01/20/2011

toothpaste

We all brush our teeth in the morning, but what if our toothpaste did more than just fight cavities?

 

Engineers at MIT's Media Lab are working on a prototype toothpaste called "Tastes Like Rain" that will tell you what the weather is like outside. They came up with the idea while working on super-mechanicals, the process of taking a basic object, such as toothpaste, and giving it dynamic properties.


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brain neon

With the aid of supercomputers, we may soon have a new, extraordinary understanding of the human brain.
 

The Human Connectome Project involves mapping the interconnections between billions of individual neurons in the human brain, a goal of unprecedented scale and complexity. 

 

Because adult human brains contain an estimated 100 trillion (1014) synapses, modeling such an intricate organ will take massive amounts of computing power.

   
  

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