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Sunday, July 31, 2011
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Paul Bibby Courts July 28, 2011

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Worker hurt during sex seeking payout

AThe woman, a Commonwealth government employee whose name has been suppressed by the Federal Court, suffered injuries to her nose and mouth, as well as psychiatric injury, when a wall-mounted oyster light in the motel she was staying in fell on her head during sex.

The man in bed with her at the time has been described in court documents as ''an acquaintance''.

The woman's claim is based on her assertion she suffered the injuries ''during the course of her employment'', because she was required to travel to the country town and to stay overnight to attend a budget review meeting early the next day.

The woman's barrister, Leo Grey, said having sex in such a situation was an ''ordinary incident of life'' and she was thus entitled to compensation under workers' compensation laws.

The woman is appealing a decision by Comcare, the federal government workplace safety body, upheld by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, that sex during an overnight stay was not an ''ordinary activity''.

But Mr Grey said the fact that his client was having sex had little to do with the case. ''This case … is as much about slipping in the shower, or being beaten by a gang of thugs or being shot by a jealous rival,'' he said.

He said that for the woman's employer to avoid paying compensation, it needed to have informed her that having sex while on a work trip was not appropriate behaviour, either by telling her explicitly or through a list of rules such as a code of conduct.

''Having sex is just one of those things [like eating or bathing],'' he said. ''It's not the 1920s, after all.''

The counsel for Comcare, Andrew Berger , said there was not a sufficient connection between the incident and what the woman was being employed to do. ''There's nothing about this that could have led the employer to reasonably conclude that this injury might occur,'' Mr Berger said.

''What if she was to hold a swingers party? Is that something that could have been contemplated by the employer?''

Federal Court Justice John Nicholas will rule on the matter within weeks.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/sex-during-work-trip-normal-claims-compo-lawyer-20110727-1i0bd.html#ixzz1TjJTmEVx

Saturday, July 30, 2011

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"It was printed on an EOS EOSINT P730 nylon laser sintering machine, which fabricates plastic or metal objects, building up the item layer by layer. No fasteners were used and all equipment was attached using ‘snap fit’ techniques so that the entire aircraft can be put together without tools in minutes. The electric-powered aircraft, with a 2-meter wingspan, has a top speed of nearly 100 miles per hour, but when in cruise mode is almost silent. The aircraft is also equipped with a miniature autopilot developed by Dr. Matt Bennett, one of the members of the team."

Another Printed Airplane Project

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/thumbgallery.php?do=threadgallery&t=1455808 [rcgroups.com]

It's 124 grams right now and almost ready to fly.

A rhesus macaque monkey.

You can't teach an old brain new tricks—but you can restore its ability to remember the old ones, a new study in monkeys suggests.

Chemicals given to rhesus macaques blocked a brain molecule that slows the firing of the brain's nerve cells, or neurons, as we age—prompting those nerve cells to act young again.

"It's our first glimpse of what's going on physiologically that's causing age-related cognitive decline," said study leader Amy Arnsten, a neurobiologist at Yale University.

"We all assumed, given there's a lot of architectural changes in aged brains ... that we were stuck with it," Arnsten said.

But with the new results, "the hopeful thing is that the neurochemical environment still makes a big difference, and we might be able to remediate some of these things."

Brain's "Sketch Pad" Declines With Age

As the brain gets older, the prefrontal cortex begins to decline quickly.

This part of the brain is responsible for many high-order functions, including maintaining working memories—the ability to keep things on a "mental sketch pad" in the absence of stimuli from an action-based task.

The researchers had previously found that in young brains, nerve cells in the prefrontal cortex excite each other to keep working memories on the brain's slate.

"Those connections depend on the neurochemical environment, [which] has to be just right, like Goldilocks," she said.

(Read "Beyond the Brain" in National Geographic magazine.)

But when people get into their 40s and 50s, that part of the brain begins to accumulate too much of a signaling molecule called cAMP, which can stop the cells from firing as efficiently—leading to forgetfulness and distractedness.

The number of seniors in the United States will likely double by 2050, and many of them will struggle to cope with the frenetic information age, according to the study.

Monkey See, Monkey Remember

For their study, Arnsten and colleagues spent years training six rhesus macaques of various ages how to play simple video games that require the use of working memory.

"The youngsters do it great for a long time—they're just like humans," she said.

Once the monkeys had mastered the task, the team made recordings of single neurons firing using a tiny fiber inserted painlessly into the brain—a first in any elderly living animal.

Not surprisingly, the team found that the younger animals' neurons fired often during periods when there were no stimuli. Neurons in the older animals tended to be less active during the same periods, according to the study, to be published tomorrow in the journal Nature.

But when the team administered certain drugs to the older animals via the fibers—including a chemical called guanfacine—the chemicals blocked the cAMP pathways and revved up neural activity.

(See "Rat Made Supersmart—Similar Boost Unsafe in Humans?")

Memory-Boosting Drug in the Works?

Guanfacine is currently an ingredient in a drug used to treat high-blood pressure in adults. The chemical is also in separate clinical trials to see if it improves working memory in the elderly.

Arnsten added that she and her team led previous studies showing that the drug improved working memory in monkeys, and those results have been repeated by other groups in both monkeys and humans.

She cautions that even if the drug is approved as a brain booster, it's too early to say how much memory improvement a person could expect—"we can't say it [would] bring you back to being a 30-year-old," she said.

Meanwhile, neuroscientist James L. McGaugh, who was not part of the study team, says that the previous studies "did not, as I understand it, provide evidence that the enhanced performance was directly associated with 'restored firing' of the neurons. That was an implication."

Importantly, the evidence of enhanced working memory from the previous studies comes from different methods for administering the drugs than those used in the new study, said McGaugh, a fellow at the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory at the University of California, Irvine.

And for the new experiment, in which the drugs were delivered directly to the brain, the team didn't show conclusively whether monkeys' working memory got better after treatment—though past studies have shown a link.

Thus, it's still an "open question" whether more nerve cell activity actually caused memory improvements, McGaugh said.

"This is not to question the importance of the findings—just the missing piece of information as I understand their experiments."

Paul Aisen, a neuroscientist and director of the Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study at the University of California, San Diego, said the study is "another incremental advance" from a strong group of scientists, but it's "uncertain whether this will have implications for treatment for humans."

That's because "measuring ... firing at the level of a single cell, a neuron, is difficult to extend to human behavior, which is highly complex."

"It's not so much that a monkey is not a human—it's that this kind of single-cell recording is a very isolated aspect of brain function."

(See "'Brainbows' Illuminate the Mind's Wiring.")

Are Brain Boosters Needed?

A bigger question, Aisen added, is whether age-related memory decline really needs drug treatment.

"In the absence of a disease such as Alzheimer's, people [compensate] quite well despite the decline in memory," he said. For example, some elderly people combat forgetfulness by simply writing things down.

But study leader Arnsten argues that the fight against cognitive decline is still crucial for many otherwise healthy people.

"These abilities are critical for managing one's finances, for being able to manage one's medical treatment, and [to] live independently."

Study leader Arnsten receives royalties from the sale of extended-release guanfacine, called Intuniv, for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents. She does not receive royalties for the generic form of guanfacine being used in the clinical trial.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Stanford researchers have developed a new method of attaching nanowire electronics to the surface of virtually any object, regardless of its shape or what material it is made of. The method could be used in making everything from wearable electronics and flexible computer displays to high-efficiency solar cells and ultrasensitive biosensors.

Nanowire electronics are promising building blocks for virtually every digital electronic device used today, including computers, cameras and cell phones.  The electronic circuitry is typically fabricated on a silicon chip. The circuitry adheres to the surface of the chip during fabrication and is extremely difficult to detach, so when the circuitry is incorporated into an electronic device, it remains attached to the chip.  But silicon chips are rigid and brittle, limiting the possible uses of wearable and flexible nanowire electronics.

The key to the new method is coating the surface of the silicon wafer with a thin layer of nickel before fabricating the electronic circuitry. Nickel and silicon are both hydrophilic, or "water-loving," meaning when they are exposed to water after fabrication of nanowire devices is finished, the water easily penetrates between the two materials, detaching the nickel and the overlying electronics from the silicon wafer.

The researchers say the technology could be used to create wearable electronics or medical devices for measuring electrical impulses that attach directly to the heart or brain.

"The detachment process can be done at room temperature in water and only takes a few seconds," said Xiaolin Zheng, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, who led the research group that developed the process. "The transfer process is almost 100 percent successful, meaning the devices can be transferred without sustaining any damage."

After detachment, the silicon wafers are clean and ready to reuse, which should reduce manufacturing costs significantly.

Zheng is one of the authors of a paper describing the method that will be published in an upcoming issue of Nano Letters.  The paper is available online now.  Chi Hwan Lee and Dong Rip Kim, both graduate students in Zheng's lab, are coauthors.

After applying the nickel layer to the silicon chip, the researchers also laid down an ultrathin layer of a polymer to act as an insulator and provide mechanical support for the electronics.

The ultrathin polymer layer is also extremely flexible, which is what allows Zheng and her team to attach their nanowire electronics to a wide range of shapes and materials including paper, textiles, plastics, glass, aluminum foil, latex gloves – even a crumpled Coke can and a mashed plastic water bottle.

"The polymer layers we're using are about 15 times thinner than the plastic wrap you use to cover a plate of food," Zheng said.  "Since the polymer has such a great degree of flexibility, you can wrap the polymer with nanowire devices on top over anything while conformally following the shape of any object."

Currently her team has been working with polymer layers about 800 nanometers thick.  A nanometer is one millionth of a millimeter.

But what really makes the devices so flexible, what allows the devices to bend with the flexible substrate, is the short length of the nanowires used to fabricate the circuitry.

"The length of these nanowires is only a couple thousandths of a millimeter long," Zheng said. "Compared to the curvature of the objects we're attaching them to, that is really short, so there is very little strain on the nanowires."

Because the nanowires are so short, when they are placed on a convoluted surface –even the sharp bends of a mashed up plastic water bottle – it is as if the surface is practically flat.

The devices can also easily be applied to a surface, removed and applied again to another surface, repeatedly, without degrading the circuitry.

Some of the major applications of the process that Zheng foresees will be in the area of biological research.  Nanowire devices could be attached directly to heart or brain tissues to measure the electrical signals from those tissues.

"Researchers could measure heart arrhythmias or how a neuron fires," she said.  "Those signals are electrical, but to measure them you need a very conformable, very thin coating that allows the signals to propagate across the substrate."

The transfer process could also be used in developing high-efficiency flexible solar cells and would likely have uses in robotics, as well.

"The possibilities are really unlimited," Zheng said.

More information: Nano Lett., Article ASAP DOI: 10.1021/nl201901z

Provided by Stanford University (news : web)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Rather, I buy my booze from a grocery or liquor store and drink on the beach, in the mountains, my hotel, the woods, in a field . . . anywhere besides a bar — where you pay for existing rather than just drinking.

But how, you may ask, with all of this transport and movement and hiking are you to keep your drinks cold?

Beer being cooled by evaporation

I found the solution when a group of American geology students offered me a beer at a campsite in Iceland. I, of course, accepted. I was handed a bottle of premium Icelandic micro-brew that had wet toilet paper stuck all over it.

F’cking gross, no?

“Why is there toilet paper all over your beer?” I had to ask the students.

“Oh, that is to make it cold,” one of them answered. ” The wet toilet paper causes evaporation which cools the beer.”

I grabbed the beer that was handed to me. The toilet paper was dingleberried all over the bottle, but it was cool. I popped open the beer and took a drink. It was, by all accounts, cold enough to enjoy.

We were camping, without refrigeration, and I was drinking a cool beer in the middle of a field in Iceland.

Why this works

When a human sweats it is not the excreted water — in and of itself — that cools you. It is this liquid evaporating on the surface of your skin that lowers your body’s temperature. The water — in this case, sweat — requires energy to evaporate, and it takes this energy from your skin, essentially stealing its heat and lowering its temperature in the process.

Apparently, this same principal also works for warm beer or other beverages. Just wrap up the bottles in a blanket of wet toilet paper (or another material that retains water but also allows for it to dry) and wait for the water to evaporate a little. The drier the paper gets (the more the water evaporates) the cooler your beer should get.

So the next time someone whines about how their drinks are going to get cold if they accept your invitation for a toast on a mountain top, just tell them not to harbor any worries: if you have a roll of toilet paper, some water, and a little time to wait, you can have cool beer anywhere.

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The researchers discovered that a rainforest vine, pollinated by bats, has evolved dish-shaped leaves with such conspicuous echoes that nectar-feeding bats can find its flowers twice as fast by echolocation. The study is published today in Science.

While it is well known that the bright colours of flowers serve to attract visually-guided pollinators such as bees and birds, little research has been done to see whether plants which rely on echolocating bats for pollination and seed dispersalhave evolved analogous echo-acoustic signals.

The Cuban rainforest vine Marcgravia evenia has developed a distinctively shaped concave leaf next to its flowers which, the researchers noticed, is reminiscent of a dish reflector. By analyzing the leaf's acoustic reflection properties, they found that it acts as an ideal echo beacon, sending back strong, multidirectional echoes with an easily recognizable, and unvarying acoustic signature – perfect for making the flower obvious to echolocating bats.

They then trained nectar-feeding bats (Glossophaga soricina) to search for a single small feeder hidden within an artificial foliage background, varying the feeder's position and measuring the time the bats took to find it. The feeder was presented on its own or with a replica of either a foliage leaf or the distinctive dish-shaped leaf. Each feeder type was randomly tested once at each of the 64 positions within the artificial foliage background.

Search times were longest for all bats when the feeder was presented on its own and were slightly, but not significantly, shorter when a replica of a foliage leaf was added. However, a dish-shaped leaf replica above the feeder always reduced search times – by around 50 per cent.

Although the leaf's unusual shape and orientation reduce its photosynthetic yield compared to a similarly sized foliage leaf, the researchers argue that these costs are outweighed by the benefits of more efficient pollinator attraction.

Dr Marc Holderied of Bristol's School of Biological Sciences, co-author of the paper, said: "This echo beacon has benefits for both the plant and the bats. On one hand, it increases the foraging efficiency of nectar-feeding bats, which is of particular importance as they have to pay hundreds of visits to flowers each night to fulfill their energy needs. On the other hand, the M. evenia vine occurs in such low abundance that it requires highly mobile pollinators."

Bats, with their wide home range and excellent spatial memory, are exceptionally efficient pollinators and many other neotropical plants depend on them for pollination. As the acoustic and perceptual principles shaping the echo beacon leaf of Marcgravia evenia should work for all echolocating pollinators, the researchers expect to find other instances of plant species that use acoustic signalling to attract their bat pollinators.

Provided by University of Bristol (news : web)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

(then suddenly BOOM HEADSHOT)

A 29-year-old Good Samaritan is fighting for his life after being shot early today while he and his family were feeding a formerly homeless man in Oakland, Calif., according to news reports.

The unidentified man, known as "Brother John," was shot in the head by someone in a passing vehicle about 12:30 a.m. as he, his 35-year-old wife and daughters ages 3 and 7 were serving fish, fries and soda from their van, the Oakland Tribune reports. The family has been serving home-cooked meals to the poor and homeless in East Oakland for about a year.

The man is on life support and listed in critical condition. A bullet grazed the wife's shoulder; the children were not hurt.

The wife told police she and her husband were ministers at a local congregation.

The 61-year-old man they were feeding, whom the Tribuneidentified only as William out of concern for his safety, said the family had befriended him more than a year ago. He was not hurt when the gunman opened fire.

"There was not one word," said William, a former construction worker who had been homeless but recently found work. "All those shots, I had to duck. (The victim) didn't have time to duck. The kids and the wife were screaming and hollering."

"He didn't have to come here and do this," he said. "There ain't too many people who would. He might lose his life helping people in the street."

LEAGUE CITY, Texas -- A woman was arrested at a strip club Tuesday night after her newborn baby was missing, officials said.

Micah Ashley Alford, 26, from League City, was apprehended on a probation violation at Ritz Cabaret, where she was applying for a job, investigators said.

Galveston County Precinct 8 deputy constables said they received information that Alford delivered a baby five days ago, which she ultimately confirmed. Deputies said Alford had a warrant out for her arrest because her probation was revoked. They said she failed a drug test when she was 5 months pregnant.

When deputies asked Alford where her baby was while she was dancing, she refused to tell them, officials said.

Shortly after police put out an alert for the baby, two women called saying they had him.

They told investigators another woman gave them the baby and he had no milk or diapers at that time, but they went and bought those items. The women then agreed to meet officers at the Academy parking lot on Edgebrook and the Gulf Freeway to hand over the infant, who was fine.

Officers had been searching for the newborn for four days.

Records show that this is Alford's fourth child and that the other three were taken away by Child Protective Services.

According to police officers and policenews.net, Alford has prior charges of DWI, child endangerment and child abandonment.

A Chinese couple who really like to game are under arrest for selling their kids and converting the money into game currency. From the article: "In 2009, Li Lin and Li Juan welcomed their second child, a baby girl, and came up with the idea to sell her for money to fund their online game obsession. They did so, receiving RMB 3,000 (less than $500), which they spent entirely shortly after. The couple then proceeded to sell their first child and got 10 times as much for him -- RMB 30,000, or about $4600. Upon having their third child -- another boy -- the parents followed in their previous footsteps and also got RMB 30,000 for him." I wonder what the "kid seller" achievement looks like?

Monday, July 25, 2011

PHOTO: Samuel Gottsegen, the 17-year old from Denver who was attacked by a grizzly bear in the Alaska, discusses his survival from his hospital bed.

Samuel Gottsegen, the 17-year old from Denver who was attacked by a grizzly bear in the Alaska, discusses his survival from his hospital bed. (ABC News)

July 25, 2011

"I was looking for an adventure," said Samuel Gottsegen, the Denver teenager who survived a grizzly bear attack in the Alaska this weekend. His adventure came with bite marks in his head and a pierced lung.

Gottsegen, 17, took part in the National Outdoor Leadership School student expedition with 13 other students and three instructors. On the last leg of the trip, seven students remained in what NOLS spokesperson Bruce Palmer describes as a "self-sufficiency field base experience."

After dinner, the seven students went hiking. They were lining up in a single file to cross a river in the Alaskan backcountry near Chulitna, about 120 miles north of Anchorage, according to ABC affiliate KMGH.

"We turned this corner and the person in front started screaming and yelling bear, and we all turned and ran," he told ABC News.

"I saw this brown something, this brown shape attacking my friends... I remember as I was running, I turned to look and it was maybe four feet behind me, and it just launched on me," Gottsegen said. "I remember it running behind me, and .... the jaws just on my head, and I thought I'm going to die, I'm not going to live through this."

Gottsegen said that he did not get a good look at the bear, but a friend saw it stand on two legs, "almost 8 feet tall. It was this huge snarling thing."

The teenager was awed by the speed of the massive bear. "It runs so much faster than a human, I didn't have a chance," he said.

Survivor Describes Grizzly Bear Attack

Palmer said Gottsegen and Joshua Berg, 17, of New City, N.Y., received the brunt of the bear attack.

"Josh got the worst of it," Gottsegen said. "He has a lot of deep scratches on his head, candy bar sized chunk out of it."

The hikers carried bear spray, sort of like Mace for bears, but "We had no chance to pull it out. It was just on top of us."

The fury of the bear's assault is a swarm of brown fur, shredded clothing and blood.

"It was all kind of a blur... It came back and tackled me a second time," he said. "I saw this bear or something, and my friend's face was all red with blood.... I looked down and my jacket was all cut up, my shirt was all cut up."

Gottsegen said the bear took on all of the hikers.

"I don't know if it swiped me. I ended up on my back and just kind of rolling around," he said.

The bear "was running between four of us, would attack me and leave, come back. [It] was basically running in between us and attacking and coming back again," Gottsegen said.

"When it thought we were all injured enough, it left," he said.

The grizzly's decision to leave may have been aided by a kick in the face. Palmer said the bear finally ran off when Victor Martin, 18, of Richmond, Calif., fought back.

"He grabbed ahold of Victor's leg and Victor kicked him with his other foot, and at that point the bear ran away," Palmer said.

When the carnage was over, the group set up a camp, provided first aid to each other and activated their Personal Locator Beacon at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, according to police. But it took over five hours for the rescue helicopter to reach the camp sight.

"I really wasn't able to walk," Gottsegen said. "I took my off jacket because I was cut up...I was trying to hold my ribs because they were bleeding when I breathed and I could hear sputtering."

His friends helped Gottsegen make a bandage out of a garbage bag.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Alistair Russell at work in a microbiology research lab at the University of Washington, where he studies how Psuedomonas out-competes rival bacteria.

ScienceDaily (July 24, 2011) — Microbiologists have uncovered a sneaky trick by the bacteriumPseudomonas aeruginosa to oust rivals. It deploys a toxin delivery machine to breach cell walls of competitors without hurting itself. Its means of attack helps it survive in the outside environment and may even help it cause infection.

P. aeruginosa is a common bacterium that lives in soil, and also an opportunistic pathogen best known for infecting the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients.

The scientists discovered that P. aeruginosa injects toxins into rival bacteria with a needle-like puncturing device called the type VI secretion system (T6SS). The toxins degrade competitors' protective barricades -- their cell walls. The research report also delineates the complex defensive mechanisms by which P. aeruginosa protects itself from its own artillery.

The journal Nature will publish the findings July 21.

While generally harmless to healthy people, this versatile bacterium takes advantage of those with weakened immune defenses, explained lead author Alistair Russell, a National Science Foundation fellow in the laboratory of Joseph Mougous, assistant professor of microbiology at the University of Washington (UW) and the study's senior author.

P. aeruginosa's ability to thrive in the thick airway mucous of cystic fibrosis patients and in burned or otherwise severely damaged skin makes it a major public health concern. All of these environments have one thing in common: other bacteria.

According to Russell, "Competition among bacteria is brutal and fierce." By killing off competitors, P. aeruginosa widens its territory, leading to its overall success. Moreover, the better able it is to outlast other bacteria in the environment, the better chance it has of coming in contact with, and colonizing, people.

"Pseudomonas is never going to encounter an infection site if it can't survive in the outside world," Russell added.

The researchers have detailed the mechanism of the T6SS, which breaches a protective layer present in bacteria and delivers toxic proteins that degrade the cell wall. After the cell wall is compromised, the cell bursts like an overfilled water balloon.

The T6SS mechanism transports toxins so that they never enter P. aeruginosa's cell wall space. To thwart an attack from other members of its species, each P. aeruginosa cell also has specific immunity proteins that inactivate toxins injected by neighboring cells.

Bacterial species that lack these immunity proteins are susceptible.

The study also confirms previous observations of the evolutionary similarity between the T6SS needlelike delivery mechanism and bacteriophage -- viruses that infect bacteria.

Interestingly, in a technique called "phage therapy," scientists have long sought to exploit the antibacterial properties of these viruses in order to treat bacterial infections.

One limitation is that bacteriophage are relatively unstable and require a host bacterium to increase their numbers. Mougous and his colleagues are excited by the potential of the antibacterial properties of the T6SS to be used in an analogous way.

Russell explained, "We might be able to take helpful bacteria, give them this system genetically, and increase their ability to clear out professional pathogens -- those bacteria that make their living causing disease."

Knowledge of this complex bacterial antimicrobial mechanism also might help in the design of more sophisticated drugs.

"If scientists could inhibit this secretion system in Pseudomonas through a new type of antibiotic, this opportunistic pathogen would not be able to break through the normal, healthy barrier of bacteria in the human body," Russell said.

The study was supported by the National Institutes of Health, the European Commission within the DIVINOCELL program, and a graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

In addition to Russell and Mougous, the study researchers were Rachel D. Hood and Michele LeRoux of the UW Department of Microbiology, (who contributed to the writing of this news item), and Nhat Khai Bui and Waldemar Vollmer of the Center for Bacterial Cell Biology, Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Crazy japanese SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY I WANT 100 of them!!!!!

Human Cloning in Japan

I've been in desperate need of a clone to help out for many moons now. While work is fun, there's not much time to relax which is important to maintain a good self.
Then one day I got wind of a place in Akihabara called Clone Factory. Went along to get my clone made and at the same time film what goes on for Culture Japan but didn't quite get the clone that I was looking for...

Human Cloning in Japan

Outside Akihabara station on the way to Clone Factory.

Human Cloning in Japan

Arrival at Clone Factory. A chair in the middle of the room is surrounded by digital SLR's - some on the ceiling too.

Human Cloning in Japan

One side of the room has some 3D stuff going on.

Human Cloning in Japan

Time to start the cloning process. First off I need to sit still in that chair for a few seconds.

 

Human Cloning in Japan

Danny : "A *what* is going to be inserted in my where?"

Human Cloning in Japan

Then before I could say "But I don't fancy a foreign object shoved up my b..." all the cameras start to trigger in a loop with some rays of wot not taking slices of measurements.

Human Cloning in Japan

During the cloning process, ones soul can be seen exiting the body via the mouth. This is because the Mayans said that a single soul should not coexist in the same time and space. The device up the bottom is a SEU95 (Soul Expulsion Unit) that temporarily expels the soul outside the body for 0.955756 seconds.

Human Cloning in Japan

All measurements and stats have been taken and are mished n mashed up using a state of the art Dell...
No that's not bashing Dell because I owned one too - which I gave to somebody I didn't like.

Human Cloning in Japan

They need a while to prepare my data but what normally happens is that a 3D model of the subject is created from all the stats taken in the cloning process.

Human Cloning in Japan

This is the boss of Clone Factory kaneko-san together with his clone.

Human Cloning in Japan

Kaneko-san shows us how the SEU95 is inserted in the back orifice. Clone subjects have the choice of having this inserted in the front orifice (dolphin) too.

Human Cloning in Japan

Once all the data is prepared, its time to print out the clone and that's done with the ZPrinter 650.

Human Cloning in Japan

The printer has a tray of plaster where the clone is born. You can see the ink cartridges near the top.

Human Cloning in Japan

The clones are printed using layers of ink which harden in the plaster. When the process is complete, the tray of plaster remains completely unchanged on the surface - we've already poked about with this one though.

Human Cloning in Japan

This is what objects look like after printing. The remaining powdery plaster needs to be removed.

Human Cloning in Japan

Next to the printer is another machine which handles the removal of excess plaster.

Human Cloning in Japan

The machine makes sure that powder doesn't go all over the place when a jet of air is used to clean the object. If you breathe in the powder then it will clog up your lungs and cause death. But you will get a nice plaster cast of your lungs which is nice I guess.

Human Cloning in Japan

Constant stream of air shoots out of this thingy. Possibly painful if you point it at your eye or other private parts.

Human Cloning in Japan

Examples of some clones born at Clone Factory. You can see how these ladies looked like in their original 3D form at the Clone Factory site.

Human Cloning in Japan

One of the reasons why the boss wanted to offer this cloning service is so that folks can preserve that special (some call it "unfortunate") moment in life - getting married or wot not. They would clone the makeup, hairstyle and dress worn at the time too.

Human Cloning in Japan

This cloning product is called Jibun-san [自分さん] which roughly translated as "Me" ^^;

Human Cloning in Japan

Folks who want their own clone can contact Clone Factory to reserve a cloning session. They need a few days to prep your clone so if you are visiting Tokyo and want to take it back with you then book at the beginning of your trip. Don't forget to prepare 138,000 yen for your clone ^^;

Human Cloning in Japan

Clone Factory can clone pretty much any solid object and could even do Saber if I asked ^^;

Human Cloning in Japan

Other clones in the office including the chap in gold who is Go Hiromi. For folks who have seen this episode of Culture Japan and didn't get the joke - its because he often shouts "Go!"

Human Cloning in Japan

Some Vocaloid and Tohou printouts.

Human Cloning in Japan

As you may be able to make out, the surface of the printed objects are a bit rough which is due to the limitations of the printer. Smoother surfaces can be gained by more expensive printers ^^

Human Cloning in Japan

The other 3D printer which you already have seen is the Digital Wax that can print baby smooth surfaces.

Human Cloning in Japan

The final product is then covered in some sort of top coat to protect the surface.

Human Cloning in Japan

Which would you like to wake up beside to?

Human Cloning in Japan

Ready to run off to more filming around Akihabara.

Human Cloning in Japan

Quick snap with the clone factory team before heading off. My collars are folded underneath my shirt for the cloning process but completely forgot and continued filming in Akihabara like that ><

Human Cloning in Japan

Next location is the Radio Kaikan.

Human Cloning in Japan

A few days later, my clone is ready! My producer stuck the head on a stormtrooper body for me ^^;
Now all that's left is to get him to do some work - any of the following from my daily schedule.

TV production, Final Cut editing, blogging, meetings, working with illustrators, account management for our clients, artwork in Fireworks/Photoshop/Illustrator, preparing Keynotes, web UI design, new client acquisition, hoovering, toilet cleaning.

Human Cloning in Japan

Unfortunately my clone doesn't seem to do much work and instead prefers to play with the girls in the office. I'm sure they should have left the soul in when making the copy.

Human Cloning in Japan

Unfortunately the head does not fit on the Hot Toys Iron Man or Briareos.

Human Cloning in Japan

Danny Clone : "Hmmmm, too big. But those eyes would make a lovely pillow."
Saber : "Get out of my face before I shove this melon pan up your tiny orifice and then make you eat it after."
Danny Clone : "....."

Human Cloning in Japan

Clone sized Mirai doll : "Your hand is cold..."

Human Cloning in Japan

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