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Seeing Despite Blindness
Amazing Scientific Breakthrough in Spain
Source: Stock Eye Image
Source: Patient Bernadetta Gomez
Blind Woman Sees Again
In Spain, a 57 year old blind woman, Bernadetta Gomez who lost her sight 16 years ago, can see again. This miraculous outcome is thanks to a breakthrough technology system developed by Dr. Eduardo Fernandez, the director of neuro-engineering at the University of Miguel Hernandez. Ms. Gomez is able to see light, letters, people, objects and even play basic video games. The images are sent directly to her brain via a brain implant. It's a world first and the images are generated in the brain. The innovative system has nothing to do with the eyes.
How It Works
Doctors placed a tiny implant directly in Ms. Gomez' brain. The implant sends signals directly to her brain's visual cortex. As part of the system, the team embedded a camera into a pair of glasses. The camera records the patient's field of vision and sends it to a computer. The computer converts the data into electrical impulses that the brain can receive and read. The brain forwards the information to the brain implant via a cable that's plugged into a port in her skull. Finally, the implant stimulates neurons in her visual cortex which she sees as images.
Extraordinary Scientific Results
These results are so extraordinary they've just been published in the MIT Technology Review and by Singularity University's Hub. And, this is at a very early stage in Dr. Fernandez' system which he hopes will restore vision to many more patients like Ms. Gomez who have lost their sight from toxic optic neuropathy.
Superstar Robot Packers Superstar Customers
The Italian packaging company CMC in the medieval town of Citta di Castello has robot machines at the cutting edge of 2019 filling some very big orders for big clients and it delivers. The robotic packaging machine is called CartonWrap. It can box and seal 600 to 1000 items of every shape and size every hour, 24/7, including in tailor made boxes. Clients of the automated packaging machines include Amazon, Walmart and Gucci.
Big Business in Italy
CMC and CartonWrap are one of 630 companies in Italy making automated packaging machines. This is the new robotic, automated economy and it is one of Italy's fastest growing industries. In fact, the sector is accelerating 9X's faster than the overall Italian economy. It's another example of robotic technology cutting time, costs and in this case packaging waste and creating a whole new avenue of global business that's a disruptor.
1st Test for CTE, Sports-Related, Traumatic Brain Injuries in the Living
Breakthrough Research and Discoveries by Boston University Scientists
CTE is the danger for players inherent in any contact sport. Repeated hard hits to and rattling of the
head in the course of games taking a cumulative toll and resulting in traumatic brain injury CTE which is a fatal disease. Until now, there was no way to detect it in the living. The only reference points for doctors were changes in mood and behavior in the patient following a bad hit to the head and concussion.. But now, there is a brain scan test to detect the abnormal protein tau which is an indicator that the disease condition is present. It's an important breakthrough just announced by scientists at Boston University. For a great news blog, go to Important Innovations Collection: Breakthrough on CTE Brain Injuries from Sports: First Test for CTE in the Living Source: Stock Image Game-changing Discovery by Boston University…
New Invention: Tablet Toothpaste "Change Toothpaste" Potentially Cuts 900 Million Plastic Toothpaste Tube Throwaways Per Year
Tubes of toothpaste aren't something you think about but their impact on the global environment is hugely negative. 900 million toothpaste tubes are discarded into oceans and landfills globally every year. Importantly, it takes 500 years for them to breakdown, which means virtually every toothpaste tube created is still discarded someplace in the world. And, the tubes, which contain multiple layers of plastic, polymers and resins, can't be recycled. A company headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta Canada just came up with a solution in the form of tablet toothpaste.
"Paste with No Waste"
Entrepreneurs Mike Medicoff and Damien Vince are the inventors and founders of CHANGE Toothpaste. Their tablet toothpaste is an all natural vegan substance that works just like toothpaste but has no harsh chemicals. You pop the pill in your mouth, cr…