Ladies, would you like a new, prettier face without having to endure painful surgery or injections? Head over to the Uniface mask site. There, for $399.99, you can buy yourself a new glue-on face with flawless human-like bionic skin, perfectly arched eyebrows, and tantalizingly full rubber lips. "Uniface mask is a dream-fulfilling face that satisfies today's beauty standards," the site says. "Giant anime eyes, long lashes, a high nose bridge, and narrow chin and cheeks are all in one product for a lifetime's worth of confidence." In a world where researchers are working on light-up e-skin, Japan sells anti-aging cheek stretchers and clip-on nose straighteners, and at least one woman has undergone extensive surgery to become a real-life anime girl, "cell-blending glue spray" and "dolly-blink" eye membranes hardly sound far off. But you can't own them, at least yet. Zhuoying (Joy) Li, a design and technology graduate of NY's Parsons The New School for Design who now is studying … [Read more...] about Uniface mask: Glue on some bionic skin, feel fabulous
As if heart surgery isn't a big enough deal on its own, performing it on very young patients can bring added risk -- namely, the necessity of multiple surgeries to replace nondegradable surgical materials that don't effectively adapt as the patient grows up. Now, researchers say they've developed a new type of surgical glue that addresses all the drawbacks of previous adhesives and is a "much simpler technology and a new paradigm for tissue reconstruction," co-senior author and biomedical researcher Jeffrey Karp said in a news release. The findings were reported in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Researchers from Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology participated in the study. Studying creatures in nature that secrete viscous and water-repellant goo (think worms, slugs and others that can cling to wet surfaces), the researchers made a material that performs well under these conditions, is … [Read more...] about New smart ‘glue’ for heart surgery activated by UV light
While a combination of cloud, big data, mobile and social technology can provide a more flexible platform for business change, many IT directors' attempts to make the most of these systems and services are hamstrung by their firms' reliance on outdated platforms.Research from Hitachi Consulting suggests as many as 90 percent of IT decision makers believe legacy systems are holding their organisations back from deploying digital technologies to innovate or make operational efficiencies. More than a third of CIOs believe legacy systems are a barrier for the majority -- if not all -- projects.So, how should IT leaders deal with older technology? Should legacy tech always be considered an encumbrance -- or can it offer benefits too?Take stock of what your organisation is runningFormer Tullow Oil CIO Andrew Marks advises newly-appointed technology chiefs to understand the value that each component of their infrastructure contributes to the whole. "Rather than rip and replace, add more IT, … [Read more...] about How should CIOs deal with legacy technology?
In many IT departments, there is a great deal of natural resistance to application migration due to the time involved in planning and performing a systems move. However, support cost issues in a recession-dominated marketplace are now starting to force the need to migrate on a growing number of users. In addition, this natural resistance also means that there is not a great deal of real, practical experience of migration out there within the user community, since most users typically do this only once in a working lifetime. However, not all migrations are painful. In fact, this article will show you an example of how one company took the migration challenge and made great strides in the process. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------Why migrate?• A high total cost of ownership (TCO) when compared to newer and cheaper alternatives.• A lack of integration with modern applications' development environments.• A … [Read more...] about Case study: Protocol Systems wins the migration challenge