Researchers in Israel paired the smell of
rotten eggs with cigarettes to form a negative
association to help smokers quit while they
And a new aquatic exosuit will help archaeologists
explore deep sea shipwrecks for longer periods
of time. It’s outfitted with cameras, can
be controlled remotely and is basically like
wearing a submarine.
Vsauce! Kevin here. This is Mind Blow.
rHealth is a universal health sensor that
allows people to diagnose themselves anywhere.
Using a single drop of blood the device can
test for hundreds of lab values including
vitamin D, calcium and red or white blood
cells by using nanoscale test strips read
by laser. NASA helped fund its development
to better monitor the health of astronauts
and it uses 1500x less blood than conventional
lab tests. It recently won the grand prize
from Xprize and they say it can help diagnose
diseases before you have them including cancer.
Rescue operations could get a huge boost from
cyborg cockroaches. Researchers at North Carolina
State University are attaching circuit boards
and unidirectional microphones to the insects
so they’ll be compelled to move towards the
sounds of a person struggling or crying for
help. An army of these biobots would be released
to help first responders gather information
in areas they can’t initially enter. And
cockroaches are ideal candidates because they’re
small, hard to kill, and do not likely experience
feelings of pain.
The food and fuel of the future could be grown
on highway algae farms. An experimental garden
in Switzerland on a viaduct over a small highway
uses the unobstructed sunlight and overabundance
of Co2 from vehicles to grow algae. Built
this summer it proves how highways could be
easily modified to grow food, biofuel, and
clean the air.
Male Bustards are promiscuous birds that may
cure their sexually transmitted diseases by
eating poisonous beetles. So yeah.
Retroreflective projection technology could
make cars see through. Developed at Keio University
in Japan it uses mirrors, cameras, and fabric
lined with tiny glass beads to project outside
images inside the car. Aside from eliminating
blind spots in your car, it could be used
to let pilots see the runway beneath them,
create gloves that allow surgeons to see through
their hands, and put us one step closer to
The Altaeros BAT is a wind turbine that floats
in the sky. The helium-filled device is designed
to reach altitudes of 1,000 feet, where air
currents are 5-8 times more powerful. Set
to debut in Alaska for an 18 month testing
period, the BAT (Buoyant Airborne Turbine),
will bring power to families living off of
the grid while also providing WiFi and cell
Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis)
employ a form of sonar jamming that prevents
other bats from catching their food. And the
bertholdia moth (Bertholdia trigona) jams
bats to prevent themselves from becoming food.
That’s a lot of ja
Researchers have devised a mathematical model
for “white smell,” the nasal equivalent
to white noise. The formula combines 38 different
compounds and so far can cancel out the smell
of onion, sauerkraut, fermented tuna, and
even the notoriously stinky durian fruit.
But right now no device has been built – this
is just math. Smelly math.
ROVER turns bomb-sniffing dog training into
a video game. Utilizing the Xbox connect,
soldiers can communicate with a virtual dog
via gestures in order to learn how to correctly
lead a bomb-sniffing dog on a hunt for an
IED. Practicing virtually is especially important
because out in the field handlers can accidentally
un-train their dogs by not being attentive
and picking up on subtle cues from their animals.
Finally, researchers at MIT have found a way
to get inside their robots heads. Using ceiling
mounted projectors, animation software, and
motion capture technology these holo-testing
grounds can visualize a robot’s intentions
in real time.
I’m gonna leave you with a humanoid robot
autonomously playing the Metallophone…
And as always – thanks for watching!