set list that includes songs by Motorhead, Black Sabbath and AC/DC.

The band, called Compressorhead, is inspired by the place where science and art meet. But its biggest influence is the recent convergence of the Internet and machines, a concept called the Industrial Internet.

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