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Swiss Watch Makers Announce An Activity Tracking System Designed To Hide Inside Fancy Watches

Alpina-Horological-Smartwatch-AL-285BTD3CD6-21 If you’ve been wondering how Switzerland was going to react to the coming of the Apple Watch, ponder no more: two smaller luxury watch companies, Alpina and Frederique Constant, have added electronic components to otherwise staid analog watches, essentially turning a fancy timepiece into a sort of mechanical Fitbit. The platform, called Manufacture Modules Technologies or MMT, is… Read More

Surgeon: First Human Head Transplant May Be Just Two Years Away

HughPickens.com (3830033) writes “Michelle Star writes at C/net that Surgeon Sergio Canavero, director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group in Italy, believes he has developed a technique to remove the head from a non-functioning body and transplant it onto the healthy body. According to Canavero’s paper published in Surgical Neurology International, first, both the transplant head and the donor body need to be cooled in order to slow cell death. Then, the neck of both would be cut and the major blood vessels linked with tubes. Finally, the spinal cords would be severed, with as clean a cut as possible. Joining the spinal cords, with the tightly packed nerves inside, is key. The plan involves flushing the area with polyethylene glycol, followed by several hours of injections of the same, a chemical that encourages the fat in cell membranes to mesh. The blood vessels, muscles and skin would then be sutured and the patient would be induced into a coma for several weeks to keep them from moving around; meanwhile, electrodes would stimulate the spine with electricity in an attempt to strengthen the new nerve connections. Head transplants has been tried before. In 1970, Robert White led a team at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, US, that tried to transplant the head of one monkey on to the body of another. The surgeons stopped short of a full spinal cord transfer, so the monkey could not move its body. Despite Canavero’s enthusiasm, many surgeons and neuroscientists believe massive technical hurdles push full body transplants into the distant future. The starkest problem is that no one knows how to reconnect spinal nerves and make them work again. “This is such an overwhelming project, the possibility of it happening is very unlikely,” says Harry Goldsmith.”

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Kanye West bursts into tears during revealing interview

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LONDON —Kanye West is known for many things, most notably of late his erratic oscillations between outburst and apology. However, he showed a new side of himself this week when he burst into tears during an interview on the BBC’s Radio 1.

He was discussing his career and attempts to break into the fashion industry with presenter Zane Lowe, and began by talking about the barriers he’s faced.

“I’m trying to express that I can create outside this music box… and I’m giving examples of work that I did that are completely successful but I’m just getting shot down,” he began. Read more…

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Kanye West bursts into tears during revealing interview

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LONDON —Kanye West is known for many things, most notably of late his erratic oscillations between outburst and apology. However, he showed a new side of himself this week when he burst into tears during an interview on the BBC’s Radio 1.

He was discussing his career and attempts to break into the fashion industry with presenter Zane Lowe, and began by talking about the barriers he’s faced.

“I’m trying to express that I can create outside this music box… and I’m giving examples of work that I did that are completely successful but I’m just getting shot down,” he began. Read more…

More about Uk, London, Kanye West, Entertainment, and Music


Kanye West bursts into tears during revealing interview

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LONDON —Kanye West is known for many things, most notably of late his erratic oscillations between outburst and apology. However, he showed a new side of himself this week when he burst into tears during an interview on the BBC’s Radio 1.

He was discussing his career and attempts to break into the fashion industry with presenter Zane Lowe, and began by talking about the barriers he’s faced.

“I’m trying to express that I can create outside this music box… and I’m giving examples of work that I did that are completely successful but I’m just getting shot down,” he began. Read more…

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Atheist U.S. blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

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An American blogger of Bangladeshi origin who was an outspoken critic of religious extremism was hacked to death in an attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Avijit Roy was walking with his wife, Rafida Ahmed, in the streets of Bangladesh’s capital Thursday night when several attackers struck him with machetes, the Times of India reported. They had been returning from a book fair at Dhaka University, which they had been in Bangladesh to attend.

Bangladeshi newspaper Prothom Alo quoted police saying Ansar Bangla-7, a local Islamist group, claimed responsibility for the attack on the 44 year old. Police said an investigation is underway, but no one has yet been arrested. Read more…

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12 brickin’ delicious food-inspired Lego creations

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The highest honor one can bestow upon the world’s greatest snacks is recreating them in Lego form

Toy startup Pley is way ahead of us with colorful food-themed Lego sets that are custom-built based on designs submitted to PleyWorld, the company’s design submission platform

Users can upload designs of their own and vote on others. Once a design reaches 5,000 votes, Pley creates the set and offers its users the chance to rent it for a monthly subscription fee

Check out a few of the food-inspired designs cooked up by PleyWorld’s users. Read more…

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Kochava Acquires InferSystems For Mobile Ad Optimization

kochava beacon Mobile analytics provider Kochava is announcing that it has acquired Toronto-based ad tech company¬†InferSystems, and it’s using InferSystems technology to build a product called the Kochava Optimization Beacon. As explained to me by Kochava CEO Charles Manning, the new product allows company to move beyond mobile measurement into optimization. In other words, an advertiser using… Read More

Smart Motorcycle Helmet Maker Skully Lands $11 Million In Series A To Start Manufacturing The AR-1

Skully Not long after closing on one of the most successful campaigns in the history of Indiegogo and landing another $1.5 million in seed capital, SKULLY, the motorcycle helmet with a heads-up display, has raised¬†$11 million in Series A funding. Walden Riverwood Ventures and Intel Capital led the round, along with participation from Formation 8, Techstars, and Western Technology Investments. Part… Read More

PhotoMath Brings Its Awesome Math Equation Solving App To Android

01 PhotoMath-formula-scan-Android PhotoMath is a nifty little app. You point your phone camera at a math equation, and it will give you the answer and show you all the steps to solve this particular equation. Following its huge success in the App Store, the app is coming to Android. When I first played with PhotoMath before the team took the stage in our Battlefield competition at Disrupt London, I was impressed by its design… Read More