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金沙娱乐平台:Invention: Social networking TV

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By Justin Mullins The ever-increasing choice of watch-on-demand TV programmes available over the internet presents a problem: how do you choose what to watch? Narrowing the choice using recommendations from newspapers, websites and listings magazines is a time-consuming business. And even when you’ve made your choice, the viewing experience will be a lonely one if all your friends and family are watching something else. But Microsoft thinks it has an answer: a version of its instant messaging system that is designed to connect to your TV, DVD player or media player and keep track of everything you’ve watched. The messaging system allows online buddies to see what the others have been watching. So groups of friends can synchronise their viewing habits and chat about what they’ve seen. It looks like a powerful idea. Marketing experts have long recognised that personal recommendations from like-minded peers are far more influential than adverts or other forms of publicity. Instant messaging and social networking are already a pervasive part of the web, so combining the two to provide viewing recommendations looks like a sure-fire winner. All we need now is a piece of software that is trustworthy, easy-to-use and works smoothly with every single on-demand system currently being trialled. That’s a tough set of expectations and Microsoft could face some serious competition in this market. Read the full patent application for social networking TV Diabetes is a rapidly growing problem in the developed world. It is characterised by high levels of glucose in the blood, but measuring this accurately can be both invasive and time-consuming. The current diagnostic tests require a patient either to fast overnight before giving a blood sample, or drink a specific amount of glucose in solution and wait a couple of hours before the resulting sugar level in their blood is measured. Now researchers at the University of California in Los Angeles, US, have devised another altogether simpler approach based on what happens to excess glucose in the body. Laurent Pilon and Kamal Katika say glucose reacts with proteins in body tissues such as the skin and blood vessels to produce a set of chemicals called advanced glycation end-products. AGE products tend to accumulate in the walls of blood vessels causing them to become thicker and more rigid, which is one of the complications of diabetes. The researchers point out that AGE products fluoresce when zapped with light – the greater their concentration, the more fluorescence they produce. So they propose a device that beams a series of short pulses onto the skin and measures the amount of fluorescence produced by any AGE products. The fluorescence would not only allow diabetes to be diagnosed but also give an idea of how advanced it has become. Read the full patent application for the diabetes detector. Storing highly radioactive nuclear waste is a tricky business because the radiation damages most metals. High-energy neutrons knock atoms out of the metal, weakening it or transmuting it into another metal with a weaker structure. This is why high-level radioactive waste is usually stored in pools of water, which absorbs neutrons and can also carry away excess heat. But high-level waste will have to be stored for at least 10,000 years and perhaps for as long as 300,000 years before it becomes safe. Managing a cooling pond over that kind of timescale is clearly not feasible. Instead, a number of governments want to bury the waste which means making containers that can remain structurally sound over such a long timescale. Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, US, have come up with one way to deal with the problem. Their idea is to coat the inside of a container with a neutron-absorbing material: a metal-ceramic composite. This prevents the radiation from damaging the container. This could well be an improvement over current storage methods using containers that barely last 50 years, let alone 10,000. My only worry is that it will be impossible to accurately predict whether these containers will remain safe over a lifespan of 300,000 years. Read the full neutron absorbing material patent application. Blood-staunching bandages, Sars fighting molecule, Rubbery metal, Biological nanobattery, Snail venom pain relief, Human-like exoskeletons, Superconducting ships, Make-up printer,